Friday, 12 July 2013

Our Top 5 Websites for Fashion Bargains

1. Ebay
Ebay is such a good place to find great fashion bargains. We're always using it to search for items we missed out on when they were in store and usually get them for a fraction of the RRP. The only thing to watch out for is getting bitten by the bidding bug. We would always advise setting yourself a budget and try and wait until just before the end of the auction to bid. If you don't want the tension of a bidding war there is also many items available under the Buy It Now option. In fact this is how Kimberley got a hold of the bridesmaid dresses for her wedding.

Best Buys: Topshop Shoes £7.50 | Topshop Dress £8.00 | Carvela Shoes £9.99 | Miss Selfridge Playsuit£4.00

2. Oxfam Boutique
We do love a bit of charity shop shopping but it can be hard to find the time needed for a proper  rummage. The idea of being able to find these types of bargains from the comfort of our sofas, anytime of the day or night, is very appealing to use. That's why we love Oxfam's Online Boutique. There are lots of items to choose from, including the odd designer pieces, at great second hand prices. Plus your pennies go to a good cause. Win, win!

Best Finds: This monochrome outfit - PPQ for Office shoes £19.99 | Liz Claiborne Dress £22.99 | Suzy Smith Bag £22.99

3. Designer Hire
These websites, such as wishwearwant allow you to hire your dream outfit for that special occasion. It isn't always cheap but a fraction of the designer purchase price. Although we are more drawn to pattern than labels, being able to rent something extra special for a one off event is quite an exciting prospect. We haven't actually been invited to any summer balls yet and needed a gown, but as soon as we are...
girlmeetsdress is a more affordable site with a lot of choice! There are also a lot of handbag hire sites for girls who want the latest 'it' bags, such as theborrowersclub and you can sometimes buy the ex-rental bags. Cinderalla Me offer shoe hire and are currently having a clear out sale so you can grab a designer bargain!
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Best Finds: Marchesa 'Francesca' gown- hire from wishwearwant | Christian Louboutin 'Bloody Mary Nude- hire from Cinderella Me | OPULANCE ENGLAND lace tutu dress- hire from girlmeetsdress

4. Social Networks
Following your favourite brands and designers on the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can reap many rewards. They often use these platforms to announce sales, give money off codes and run competitions. Just the other day Helen ordered an awesome new ring from VeraMeat after they shared a 37% off code on Instagram. It's always a good idea to pay special attention on bank holidays and special holidays as alot of brands celebrate them with money off or free shipping.

Best Finds: Verameat 37% off | Crown and Glory 25% off | Swedish Hasbeens 15% off | Win £100 to spend at Joy

5. Fashion Vouchers
Whenever we are buying online we usually do a little google search to see if there are any codes available. Sometimes this may pop up some free shipping or an extra 10% off but it isn't always successful. Fashion Vouchers allows you to search for offers for your favourite online stores and you can even sign up for email alerts so you always know the best times to buy. Anything that makes spotting a sale or special offer this easy is a good thing in our book.

Best Vouchers: 10% off Urban Outfitters | Clarks Free Standard Delivery | 25% off Festival Clothing at In Love With Fashion

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