New York Fashion Week officially kicks off Sept. 5 with dreamy collections for spring and summer of next year. And while these high-end designs are easy on the eyes, they’re notoriously hard on the pocketbook. Fortunately, this fashion mega-event overlaps with end-of-season sales as retailers make way for their newest fall arrivals — and that means slick savings for the rest of us. We’re sharing how to get designer looks for less (plus a preview of next year’s hottest trends) with our NYFW style guide.
How to Dress High-End for a Low Price
1. Rent your wardrobe. Dress yourself up in the biggest names for one low monthly rate at Rent the Runway. This innovative retailer lets you rent your favorite designer pieces with memberships starting at $69 per month.
2. Try before you buy. Services like Amazon Prime Wardrobe, Stitch Fix, and Nordstrom’s Trunk Club bring the dressing room to you, so you can try on designer pieces without a commitment to buy. (Read our Amazon Prime Wardrobe review to see how the process works from start to finish.)
3. Shop off-season. Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to score great discounts on leftover spring and summer apparel, while fall and winter merchandise starts getting reduced as early as January. Check out high-end shopping sites like The Outnet and Bluefly for big price breaks on off-season merchandise. The Outnet just offered an extra 50% off its sale items, while Bluefly had 20% off sitewide for its Labor Day sale.
4. Buy second-hand. Shopping second-hand retailers like thredUP, Tradesy, and The RealReal is a smart way to score designer pieces that are gently used or even new with tags. Check out our Consignment Shopping Buying Guide for a list of online stores that benefit buyers and sellers alike. (Hint: Right now, new customers can take 30% off their first thredUP order with code HAVEABLAST.)
5. Experiment with fast fashion first. On the fence about a new trend? Retailers like Forever 21, H&M and ASOS carry affordable pieces inspired by the runway. They make easy to try a new style without making a pricey investment up-front. Forever 21 regularly takes an extra 50% off its clearance section, and H&M occasionally offers 30% off sitewide.
NYFW Style for Less: Shop Next Year’s Trends Now
Curious about next year’s hottest trends? Here are some popular spring and summer runway trends you can buy right now for less:
1. Ruffles & Frills
Ruffles, tiers and frilly hems are giving next year’s dresses, blouses and knits plenty of wow factor.
FRAME Ruffle One-Shoulder Wool Blend Sweater
(Reg. $350; Now $209.98)
Designer Deals: Popular for its line of designer denim, FRAME is a mainstay at sites like Bergdorf Goodman and REVOLVE (which offers 10% off your first order when you join the site’s mailing list). Most of its denim costs around $200 to $300 per pair, while sweaters, like this ruffle one-shoulder number, usually run between $300 and $400. FRAME currently has several items on sale itself, and you’ll score a coupon for 15% off when you sign up for emails.
2. Bright Florals
As everyone who’s seen “The Devil Wears Prada“ can attest, floral prints for spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking… but next year’s patterns are no shrinking violets.
CAARA Daisy Picking Floral Dress
(Reg. $179; Now $107.40)
Designer Deals: CAARA dresses, jumpsuits and skirts come in a range of fresh styles and eye-catching hues, and they’ll set you back anywhere from $150 to $400. You’ll find this brand at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Lord & Taylor (which is now available at Walmart.com, surprisingly enough.) You may also want to shop CAARA via the FEW MODA website for 15% off your first order.
3. Eyelet & Embroidery
Little details make big statements. Case in point? Eyelet and embroidery. Look for these on everything from summer dresses to relaxed denim.
Joie Lilianaly Embroidered Midi Dress
(Reg. $328; Now $196.80)
Designer Deals: Joie dresses are usually priced between $350 to $450, but you’ll find discounts on the brand at sites like Nordstrom and Saks Off 5th. Right now, however, Joie’s own site is the one to beat with a major end-of-season sale and 10% off your first order.
4. Art Deco Accents
According to Vogue, gold is the new black — and Art Deco embraces both.
Rebecca Minkoff Leo Beaded Clutch
(Reg. $145; Now $72.49)
Designer Deals: Nordstrom currently has select Rebecca Minkoff bags, like this Art Deco-inspired clutch, for half-price, but you can also get gently used Rebecca Minkoff clutches for around $65 on The RealReal (plus 20% off with code REAL). RebeccaMinkoff.com is also running a sale with several similar Leo clutches discounted to around $73.
5. Silk & Satin
The main theme of next year’s summer collections is a fusion of draped silhouettes and soft fabrics. Satin and silk help transform basic pieces into something a little more luxe.
Theory Remaline Double Sateen Jumpsuit
(Reg. $495; Now $296.98)
Designer Deals: Theory’s designs are notoriously pricey (think $600 blazers) but incredibly well-made. Fortunately, stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus Last Call carry Theory suiting and other apparel for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy $10 off your first Last Call purchase when you sign up for the store’s emails. (FYI, the Remaline jumpsuit above sells for around $500 everywhere else, but it’s 40% off right now through Nordstrom’s summer sale.)
6. Mixed Prints
Florals unite with gingham, stripes, abstract prints and even other florals for fresh, unexpected combinations.
MISA Los Angeles Anca Halter Dress
(Reg. $326; Now $195.60)
Designer Deals: MISA Los Angeles is big on feminine details and contemporary silhouettes, and most of the brand’s dresses start around $300. Nordstrom’s summer sale has several discounted pieces at lower prices than MISA’s own sale section. You’ll find this Anca dress elsewhere for around $163, but sizes at those stores are super limited. Bloomingdale’s is another great spot to shop for MISA sale items (and you can take 10% off your first Bloomies order when you sign up for emails.)
Railroad stripes, Breton stripes, pinstripes… it all goes (with everything).
Joie Marjie Top
(Reg. $178; Now $53.40)
Designer Deals: The Outnet is such a good site for discounts on high-end designs (like 60% off Gucci, Chloe, YSL, and Joie). Upgrade your savings with code FIRSTTIME15, which slashes 15% off your first order!
8. Acetate Shades
Acetate sunglasses are a clear favorite for spring/summer accessorizing.
Fendi Jungle Cat-Eye Plastic Sunglasses
(Reg. $485; Now $149.99)
Designer Deals: Fendi sunglasses can range anywhere from $400 to $600 retail, but sites like Bluefly offer these stylish shades at up to 80% off.
Next year’s dresses have a ballerina feel thanks to pleated skirts paired with fitted bodices.
Rebecca Taylor Pleated Hydrangea Skirt
(Reg. $495 now $247.49)
Designer Deals: Rebecca Taylor dresses and separates can run anywhere from $95 for basic tops to $1,000+ for dresses and outerwear. Shop Nordstrom, The Outnet, and Bluefly for disounts on her collection, or just head over to her official site (where off-season clearance items were an extra 50% off over Labor Day weekend).
10. Bow Accents
Bows will be everywhere next year, so get them now while they’re on sale.
Tory Burch Hayden Tie Neck Blouse
(Reg. $348; Now $208.80)
Designer Deals: Love Tory Burch designs? Sigh… me, too. Her long-sleeved blouses typically start around $300, while her dresses and outerwear range from $500 to $1,300. Sign up for her newsletter to receive exclusive access to private sales featuring up to 70% off her iconic brand. Even better? You’ll receive 10% off your first purchase.
How to Use Slickdeals to Save on Designer Brands
At Slickdeals, we love low prices — but we also appreciate the finer things. If you’re new to our site, be sure to set a Deal Alert for your favorite department stores and labels. We’ll notify you once a matching deal is posted, which means you’ll get first dibs on your most beloved designers. We also offer coupon codes for your favorite stores to help slash prices even further. Plus, our blog is regularly updated with news on major promotions (like Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and serious price drops at J.Crew).
Which NYFW style trends are you hoping to score on a budget, and where do you shop for high-end pieces at Slickdealer-approved low prices? Let us know in the comments section!
Images courtesy of Rent the Runway.