12 July 2012

Budget Sites.

With the current financial climate we all struggle to go out and spoil ourselves by buying a new pair of shoes or that dress you've been dying for, but sometimes it is very much needed to survive the stresses of every day life (cheeky excuse)! So all of us must understand how important it is to find a place where you can spoil yourself on a tight budget, and still have something to eat at the end of the month.
So I have searched and searched the World Wide Web and have found a couple of websites which will help you buy amazing clothes on a next to nothing budget, starting with the cheapest and ascending to designer.


Everything5Pounds is a great website to browse on. It has clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, lingerie and childrenswear, all items just £5.  It is the kind of website you have to spend some time on, but I have spotted a couple of cute dresses (such as the one in the picture) which are a bargain! I would strongly advice this website to anyone who is holiday clothes shopping or festival clothes shopping, if you're anything like me and don't  want to take your favorite clothes anywhere where there is a potential of losing/ruining them, Everything5Pounds offers you a huge range of choice for, well, £5!

Boohoo.com is my favorite place to shop for shoes right now. I have recently purchased the Paloma shoe in Baby Pink and I am over the moon: the shoe is comfy, beautiful and cost me a bargain £35! The best part about it all is - I've been dying for a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's Lita shoes but the colour I wanted sold out all over the UK so I would have to specially order them from the US which totaled my would-be spending at around £160. Now, as much as I loved those shoes, I cannot afford to spend £160 on shoes as I kinda need my electricity and gas to be running. Boohoo's Paloma shoes are the exact copy of the Lita's I wanted at a fraction of the price. I return every month to see what they have and I've already spotted 4 pairs which I will have to pick from this payday! Designer-like shoes for next to nothing? Amazing. Go look. Now.

Fashion Vouchers is a newly discovered site for me. The website offers you discount codes and also alerts you of the best sales around the net. From Urban Outfitters to Dorothy Perkins, this site has a versatile approach to styles and ages. I will definitely be keeping my eye out to snap up some bargains in the summer sales!





Ebay is where most of my friends grab their fashion bargains! From the sold out Topshop shorts to Chanel classic hand bags, Ebay has got everything you would need. It's great to find authentic fashion pieces due to the amount of models/bloggers/ employees of designer companies who sell their unwanted freebies for pennies. I snapped up an Alexander McQueen scarf for £30 (RRP depending on size etc, but on average £200) from a model who got given the scarf after a McQ show and she didn't think it was her style... However you do have to watch out for fakes, especially if you are buying a designer item. Make sure there is always an authentic label on the product, tags, usually designer items will come with a box too. Happy bidding!

Girl Meets Dress I found out about this website when I suddenly had a Gala Dinner with my new job to go to and I needed a beautiful dress for, well, next to nothing. I shopped around and I couldn't find  anything for less than £100 and I didn't really want to purchase an expensive dress which will never be worn again, as a Gala Dinner is not my usual weekend activity... So I thought renting a dress might work out for me! Girl Meets Dress has the most beautiful designer evening gowns such as the one above from Dina Bar-El which RRP's for £700 but for 2 nights it's yours for £109. The website also provides cocktail dresses, party dresses and casual style dresses. Rent an Alexander Wang dress worth hundreds for £79 for that all-important job interview you have? Perfect!


TheOutnet.com is a great website to find designer clothes and accessories on a standard salary. I found these Miu Miu wedges which will look great in the summer with a white shirt dress and oversized sunnies as well as in autumn with thick knit tights, a cute dress and knitted scarf + hat combo. The original price is £420 but with TheOutnet.com you can grab these beauties with a 40% off discount at £252, which for Miu Miu shoes that can be worn in different seasons is a bit of a bargain!


These are just a selection of website which can help you find the best fashion bargains on a tight budget. But there are also other ways of saving money on clothes:


  • Swish Parties! A "swish" party is a clothes swapping party, you get all your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories (just make sure they're either new or in great condition!) and ask your friends to do the same. Then grab a clothes rail and several dozens of hangers and make a little shop in your living room! You can use different coloured post it notes to determine the "price" of an item. It's a great social catch up if you provide some nibbles and drinks, and get everyone to chip in! 
  • Student Discount. If you are a student, most shops now offer student discount with your NUS card. It's usually 10% off, but follow your favourite shops and companies on Twitter and Facebook as they regionally have student event evenings with 25% off! 
  • Recycle. Dig out some items in your wardrobe that are boring you but could make a potentially great new item! Turn an old pair of jeans into studded denim shorts or dip-dye your old white vest for the Navajo trend!
  • Use the Sale. Use the winter and summer designer sales to your advantage to buy classic pieces such as the LBD or jeans. They might be more pricey than the New Look sale and sometimes you'll have to wait a few months to wear the item you have purchased but classics never go out of style. That will be an investment, not a splurge. 
What is your tip for saving money on clothes/accessories? 


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9 comments

  1. love the outnet!! yoox.com and bluefly.com are also great! :)
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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    1. Just checked them out - yoox.com is fantastic! And I liked bluefly.com too :) Thanks!

      Lana, xo

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  2. Wow, this article is amazing and well needed in the harsh times of the economic depression we;re stuck in. You need to get more people to see this as it would be extremely useful to everyone. Would I be able to leave a link to this article on my blog to let more people know?
    Thanks!
    Zoe Nicole xox
    Below is the link to my blog.
    @Makeupmusthave: http://musthavemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That would be amazing, thank you! :) Everyone is trying to find bargains these days, it makes my day when I find one! :)

      Lana, xo

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    2. Well now the words out and lots of women everywhere will be greatful to you!:)
      Zoe Nicole xox

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  3. Great post. I didn't know about the Everything 5 Pounds website. Have you tried dress agencies? I get many high street designer items from my local agencies. Thinking of featuring them on my blog over the summer (if they don't mind that is!) x

    Glynis
    www.librariangirl.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!
      No I haven't tried dress agencies yet but they sound great, I'd love to read a blog about them!
      Everything5Pounds is good if you have a spare hour or so to really dig through the website as there are some great dresses for £5!

      Lana, xo

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  4. Wow, great post for a girl on a budget! Can't wait to check these sites out. Thank you!

    Vanessa
    www.vanessaballi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Vanessa!
      Let me know if you grab some bargains from any of these sites :)

      Lana, xo

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