I am a fashion consultant and stylist for a living, and so it is critical that I be seen dressed sharp myself all the time. I have many regular clients, and one thing that a lot of them have told me about why they believe in me and refer me to others for more work is because they have never seen me wear anything but designer clothes, but they also have never seen me wear the same thing twice.
Both facts are true, but what they do not know is that I do not actually own all that many clothes. Granted, I have about a month’s worth of outfits sitting in my apartment, and they are all designer clothes, but I sure did not spend full price on them. Some of them I did not even pay for. I do get them in a variety of ways though.
Some designer clothing makers send me outfits to try out or wear because they want me to like them and recommend them to my clients, but this does not account for as much of my wardrobe as you might think, nor does it really work. I always give my clients my honest opinion.
What I do on top of the freebies is sell my clothes online after I have worn them once. While an outfit does have a slight market markdown after being worn once, it is not that much, given the demand for such clothes, so I do get most of my money back from anything I bought fresh off the rack.
Even then, I do not pay full retail most of the time, as I buy used quite often myself online. Unlike a lot of others, I do not waste time looking for something exactly my size, as I know a good tailor and make very fastidious use of him much of the time.
I also hit vintage boutiques, donation stores, and yard and garage sales every weekend. You would be shocked to discover just what kind of designer clothes you can find in boxes at such a sale, just because people do not know what they have. Sometimes the wrong family member goes through a closet, or they forgot and just want to get rid of a bad memory as soon as possible.
All in all, I have various ways of finding a steady supply of great clothes.