How to Wear Designer Clothes on a Tight Budget

Looking around you, everyone is looking fashionable, trendy, and on point. Designer clothes usually have the ability to transform any look into a trendy one, but it usually costs a fortune! Instead of breaking your bank and looking just like everyone else, why not opt for alternatives that give you the look you desire without making a dent in your wallet?  

Here are a few tips on how to wear designer clothes on a tight budget.

Visit your Nearest Thrift Store

The idea of second-hand items doesn’t always sound appealing. But when it comes to designer clothes, you can find some pretty good deals. By just visiting your nearest thrift store, you can find some pretty expensive designer brands at a fraction of the cost, while still in really good condition. All you need to do is dry clean it or make sure it’s washed properly and you’ll be ready to rock that style while saving up a whole lot of money.

Go Vintage

The key to looking good is using one of the oldest tricks in the book: bringing back an old trend and still looking absolutely stunning. Instead of opting for the latest designs and having to deal with the hefty price tag that comes with it, why not consider vintage items and style them in the right way to follow the trends. You can easily find these items at home as part of your grandmother’s collection or even shop for vintage clothing online. You’d be surprised what you can find and how awesome it will look.


Accessories can completely transform a look and make it seem like an entirely new item. If you can’t afford to buy new designer clothing, why not take a classic item you already have in your wardrobe and accessorize it to turn it into something new. In most cases, adding a belt, chain, or studs somewhere on it will allow them to stand out, look entirely different and still give you the opportunity to show off your designer clothes. Sometimes, you can even change the purpose of the clothing, by wearing a skirt as a dress, finding ways to hide the sleeves and change the function, or just DIYing them into something else entirely. 

Buy One Item at a Time

One of the advantages of designer clothes is that the quality of the fabrics and materials allows it to have a long life. That means that the item you purchased will probably last a few seasons at least. So, if you’re on a tight budget, but still want to wear designer clothes, you can consider the option of buying one item at a time. That means that you can save up each season and buy that one item you have your heart set on and put all your budget into that. However, if you do this every season, you can start having quite a few designer pieces that you’re fond of without going overboard on your budget. It’s all about planning and spending strategically to get what you want. 

Shop Discount Stores

There are quite a few discount stores that sell the same brands at a lower cost due to the fact that they tend to collect leftovers from designers’ past seasons. So, if you’re not set on flashy labels and buying the latest collection, you can really pick up some awesome items without breaking your bank. These discount stores usually deal with numerous designer brands across all levels and give you a wide variety of options to choose from to suit your taste.

Swap Clothing

How many designer items in your wardrobe do you have that you just don’t wear anymore? If you look around you, you’ll find many of the people in your circle have the same issue. Instead of letting them go to waste, why not consider the option of swapping clothing you want to get rid of, for other items you like from those around you? You could have an event similar to a garage sale where each person displays their unwanted items and can replace it with an item from someone else’s wardrobe. It’s cheap, it’s sustainable and it’s a great way to get new designer items into your closet.

Looking stylish and chic doesn’t have to make you absolutely broke. All it needs is a little planning, a lot of research, and making the effort to find those deals that you just can’t miss. With these tips above, you’ll be able to stand out, look super trendy and stylish in your cool designer clothes while still sticking to your budget.

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