How to Find Designer Steals
Every now and again I get a DM or message about some extravagantly priced item that I’m wearing. It’s natural for people to be curious. I am not rich. I am however a licensed doctor of physical therapy and can afford just about anything I want, but I refuse to pay retail for anything, especially designers. I’m not a designer snob. I can wear a $10 pair of shoes with a $900 dress (thats exactly what’s happening here). And I most definitely did not pay $900 for this amazing Altuzarra Dress. This blog aint called Fashion STEELE for nothing! The Steele is a play on my last name, but also because I LOVE a good steal and I’m damn good at finding them. Let me show you, how to shop.
There is a serious method to the way I shop. I will break it all down here for you. By the way, I paid $190.80 for this dress that was originally $895. This for me was a splurge luxury item that I can wear 3 seasons (this is always a great thing) and get a good amount of use out of. I also love that if I ever get tired of it, I can resell it at a place like The Real Real and get back money for my investment to invest in another great piece for my wardrobe.
Tip 1 - If you're going to buy designer, buy smart. If you buy with being able to resell in mind you can never go wrong.
My Favorite Online Designer Stalking
I don’t often shop big designers but I do have a love for Stella Jean, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam and Tibi. I buy most of these items preowned or new with tags from The Real Real. A lot of people think The Real Real is all preowned but what you don’t know is that retailers and designers alike sale their remaining stock on The Real Real. I once got brand new Stella McCartney Boots in the original box from Saks. What I don’t buy there I get at sample sales. I’ve attended sample sales for all of the above designers except Stella Jean. Racked.com and Pulsd App have great alerts for sample sales in NYC. Other great preowned sites include Poshmark and Vestiaire Collective.
Tip 2 - Buy Preowned or New With Tags from The Real Real or similar sites like Poshmark or Vestiaire Collective and hit up a sample sale or two!
Put all of your favorite items in one place! My favorite site is Lyst.com. You can add items to your favorites lyst from anywhere. Lyst will keep track of those items and when they go on sale (on any site) you will get an email notification. This website alerted me to the fact that this Altuzarra dress went on sale as well as a 30% off on top of the sale for Presidents Day. This site also alerted me to my favorite Proenza Schouler sandals that I stalked for 3 months steep discount as well. I have a folder full of designer on Lyst.com. When and if any of it goes on sale enough that I’m willing to splurge, I do!
Tip 3 - Join Lyst.com to track your favorite designers and get an email when a piece in your favorites goes on sale.
My last but most important tip is to always look for a coupon code. Free Shipping, YAS! 20% off if you sign up for email alerts, sign me up baby! 10% off if you buy via the websites App instead of online, DO IT! Are you in school? Sign up for those discounts at ASOS & Topshop ONLINE! I never buy anything online without searching for at least 5 minutes for a coupon code. I usually check a sites instagram (sometimes that have a code in their latest photo captions or bio) as well as Facebook!
Tip 4 - Search for a coupon code before buying anything! Every little bit helps.
Happy Designer Shopping!