October 29, 2020
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Campus Style: Affordable Designer Options

By Marina Zupko
Columnist

It is quite common for young adults to feel pressured to succumb to the latest trends. Between bags, belts and clothes, designer pieces are always regarded as iconic fashion. Although the designer look is one that young people strive for, it is something that most 20-somethings cannot afford. Despite this fact, there are still multiple ways to obtain these items without filing for bankruptcy. 

Chinatown
If you’re in New York City for the day, take a walk through Chinatown. You will notice little stands, most of the time whispering “Gucci” or “Louis Vuitton.” If you’re on the hunt for cheap designer replicas, this is where you should stop. They will provide you with a catalog of options. Once you choose, they disappear for a few minutes and return with your perfect replica. This is a safer way to assure you’re receiving an accurate replica because you are seeing it in person before you buy. 

Thrift stores offer affordable designer items (Instagram).

Discount Secondhand Apps
Another option for affordable designer shopping is apps such as Poshmark or ThredUp. These are online or app-based sites that allow you to purchase second-hand designer items with the tap of a finger. Although these options are not as cheap as Chinatown products, the items you’re purchasing are authentic. Most users on these apps are there for good reasons, but be sure to check the validity of the user you’re purchasing from to confirm that you’re not being scammed.

Consignment shops
You can also purchase designer items at a discounted price at local consignment or thrift shops. Both are second-hand stores, allowing you to shop in person and choose exactly what calls your name. Some consignment shops specialize in designer items, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. This is also your safest bet in purchasing discounted designer products because you are face to face with both the seller and the item. 

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