It's no secret that I'm partial to a designer item or two. Gone are the days when I'd splurge in H&M or binge-buy on ASOS and for the past couple of years, I've curated my wardrobe very differently. While I still enjoy occasionally browsing current trend collections online, I get far more pleasure out of lusting over an investment piece and aggressively saving every penny until I can afford to make it mine. And the pieces I choose to buy? They're classic, timeless. They could last forever. Totally worth forgoing the odd Starbucks (or 6) for.
But now, the game's changed. I don't have to save for months, forego my (somewhat expensive) daily takeout coffee. I can buy that designer item on my wishlist for the same price as a new outfit from Zara. Perhaps actually, a little less. And you can too. Let me tell you about Best Secret.
A members-only designer sales website, BestSecret is an exclusive shopping community that stocks over 3,000 different brands with 500 (!) new items added daily. Every piece is discounted by up to 80% and while most designer bargains are found the following season, many of the items on BestSecret are from current collections. So that handbag you spotted on Instagram and can't stop thinking about? Have a browse, it could well be yours sooner than you think.
The site permits membership by recommendation only (told you it was exclusive) but you can use my link to gain access almost immediately. Simply sign up with an email address or use your Facebook account and you're in, able to browse to your heart's content.
I've definitely gotten ahead of myself harping on about these incredible discounted designer items but BestSecret does actually stock high-street retailers too. Even better, right? That means those almost-bargainous shoes you've been eyeing up are now definitely bargainous, leaving you with a little spare cash to splash on ...a bag as well maybe? Or you know, you could pop it into a savings account - if you've got willpower of steel.
But when it came to picking out pieces for myself, I was very clear about what I wanted. I've been looking for 2 things specifically for quite a while: 1) a grey (preferably large because I like to carry everything minus the kitchen sink) tote bag and 2) a pair of neutral court shoes that would look just as good with jeans and suit trousers as they would with a little Summer dress. And guess what? I found both.
This Calvin Klein bag was everything I was looking for. Though it's more taupe than grey, it's the exact shape and size I wanted and at almost 40% off, it was well within my budget. I was also very tempted by the smaller cross body bags (also by Calvin Klein), which are a gorgeous boxy shape and come in so many lovely colours but I was shopping with a purpose and I managed (only just) to stay on track.
I then came across these pointed Bronx bow-front courts and I knew I'd hit the jackpot. In a sandy blush hue, they are my perfect neutral shade. They're versatile enough to wear with any other colour and slot perfectly into my Spring/Summer wardrobe which is brimming with nudes, pastels and plenty of flowing fabrics.
In a nutshell, I found my perfect Summer accessories, pieces that will carry me all the way through this season and the next for many years to come. And with so many beautiful items to choose from, you'd be hard pushed not to find a long list of things you love. I know I'm already budgeting for my next BestSecret splurge.
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