I’m a a firm believer that when faced with reduced price designer clothes & accessories that one should apply the golden rule:
Ignore both the designer name AND the original selling price. If you like it enough regardless of designer or price, only then buy it.
Buying something just because it’s a designer label reduced to an affordable price is no way to shop. Take it from me: all you end up with is a closet full of stuff you’ll never wear.
But that’s not to say I don’t like a bargain if I am getting something beautiful and well-made for a fraction of its real value. And for that kind of shopping I go to Loehmann’s.
I adore Loehmann’s in New York (& elsewhere in the US). Most people think of Century 21 down by Ground Zero as the place to pick up designer bargains in Manhattan, but I beg to differ. When I was on big style magazine, our offices were two blocks away and I don’t think I ever found a single thing I wanted to buy in there. It’s fine if you have $500 to drop on a dress reduced from $5000 (although I take huge issue with the ‘original’ selling prices they put on their clothes. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a Matthew Williamson sundress for $5000), but there are relatively few bargains in the sub $150 range.
Loehmann’s, on the other hand, has floors of affordable bargains. Sure, if you want a beautiful two season’s old Valentino LBD and you have $750 to spare, there’s one there right now, but it also has many wondrous deals if you have both patience and a truffle pig’s nose for an on-trend piece. They also have lots of flash sales – there’s an extra 30% off on their sale shoes at the moment for example.*
In the past I have bought four Rory Beca silk tunics for about $40 each, Marni sandals for $90 (from a job lot they had bought in from Barney’s) and a really fabulous black Theory winter coat for $220 from $800.
I found these Gianfrano Ferre suede and patent leather ankle boots on Friday on the sale rack.
They are marked as a 37 – and I am a 38.5 – so my other golden rule, is
If you like ’em, try ’em on.
Think of all the size 38/39 boot lovers who passed these by because they didn’t try them on. They were $750, reduced to $180, with a further %30. I paid about $130 for them. But the point is I would have bought them if I could have afforded them from any label at that price.
I also bought these cashmere-lined leather gloves in black and in matt navy:
An amazing bargain at $29 a pair. They are particularly good as they have long wrists, so keep you even toast-ier than normal gloves do. They also come in proper glove sizes – I’m a 7.5 and it’s great to have gloves that fit properly.
And here’s me in my lovely new boots in-store and at home, worn with my new J Brand Agnes pants:
*If I’d bought my boots on Saturday not Friday, I would have got ANOTHER 25% off. Their website keeps you updated with coupons and deals.
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