Thursday, 31 May 2012

Top Fashion Websites for Summer on a Budget


I know a lot of you out there, like me, are students. Students that live off of a student loan during term time... but what about summer? Summer is probably the time I spend the most amount of money on clothes, which is ironic when I literally have no income whatsoever! My mum is amazing and is basically my personal bank account over the summer, but this does make me feel eternally guilty.


The best thing I can do is to be shop savvy over the summer, that way I can feed my shopping addiction without starving my mums bank balance! So, in the name of summer saves, here's my countdown of top online shops for grabbing a bargain!

7. Ebay is a bit of a no-brainer for some people, but I know others who would never consider buying clothes from Ebay at all. I've bought a tonne from Ebay and had a great experience. What's also amazing is that brands like House of Fraser, Superdry and loads of designers have outlet stores which are way cheaper than buying from their store or official website.

6. Humbara is a recent find and has some great clothes for sale. They currently have a sale on and everything is just five pounds, so this would be a perfect chance to do some budget shopping. When the sale is over, the prices are still very purse friendly too!

5. Secret Sales is a personal favourite of my mum and I, we can spend hours scrolling through all the great deals on fashion - with up to 70% off some amazing brands. They even have an outlet section which is definitely worth checking out! BrandAlley is another of the go-to website that my mum and I use, it requires a free membership like Secret Sales but once the simple registration process is done you have access to a whole array of magical fashion deals with up to 70% off. Cocosa is also another amazing one if you're a fan of this type of website.

4. Fashion Vouchers is a great website to have open alongside your shopping tabs - it's a place where you can find all of the latest fashion voucher codes, offers and sales. When I've placed a hefty order on a fashion website I'm often left wishing I had a discount code or special offer to slice off a little of the price and Fashion Vouchers makes that totally possible! Now you can browse through the amazing offers to so many popular online stores like LOVE, Missguided and more!

3. Big Wardrobe is a pretty amazing place - you can buy new clothes and sell your old ones, but the best thing is that you can actually swap clothes with other Big Wardrobe users! I can't think of anything more satisfying that passing on something you'll no longer wear and replacing it with something shiny and new!

2. The Outnet is the holy grail of discount designer, it's like a massive online outlet store. With designers like Alexander Wang and Marc by Marc Jacobs at a fraction of the price. It definitely caters to the more designer savvy of the bargain seekers - but makes a great place for us high street lovers to grab the odd top notch item to add to our wardrobes!

1. Number one on my list will always, always be Everything 5 Pounds. I have bought countless things from their website and I never really have to feel guilty, because honestly how can you when you can buy coats, shoes and bags as well as clothes for just £5 each!

Here are some other tips for saving when shopping:
  •  Use and abuse that student discount! Just because your student loan stopped coming, doesn't mean the perks of being a student should stop too. Flash your student card at every opportunity if it'll get you a few pennies off your purchases!
  • Blogs are an amazing place to find discounted clothes for sale. Check out the blog sale of your favourite fashion blogger and get the wardrobe of your dreams for less.
  • Charity shops are a no-brainer when it comes to fashion for a fraction of the price. It takes a bit of digging and effort but it's worth it when you find that beautiful gem of an outfit buried amongst all the bric-a-brac.
  • Don't want to swap online? Swap with your friends! If you've run out of ways to wear an outfit, see if one of your friends would get more wear out of it and swap it for one of theirs.
  • Check the sale section of all the online fashion stores that you regularly visit - there's always a few great bargains tucked away on those pages!
  • Outlet villages are amazing ways to find bargains on high end clothing lines!
  • Keep your eyes peeled on the web for up and coming fashion sites. They often start off selling their clothes quite cheap to gain a wider fan base.
Do you have any other top tips for summer shopping on a budget? Have you found any amazing fashion websites that sell great clothes for super cheap? ♥

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15 comments:

  1. Wow you're so lucky your mum is your personal bank account! I have to work and save :( so this post was really helpful. I love ebay! Not only to find bargains but I also sell loads on there too :)

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    1. Well I'm never home long enough to get a job! :( I wish I could find one!! xxx

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  2. I LOVE Brand Alley and Secret Sales! :)

    I find boohoo.com to be great for bargains too!

    xxx

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    1. Oooh yeah that's a good one too! :) xxx

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  3. This was such a good post Rachael, I loved having a look at all the sites you suggested. Thank you for sharing.

    B xxx
    backfortea.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback :) xxx

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  4. Really awesome tips there - I do love everything5pounds! I find it can be hit and miss at times, but I've bought some lovely things from there in the past. x

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    1. Yeah it's definitely hit and miss. Some of the items are just awful. I find that if you go on the site when they send an email saying they have new stuff in you get some really nice bits before they're gone! xxxx

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  5. This is a really great post :) I love everything5pounds I'm always going on the site, cheap summer clothes are always great :)

    Charlee
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    1. Yeah I always seem to want to buy more clothes in summer so when they're cheap it's the best!! :) xxxx

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  6. gotta love everythings£5, but will check out humbara now too! little miss enabler!!

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    1. Haha sorry :( You know you love me though! :P xxx

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  7. I've never heard of Humbara, I thought I was a student bargain hunter but you've outdone me! xx

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  8. Hi, I ve checked http://www.humbara.com and I love it. Thanks girlie.. x

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  9. Good post :) I've heard and ordered off a couple of websites in the list but I will have to check out the others, Big Wardrobe sounds interesting


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