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02-10-2013
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I own a couple designer bags because my family is the producer for major European fashion houses. Even then, I cannot afford to buy designer items in-store!

My sunglasses and designer clothes have all been gifts. I've bought a couple of Angel Jackson handbags that were second-hand. I can only afford small luxury items like make up from Chanel or Dior etc.

I've spent the past 4 years travelling between countries and completing my education... I now hope that I get the kind of job that would pay for extravagances

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What I do is buy only a few things (as discussed rather extensively in the 4-5 piece French wardrobe thread) ... some of those are designer, some contemporary, some under $100, etc. I do have a good job and make fashion a priority, but it's definitely not the only priority I have. I don't consider myself wealthy (and neither does anyone else in the first world), and I'm not going into debt to buy designer things.

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28-10-2013
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My family has been extremely fortunate financially and consequently my income has always been far greater that it 'should' be. I have been receiving share dividends since I was literally like 5 and due to where I live I could walk to all my retail jobs and employers loved me because if someone was sick they could call me and I could be there in 15 mins.
Thus, I rarely pay for transport, no gym membership (family one), I receive lots of free cosmetics, I don't drink coffee or alcohol, I NEVER eat out and I still fit the clothes I wore as a teenager so my expenses are lower than my contemporaries along with a greater income.

In my experience things work together - you shop somewhere and build a relationship with the staff so they contact you prior to sales, give you discounts, refund when they shouldn't. You need to spend money to save money if that makes sense.


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sales going on now everywhere websites like netaporter etc, also outlets are great sources for me.I already collected some great designer pieces from sales and outlets I frequented lately

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Less is more. Quality over quantity.Meaning invest your money for some nice designer piece than 10 pairs of hm shoes.
Also you can find great deals via internet. I am not a rich person but i'll get by.

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I follow fashionista-ta's model for the most part, though I splurge occasionally.

Also nita-karoliina and glamrockgal are right - there are often great sales and offers, both online and in stores. Just wait for those, unless you absolutely have to have something, in which case, take the plunge (because it might be gone if you wait until sale time).

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Fashion is important to me, that's why I also make sacrifices in order to purchase lovely clothes that aren't exactly in my budget range.[...] It's ridiculous I know, but that's how I decided to live until I have a full time job and make more money.
^Me, 4 years ago It's funny how times have changed. It was fun living like that for a while. I have acquired many beautiful pieces during those years that I still wear and enjoy. But my priorities have definitely shifted, and I hardly ever buy any clothes anymore, let alone designer clothes. I could afford them, if I decided they were important enough to me. But they're not. Not sure if it's just because fashion is mostly boring these days or because I have something like a ~life~ now and am not this selfish, overly-independant student anymore But I definitely wouldn't go this far anymore. I'd rather have a proper meal every day, travel, do fun things with the people I love, make sure my cats can have a fancy happy life, etc.

When I do see a designer item that I fall head over heels in love with, I definitely always try to wait until it's on sale (And really, there will always be a store, online or offline, that will have that exact item in my size on sale)!

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04-02-2014
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I had my 4-5 piece when I mostly only bought expensive designer clothes or should I say my parents bought those pieces. I guess if your parents can't support those kind of purchases then the 4-5 piece is your thread. A lot of the regulars are students and they make it happen on their own

I definitely grew out of the "clothes" phase though.

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04-02-2014
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I'm not in undergrad anymore but I definitely haven't grown out of loving designer clothing I buy everything used, and on top of that, discounted used clothing. I live in NYC so there are a lot of consignment shops that have end of season sales and you can get great deals. I have watches on my favorite designers on Ebay, and will sometimes wait out an item and let it get re-listed for less, or even contact the seller and try to negotiate a lower price. My wardrobe is all The Row, Rick Owens, Ann D, Acne and Isabel Marant, but I never pay more than $200 for any one item, and usually a lot less. If you're savvy and know what you like--and want to dedicate the time to it--you can have really nice clothing on a budget, and it'll feel like daylight robbery to pay full price for anything.

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05-02-2014
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When i was a student i couldn't afford designer clothing!
But i still have a life even though i buy that stuff (remember usually only sale items, depending). I do travel several times a year and make sure my dogs have a fancy life as well.
When i was in my early twenties i bought shitloads of cheap clothing every month and now that stuff is molding in my brothers attick.
Quality over quantity is my motto. Buy less. The other day i bought that iconic Alexander McQueen scarf. It was expensive but i know it will still be amazing after 20 years or so and my future offspring can enjoy all the stuff i have collected. I think it is more investing really.

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I must admit that I have trouble purchasing designer clothes myself. You can get some good deals at the end of the season though, that's when I go clothes shopping ^.^

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