My current obsession: LACE PUMPS.
They are so chic, they can be dressy or they can be paired with a simple outfit or even for work. Love them! The good news is that lace pump styles are everywhere: aldo, nordstrom, shoedazzle.com, zappos, macys, etc.
Gilt Free Shopping, Oh La La
If you’re a fashion enthusiast and always on the lookout for the hottest trends or designers but don’t always have the bank account to support your shopping habits, then check out Gilt and Rue La La. Gilt and Rue La La are private online sales boutiques that feature high-end designers at discounted prices. These sites are strictly membership-based but are accessible free of charge. You’re thinking, “What’s the catch?” Well, the “catch” is that you have to be invited by an existing member or you can sign up directly via their site but may be placed on a waiting list. In addition, the inventory isn’t extensive so there are usually very limited quantities, especially in popular sizes.
Private online sales boutiques such as Gilt and Rue La La feature a designer or designers on a given day at discounted prices usually for a 24-hour period or until inventory is depleted, whichever comes first. In the past, the site has featured designers such as Marc Jacobs, Seven for all Mankind, Burberry and Joes Jeans among others.
Both sites, once you’ve signed up, will email you with the day’s featured designer(s) and the time which items will be available. If you’re looking for a specific piece, it is in your best interest to get to the site ASAP to ensure you get it. Gilt even has a neat feature where it allows you to see the upcoming day’s designer for clothes, accessories and shoes. Sometimes they even let you preview the items, which makes for good planning.
Personally, I use Gilt and Rue La La primarily for my denim purchases but both sites offer all types of clothing and even home furnishings. Giltalso features accessories and shoes. They also have a mens and childrens section. Although Gilt features more, I find that Rue La La has designers that I am more interested in purchasing.
So if you’re looking for a designer outfits, accessories and/or shoes, then check out Gilt and Rue La La for pieces at discounted prices. It may not be a bargain persay, but at least its guilt-free shopping! I always feel good when I get something for 1/2 the price. Everyone needs a little retail therapy every once in a while after all.