4 Tips for Finding Designer Wish List Items On Sale

Know What You Want

When I go shopping even if it’s thrift shopping, I always have something in mind. Whether I’m looking for a specific pattern such as florals that I wanted for last years Paris trip or certain colors, I always know what I what. Having what you want in mind definitely keeps you from impulse buying. Even when things are on sale, I still buy with a critical eye and review what’s already in my wardrobe that will work with what I’m buying. I also tend to buy things I’m lacking in my wardrobe during sales. For me, that’s shirts and tops. I don’t have many and tend to wear the same ones over and over. This year I’ve been pretty strategic in buying shirts and tops as well as lower heeled sandals that I can get around the city in. I keep everything I may want to buy on 1 website and 1 app. Lyst.com is a website where you can favorite all of your wishlist items. It keeps them all in one place and gives you notifications about when an item goes on sale. Shoptagr is essentially the same thing but in addition to building your wishlist online it also scans for coupon codes for you when you’re ready to purchase and has it’s own app that you can use when shopping from your phone. Both are excellent ways to keep your wishlist all in one place and keep in eye out on discounts, sales and coupon codes for your items. This is not only great for designer goods but for anything you’re looking to purchase!

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Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi is my favorite website for shopping designer items straight from the runway. I’ve spoken about this site a lot but it’s essentially lay-away for designer goods. After a collection drops, a few weeks later a trunkshow of the collection appears on Moda Operandi. You can then reserve an item by paying half up front and the other half once the item is produced and shipped to you 3-4 months later. Not everything that is shown in a collection is bought by major stores so this is the only way to get something that may not be massed produced, like this Stella Jean Skirt I treated myself to a few years ago. There’s only a handful of them in existence. I paid about $300 upfront for it and $300 when it shipped 3.5 months later. I love it so much and it was a great way to get an item of my dreams and conserve monies. I’m already on the lookout for these shoes from Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta SS2020 Collection. I HAVE to have those shoes and know this is the only way I will snag my size and not have to shell out all the money at once.



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Designer Consignment

Online Designer Consignment shops have been my go-to for purchasing my designer wishlist items for years. My top 3 are: The Real Real, Tradesy and Rebag. The Real Real is my go-to for designer shoes, especially past seasons shoes that have long since sold out. They have an expansive collection of my favorite designer shoes from Balenciaga, to Céline, to Tibi and Alexander Wang. 75% of my designer shoe collection was bought from The Real Real. When I’m on the hunt for a designer bag, I trust no one but Rebag Official. They have all of their bags inspected and give every little detail about the bag. I also love that they tell you exactly how much you will get for the bag if you decide after a while to sell in back to them. I love cyclical fashion and cutting down on toxic fast fashion. I also love the quality of designer items but can’t always afford to buy them full price. On all 3 of these websites you can start a favorites folder and keep an eye on sales and discounts for the perfect moment to snap up your wishlist item. [/one_half]

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Urban Outfitters Top | & Other Stories Skirt | Missguided Heels | & Other Stories Headband get similar here | Staud Clear Bag  with Chanel Compact Mirror Box Inside | Black Sunnies | Vintage Chanel Pearl Earrings

Know The Sales

The Net-a-Porter Sale hits twice yearly around Memorial Day and again around Thanksgiving. I know that my paper needs to be stacked and ready when this sale drops because I can get my designer wishlist items for up to 70% Off. These two times of the year are when designer sales kick into high gear on websites like: Farfetch, Moda Operandi, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion, Browns Fashion, Yoox, My Teresa, Barney’s, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. These websites are what I like to call The Big 10 of designer fashions. When the Net-a-Porter Sale drops the rest of these sales are not too far behind and the further we get away from Memorial Day and into summer, the deeper the discounts get. 

Bonus Tip: Know When To Buy Full Price

Yep, you read that correctly, some designer or luxury items NEVER GO ON SALE…EVER! *cough CHANEL cough* It’s worth it to actually go to Paris if you’re from the states and buy your Chanel items there because you will get that money back from taxes when you clear customs. I saved about $250 buying my Chanel slingbacks in Paris versus buying them here in New York. If you really love an item and have thought about cost per wear and hell even if you haven’t and you just want it…buy it. Trust me, non-purchase remorse is a REAL TING! I’m still crying over those Alexander Wang fluffy sandals with the cape heel that I *almost* bought. You can also save money by joining Ebates which gives you anywhere from 5-15% of money back from buying from they’re over 1000 online stories! It’s FREE and you get $10 to spend just for signing up.

What’s on your Designer Wishlist?



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  1. June 30, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    You look so stunning in this. I love how you paired that polka dot skirt with a basic black top. Lovely sandals as well.
    Great tips for finding designer goodies. I heard great things about moda operandi but haven’t tried it yet.

    • monroesteele
      July 1, 2019 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks so much. Its amazing you should definitely try it!


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