In today’s world, it can be difficult to find appropriate outfits for a decent price. A number of readers have asked me where I buy my clothes, so I compiled a list of my favorite stores. I’m still a work in progress and would love it if you would add your suggestions to the comments section. Even if you live internationally and have different stores, I would love to hear from you.
My strategy is to visit these stores several times throughout the year and then again on Black Friday. If I see a cute top for a good price, I’ll buy it, even if I’m not in desperate need of shirts. That way, I can take advantage of sales as they come and not feel pressured into buying full priced items.
During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, I’ll often order a bunch of clothing items (usually formal and summer dresses, as those can be hard to find) from websites that allow you to return to the store (Kohl’s, JCPenney, etc). That way, I can have my own fashion show in the comfort of my own home, choose a few items that fit, and take back what I don’t like.
I love browsing secondhand stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local consignment boutiques), but I also shop at other stores that are known for having good clearance and sale racks, including…
Good ‘ole Kohl’s! Their clearance racks are overwhelming, but finding those treasures makes it worth your time.
Small store, so it’s easy to take a quick glance at the clearance/sale racks.
Plenty of their stuff is overpriced, but once in a while, they have great deals on dresses and tops.
Similar to Kohl’s
LOFT/Ann Taylor LOFT
Some items are pricey, but during end-of-the-season closeouts, I often find blouses and sweaters for under $8.00.
I shop at Dillard’s for dresses. Their racks are loaded, and you have to be willing to do a lot of trying on, but they have great sales.
Their clothing section is limited, but when they have something I like, it’s almost always a reasonable price. They also sell men’s, women’s, and children’s socks and undergarments for great prices.