Think high-end fashion or luxury goods are beyond your reach? We show you how you can get the items you dream of for less and what pieces really are worth the investment.
Pre-loved high-end fashion
If you’re looking to save yourself a pretty penny, shopping from resale luxury fashion retailers is the way to bag yourself those Christian Louboutin red sole shoes for between 30-50% less than retail. Many of which have barely been worn and all are inspected for authenticity and condition before being shipped, lovingly to you.
Our personal favourite is Vestiaire Collective for their vast range of beautiful high-end fashion pieces. Designers include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Sophia Webster, Mulberry and Yves St Laurent.
Discounts on luxury fashion
If only new will do, look to Net-A-Porter companies Yoox and The Outnet.
Yoox is a recent acquisition of the group, based in Italy. They don’t have an extensive brand range and not everything is discounted but you may get lucky, so it’s worth looking out for your desired item here. Plus, they have their own clothing range (very reasonable) and lots of high-street and boutique retailers to peruse from too. There is always something to fall in love with.
The Outnet offers previous season clothing for often, a significant discount. They also have clothing from 350+ brands so your favourite designer is available to you for less. Current designers on site include: Chloé, Dolce and Gabbana and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Additionally, sites like BrandAlley and Secret Sales are also worth signing up to. They very often get a mass sale from very well-known and much-loved iconic brands.
The high-end items worth paying for
Sometimes, it’s not worth gambling on whether something you really lust after, will make it into sale or on pre-owned sites. If it is something you really can’t live without (yes, some items really are worth it), then we show you the items that’ll not only hold their value but it just may be that it’ll last you a lifetime and be something to hand down through the generations.
Leather handbags are, in particular, one of those things that really will be worth the investment. As they will, if cleaned and moisturised regularly, will only get better in quality as it ages. They’re very resilient. Additionally, if you get something that’ll go with everything, you’ll also get your monies worth.
I was given a Mulberry bag for a special birthday 4 years ago. I’ve used that bag pretty much every single day since then. That’s 1,460 days that I’ve owned this piece, even if we said I’d used it for 1,400 days, that would work out at a cost of 78.5p per day. It’s still in excellent quality and I am sure I’ll still be able to enjoy it for years to come.
Jewellery & watches
All jewellery, if made using desirable metals and stones, will retail its value and in some instances appreciate. Luxury brands that have signature collections and ranges that may at some point be difficult to obtain are more likely to be worth more in future.
Additionally, branded jewellery pieces are certainly to make a significant heirloom to generations to come.
Clothing & shoes
Some clothing and shoes can hold their value. Particularly coats, like Burberry’s iconic trench, but what is key here is the wear and tear of an item. If it is worn out, the colour looks faded, there are holes, lots of loose threads etc. you’re unlikely to get much from it when it comes to re-sale.
As for shoes, this is trickier. Although there is definitely a market for pre-loved shoes, again, this is going to be hardly worn items. Simply because, if you wear them often, it’s hard to disguise the wear on soles unless you only wear them around the house or office. Also, they’ll stretch, pretty quickly to your own feet.
Unless you’ve an abundance of designer goods in your wardrobe on rotation, when it comes to clothes and shoes though, we think, if you buy it, you may as well enjoy it.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to use or wear a designer piece because it cost a lot of money. It’s exactly why you should be wearing it. Designer clothes are definitely to be seen. If they just stay hidden away in the wardrobe because you’re worried you’ll ruin it. That would be a terrible shame indeed.