The fashion industry is worth £66 Billion to the UK economy with women spending on average half a million pounds on designer fashion over a lifetime. But with an average spend of £1,042 on clothes a year, are you getting the most for your money?

Choosing the right pieces for your wardrobe

Building a collection of designer clothes is about ensuring that you have the basics, the classics and the timeless. Although the stores are full of this year’s colour or trends you could easily date your look by following trends. What about that LBD from Chanel or a muted colour trench coat from Karen Millen? Starting your designer collection with staples and forever pieces is how you spread the cost over a lifetime. Look for the big pieces of clothing you wear, buying a range of designer little white t-shirts that barely glimpse the sun and really look the same as a New Look t-shirt is not the way to start your designer wardrobe.

Special Occasions and Gift Buying

Are you difficult to buy for, or have you been with your other half a long time? There are only so many pairs of earrings or bracelets you can wear at one time, but special birthdays, anniversaries and occasions all need to be marked. Asking for a designer piece is a great way to increase your wardrobe. Even if one person can not afford the perfect Dior or Gucci Handbag, why not ask for vouchers or money towards it? A sturdy bag over the arm is an eye-catching piece of designer fashion (that everyone notices) and the quality means you will be able to pass it to your daughter when it becomes vintage. Friends and family always want to ensure you get what you would like; they will enjoy your enjoying your designer piece for years to come.

Shopping at lesser known stores

Shopping online for designer fashion may not be the swankiest way to cruise the stores and emulate Carrie Bradshaw, but you can make huge savings. Online stores like Accent Clothing and Circle Fashion all host a large range of designer fashion. Just like shopping for flights or a holiday by comparing the main sites of your favourite designers you can usually find a bargain at these stores with far more regular sales and a bigger collection of items. You may have had your heart set on a Marc Jacobs piece but find a bargain on Vera Wang.

Voucher Code Shopping

When you think of luxury fabrics, iconic styles and beautiful designs you probably don’t think about cutting coupons from your newspaper. But in a 66-billion-pound market competition is high and even the designers are signed up to the voucher code websites. My Favourite Voucher Codes hosts some of the biggest names of worldwide fashion weeks from the actual designer’s own sites like Armani to department stores like House of Fraser and Coggles. Shopping with voucher codes can provide you with actual money off full priced items, a discount you would not get in store but also offers like 10% off your first shop, 15% off signing up to the newsletter and free delivery. More importantly sites like My Favourite Voucher Codes are actively looking for the best money saving deals so why not save the time in hunting around and let them guide you to the best deals.

Designer fashion shopping is not always cheap and to fill your wardrobe with designer togs would set you back £1,000’s. But designer fashion does not need to be for the elite or for the few. When looking at someone’s outfit that you admire do you remember the high street jeans or the statement designer bag. You might find that the secret to your dream look does not lie in little white tees and designer jeans but in well chosen coats, scarves and bags. Start slow, start with classics and shop smart. Is there anything better than having an outfit admired knowing that it didn’t cost the earth?

Tegan is a writer and blogger for My Favourite Voucher Codes. She enjoys running and rugby on the weekends with her husband Colin. She is a keen traveller and of course loves a bargain.

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