Women Over 40: Best Places to Shop for Clothes

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There’s a story behind this post. It was originally written back in 2015 by a (younger) Budget Fashionista staffer. I gave her the topic — the best stores for women over 40 — and she came back with a list that included Talbots and Chico’s.

Now I don’t know about you, but I rarely shop either of these stores. They honestly feel a little old-and-stuffy to me. And I’m solidly in my mid-40s. Birthday number 47 is only a couple months away.

That means I owe you an apology for the original version of this post, the one that felt like a list of stores you shop at before you die. Truth is, we don’t have to shop differently once the big 4-0 rolls around. We haven’t aged out of style. Maybe our tastes have evolved a bit — or maybe they haven’t.

In any case, here’s my go-to list of stores to shop. Know that while I am an actual woman over 40, I’ve also been told I don’t “dress my age.” You can mull over what that means about the quality of this list, if anything at all.

Amazon for Trends

Of course I don’t need to introduce Amazon to you. What I will share is how I shop Amazon for clothes. In recent months, Amazon has become my first stop for trendy, low-cost pieces — formerly a spot owned by H&M. Amazon’s selection is so enormous that I can usually find the exact thing I want.

Snake print kimono
I’m eyeballing this snake print kimono for $16 on Amazon. I would wear it with jeans and a t-shirt, and substantially less jewelry than this model^. Snake print is very trendy right now, but I don’t want to invest too much in something I may not want to wear next year.

The caveat is this: I have to know what I want before shopping Amazon. For me, Amazon is not a place for browsing or inspiration. It’s more about efficiency, and getting to maximize the benefits of my Prime membership.

ASOS for Inspiration

When I’m in the mood for browsing, I head to ASOS. The catalog is massive and generally on point. You can sort and filter to your heart’s content and hone in on just the right styles and silhouettes.

Woman wearing white shirt dress and sneakers
How is a plain white shirt dress inspiring, you ask? Well, I didn’t know I needed one until I saw this piece ($32) on ASOS. I could wear this so many ways: with sneakers or sandals, with or without a belt, with or without leggings…

ASOS has lower-priced pieces in the mix, but it’s not exclusively a budget fashion destination. With that in mind, I always use the price filter — for fear of falling in love with something I cannot afford.

Ann Taylor & J. Crew for Classics

I love that you can shop tops at Ann Taylor by silhouette. The options include waist-defining, slim, classic and blousy. There are times when I want a flowy blouse, for example. At any other store, I’d have to scroll through all the options to find it. At Ann Taylor, I go right to the blousy collection.

Woman wearing light blue blouse from Ann Taylor
This pale blue blouse can be in my “professional” rotation for years. It’s Ann Taylor’s Camp Shirt, normally $69.50, but regularly on sale.

Granted, Ann Taylor pricing is on the high side for me. But the pieces are generally good quality so I can keep them around for a long time — that means the cost per wear works out even with the higher price point.

Ann Taylor’s sister LOFT is more affordable but also less consistently stylish in my opinion.

J.Crew is great for classically styled blazers and sweaters. The retailer does dabble in the trends — currently with a leopard print collection. But I prefer to stick with solids and neutrals unless the piece is heavily discounted.

TJMaxx for Deals

I have a pretty solid TJMaxx store near me, which means I don’t intentionally shop the TJMaxx website too often. But I am an avid user of Shopstyle — and Shopstyle sends me to TJMaxx.com more often than I’d like to admit.

There isn’t anything I can say about TJMaxx that you don’t already know. Fabulous styles. Incredible pricing. Surprise designer finds. Enough said.

Modcloth for Retro/Quirky

I love Modcloth for a couple reasons. One, the garments are reliably on point. And two, Modcloth just feels like a place real women can shop.

Red white a blue print dress from Modcloth
It’s easy to make a statement in this fun printed dress, on sale right now for $21 at Modcloth. Wear it year-round and especially for July 4 parties!

As part of a brand research project a couple years ago, I was asked to find retail advertising that I really liked. My example was Modcloth’s spread featuring real women of all shapes and colors. It was relatable and refreshing. I get that vibe every time I visit the Modcloth website, which keeps me coming back.

The Runners Up

Those are my top picks, but the list of contenders goes on and on. Here are a few more stores shopped by this over-40 budget fashionista.

Where do you shop? And, more importantly, did your go-to stores change after 40?


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Catherine Brock

As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

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All of these places are a great place to shop! I recommend the Talbots and Nordstrom for sure, I have always had success there with trendy styles!

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How are these places considered budget? I’m 44 with four teenagers and expenses. I can’t afford $80 for a shirt at talbots! How about some actual budget suggestions for affordable fashion?? You know, shirts for $30 or less, pants for $50 or less. Not everyone can pay $200 for jeans or shoes!!

Amen! I agree…

Who’s budget are talking about here? Certainly not mine!

Not my budget either. I love beautiful clothes but, those prices are crazy. I do shop at macys but, only on their clearance racks. I can get good deals there.

Ugh- all of these stores are boring and you’ll look just like all the other boring 55 year olds. I prefer to dress fairly conservatively, but a little outside the box.

I’m 43, but don’t look it. I’ve always had a youthful edge to my personality and clothing, though for the past 5 years I have gotten stuck in the black tees, and black pants I must wear everyday to work.. Where are you going for clothing and accessories?

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I agree with Ann Marie. I can’t afford these stores.

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I agree. Most of us have children in college. These sites are far from budget friendly. With that being said my husband and I make pretty good money. I think of budget friendly is $20 dollar sale items, not talking about underwear either. Being 46 on a date night would like to have fun with my attire not plan for retirement.

Ugh! boring, too expensive and what’s worse they rarely carry really small sizes. I’m 66, but am the same size I was in college- 5’2, 105 lbs. Still toned, can run a mile and have long white and silver hair. I typically wear skinny jeans or pants, but am looking for interesting tops, e.g. Free People without the price tag.
Any ideas?

Have you ever shopped Asos.com? It’s not positioned as an “over 40” shop, but who cares? Good selection and they do carry 00s.

I think it’s only in Western countries will you find such a concept as stores for women over 40 and so much pressure to dress like a senior citizen at that age. Look outside the hemisphere and you’ll see plenty of older women dressed very cutely and feminine and they don’t look at all “childish” or “ridiculous”. It can be done.

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Thanks for the list of trendy boutique and stores to shop in for my wife. I have a pretty good sense of style, and sometimes I can find something that she loves. The only trouble is that she is pretty short, so sometimes finding something her size can be hard. However, I can often find things online in her size if they don’t have them in stock. Thanks again for the post.

Thank you for providing such an extensive list of boutiques! I’ve been thinking of branching out of the regular clothing shops that I go to. Hopefully, I can find some really nice women’s boutiques in my area!

Thanks for the list of stores, some of which I’ve shopped. I’ll have to check out some of the others. I noticed you didn’t mention White House Black Market. I’m 46 and have been shopping there for a few years now. It has become my favorite store. For those of you who say the stores on the list are too expensive, I agree. White House Black Market’s pricing runs around the same as those mentioned in the list which is why I only shop the clearance racks in the outlet stores. Incredible bargains and lots to choose from.

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Another wonderful place is on EBAY I purchase a lot from EBAY and all these brands are there. Many are brand new and at bargain basement prices. I have yet to have a problem with the sellers on EBAY and I have been buying from them for several years now. I do the buy it now purchases the most. I don’t like to bid on things..

Talbots & other stores often have great “end of season” sales. If your size stays fairly constant, you can pick up some nice quality items very reasonably. Also Altar’d State carries “Free People” style but for much less.

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I just turned 40, and I am aghast at a few of your suggestions: Talbots and Chicos. My 94-year-old grandmother shops at Chicos, and went I bought my first shirt at Talbots I felt so bad about myself I took it back. I *have* been shopping at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Anthropologie since my 20’s, but I am looking for other ideas. Non middle aged, more bohemian, etc.

“Over 40” does include women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.

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Really? these are budget shops? 85.00 for a shirt is a budget? 45 for a shirt is a budget? Wow, Y’all must be really wealthy. I am looking for shops with shirts for 25 Guess mine would be Jcpenney, sears, Kohls, Bealls, and Belk,

I found some nice collections for my mother from chico’s, they really have some good patterns and designs. Talbots is for regular classic cloths only, in my view.

Talbot, Nordstom, and Macy’s are really expensive, for clothing for Women over 40, my top 3, and all are reasonably priced are Kohl’s, DressBarn, and Christopher & Banks!!

Awesome. Thanks for mentioning these websites. I dont know how anyone can afford anything in those websites. Belk sales are great.

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From my point of view, you grow old when you think you have! Always keep that light inside you that keeps you young and wear what suits you well. By the way nice nice post. Keep posting stuff like that!

I am 42, and find most of these options very conservative. Not my style. And out of the range of affordable. But thanks for trying.

Hi Tess,
There are others out there who feel the same I’m sure. Feel free to share any of your favorite stores!

I’m 40 and I still shop at Forever 21!

Thanks for Sharing this Info, I recommend these stores to my friends!

If you watch the sales for Jcrew( wool sweater for20 instead of 100) banana republic you can find beautiful pieces at even better prices. I hate buying something that is not on sale myself.

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