Designers at a Discount

The best vintage and consignment stores to find a great steal.

Borrow a Dress Couture

Rent out showstoppers by Marchesa, Marc Bouwer, and Badgley Mischka at this white-walled couture shop in Lakeview. Rates from $35 to $400 will get you three days for your loaner look.

3221 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-904-8735,

Deliciously Vintage

Pilsen's new vintage spot will draw you in with one-of-a-kind finds from Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Gucci—at less than half the retail price. The sunglass selection alone is reason to make a trip.

1747 S. Halsted St., 312-733-0407,

Sofia Vintage

Ungaro, YSL, Gucci, and Valentino make up the couture vintage dress mix at this little Gold Coast shop. While the tags on designer dresses are often in the hundreds, it's a far cry from the original prices.

1165 N. Clark St., Ste. 400, 312-640-0878,

The bags on this luxe handbag consignment site start at 50 percent off retail, and based on age, condition, and demand, prices may go lower. New arrivals from Balenciaga, Chanel, and Goyard come in weekly; if a bag sticks around for 90 days, the price drops 30 percent.