Best Sites for Frugal Fashionistas

Find the best dot-coms for deals on designer duds. Visit the sites to sign up for email updates on exclusive sales

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Polyvore.com

What it is: A designer boutique where you can shop by trend, brand or category. Sale items are listed separately.

 

Brands like: Opening Ceremony, Nina Ricci

 

Example offer: $178 for Vivienne Westwood Red Label black mini skirt, originally $590

 

Additional perk: Click to send an item to Facebook, then ask a friend if she likes the look before you buy.

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Piperlime.com

What you’ll find: Discounted designer accessories and clothing

 

Brands like: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tahari

 

Example offer: $86 for J Brand high-rise jeans, originally $216

 

Additional perk: Guest editors include stylist Rachel Zoe and actresses Rachel Bilson and Olivia Palermo.  Click the “girl on a budget” tab for items under $100.

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MyHabit.com

What it is: A members-only site for up to 60% off designer fashions

 

Brands like: Michael Kors, Adrienne Vittadini

 

Example offer: $25 for Cosabella pajama pants, originally $124

 

Additional perk: Videos of the clothing on live models, which will help you estimate fit.

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Endless.com

What you’ll find: Current designer bags, shoes and accessories, up to 60% off


Brands like: Franco Sarto, Nine West

 

Example offer: $136 for Pour La Victoire women’s sandals, originally $195

 

Additional perk: Free shipping and returns

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Shopittome.com

What it is:  A personal online shopper. Select your favorite designer styles and input your sizes. The site pools sales from online retailers so you don’t have to scour the web.

 

Brands like: Armani, Jimmy Choo

 

Example offer: $313 for BCBGMaxAzria shirtdress, originally $448

 

Additional perk: The site only lists sale items.  

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Bluefly.com

What you’ll find: Slashed prices on luxury designer wear

 

Brands like: Christian Louboutin, Prada

 

Example offer: $619 for an Yves Saint Laurent tote, originally $895

 

Additional perk: “Closet Confession” videos take you inside the closets of notable celebs and editors as they share their favorite wardrobe staples. Who knew Andy Cohen had a jean obsession?

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Couture.Zappos.com

What it is: An online luxury boutique

 

Brands like: Alexander McQueen, Derek Lam

 

Example offer: $827 for Alexander McQueen satchel, originally $1,380

 

Make note: Discounts are slight but make a difference since items like these usually sell for full price.

Courtesy of Zappos.Couture.com

RenttheRunway.com

What you’ll find: Lux designer dresses and matching accessories, for rent for up to 8 days.

 

Brands like: Badgley Mischka, Herve Leger

 

Example offer: Rent a Vera Wang gown for $275; retail price is $1,595

 

Additional perk: Clearance items are available for purchase.

Courtesy of RenttheRunway.com

Ideeli.com

What it is: A flash sales site. Sales last as long as the products are available.

 

Brands like: L.A.M.B, Cole Haan

 

Example offer: $150 for a Vince Camute black satchel, originally $298

 

Additional perk: Upgrade your membership for a fee to shop early and get first dibs on products.

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HauteLook.com

What you’ll find: Members-only flash sales that run for 48 hours

 

Brands like: Steve Madden, Tibi

 

Example offer: $20 for Esprit flats, originally $60

 

Additional perk: The site also runs deals on home and beauty products.

Courtesy of HauteLook.com

Amazon.com

What you’ll find: Clothing discounts on mid-level brands

 

Brands like: Rebecca Minkoff, Jones New York

 

Example offer: $29.99 forKenneth Cole Reaction aviator sunglasses, originally $90

 

Additional perk: Read customer reviews and ratings before you buy.

Courtesy of Amazon

BeyondtheRack.com

What you’ll find: Members-only flash sales on designer wear

 

Brands like: Chloe, Calvin Klein

 

Example offer: $1,999 for a studded Burberry handbag, originally $2,860

 

Additional perk: Get a $10 credit when you join

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GILT.com

What you’ll find: Members-only flash deals on trendy designer wear

 

Brands like: Missoni, Ports 1961

 

Example offer: $88 for a D&G black watch, originally $175

 

Additional perk: See photos of what’s trending now on GILT’s Insider blog.

Courtesy of Gilt.com

Loehmanns.com

What you’ll find: Discounted top designer brands—with more variety than in a department store

 

Brands like: Nicole Miller, Givenchy

 

Example offer: $492 for an Elie Tahari leather jacket, originally $1,298

 

Additional perk: Sign up for access to the Back Room for exclusive private sales on luxury lines.

Courtesy of Loehmanns.com

RueLaLa.com

What you’ll find:  Designer brands and athletic wear for members-only

 

Brands like: Bottega Venetta, Reebok

 

Example offer: $100 for an Elizabeth McKay navy wool cape, originally $325

 

Additional perk: Select your city under “Local” for regional sales.

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OpenSky.com

What you’ll find: Discount designer items selected by celebrity curators, including Cynthia Rowley and Molly Sims

 

Example offer: $189 for a Z Spoke by Zac Posen canvas and patent satchel, originally $350

 

Additional perk: Snapshots of the celebs modeling the products

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Yoox.com

What you’ll find: Sales on luxury brands; no membership required.

 

Brands like: Alexander Wang, the Alexander McQueen line McQ

 

Example offer: $35 for a Cynthia Rowley patterned skirt, originally $175

 

Additional perk: Full-page zoom lets you see every detail

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Google.com/Shopping

How it works: Hit the shopping tab on Google to run product searches by item or brand

 

What you’ll find: A pool of results from across the web comparing prices at popular online retailers. No email offers.

 

Example offer: Looking for Ferragamo boots? Search with keywords to find out what site is offering the best deal.

Courtesy of Google.com/Shopping

Shoedazzle.com

What it is: An accessory brand created by leading stylists. Chief among them: Kim Kardashian (love or hate her, the stuff is low cost!).

 

What you’ll find: Shoes and bags from the Shoedazzle brand. Take a 3-minute style quiz so the stylists know if you prefer kitten heels, flats or platforms and find accessories or shoes you will wear.

 

Example offer: $39.95 for every item

 

Make note: Buy something and you become a member. On the 5th day of every month you are charged $39.95 automatically. If you choose not to purchase anything that month, you can “skip the month” or opt for a ShoeDazzle credit.

Courtesy of Shoedazzle.com

JewelMint.com

What it is: A jewelry line created by actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter.

 

What you’ll find: Unique jewelry collections which change monthly. Take a quick style quiz so the stylists can match your taste (long necklaces or rocker rings?) with their accessories.

 

Example offer: Necklaces, rings, earrings and more, $29.99

 

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First Published February 9, 2012

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