Discover the new designer fashion website that allows you to pay in installments
We’ve all been there: you want that Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag, but you don’t have £300 to spend on it right now – and by the time you’ve saved up, it’s sold out. Happily, new shopping site Very Exclusive has cracked the solution to this problem. Shop from their range of designer and high-end-high-street fashion, and you can either pay upfront or in three installments. It’s a clever way to make designer fashion more accessible – but just be aware that if you haven’t bought it outright after three months, you’ll pay 18.9% APR on any remaining balance.
Very Exclusive launches on Thursday 19 February.
We all have moments of lusting after Chanel handbags, Manolo Blahnik shoes and Victoria Beckham dresses, but for most of us, a designer purchase is a very occasional extravagance. So we were thrilled when Italian website My Secret Dressing Room came to the UK last year, offering hundreds of designer items for hire at a fraction of the purchase cost. Borrow your perfect jacket for a week or a month, show it off to your heart's content and then return it safe in the knowledge that it didn't cost you a fortune.
Even better, My Secret Dressing Room allows fashionistas to rent out their designer clothes, so if you do have an expensive handbag or pair of shoes, you can get it working for you. It might just earn you a little pocket money - to put towards your next big buy.
My Secret Dressing Room isn't the only website helping us to live our designer dream without the six-figure salary. Chic by Choice offers dresses for four or eight days. They'll allow you to choose a back-up size to receive as well (in case the first one doesn't fit!) and they take care of the dry cleaning. This Alice by Temperley gown is worth £520, but you can hire it for £76.
Hire from Girl Meets Dress and they'll allow you to choose two or three frocks, then return the ones you don't want. It's the perfect chance to try before you... er... rent. Rental periods are two days or seven days, and designers include Stella McCartney, Lanvin, and Roksanda Ilincic (pictured). This cocktail dress retails at £950 - but can be hired for £89.