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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How-To: Rent Fabulous Party Outfits

As the part invites start to stack up and you’re like me and you don’t like to break budget, the only number you really care about is the number of outfits you’ll need to come...
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Costco vs. Sam’s Club — Which is Better?

Costco or Sam’s Club? Often, the choice between the two warehouses comes down to location. But if you’re fortunate enough to have a Costco and a Sam’s Club within driving distance, you’ll probably choose...
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H&M Times Square Store Opens, Stars Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga may have set her eyes on performing in space, but for this week at least, she will be entertaining her New Yorker earthlings. H&M has selected the pop star to lead the...
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It’s Here! The Target Holiday Lookbook 2013

You better not pout, we’re telling you why: Target Holiday Lookbook 2013 is here, and it’s chockful of affordable and stylish items for the end-year festivities! On Spotlight: Target Holiday Lookbook 2013 The collection...
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Kohl’s is the Latest to Open Doors on Thanksgiving Day

Just eight days after Macy’s announced they will be open for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day, Kohl’s has followed in their footsteps.  However, while Macy’s will remain open for 24 hours straight until the...
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What To Wear To A Fall Wedding

We know that choosing what to wear to a fall wedding can be a frustrating task. You don’t want to upset the bride (more importantly, you don’t want to upstage the bride). But, you...
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Peter Pilotto for Target

Since that fateful day when Missoni crashed Target’s humble servers and a pair of rubber rainboots was listed for $31,000 on eBay, we knew the designer stampede was coming.  Following in the footsteps of...
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A Look Back: The 3.1 Phillip Lim Collection for Target

Huge (and we mean HUGE) news for Phillip Lim fans: the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target has just hit stores.  That means staying super stylish with Lim’s animal prints, sparkle accents and sweater dresses...
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Wear-Again Wedding Attire for Any Season

There’s always a whole lot of love at a wedding, but I’ve always found it difficult to love buying and wearing one-time wedding attire. So, in the midst of summer wedding season, instead of...
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H&M Online Shop Finally Opens in the US

The long wait is over– Hennes & Mauritz, a.k.a. H&M has finally opened the doors of its online shop to the US market. Starting August 1st, the Swedish budget fashion retailer will offer the...
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How to Shop TJ Maxx

For some, “off price” stores like TJ Maxx are a mecca of bargains, with hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. For others, the store, with it’s seemingly endless racks and eclectic mix of...
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Say Yes To The Target Dress: Target’s New Bridal Line

It’s true, ladies.  Target has become a one-stop shopping destination that renders all other stores obsolete.  You can now buy your orange juice, tampons,  vacuum cleaner, and yes, wedding dress all at Target.  With...
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Can I Wear Black to a Wedding?

Dear Budget Fashionista, I have a wedding to attend in late June and I found a black dress with small white polka dots that I love. Can I wear black to a wedding? Answer:...
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Updated! Five Great Tummy Control Swimsuits

This post about tummy control suits was rewritten in January, 2019. A little muffin top shouldn’t spoil your fun in the sun. After all, you should be able to have your cake (or ice...
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Best Quotes About Online Shopping

Imagine this: you’re cozy by a fire with a nice blanket, a cup of tea or maybe even a cup of alcohol. It’s snowing outside and you can see the faintest flicker of lights...
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Best Swimsuits for Those With Large Breasts

Yes, we love lying out at the beach and playing in the pool, but even the most enthusiastic shoppers dread the thought of searching for a swimsuit, and we don’t blame them. Never is...
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TBF Readers Ask: Any Highly Recommended New York City Thrift Stores, Vintage Shops, or Consignment Stores?

This post is inspired by one of our TBF readers, Margaret, who says: My mom and I are planning a trip to New York this summer as my 18th birthday present and we are...
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Stylish Wedding Headpieces that Aren’t Veils

If you’re planning a walk down the aisle in the near future, your mind is likely swimming with style possibilities. One of the most important pieces you’ll select is the wedding veil, a symbolic...
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Vera Wang Backs Down from $500 Anti-Knockoffs “Appointment Fee” After Local and Global Backlash

What: In case you haven’t heard this week, Vera Wang has opened a Shanghai bridal boutique in January to house her globally-revered bridal couture creations. Which typically wouldn’t be such a huge point of...
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National Women’s History Month: Betsey Johnson

In the history of American fashion there have been many fascinating, influential, talented women who innovate and create amazing fashions. Here at The Budget Fashionista we’d like to highlight just a few of them...
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H&M’s New Collection: Models Off Duty Style

Apparently launching a summer collection with Ms. Beyoncé  herself wasn’t enough for Sweden’s hottest brand.  H&M’s pre-summer collection features styles inspired by some of the hottest models in the industry: Joan Smalls, Daphne Groeneveld,...
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