Discount shopping sites haven't always had the best reputation, but the truth is that a handful of incredible online places to discover fabulous designer bargains do exist. Being committed shopping fiends, we've learnt a thing or two about hunting down pitch-perfect cut-price fashion because our wallets—and the rising cost of rent—demand it.
Essentially, our love of discount shopping was borne out of necessity, but who doesn't enjoy the thrill of finding something new with a brag-worthy price tag? From sites you might already know about (e.g., ASOS or The Outnet) to more under-the-radar places such as Yoox, we bring you the best affordable designer websites that will stock your wardrobe with the chicest pieces. Keep scrolling for our guide to the best discount shopping sites.
Yes, you know ASOS regularly runs sales, but did you also know that it has an outlet store it updates daily? All professional ASOS shoppers use the somewhat hidden features to shop designer brands with up to 70% off. From a house of Holland jumpsuit that was £325 (now £228) to a Hunter jacket that was £380 (now £169), as well as a Three Floor dress to see you through wedding season and beyond, that was £365 (now £225), there are so many pieces here that you'll be visiting again and again (and again).
From the family of Net-a-Porter, The Outnet is every fashion lover's worst-kept secret. It is regularly updated with the biggest designer labels, from Stella McCartney to Dolce & Gabbana. While the prices are still not high street, it has major discounts for the most luxury brands in the world. Nab a pair of statement Miu Miu shoes half price—incredible.
Ask any fashion editor their favourite second-hand sale site, and their united response will be Vestiaire Collective. Hailed for its high-end edit of pre-owned luxury pieces, here you will find everything from retro Fendi to new season Balenciaga, at huge discounts but equal in post-purchase thrill. You haven't got time to wait around though, these are unique one off's and once they're gone, they're gone—purses at the ready.
T.K. Maxx has been around for some time now, but it's one of those places that always requires quite a bit of rummaging (we have the five golden rules on how to shop in T.K. Maxx if you ever get truly stuck). But you don't have to shop in the physical location; you can also head to the website to pick up exceptional bargains. From classic pair of Céline sunglasses that now costs £80 (when they used to be £250), as well as a Finery summer dress that cost's a mere £30 saving you £89, you'll struggle not to find a fantastic discount. Just remember, if you're shopping designer, click on the Gold Label section, and keep in mind that they don't hang around for long…
We can never have enough places to shop discounted designer goods. The Italian e-commerce giant Yoox, which is a part of the Net-a-Porter family, offers up a range of past-season luxury lines (as well as the new collections), so you can get a cult pair of J.W.Anderson's ballet shoes at an absolute steal or a swoon-worthy Zimmerman dress discounted more than £200. There's often a chance to get extra percentages off these existing discounts—so we'd recommend signing up for its newsletters.
If there's one place to hunt out a bargain designer handbag, it's Gilt. The site is full of plenty of other discounts, but the most pleasure you'll get from shopping here is seeing a Tom Ford bag reduced by £1000, a vintage Louis Vuitton bag on offer, plus statement shoes from Miu Miu for under £500.
Don't let the fact that you have to sign up for this one put you off. Honestly, the discounts are all worth it. Secret Sales is also brilliant because you can sign up for the newsletter, so you'll get blasts on brands that you really want to know about. Of course, you can just go straight to the website and find various incredible deals. We've got our eye on the Balenciaga sale and the site has a great edit of vintage pieces. This pair of Tom Ford Sunglasses now cost £110 but used to be £249.
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This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.