Diamond Extras

Fashion Fix

With a bit of savvy know-how your fashion fix needn't leave you with an empty pocket.

First up: sign up to your favourite brands email newsletters and social media channels and keep your eyes peeled for discounts. Flash offers or free next day deliveries are common.

Are you a student?

If you don't already have an NUS extra card get one now. It costs �12 but you will make that back straight away with 10% + discounts from Top Shop, ASOS and many other high street brands (not to mention the 40% off at Pizza Express and the free McDonalds). If you're not a student don't worry there are plenty of other ways to save money.

The ASOS outlet has hot new lines with up to 70% discounts every day. And if fighting the masses in your local TKMaxx is not your idea of fun their website offers not only great bargains but flash sales with handpicked designer labels. Ebay has also evolved to become a fantastic fashion destination.

Members only sites

There are also a number of member's only sales websites, such as Brand Alley and Secret Sales, offering up to 70% discounts on designer fashion, beauty and home brands And be sure to bookmark Fashion Vouchers, a website bringing together all the latest fashion voucher codes, offers and sales from all the leading fashion brands.

Girl with lots of shopping bags

Sample sales are another insiders tip to getting designer brands at high-street prices. Check out: Designer Sales, Sample Sales London and Designer Warehouse Sales.

For the vintage lovers Oxfam's online shop brings you all their latest vintage clothing and accessories, including any designer donations. Martha's Closet and Love Miss Daisy are both online vintage emporiums for the thrifty mind (and purse).

Never be seen in the same outfit twice

For special occasions do what the celebs do and borrow a dress. Who needs to fork out �600 for a pair of stunning Jimmy Choo's when you can hire them for �50. For shoes try Cinderella Me, handbags try Handbags By Designers and dresses try My Celebrity Dress.

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