My mother always used to pride herself on “looking just as good as the rich mommies in town, but on a poor mommy budget.” I never really understood what she meant but I did agree, she looked really good. Today, I live by her rule myself. Simply spend your money where it matters—on handbags, shoes, and jeans!
If you carry a gorgeous designer bag it doesn’t matter if the rest of your outfit totals $50 or $500, people will automatically associate your entire outfit with the quality of the designer bag you are carrying. Now, just because you are carrying a designer bag does not mean you still have to spend the designer bucks for it! There are ways to get it that don’t involve combing through consignment shops or even leaving the house!
When you join online shopping boutiques, you get invitation-only access to 48 hour sales on some of your favorite designers for about 70% of the retail price. Each day there are different brands featured and they send you e-mail updates about what is currently on sale as well as what is to come in the next few days. These sites have seriously changed my life. I never thought I would be able to afford some of the items I’ve purchased on these sites, like a Kooba bag for under $300, and a Hobo wallet for only $49.
If you are looking for designer clothing and accessories to add some credibility to your fabulously consigned wardrobe, join these online groups and start shopping! (p.s. Invite friends to join! For every friend you invite that becomes a member, you will receive money to use towards merchandise on the site!)
Here are five of my favorite Groups:
Rue La La is an exclusive, invitation-only online destination where Members discover premier-brand, private sale Boutiques, each open for just a brief window of time. Our focus is a well-edited collection of sought-after offerings from the best brand names in the world – combined with helpful service.
New brands are featured each day in sales starting at 12 p.m. EST. Sales last 40 hours, or until items are sold out. Ideeli.com also has weekly giveaways. They have a surprise start time and last 7 hours (in most cases). Their members are notified by email, Facebook and Twitter each time a new sale starts.
A leader in online retail, HauteLook brings the thrill back to shopping through 48-hour sale events with the world’s top fashion, accessories, beauty, kids and home brands. Each day, HauteLook offers discounts of 50 to 75 percent off to millions of members in the U.S. and Canada. Membership is free to join and everyone is welcome.
Gilt Groupe provides invitation-only access to highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Each day, Gilt offers its members a curated selection of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and lifestyle items across the women’s, men’s and children’s categories.
Beyond the Rack is a private shopping club for women and men who want designer brand apparel and accessories at prices up to 70% off retail. They obtain authentic designer merchandise and provide it exclusively to members through limited-time events. Each event starts at a specific time and typically lasts only 48 hours. After each event ends the merchandise is no longer available. Members are notified by email in advance of each upcoming event according to their preferences.