12 ways to get designer stuff without breaking the bank

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VALENTINO BY MARIO VALENTINO. Red Giusy Leather Belt. Image via c21stores.com.

Century 21

When I think of Century 21 the first thing that comes to mind is usually real estate. Then I remember there is a department store by that name, too. What makes this store an excellent addition to this list is the fact that they have designer and non-designer merchandise at discounted prices.

No matter what you may be searching for, Century 21 is a great option for clothing to handbags and accessories. And with categories broken down by such options as designer, modern, and contemporary, your wardrobe really can be tailored to the look you want or need.

While there may not be tons of Givenchy or Dolce and Gabbana, when you find something you love, it is definitely worth shopping the site. And of course, like any of the other department stores on the list, the savings is worth the hunt.

Lace cocktail dresses feel like a must-have in any closet, and if it comes in a solid color that can be worn multiple times, it becomes a wardrobe staple. One of my favorite finds at Century 21 was the Monique Lhuillier Blue Short Sleeve Lace Cocktail Dress. Not only is it a steal at $99.99, down from $395, but the color is such a vibrant pop that it will make you want to wear it more often than necessary.

Or perhaps you are looking for a maxi dress, but in a stunning red. Then why not take a look at this stunner from Jay Godfrey? The Argon Sheath Dress is perfect for date night, a special occasion, or anytime you want to make a statement. This is the kind of dress that looks lovely on and offers plenty to talk about. And the fact that it is $99.99, which is a savings of 69 percent, means you can look and feel stunning without making your wallet cry.

Finally, nothing says high-end designer fashion quite like the perfect red-bottomed heels. Which means if you can grab a pair of Christian Louboutin for less than the usual ticket price why wouldn’t you? That’s why we can’t forget the fact that the store has an assortment of Christian Louboutin leather pumps. If you search on the site, you may be able to find them for 42 percent off the original price of $695. For $399.99 you can grab these heels in one of four different colors. And in my book that is a definite win.