I am glad that so many of you found yesterday’s blog post on How To Look Your Best helpful. I touched a small amount on different retailers and how you can get the biggest bang for your buck. In a series on Instagram, I asked many questions about how you purchase fashions and the determining factor. I was actually surprised by the response of the majority of people. When asked which was the most important, price or style,
57% said style. Between quality and trendy, 82% said that quality was more important. As for color, I asked if they preferred colorful or mostly black outfits, and 60% said colorful. (Those are my gurls!!!) When it came to name brands, 94% said they preferred something stylish, and the brand didn’t matter. When asked if they if quality or price was the most important, 73% said quality.
The next series of questions that I asked had to do with how much they were willing to spend per item. When it came to jeans, 80% said they would spend under $100.00. The price that most people were comfortable spending for a sweater was between $25-$50. Fashion sneakers are a big trend, and 79% said they would spend under $100.00 on them. A whopping 87% said the for a blouse or shirt; their price range was $25-$50.
The part where it get’s interesting is this, 73% said that quality was more important than price, yet most wanted to spend under $50 for their clothing items. Can you find high-quality items at that price point? Yes, but usually only if you find them on sale. However, I have found several retailers that I like shopping where the quality is pretty good, and the price range is in that vicinity.
Who are Affordable Retailers:
When you ask people who they consider affordable retailers, you will get a wide range of responses. It is funny that some of the answers for affordable retailers were the same answers for high-end retailers. Some people considered Talbots, Chico’s, and Nordstrom as affordable retailers, while others put the same retailers in the high-end category. But, for the most part, you had several names that kept popping up, and we are going to stick with those.
Target and Old Navy were probably the most mentioned affordable retailers. Kohls, Loft, and Amazon were also brands mentioned and a host of others. What makes a retailer affordable is the price, but what makes an affordable retailer one you want to shop at is the quality. I will talk about several retailers and tell you the ones that I like the best and the brands that I seek out.
This is one of my favorites affordable retailers. It is the same high quality as J Crew, but at a different price point. I just ordered in a ton of clothing from them, and I’ll link to the items that I ordered to see if there is anything you also need. J Crew Factory is my choice over J Crew. It has nothing to do with price or quality; I simply like their styles better for some reason.
Nordstrom has a wide variety of brands, and some of them are my go-to for affordable fashions. If I don’t shop by using the price tool, then I shop by brand. I love BP., Caslon, Halogen, Gibsonlook, Vince Camuto, and plenty more. I especially love the FREE SHIPPING on orders and returns. I can try on the clothing in my bedroom, with my shoes, and not pay a shipping fee! I also feel like Nordstrom has pretty good quality, so I am not usually worried about seems, prints matching up, zippers that work, or anything else. In other words, I trust this retailer.
Also, Nordstrom has a “factory” type store in Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook. These stores have wonderful sales, but you have to dig for them. As a blogger, I find it difficult to link to them because they are usually very limited in quantity. By the time that I order the item, it has already sold out.
I do the same thing with Target that I do with Nordstrom. When I go online to the Women’s Clothing section, I bring up the brands that I shop the most. Those include A New Day, Universal Thread, and Who What Wear. For the most part, these are the brands that I shop the most often, and I’ve gotten to know the sizes that I wear. I will also shop Stars Above for PJs, but since I’ve been wearing SOMA, nothing seems to compare.
I’ll be honest, you do have to watch the quality, and I am sure that doesn’t surprise you. I like buying t-shirts from here, some sweaters and jeans, but I always purchase with the knowledge that these aren’t items that will last me for years.
I’ve shopped at Old Navy for years, and I can always find things I like there. You do have to watch about the quality, especially with the cotton shirts. Old Navy is the most affordable of the trio of Gap and Banana Republic. It is like low, medium, and high when it comes to these brands. Athleta is also owned (at least I think it is) by the same parent company. I haven’t shopped this brand as much; lately, it hasn’t “spoken” to me, but lately, I have gotten in a few things.
I plan to look at Loft, Kohl’s, and Amazon tomorrow and place orders from those retailers. There is also a very affordable website called Shein that I’ve seen bloggers order from, and I am intrigued. If you’ve ordered from this website, let me know. I think that I’ll place an order from there to give you a review.
One of the things that I love about Chico’s is the HUGE sales that they have. One of them is starting TODAY. This is the first time that Chico’s is having a Warehouse Sale, and it is only online, not in stores. There will be select styles for $5, $10, $20, and under! This sale is happening Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday, February 25th. Perfect timing for an instant wardrobe upgrade!
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