high fashion x low budget

The brands that I’m wearing seriously influence how I feel about my outfit, whether it’s because it’s sustainably-produced, independently-run, or an iconic designer who’s known and loved across the globe.

Today I’m discussing the latter, and how to get hold of pieces you’ve seen your favourite 50s movie stars wear when you don’t just so happen to have a couple of £1000s to spare ( now that is a life goal ! ) .

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Happy Wednesday, you wonderful bunch! I hope you’re having a gorgeous week. What have you been up to?

When it comes to investment pieces, we all know an expensive piece doesn’t always mean a high quality one. If you go to the right brands and the right places, however, you can flip this dilemma on its head - grabbing a high quality for a not-so-eye-watering price tag.

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When it comes to slow fashion, one of the many things I try to combat in the industry is constant clothing consumption; it’s tough at first, especially when you’ve become accustomed to adverts for the latest denim trend or off-the-shoulder shirt left, right and centre whenever you’re out of the house ( or simply scrolling through your Instagram feed, for that matter ) . So how are we supposed to resist temptation?

Invest, invest, invest.

The best way to break your habit of continuously buying white tshirts every couple of months, for example, is to buy just one that fits perfectly, and that you absolutely adore.

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So where should you head to pick up these gems ? Here are my suggestions …

vintage stores

the perfect place to find a designer item from fifty years ago at 50% of today’s prices !

vestiaire collective

like a next-level depop - a marketplace to pick up authenticated second-hand designer pieces.

the outnet

a brilliant go-to for brand new luxury pieces that fell into the surplus cut

bicester village

around an hour outside London, this is another high fashion outlet to head to for up to 60% off designer pieces

asos outlet

pretty self-explanatory - they carry quite a few luxury brands if you dig deep enough !

depop

not as trust-worthy as vestiaire when you’re shopping for designer clothing, but always worth checking out in case you do find an authentic piece !

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what are your go-to sites for budget-friendly luxury pieces ?

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