Who said wearing designer meant you had to spend hundreds? We've rounded up 17 of the best discount and resale shopping websites so you can look a million bucks—without spending nearly that much.
Fashion people live here, because the way it works is other fashion people unload their not-even-that-old castoffs here, where it's quality-checked and authenticated. (Not that we'd ever tolerate fakes, psh.) Product moves fast, though, so you have to be swift as the coursing river, as the Disney song goes.
The Manhattan and Brooklyn locations house hidden gems (prime hungover-shopping grounds), so you'd expect the same from the online shop, wouldn't you? You'd be right and even righter if you predicted that the wares are sorted by aesthetic, such as "lunch uptown" and "Studio 54." Free domestic shipping for orders over $150, too. Nice.
If your vibe is more *alternative* than prairie dresses and chinoiserie jackets, this site carries niche-r brands such as Alyx, Undercover, and Hussein Chalyan. Dibs on this high-shine Commes des Garçons x Junya Watanabe jacket.
I don't know how sound a business model of "give designer goods away for practically nothing" is, but BOY, am I glad they're doing it. With several brick-and-mortar shops that are as marvelous as they are fatal (for your bottom line), it is even worse (again, for your bottom line), that they've got a website stocking deeply discounted Proenza Schouler and Dries and Delpozo. Groan.
If super-luxe designer gear is your thing, then The Outnet.com should be your homepage. An offshoot of Net-a-Porter, The Outnet not only features heavily discounted designer wear (think Chloé, Alexander Wang, Marni, and Stella McCartney), they also have their own in-house label and frequently partner with top-notch designers on limited-edition collections.
The sale that saw New Yorkers lining up at dawn (and coming to fisticuffs over Proenza Schouler purses) has made the journey online. Previously a physical sale that occurred twice a year, BarneysWarehouse.com features designer wares for women, men, kids, and the home, and offers complimentary shipping on all orders.
If you're a Sex and the City fan, then you've most likely heard of Century 21. Considered the mecca of designer outlets, C21stores.com features many of the same discounted pieces as the physical stores, but without the long lines and tiring searches. Including men's, women's, and children's wear, this is one online destination you want to visit before splurging on those expensive heels.
Love the idea of eBay but hate navigating the site? E-Drop Off acts as a kind of liaison between eBay and buyers that would rather hone in on the goods, sorting through millions of products to focus on high-end designer clothes, shoes, and accessories.
We've been Gilt devotees for years, and why the anxiety leading up to a sale can get a little stressful, enjoying your shopping rewards is not. The unique site, which features flash sales, operates on a first come, first served basis, and offers sales on kids, men, home, experiences, and travel.
Let's be honest, New York knows vintage. A designer consignment store since 1993, INA brings its expertise in designer consignment wears to the web with ina.com. Think Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, Christian Louboutin, and Chloé.
Looking for pre-loved designer gear and vintage wares online? Head to Luxury Garage Sale, which delivers beautiful, pre-loved designer pieces without the hassle of sifting through musty thrift stores. With pieces from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and YSL, this is one online stop a designer-loving gal has to check out.
Neiman Marcus' Last Call website is something of a hidden secret. Featuring discounted designer wares from Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Cusp.com, the site offers a daily deal where bargains can be scooped up with extra discounted prices, as well as a Clearance section, where another 50 percent of the price can be saved!
Saksoff5th.com brings the discounts normally found at Saks Off 5th stores. Featuring flash sales, designer spotlights, trend selections, and more than half off designer wares found in Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Even if you aren't in the mood to shop, RueLaLa is sure to have something that will inspire you to buy. From lingerie by La Perla to urban separates by Elizabeth and James, RueLaLa operates on a flash sale basis, where discounted goods are only available for a certain amount of time—normally 24 hours!
After spotting two awesome buys on two stylish friends (Céline snakeskin wedges, anyone?), we had to check out The Real Real. Featuring four different sections to help you shop better—luxury, contemporary, art, upcoming, and consign—The Real Real offers pieces almost too good to be true! A pair of Miu Miu pumps for $125? 3.1 Phillip Lim for $175? Sign us up now!
Got a pair of brand-new designer shoes that you don't want to keep, but can't bear to give away? Enter thredUP, the 21st century's answer to a consignment store. Operating just like a brick-and-mortar store, thredUP supplies you with a free clean-out bag, and if they like your stuff, will pay 40 percent of the resale value upfront.
While this online mecca offers more discounted items than we could possibly imagine (really, we once scrolled through 24 pages of black pumps), its knockout prices and impressive designer lineup make it a must-visit.