How do you add REAL designer clothing to your wardrobe without spending a fortune? If you live in a large metropolitan area it’s simple; Buy them used at a high-end resale or consignment shop. I know people who have found amazing Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and other designer pieces in bins at thrift stores, but I’ve never been that lucky. Thankfully, I can indulge my love of elegantly styled, beautifully made clothes at Clothes Heaven in nearby Pasadena, California.
Designer Clothing on a Budget: Oscar De La Renta
Below and above are two cocktail dresses by Oscar de la Renta. My photos do not do them justice. These are the sorts of garments one expects to see on a mannequin in a museum. Instead, they’re for sale. If only I was a size 4!
Here’s a closeup of the details on the dress.
I can’t say that any of these clothes are CHEAP. These are not Goodwill prices, but they are much, much reduced from the original cost. Speaking of price tags, some of these clothes still have the original tags on them. One of the dresses I purchased had never been worn.
Chanel for Half the Price
This Chanel cardigan was covered with tiny, printed, sequins. It’s details like these that make me almost feverish. I think it’s the reason I fell in love with fashion in the first place. Clothing like this is wearable art.
If I ever have a hankering for a real designer logo purse, this is the place to go. Below, Chanel purses lie in a pile, waiting to be found and loved.
For the truly obsessed, a Chanel umbrella waits in the window.
I found this chain link print rather beautiful.
I love the thrill of the hunt that comes with purchasing garments second hand. Finding something great, in my size, that I can afford, that looks amazing, is really something special. One day I will find a Chanel suit that fits me. It’s a total fantasy, but I hope if I look long and hard enough the perfect one will come my way. I could never afford one new, but resale stores like this one might make the fantasy a reality. This peach tweed suit was a little too tight, and at $2,000 I really can’t afford it even used, but I can dream!
Escada on Sale
A adore the print on this Escada dress. Unfortunately it’s a very small size so I will never be able to call it mine.
The beauty of purses and jewelry is that you don’t have to find one that fits. You just have to find one you like, and there were lots and lots that I liked, starting with this snakeskin clutch.
This beaded clutch really took my breath away.
Jimmy Chou, Prada, Jimmy Chou, and on and on all lined up just waiting to be worn again.
There was a whole rack in my size, but I didn’t purchase any shoes. Actually, I didn’t purchase anything I photographed here. One of the things I love about “Clothes Heaven” is that the lovely owner, Lorraine, was very nice about letting me click away all over the store. They won’t let you do that when the clothes are new let me tell you! I find looking at designer clothing as fun as buying and wearing it. I find all those wonderful details, fun prints and beautiful fabrics inspirational.
I did a post on this store way back in November on my former blog. It’s faded into the web now that I gave up the domain name, so I thought I should write about the store once again.
Do you ever shop at resale or consignment stores? What do you think of the experience? Are there any high-end resale stores in your area?