Explore other shopping venues. We know how much you love the mall. Even if you say you’re just there to hang out or window shop, the temptation to buy a branded item that catches your fancy is high. But if you want another way to score cheaper designer versions, check out online shops. From shoes, bags, and clothes, you’ll find a lot of affordable pieces that look just as good and trendy as those designer items. For a list of online boutiques you can browse, check out Spot.ph’s top 20 websites.
Befriend your dependable neighborhood mananahi. The trick is to recreate looks by having it custom-made. If you can sew and do pattern-making, then snaps for you! You can just copy looks straight from the runway based on your own preferences (size, color, fabric, etc.) If not, scout for a good tailor to sew it for you, and for sure it won’t be as costly as buying from the stores.
Raid the closets in your house. Fashion trends come and go--then come back with a vengeance. You might rediscover old items that are in fashion again tucked all the away at the back of your closet or some box in the attic. You may find '80s-inspired styles from your ate and mom’s old wardrobe or chic menswear finds in your brother and dad’s drawers.