Fashion ClubSo I’ve seen a bunch of fashion clubs spring up online in recent years, taking advantage of the immediacy of both the internet and email.  If you’re a savvy bargain shopper who loves designer clothes but hates the cost, let me introduce you to some fashion clubs that might pique your interest:

Designer Discount Savings

Ever shop at Loehmann’s or Marshall’s for discount designer clothes and accessories?

Well these fashion clubs work on a similar premise: they buy overstock designer goods and sell them at deeply discounted prices.  But instead of maintaining a store front, they have it all shipped to a warehouse somewhere, post pictures on their website, and then let their customers know what they have via email.  You have to act quick or risk losing out.

Here are a couple:

Beyond The Rack

This invitation-only fashion club has weekly deals on designer clothing, accessories, and home décor.  They have some REALLY cool things, including clothes, jewelry, handbags, and more at savings up to 70% off retail.  Free to join.  INVITATION CODE: Summer2010

Haute Look

Exclusive, limited-time shopping events featuring clothing designers like Seven for All Mankind and Herve Leger, and cosmetics and skin care by Stila – at prices up to 75% off retail.  Free to join.

Owned by parent company Daily Candy, you can start your day with an email featuring sample sales from your favorite designers (and up-in-coming designers) at prices up to 80% off retail.  Free to join.  Get credits for inviting friends to join.

The Top Secret

Get weekly emails listing great sales from your favorite designers like Lamb, Gucci, Versace, and more, at prices 50-90% off retail.  Free to join.  Get credit for inviting friends to join.

Discount Rentals

You know how men rent rather than buy tuxedos for special occasions?   You can do the same thing for gowns, jewels, and handbags.  Why spend a fortune on a one-wear-only outfit when you can rent and return instead?  Here’s how:

Bag Borrow or Steal

Need a great bag for your high school reunion?  Want a special look for an evening on the town?  How about Dior, Chanel, Kate Spade, Coach?  If you want to carry it, BBOS probably has it.  Borrow for a day, a week, a month –whatever!  Then return it and borrow something else instead.   Membership fee + low rental fees.  As seen in the first “Sex in the City” movie.

Borrowed Bling

Like wearing new jewelry but don’t want/can’t afford to buy more all the time?  Try Borrowed Bling.  Rent jewelry, evening bags, sunglasses, and more for your big upcoming events.  Why buy when you can borrow and return?

Does My Tum Look Big In This?

This UK maternity shop offers maternity clothes for hire (rent) for special occasions like weddings and formal events.   They also have tons of cute clothes you can buy, including their “Bump Box Capsule” – a handful of pieces you can mix and match.  Really beautiful clothes.

Rent the Runway

Called the “Netflix of Couture,” RTR allows you rent the latest styles for your hottest events at up to 90% off retail.  They’ll even send a second size free, just in case!  Whether you need something for a wedding, formal event, special date, or whatever, just rent, return, look great AND save money!

See what fun these fashion clubs can be?  You can look great, save money, and regularly change your inventory without the cost associated with it.  Try some yourself and see!

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