When it comes to shopping I’ve always struggled with finding high-quality pieces that are affordable. I always try to invest in clothes that are going to last a few seasons, if not longer, but my problem is everything I like seems to come with a huge price tag. Seriously, you could put two plain, white shirts in front of me and I guarantee you I’ll choose the more expensive one each and every time. I love high-end and designer pieces, but I simply don’t want to, or can afford to, pay the price for them. On the other hand, I hate searching the sale rails; they’re messy and there’s so much hustle and bustle. So, my shopping trips always end the same – I get frustrated because I can’t find decent quality clothes for a reasonable price, which results in me either buying into fast-fashion, or pieces that don’t even last one wash. These past few months I’ve changed my whole shopping process and with a few websites and apps I’ve come to find that I can invest in my wardrobe for less. If you spend hours scrolling through sites online, or searching through the sale rails in stores to find that your basket is always empty, then these simple changes could benefit your wardrobe and your bank balance too.
My shopping process started to change when I downloaded the ASOS app. Now, I’m an avid ASOS shopper, but I never saw the point of downloading the app until now. The app makes searching online easier, you can create wishlists and you get instant notifications when items get reduced, like this Chloe dupe bag I picked up in the sale. I love ASOS because I can use my student discount, but I’m also really enjoying the fact that they constantly have a sale running, which is something I did not know until I had the app. All I do is heart items I like, wait for them to reduce and then they’re mine – all you need is a little patience.
Moving on from apps to websites, I’ve found a website that’ll let me have my cake and eat it. I’m talking about buying designer and high-end items for less – yes! A website I’ve come to love and even bookmarked on my laptop is Love The Sales. Basically this website is an online hub where you can find sales from all your favourite fashion, beauty and even home brands. All you have to do is select your favourite brands from a long list and you’ll find sales from all of them on Love The Sales. Since I’m not quite ready to put away my dresses I recently treat myself to this gorgeous French Connection dress that was a third of the price, I was absolutely buzzing. I also have my eye on an All Saints leather jacket, which I’m hoping comes my way very soon.
Although I try to invest in my wardrobe, when it comes to shoes I just can’t bring myself to spend a small fortune on them. To me one slip or scuff and they’re ruined. For footwear I’ve found Public Desire works for me each and every time. A lot of the shoes on there are designer dupes, which are ridiculously affordable and I’ve found the quality is pretty fantastic too. I bought these boots last season for under £10 and they’re still going strong. I did, however, order a new pair of shoes but they didn’t come in time for this shoot – typical. I’m so excited for them to arrive because they’re basically Balenciaga dupes and I can’t wait to show you.
It’s only been a matter of months, but after finding key websites and useful apps, I’m not only seeing new additions to my wardrobe, but I’m actually starting to enjoy shopping again and getting more for my money too!
Are there any websites or apps you love? Are you like me and trying to invest in your wardrobe but are trying to stick to a budget?
Sarah Jayne x
Photography By India Jackson