Designer buys needn't cost the earth – in fact, there are plenty different ways of scoring a bargain these days. Whether your heart skips a beat when you hear the sound of a Vestiaire Collective price drop notification or you check your eBay saved searches more than your Instagram, we're all about bagging a killer deal.
But there's something about the in-person shopping experience that hits different. Uncovering a hidden gem that just so happens to fit you like a glove is nothing short of magical – and there are plenty of brilliant UK designer outlets that can help you achieve that satisfying blend of both savvy and stylish.
Designer outlets stock unsold items from past seasons, and so there's every chance that you could stumble across a limited-edition piece, or something that simply cannot be bought anywhere else.
But on a more practical level, if you're simply wanting to update your collection of quality separates - think classic shirts, nature-defying jeans, sumptuous knits and cool-girl tailoring - a designer outlet trip presents the ideal opportunity to top up your wardrobe for less.
Hello! Fashion shares the best UK designer outlets to satisfy your fashion fix:
Situated in the heart of Oxfordshire, Bicester Village has an impressive reputation – as well as the killer labels to show for it. Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga are just a few of the labels stocked at this outlet – plus, it even has a personal shopping service if you fancy some bespoke styling.
Where: Bicester, OX26 6WD
The largest outlet centre in the UK is home to over 140 luxury boutiques, including Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Burberry. It also has plenty of luxury high street labels if that is more up your street – in fact, you could curate a killer work wardrobe with some of the names available at Cheshire Oaks like Reiss, Hobbs and Gant.
Where: Cheshire, CH65 9JJ
London Designer Outlet
Not only can Wembley boast its iconic stadium, but the suburb is also home to a brilliant selection of shops at London Designer Outlet. Highlights include Kurt Geiger and Converse to satisfy your shoe fix, as well as The Fragrance Shop if a delicious new scent is on the cards.
Where: London, HA9 0FD
Set alongside the water, merely a stone's throw away from the docks, Gloucester Quays was opened by TV fashion personality Gok Wan in 2009. (When that piece of niche shopping trivia wins you a quiz tie-breaker, do get in touch.) Boasting chic mid-price labels such as AllSaints, Hobbs and Ted Baker, this particular outlet is the perfect choice if you're after a quieter, more low-key shopping destination.
Where: Gloucester, GL1 5SH
Located in the heart of Essex, Braintree Village is perfect for a day spent browsing the likes of BOSS, Armani and Champion. But if instead you're in the mood for an eclectic accessory moment, Kate Spade has you covered with its vibrant collection of standout bags and playful jewellery.
Where: Essex, CM77 8YH
Icon Outlet at The O2
If beauty is on the agenda, the Icon Outlet situated in south-east London is an excellent shout. Stocking major industry players such as Clarins, MAC and Estée Lauder, this is the spot if your product collection requires a luxe overhaul.
Where: London, SE10 0DX
York Designer Outlet
Part of the McArthurGlen group, York Designer Outlet is ideal if you're planning on hitting the shops and making a day of it. Michael Kors, Coach and Levi's are just a few of the brands available to shop here, and one special highlight for perfume obsessives is the Penhaligon's boutique.
Where: York, YO19 4TA
Situated on the south coast, Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 stores and makes for the accessory aficionado's dream day out. Coach, Balmain Watches, Kate Spade and Kurt Geiger all ought to be on your must-visit list for a trip to the Portsmouth outlet.
Where: Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ
Livingston Designer Outlet
Scotland's largest designer outlet Livingston is great for all tastes. In pursuit of the perfect jeans? Hit up Levi's. An underwear update? Make for Calvin Klein. That box-fresh feeling? Check out New Balance.
Where: West Lothian, EH54 6QX
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