The Daily Grind Video

Memorial Day just passed, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Nope, it’s not Christmas just yet, but as all these end-of-season sales abound, we sure do feel as giddy as a child racing down the stairs to open up all the gifts Old Saint Nick left while we were recovering from MDW hangovers sleeping.

With sale season upon us, that means it’s time once again for one of the biggest blowouts: the biannual Net-A-Porter sale that’s slashing luxury label price tags up to 50 percent off. Most of those designer digs you’ve had your eye on since last fall are finally a little more affordable–except by a little we mean a little less super expensive.

Let’s face it–the rent is too damn high aaaand it’s due next week, so that $1,495 Charlotte Olympia pineapple shaped purse that’s been marked down to $747 is probs not a reasonable investment.

But any real person with style knows that it isn’t always about the number on the price tag, it’s about how you wear what’s attached to it. And there’s nothing like scoring a look for way, way less. That’s where Zara comes in! The fast-fashion brand is notoriously known for copying the collections we see on the runway each season and producing pieces at a fraction of the cost. While not all of them are blatant rip-offs, others make us wonder how Zara’s managed to avoid being sued into submission to have its big glass doors shut forever. But while you say knockoff, I say ‘tomato.’

So before you peruse the Net-A-Porter sale, see just a few of the splurges and steals we’ve found for you down below, because we know what it’s like to be ballin’ on a budget. Your wallet (and landlord) will thank you.

Alexander Wang apron-back crepe vest, $750 $525 | Zara combined waistcoat, $99

Tod’s fringed metallic leather sandals, $675 $425 | Zara leather sandals with fringes, $99

Jil Sander cotton-gabardine coat, $2,490 $1,494 | Zara coat with pockets, $159

Jimmy Choo snake-effect leather sandals, $925 $647 | Zara high heel snake print leather sandal, $99

Michael Kors Sidney leather sandals, $475 $285 | Zara high heel strappy sandals, $59

Alexander Wang glossed-leather mule, $525 $367 | Zara high heel sandal with ankle strap, $99

Tod’s fringed leather sandals, $925 $647 | Zara leather wedge with fringe, $99

Helmut Lang slit bonded leather mini skirt, $695 $417 | Zara faux leather skirt, $69

Karl Lagerfeld snake-effect leather sandals$285 $142 | Zara printed leather crossover sandals, $99

Nicolas Kirkwood laser-cut leather sandals$1297 $777 | Zara leather high heel ankle boot sandal $129

PHOTO CREDIT: Net A Porter, Zara