Rihanna, the flamboyant Barbados born artist is well known for her unique sense of fashion- and her music (you don’t get 5 billboard hot 100s with a sense of fashion only)! But what we love most about her is her sense of style! The fashion bomb has successfully introduced a number of new trends in fashion through the years- and her shoes are her best style statement! Can you do a Rihanna with your women’s shoes? Sure you can- and we’ll tell you exactly how!
· Know what you are about- this lady sure does! look how she flaunts her Bajan roots- in everything she wears! She’s pretty serious about her shoes too. We spotted her with those gorgeous high heeled shoes on the red carpet, at award functions and even at interviews. We also observed how she donned just the right pair of casual flat sandals or high fashion stilettos when her wardrobe demanded it! We must admit, she looked a stunner in them every single time!
Take a leaf out of her book-don’t just go for women’s shoes because you think they are fashionable. Is it ‘you’? Will you be comfortable in them? Are they right for the occasion (unless you’re planning a lady gaga!)?Consider these before you hit those ‘women’s shoes on sale’ counters!
· It’s Not About the Price-Rihanna has been in the limelight for her Giuseppe zanotti pumps, the womens platform sandals she sports and those absolutely divine patent open toe booties she wears. But we really loved her on those gladiator style boots by Balenciaga! She does seem to have a way with her shoes-this lady! Did you catch her in those gorgeous riding boots or those Yves St.Laurent wrap up sandals? It echoes her daring fashion sense- and lends her oodles of sex appeal!
Learn from the experts- your shoes are not really about the amount of money you spend on them (though we have to admit, your chances of securing her Balmain fringed sandals at $50 are remote!)! The point is to invest wisely. Compare the brands AND the looks of the shoes before you buy them. Do they go with your personality? Do they go with your dress? If you are anything like the fiery Rihanna, you should be able to carry off BOTH a fun look and an elegant one! Buy different shoes for different occasions- that’s the best way to be appropriately dressed at all times!
· Make it about you- Most fashion experts agree that Rihanna is fierce in her choices of shoes! Whether it’s her high heels that scream “look at me” or the classy Louboutin boots-they are ALWAYS the most talked about part of her ensemble! We can’t say we blame her- after all, what are couture dresses and expensive jewellery if you cannot team them with the right shoes?
Is a designer handbag discount merely urban legend? Designer bags such as Coach, Louis Vuitton and Fendi are amongst the most desirable accessories known to women! The best qualities that one can buy and designs that are fashionable, yet classic, to be held on to for a lifetime.
Here’s the bad news (but please don’t shoot the messenger!) – It is rare to get designer handbags at a discounted price. Put yourself in the shoes of the designer and tell me if you would want your brand to be cheapened by selling it at discount. It gives the impression that the product is in low demand and the price had to be dropped to sell.
The truth is – these bags are in high demand without needing a clearance sale! You might want to disagree – in fact, you saw a Louis Vuitton going for half the price at an online auction just the other week! Sorry, but that discounted bag was highly likely a counterfeit or real but a part of an unfortunate scam.
So one more point to get across is that authentic designer handbags are 99% of the time only sold through the designer’s website or boutiques, which are often specified on their website. Always check the distribution channels of individual designers to guarantee you are getting an authentic and not a fake.
So is there any good news to come out of this? Are their ways to get a designer handbag discount without the risk of purchasing a replica? There might just be some hope to hold on to. Some websites are offering a legitimate service of renting authentic designer handbags. I personally find this a wonderful alternative to those who simply can’t wait to save up for the latest Balenciaga tote or Coach handbag. For an example of the price you can expect to pay for a month’s rental – Coach can cost around $40 whereas a Balenciaga might be around $300 – bargain!
There are other options too. There are premium consignment sites where previously purchased designer handbags (sometimes never used or in top condition) are bought and sold through their website. Each handbag undergoes thorough checks to ensure it isn’t a counterfeit with serial numbers and holograms being the first things looked at. Then it is restored to look brand new. In order to be accepted and sold, the bag must be submitted with at least two original documents to clarify that is authentic. This may include the original packaging or a manufacturer registration card amongst others.
Finally, there are invitation only sites where designer handbags are sold at a discounted price – sales only last around 36 hours though on any given designer so you would have to act quickly to get your desired bag.
As you can see, there are a few ways to get a discounted designer handbag without being at risk of picking up a counterfeit. Always make checks on the websites you are buying from to make sure they are legitimate and read the small print!