If you're in the market for some designer clothes at discount prices, look no further. Although New York City is well-known for its luxurious—and expensive—looks, the fashion capital of the U.S. is also home to several stores that sell designer clothing at a discount every day. We've rounded up five favorites to help you find the best clothes at the best prices.
While you're on the hunt for a good deal, just make sure to inspect any purchases for tears, holes, and runs, which can result from rough and tumble handling by the occasional ruthless bargain shopper.
Interested in tracking down even more deals? Discount shopping gurus might also be interested in New York City Sample Sales.
"New York's Best Kept Secret" is hardly a secret. Although you'll have to battle the throngs of "in the know" shoppers here, it is all worth the effort: Deep discounts are waiting to be discovered as you make your way through the maze of offerings at this department store.
If you have crowd anxiety, come during the early morning or mid-afternoon, as the store tends to be calmer at this time of day. Century 21 has two stores in Manhattan's Financial District (including their flagship), as well as locations near Lincoln Center, in Brooklyn, and in Queens.
Shop designer duds and Instagram-worthy looks at Beacon's Closet, where you can get vintage and modern clothing, shoes, and accessories for a steal. Ethical and sustainable, this female-founded thrift store offers up every brand you could possibly ever want, from Alexander McQueen and Michael Kors to Neiman Marcus and Patagonia.
They have three locations in Brooklyn, as well as one near Union Square. If you want the best chance at snagging an incredible deal, head to the 5,500-square-foot Williamsburg store.
Since 1993, INA has been the premier designer consignment shop in NYC. It was founded by New York fashionista Ina Bernstein, so you're bound to track down the trendiest of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories when you peruse the racks here. INA features a whole host of designer brands, including Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney.
You can find shops in Chelsea and Union Square, in addition to separate stores for men and women in Nolita.
The off-price arm of the upscale Nordstrom store, Nordstrom Rack offers designer clothing at deep discounts. They have two locations that are convenient for visitors to the city—one in Downtown Brooklyn and the other in Union Square. They have a vast array of merchandise in both stores; you can shop everything from accessories and shoes to clothing and handbags. They carry items for both children and adults, so it's a great one-stop store for families.
TJ Maxx & Marshalls
TJ Maxx and Marshalls have numerous locations around Manhattan and the outer boroughs. At any of them, shoppers can sift through racks to find mid-range designer clothing, shoes, and accessories at deep discounts. The stores themselves are pretty charmless—but if you like treasure hunting there are good finds to be had. Many of them are holdovers from last year's season, yet no one else will know.
Find the most convenient location by heading to either of the stores' websites (there are options in Downtown Brooklyn, Chelsea, the Financial District, Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side and Harlem).
The Woodbury Commons outlet is an easy trip from New York City—even if you don't drive, you can take a bus directly to the outlets. You'll be glad you made the trek, as there are nearly endless shopping opportunities to enjoy once you are there. They have over 200 stores with everything from fashion for men, women, and children; shoes; accessories; perfume; and more. They have a full array of dining options as well; take a break and refuel so you can continue your shopping frenzy. You'll want to carve out a good chunk of time to come here, as it's a full's day activity.