Keeping up with all of the latest fashion trends can make your head spin. The struggle is real for consumers trying to save a buck. Luckily, there are stores that allow shoppers the opportunity to stay up to date without having to completely deplete their bank accounts. Make the most of your shopping efforts when looking for fashionable items at the following stores.
If you’re the type to clean out your closet right before you shop for clothes, hold on to some of those items. Ditching your duds for dollars just got easier for those who like to shop at Target. Last fall, Target announced how it teamed up with the online consignment store, Thred Up, to recycle used clothing and give their customers store credit.
If your gently used or like new items are deemed acceptable, you will receive credit to shop at Target. They take women and children’s clothes as well as bags and shoes. You can order a kit through ThredUp and receive more details about the program and recycling your clothes here.
You can use this credit towards future clothing purchases at Target. Coupled with a marked down or already affordable prices, you can snag some stylish items for less. Get a head start on next season or perhaps you’d like to layer discounts by cleaning up in the clearance section. For larger sizes in women’s clothes, take a peek at their Ava and Viv line, that was created specifically made for fashion conscious, plus size woman.
Also, a certain day of the week can help you save more. Keep track of when they markdown particular items you are looking to buy. If you don’t have time to do so, ask a friendly cashier or check in with deal bloggers that are up to date on the latest mark down schedule for this store.
If you’re looking for casual attire to liven up your wardrobe, add some trendy pieces or give it a complete reboot. Old Navy is the place to be for current styles for the whole family. It’s considered fast fashion, meaning new arrivals come in all of the time. Stock up on maxi dresses, long skirts, graphic tees, denim jackets, vests, yoga pants, workout gear, button downs, costume jewelry and much more.
If you blink, the latest arrival can quickly end up on the sale rack. For this reason, looking in the clearance section can allow you to get fashionable finds for the current season. This year, my husband found a scarf, which originally was marked at $17.94, for only $2.99. Every few weeks items can be marked down, so you never want to pay full price when you don’t have to. Also, daily sales spring up so walk around the store to see if any are available. You can also talk to an associate to find out when they might strike next. Keep deals like these on your radar by following their social media channels too.
Keep in mind that whenever you shop at Old Navy, the bottom of your receipt explains how filling out a survey at Survey4On.com within days can score you 10% off a future purchase in store or online. If you know your size in their clothes and don’t mind waiting for clothes to ship, there’s an abundance of coupon codes found online. You can stack several codes on top of each other to maximize savings if you choose not to go in store.
Zara and Nine West
Current producer at the Dr. Oz Show, formerly of The Tyra Banks Show, Sasha Mitchell Fuller knows a thing or two about fashion. To maintain her professional wardrobe without spending a fortune, she believes in taking a bulk approach when shopping for clothing deals. It maximizes her time and saves money in one fell swoop. She shops at stores like Zara and Nine West only during their 70% off sales. She explains, “I mean, when else are you going to score a $200 blazer for $39? I do a major cleanup during their seasonal sale and never step foot into them again till the following year.”
This store is known to carry tons of economical basics in a wide array of colors. If you like to shop off season, that can work to your advantage anywhere, but at Uniglo you can score light down hooded jackets, crew neck long sleeve tees, leggings, scoop and turtle neck shirts and leggings for roughly $8.00. That’s what it was when I checked in during the Chinese New Year Sale. Other denim and solid colored legging pants were under $20 while ankle length pants and jeans were under $30.
If you look up trendy in the dictionary, a picture of this store should appear. This is how they made their name and is the complete focus of this store. Forever 21 carries up-to-the-minute trends like cute tops and maxi dresses to jumpsuits, rompers and even joggers. If you’re okay with clothes that don’t get much mileage in your wardrobe, it hits the sweet spot between affordability and short lived items. You can snag a Strappy Maxi Dress for roughly $30 or a crocheted one for $34.90. Their V-neck Wide leg jumpsuits are roughly $30. They also carry a Bodycon Dress, which I saw online for $14.90. Many of their items are sold at affordable prices. There’s also a section of the store devoted to clothes for men.
If you want to add a little edge to your wardrobe and tend to favor denim, Kohl’s might be an easy, accessible store for you to shop. They are the ones who carry the Rock and Republic brand. They became popular for their designer denim. Keep this brand on your radar for women’s jeggings, skinny jeans and capris. They also carry straight fit jeans and button down shirts for men at reasonable prices.
Stay up on promotions and other clothing lines that tend to go on sale there using an app like Retale.com to see what’s offered in your local area. You can check all of the circulars digitally in one place. If the timing is right, you can catch a sale that offers Kohl’s Cash and boomerang back to pick up an item you had your eye on without busting your budget.
Looking for inexpensive, trendy clothes can often be a crapshoot, but staying up with the latest fashion styles doesn’t have to be hard. There are dozens of stores to choose from depending on how trendy you want to be. It is a matter of personal preference and what looks good on you. I hope the stores listed above can be a general guideline that preserves your budget and helps you bring out your inner fashionista. To make the most of your shopping efforts, check out the stores mentioned above to get more for your money.