Many people would like to wear and use designer clothes and accessories, but they have been convinced that such items are luxuries well beyond their economic reach. With a bit of coaching, just about anyone can actually afford to dress like they spent a fortune on their wardrobe. The key is knowing where to look and how to dig up the best deals.

The first thing you must do in order to afford these fashions is be willing to consider a new way of shopping. Most likely, you will not find great deals on the best designer fashions at a brick and mortar establishments if you are looking for the latest and greatest new design. If you are going to go the route of visiting stores, you will have to wait until designer items go on clearance at the end of the season. There may be some exceptions as retailers throw out the occasional loss leader to get people in the door, but they are in business to make money and they will only be motivated to get things sold if they are feeling an economic pinch or if they need to make room for new inventory. If you are willing to shop at the end of the season, to purchase next year’s clothing, you can sometimes walk away with some nice deals.

Another option is visiting outlet malls. Depending on the individual establishment, you may have to be aware that there could be defects in the clothing. You will need to be vigilant in checking items over before purchasing if you go this route, but you can sometimes find some very nice deals if you shop wisely. Not every outlet offers deals that are worth the trip, but you will learn the best places to visit after a short while.

Another place to consider is shopping on eBay or other online sites. Shopping on eBay can be a great option because you are often dealing with individuals and not retailers. The items being listed are often pieces of clothing or items such as designer purses that were purchased but never used for one reason or another. Often the prices are set very low because the seller is trying to clear out space in their closets and they want to get things moved along.

One of the biggest bonuses about shopping on eBay is that you can learn to find hidden deals. Every day there are brand name, designer items that slip by the masses and either go unsold or sell for very low prices. Some wise shoppers have learned how to spot these and grab outrageous bargains. These items can slip by for a variety of reasons, usually related to the poor listing skills of new eBay sellers. Learning to spot these deals can become quite a lucrative hobby if you decide to resell the items, or it can help your build up a very nice collection of designer clothes, purses, and just about anything else you might want to purchase. Taking the time to hone these shopping skills is definitely worth the effort and can be mastered in very little time.