3 Things to Consider When Purchasing Designer Clothing
Over the last year I’ve been dabbling in the art of purchasing designer clothing. Off the top of my head I think I maybe have less than 10 true designer pieces but each of of them is truly unique and well thought out. I don’t take the purchase of a designer item lightly and usually pine over the decision. Impulse purchases are the ones I usually regret or end up sending back so I make sure to employ 3 conscious thoughts before I pull the trigger.
1. RESEARCH and research and then when you think you’ve done enough, research some more. When I have my eye on a designer piece you better believe I am scouring the internet to see if there’s something similar or less expensive that will satisfy my craving. I ALWAYS take into consideration the time of year relative to the season of clothing and if it might go on sale. I exhaust all my options and sometimes order and keep or return items that I think might do the trick .
2. WAIT a few weeks, or months for that matter, to see if the item will go on sale. I had my eye on this skirt for at least 6 weeks before it finally went on sale and I was able to snag it. My theory about waiting is that if it sells out, it just wasn’t meant to be. It’s very rare that I will pay full price for any piece of clothes, let alone a designer one.
3. CONSIDER the style of the item and if it’s a fast or slow fashion piece. Is it something that is in style now but won’t be in 5 years? Or is it something that is timeless that you’ll keep in your closet for a decade. I say this because the resale on designer clothing (bags and shoes are a different story) is not exactly great. Resale shops barely give 50% of the purchase price for most designer items and if your selling via a platform like Poshmark they will take a considerable cut for facilitating the sale. In short, be sure you’re going to hang on the the piece long enough to justify the price.
The last thing you want to do is spend several hundred dollars and either regret or not get the most wear out of your designer items. Like I said, I'm very particular about the items I splurge on and hope these tips will help weed out the must have items!