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La Belle Armoire

Womens Designer Resale Apparel

By Suzanne O'Connor

Mom taught me to buy the best quality I could afford… the problem was I rarely could afford the best quality in anything. So I started haunted resale clothing, furniture and appliances stores, occasionally buying the best quality and style for far less.

So when I walked into La Belle Armoire in Costa Mesa, I knew immediately I had fallen into a gem. A real high-end women’s resale boutique with savings of 30%-80%  everyday in a friendly boutique atmosphere.

Here you can find the best quality in fashion designer goods for a lot less.  From real couture to higher end designers, you’ll find them here often new with the originally tags or worn only once.  The savvy sales help here really know how to pull together a look and are happy to assist you or just let you browse.

I spotted some NWT Manola Blahniks heels at $165 instead of $380. Classic Ferragamo pumps were a good buy at $120 instead of $350. Some Emilio Pucci strappy snakeskin pumps were $150 instead of $270.

Handbag lovers will do well here with some great buys.  A new Francesca Baisia patent leather satchel is $299 instead of $375.  A Kenneth Cole Saddle Leather shoulder bag was $95 instead of $220. Several Judith Leiber bags and belts were here at 50%-70% off original retail. A small blue evening bag was $350 instead of $750 and the coveted frog jeweled belts in snakeskin were here at $225 instead of $795.

But ya gotta look at the incredible clothes!

Highlights include an Armani Exchange rain coat in mint condition was a great by at $50 instead of $250.  Dolce & Gabbana jeans were $120 instead of $280. A Nanette Lepore Fitted jacket was $110 instead of $250.  An Escada silk floral blouse was $310 instead of $700. A Chanel cashmere cardigan at $425 instead of $850. A stunning Christain Dior boutique suede embroidered jacket at $575 instead of $1800. A St John Knits long pink blazer was classic at $350 instead of $1300.

Do hit the sale racks for extra steep savings. A Stella McCartney black pantsuit was mint and at $175 instead of $1400…. A serious steal!  A Carolina Herrera silk blouse was also a steal at $89 instead of $350.

Yes, really good designer clothes still cost, but they last a lifetime. Here you can find them for much less.

La Belle Armoire
230 E. 17th St., #100
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-8000

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