So if you're not quite ready to give up the labels or the thought of wearing Target clothing makes you itchy (though it shouldn't), there are some great ways to find designer labels at lower prices. I've found that for mid-level designer (ie not Valentino, Prada, or MiuMiu) Filene's Basement and TJ Maxx have the best selections. Filene's has their Vault Event every so often which includes those higher end labels mentioned above. On a day to day basis, they have a great selection of premium denim including J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, and James. Certain TJ Maxx locations have their special Runway Styles section. Both places typically have a good selection of Theory and Elie Tahari, though I have a bone to pick with Theory regarding their quality (more on that later).
No doubt you have heard of the new Private Sale websites such as Gilt, Hautelook, Ideeli, and RueLaLa. These sites are wonderful and run the gamut from funky designers to classic couture at up to 70% off. They are by invitation only, so if you're not a member email me and I'll get you hooked up!