Express has been a reliable source of fashion for years. Every time I walk into an Express store, I’m sort of shocked by how expensive the pieces are. $80 for a pair of work pants, for example, is a little steep in my book. But then I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of a garment from Express either. Get the best of both worlds by shopping the sales only.
Macys.com cycles through sales and promotions almost constantly. You could sign up for their emails to stay informed, but honestly, that gets to be overwhelming. Instead, make a habit of going to Macys.com first when you know exactly what you need — it’ll only take a minute to see if that perfect piece just happens to be on sale.
Nordstrom has three big sales every year: the Anniversary Sale in July and the Half-Yearly Sale in the spring and fall. Get those on your calendar! That’s when you’ll want to refresh your bras and underwear and seasonal pieces.
Head to Yoox when you need a label to show off. Jil Sander, Marni, Prada and Rochas are a few of the designer names that grace the pages of Yoox.com. These are spendy garments for sure, but sign up for the sale emails and you may snag a great piece at a steep discount.
Zulily works on a unique model, and this impacts you in two ways. One, you have to create an account and sign in to shop. And two, you’ll have to wait two or three weeks to receive your order. But if you’re OK with that, you can score some amazing deals.
New products go on sale every day and you never know what you might find. Right now, I’m eyeing a Michael Kors gray satchel for $160.
The Old Standbys
Forever21 gets flack, and some of it’s well-deserved. But my two biggest complaints about Forever21 actually don’t apply to the website shopping experience. First, the in-store returns policy is restrictive and, secondly, the store is usually a mess.
Things are different online, though! Online purchases can be returned for exchange, credit or refund within 30 days. And the website doesn’t have to worry about sloppy display tables.
I actually prefer shopping H&M in the store, but the website is still a good resource for basics like tees, camis and tanks.
We can’t leave Target off this list! Target.com has an enormous selection, and we’re often surprised by the goods you can pick up for the price.
The T.J.Maxx website delivers on the “brand name for less” promise perhaps better than the store itself. We love that the site encourages you to pick your size first and then browse options from there. Too bad they can’t organize the stores that way, where all the large-size pieces — skirts, pants, whatever — are grouped in one section.
And About Those Super-Bargain Retailers
There’s also a whole community of ultra-bargain retailers like Romwe, Shein and Dressilyme. We’d put these in the ‘fast fashion’ category. Yes, the prices are unbelievably low. Some of the styles are super cute. But quality and sizing may be inconsistent. Proceed at your own risk.
Bonus! Shopping Helpers
There are times when you see a piece you like, but you don’t know where to get it. Try one of these sites to help you find that piece, or something like it. We regularly use these resources to find garments to feature on the blog. They all allow you to search by price point and other attributes like color, size, etc.
Now it’s your turn to share! Did we miss any of your favorite online clothing stores? Let us know in the comments.