Make your own
Headbands are huge this season (seen at Chanel, top, Altuzarra and Gucci). However, if you can’t stretch to the designer price tag, why not make your own? Hobbycraft sells embellishments like pearls and crystals (from £1.20), plus glue guns (from £5). Just get yourself a cheap headband and create a work of art.
Forget car boots, sign up with designer resale sites. Edit Second Hand selects designer pieces with up to 70 per cent off. HEWI London works like eBay — you bid on goods. Vestiaire Collective has thousands of new listings each week — like these suede Gucci boots (£354.02).
Sewing Quarter is the UK’s first sewing TV channel and a great way to find out how to refashion old clothes. ‘We all have clothes in our wardrobe that we no longer wear, or that no longer fit, but you don’t have to spend money on a new outfit,’ says designer Jenniffer Taylor. ‘Sewing is a great skill to alter clothes, or get adventurous and create something totally new.’
Personal stylist Chantelle Znideric regularly styles celebrities for the Baftas. She suggests buying staple items out of season. ‘Leather and denim feature all year round, but buying them in the summer season guarantees lower prices. Hunt out FRAME, Salsa and 7 For All Mankind jeans as they offer substantial savings.’
Buying suits can be costly, given the ever-changing shape of male fitness enthusiasts, but Avail London offers muscle-fit suits that stretch to your shape. It’s all thanks to a clever stitching technique designed to stretch around the shoulders, chest, biceps and quads. From £129.99.
There’s an abundance of charity shops offering clothes at cheaper prices (with the bonus of donating to a good cause and all that), but if you’re savvy about which ones you frequent, you could find celebrity cast-offs. Cancer Research UK in Marylebone is frequented by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, while the British Red Cross in Chelsea has been known to welcome the Beckhams’ hand-me-downs.
Xupes specialises in pre-owned, high-end watches, jewellery and handbags with up to 70 per cent off. There’s over 7,000 items online and you can get help from an expert if you’re looking for a specific piece like a Chanel quilted lambskin vintage bag, above, (£2,279, RRP: £3,990) or an investment like the Rolex Day-Date 18k gents watch (£15,995, RRP: £27,250), below.