I'm a strong believer that a few, well-chosen designer pieces can really elevate a simple high street outfit. Unfortunately, we can't all afford to hit Selfridges every weekend, so this is another one of those posts where I give you my tips on how to build your own designer wardrobe on a budget. Click here and here to read part 1 and 2 of this series if you haven't already.
5. Hit TK Maxx
You would be amazed at some of the things I have seen or gotten in TK Maxx, including a beautiful Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, Lulu Guinness suitcases and DVF sunnies - all for a fraction of their original retail price. Of course, you could use their website, but if you're after real bargains, it's all about knowing how to shop in store.
Let's start with clothes. TK Maxx actually has a designer section, called "Gold Label." This is where you will find most high end, runway brands, such as Lanvin, Stella McCartney or Maison Martin Margiela. Most of it is obviously from past collections, but if you're not too bothered about wearing something fresh off the catwalk, this is definitely worth checking out. Another one of TK Maxx's offering is its Contemporary range. Featuring brands such as Theory, Michael Michael Kors or Zoe Karssen, this is the section to check if your budget is on the smaller side.
Then there are also bags, shoes and accessories to check out. You could find anything from an Anya Hindmarch handbag to a Michael Kors watch and some Sam Edelman boots. Don't forget to look at the sunglasses either. I have found some real gems there, from Missoni, Rebecca Minkoff and DVF.
Ready to hit TK Maxx? Here are my favourite locations :
- Covent Garden, 15-17 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH
- Hammersmith, 57 King Street, London W6 9HW
- Clapham Junction, 17 Saint John's Road, London SW11 1QN
6. Shop Online
If you know where to look, you can also find some real bargains online, all from the comfort of your own home. Who am I fooling? All from the comfort of your own BED! So, which websites should you add to your bookmarks?
Firstly, The Outnet and Nordstrom Rack. Just like their sister-websites Net-A-Porter and Nordstrom, these online outlets offer brands such as Balmain, Helmut Lang or even Tory Burch for a fraction of the price.
If you're really serious about getting a bargain, sign up to private sales websites. With key flash sales for luxury goods, these members-only websites are a great way to add designer pieces to your wardrobe. The ones I use are BrandAlley, Secret Sales and Vente Privée.
Don't forget to read part 1 and part 2 to get more tips on how to start your own designer wardrobe on a budget. This is the end of this series, but if you have any more tips, feel free to leave them below. I'd love to know what you do to spruce up your wardrobe.
- Elodie x
- Elodie x