Learn How to Shop

Welcome to The Budget Fashionista Learn How to Shop Guide. Here you’ll find our best strategies for shopping like a pro and saving money at your favorite fashion retailers. You’ll find store-specific tips for many retailers including ShopBop, Ulta Beauty, Dillard’s, Bloomingdales and more. Also see our tips on shopping thrift stores and trendy stores.

We also love the “shopping list” post. Posts like “Best Occasion Dresses under $75” give you an easy set of trendy pieces to make your shopping uber efficient.

One overlooked side of shopping for clothes is returning clothes. After all, it happens sometimes that you buy a piece and then your opinion changes when you get it home. Some of our most popular posts cover return policies, from Payless to Saks.

How to Shop Guide from Budget Fashionista

If you’re not sure where to start reading, try these posts and topics:

How to Shop MarshallsHow to Shop New York & CompanyReturn policies for your favorite retailers

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News: Trunk Club Announces Greater Range of Sizes Available for Men and Women

Trunk Club, a men’s and women’s personal styling service, understands there is no universal fit when it comes to style, trends and people. In fact, a recent poll conducted by Trunk Club revealed 46...
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News: Missguided Announced 50 Pop-up Shop Locations in U.S.

Award winning online women’s retailer Missguided, has teamed with the Freshman Campus Takeover Tour to launch 50 physical pop-up shop locations in the U.S. from October 7th through December 10th. The pop-up shops will...
Project Runway Dress from JCPenney

News: Project Runway Dress at JCPenney for $40

Last Thursday on Season 16 of Project Runway, the contestants were challenged with creating a fashionable menswear-inspired look for women using fabric provided by JCPenney. The winning design is now available for $39.99 at...
Olive green, creme and black Kate Spade satchel

The Hunt for Kate Spade Coupons

Thanks to Dealspotr for collaborating on this post. All opinions are my own. When I was nine-years-old, my mom bought me a pair of knock-off Vans at Payless — the iconic slip-ons in two-tone...
Norma Kamali Collage

Flashback Fashion: Norma Kamali and Budget Fashion

Back in 2006, Budget Fashionista helped spread the word that Norma Kamali was launching an affordable collection for Spiegel. Maybe we’re used to that sort of thing today, but back then, Kamali’s move was...

Budget Fashionista Shopper Survey, Summer 2017

Summary The Budget Fashionista Summer, 2017 Shopper Survey gaged self-identified budget shoppers on how they make purchase decisions and where they prefer to shop. The majority of the survey’s 100 respondents admitted to not...
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Plus Size Swimwear on a Budget

There is absolutely no reason why plus size sistas can’t be fabulous at the beach. It’s taken decades for swimwear designers to catch on to the fact that, hey, full-figured women like to swim,...
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Flashback Fashion Friday: What Ever Happened to 5-7-9?

Editor’s note: We originally published this story about the 5-7-9 clothing stores in 2014. We’ve rewritten it to be more accurate and less one-sided. There’s nothing mysterious how retailer 5-7-9 got its name. Back...
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How to: Finding the High-Waist Swimwear Style for You

The high waistlines and modest cuts of retro-inspired bottoms are all over the internet these days—but are the headlines claiming their universally flattering qualities correct? Site after site likens the high-waist silhouette to the...
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5 Beach Style Icons — And How to Copy Their Looks

Weathering the surf and sand in style isn’t always easy, but there are a few bathing beauties who were known for managing to make it look effortless. Some of the biggest names in fashion,...
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Misses Beach Wear — 5 Affordable, Must-Have Pieces

Summer is about fun in the sun, right? If you’re looking forward to a beach vacation, you need your beach wear in order asap. Here are five pieces that will come in handy. An...
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ASOS to Zara: Online Stores with Free Shipping and Returns

Shopping online from home, with a drink hand, may seem like the best thing ever at the time. Until you realize the platform shoes you bought — the ones designed to look like the...
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How to Shop

Knowing how to shop a brick-and-mortar store is different than knowing how to shop online: we tend to take the quick click route — which is the shortest amount of time between the loading...
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Wedding on the Calendar? This is the Piece You Must Wear — Whether You’re the Bride, Bridesmaid, or Guest

I’m willing to bet there’s an outdated etiquette book that scoffs at the idea of women wearing any kind of trouser to a wedding, but who follows old-school etiquette anymore anyway? Half the invites we...
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Trending Swimwear 2017 — You’ve Seen This Before

Acid wash and mom jeans aren’t the only ’80s trends making a comeback. Take a good scroll on Instagram, and you’ll see famous faces donning poolside silhouettes that cause a flashback or two. That’s...
Wedding dress designs from Devotion Dresses

How to Find the Best Bridal Shops

Budget brides, this is a guest post from our friends at Devotion Dresses. We asked the Devotion Dresses team for their best tips on wedding dress shopping for the discerning bride on a budget,...
how to shop groupon beauty and fashion products

How to Shop Groupon Beauty and Fashion

Someone asked me the other day if Groupon was still around. Yes, Groupon lives on still — though it’s moved well beyond the local deals that were the focus of the site’s early days. Today,...
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What to Wear to a Wedding When You’re Over 60

Need some inspiration in the form of dresses for 60-year-old wedding guests? You’ve asked, and we picked out some styles we know you’ll love. Whether your style is fashion-forward, trendy or classic, there’s something...
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Consider Yourself a Budget Fashionista? 25 Best Online Shops Where You Can Snap Up Budget-Friendly Garments Right Now

The amazing rise of online clothing stores selling fast fashion — you know, cheap, trendy garments made to be worn one season only — has made it tough to be a budget fashionista. I say...
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Sustainable Fashion — How to Love Your Planet this Valentine’s Day

The holiday of love is almost here. And that means you’re likely consumed with either (1) finding the perfect gift for that special someone, or (2) determining how you’ll avoid the candy hearts and...
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The Best Coupon Sites (to Save on Fashion)

The best budget shoppers always talk about finding and using coupons, but that’s easier said than done. Searching online for coupons is just plain overwhelming. You often end up on something other than the...
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