Designer on a Dime.

When it comes to clothing, designer has become a HUGE weakness of mine.
I've become such a stickler for quality over quantity and it's resulted in my wardrobe increasing in cost over volume. So, how did I do it? Lets dive into the best ways to find designer deals, increase your designer stock, and create a strong designer based wardrobe while rememaining in a reasonable budget.
Acne Studios Turtleneck

Tip 1: Clean out the old/the unused/the unwanted
When I started to invest more, I realized that there are so many pieces in my wardrobe that I NEVER wear. Lots of pattern, print, and colour. So I started a "Junk" pile. I'd invite friends over, let them pick through the pile and take whatever they wanted for a fraction of the retail cost. Not only did it help me clear out and clean my closet, but it allowed me to really pinpoint the pieces I gravitate towards and how to work my closet around them.
If some items weren't leaving the pile, I'd look into my local women's/youth shelter and take the clothes there. Instead of wasting the clothes, letting them collect dust, or allowing them to take up space in a landfill, donating was the only reasonable option. Someone out there doesn't have the financial ability to afford clothes on a regular basis, so why not let them have what you no longer love?

Tip 2: Now that you have spending cash...
Now the pile is gone, you sold a bunch and you've donated, check where we sit in the designer season, and take advantage of those markdowns! There are a few designer pieces I've purchased off the shelf, but trust me, they're few and far between. If you're on the cusp of a new season, you can bet on all those pieces you've been eyeing to hit their first markdown. I'm lucky that I live in a city where designer shopping and the more outlandish pieces aren't going to sell full-price or even on sale. So it's super easy for me to be able to go into a store and find my size and my ideal pieces for that starting 40% off. Check out your local Nordstrom/Saks/Holt Renfrew/Simons etc and see what there is on sale and what you can fit into your closet now. Don't be ashamed to not have "current season" cause honestly, most people don't care. It's still quality even if it wasn't on the runway during the opposing fashion month.

Marc Jacobs coat // J.W.Anderson Sweater

Tip 3: Know the designers you want to see in your closet and where to get them
When it comes to the designer brand, knowing who you wanna see in your closet is key. There's so many different brands to choose from that the options are endless. Personally for me, J.W.Anderson, Prada, Helmut Lang, Loewe, ETC are a few brands I've been purchasing or hunting down. It's all about keeping the brands in your head, looking at their collections and finding them. Because of the canadian dollar, I tend to only look in Canada for designer, so knowing where to hunt them down helps me avoid that conversion. SSENSE, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Winners, and vintage are some great sources, but if you're in america, you have a TON of options from department stores, online and even sample sales (if you're in the right city) TAKE ADVANTAGE!

Tip 4: Are you okay with the knock-off? 
Sometimes when you can;t find that designer piece you've been hunting for, that knock-off doesn't seem all that bad anymore. But are you really okay with that? If so, by all means go for it, but if not, don't give up the hunt! A good time to check for an item you've been missing is right after a gifting holiday. Returns always happen, and you never know, your size might just pop up.

Tip 5: Mix High-Low
Something I really like doing is mixing my designer pieces with lower-line ones. Don't be afraid to mix the two worlds. Even the richest hit up Club Monaco and Topshop on occasion. It's a common thing. It shows a greater ability for outfit building versus just throwing together a bunch of luxury labels. So don't fear mixing price ranges!

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