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.

J. Crew Factory:

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 have many of the items in this widget ready to style, and I have some of them on order. The widget wouldn’t let me change the item’s colors, so you need to click on it if you like the style to see the other colors. Take the mustard yellow crop loungewear and matching sweater; I ordered it but in the gray version.

Old Navy:

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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I would love to hear from YOU!

  1. I am a plus size blogger. I have purchased many items from SHEIN. They carry up to size 5x, which is a size 22. They are a fast fashion retailer that mass produces. They have great styles, colors, and thousands of designs. Most of the material is polyester and many items will not be lined. I have featured them in my posts. Quality varies based on what you purchase in terms of seams and stitching. They have great faux leather.

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  2. Lori Liechty wrote:

    I look forward to your posts each day and appreciate that you share your faith with your gurls! I would like to see some ideas for a casual work dress code where jeans are not allowed.

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  3. Sue wrote:

    Please include JJill, I know they are new find for you. They can be pricey, but the sales are great!

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  4. Angela wrote:

    Tania, I love your posts….one of the highlights of my day.

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  5. Diane S. wrote:

    I love Nordie’s and Chico’s! Tania, you have excellent taste!

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  6. Sharon wrote:

    A couple of mail order businesses I’d love to see you order from, model and review: Coldwater Creek, Northstyle, Jessica London, and Chadwicks. They all have age and style appropriate clothing as well as a wider range of sizes available. Soft Surroundings, Boston Proper and Peruvian Connection tend to be a little more pricey, but offer fine quality clothing especially for those of us who live in warmer climates. Appleseeds and Draper’s & Damon’s tend to be a little bit more stoic, but do offer good quality basics and some trendy pieces as well. It would be nice to see some of their clothing on a “real” person and get your opinion on the fit as they are definitely not designed for teenage girls!

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  7. Yvonne Tanner wrote:

    I do like Nordstrom Rack, maybe as there’s one here in town. I don’t consider Nordstrom “affordable.” Chico’s Off the Rack and Old Navy have become favorites of mine. If you want curbside pickup Old Navy has it down. I don’t see any blogger recommend Kohls. I like their athletic clothing and sales. I am definitely not and could never be a fashion blogger though 🙂 Love your posts!

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  8. I am not one to post on a blog…so…

    I am not sure what comments were posted about blog content, but I hope you continue sharing your daily outfits.

    You have a ‘Southern’ lady style with a little bit of sass and from Texas, I appreciate that.

    Keep doing what you’ve ALWAYS done because I am sure there are others that feel the way I do about your blog. You GO GIRL!

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  9. Paige wrote:

    I am always amazed when you style Chico’s clothing. I can’t ever find anything there that I like, but I always like what you find. Lately I’ve been more of a Loft shopper, but it’s usually something I’ve seen on a blogger, so the risk is low!

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  10. Carolina Gomez wrote:

    Hello Tania!
    Thank you for sharing so much with us gurls. Your knowledge of fashion absolutely comes to aid all of the time. I appreciate that your ideas are for all shapes and sizes. I’ve been following your posts for five years which has made my cancer journey a little easier.
    Wearing the clothes I choose for the day help forget about the battle I’m fighting. Thanks for keeping it real!

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  11. Shirley Minish wrote:

    This was an awesome post and I’m sure you put in hours of research on it! Looks like for the majority of ladies, these retail/outlet stores (J. Crew factory, Target, Old Navy and Chico) are the place to shop. Unfortunately I have found that for me (an over 60 / 5’10 / full figured gal), these just don’t work. And of course, that is speaking for me personally! The fit/style/length are never quite “right”. I have found occasional pieces at our Chico’s Outlet store that do work, but it’s rare. Not to say that I don’t love these posts! I get wonderful ideas here! I love the way you put your outfits together – I admire each and every one! 60 is not old, either – lol – but for some of us, we have to really look harder! Be blessed today!

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    • Liane wrote:

      Shirley, I’m a shorty (5’4”) but I’ve a good friend who is your height and extremely busty (40 DDD) and she loves Chico’s. She’s a XL in all tops, avoids button ups ( me too as a 34 DDD since they gap at the bust) and she buys Riders jeans since they are long enough. Riders are at Amazon plus stores. Keep trying.

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      • Shirley Minish wrote:

        Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate the suggestions and will check those out. 🙂

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    • Shirley, l am a plus size blogger. I do not shop those stores. I recommend Eloquii, Nordstrom Rack, Torrid, Lane Bryant, ASOS, Modcloth, and several others.

      Posted 2.26.21 Reply
  12. Jodi Riddle wrote:

    Thank you for a very helpful post, and for “keeping it real”! It was a brilliant move to poll your followers. I think your desire to be truly helpful to us exceeds any of the other bloggers I follow, and I appreciate that. As I have aged, (67 years old), I have come to realize that spending excessively on clothes is a sad waste of money. Styles change, tastes change, and there are sooo m!ny other good uses for the money. I sometimes look at my closet and cringe thinking of how much I have spent on clothes, shoes, and bags(especially bags🤣). Perhaps this comes from reaching this age in these times, I don’t know, but I do know that I am no longer willing to pay what I once did for staying stylish. I have also come to realize that it is not REQUIRED to spend a lot to be stylish. You seem to be of the same mindset and that is why I follow you. Keep up the good work.

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  13. deb wrote:

    Ditto! Great post! Thanks bunches

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  14. Cathy S. wrote:

    I love seeing the looks you put together. It is so helpful! I’m a little older than you but I can still imagine wearing everything you post. I love that you include a Bible verse. Thank you for that. I look forward to seeing all you have in store for us this Spring.

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  15. Susan Esper wrote:

    This kind of post is a great idea! Taking a poll first and sharing those results was a smart move. Love the details you’ve included for each retailer, such as your favorite brands. Thanks!

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It was very interesting to see what people say about fashion.

      Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  16. beth byrd wrote:

    Thank you, Tania! This is a very helpful post!

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that the post is helpful.

      Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  17. Trish wrote:

    I have ordered items from Stein and I have to say the quality has been surprisingly good. I’ve gotten several bathing suits, a couple of sun dresses and two of those fuzzy teddy sweatshirts for my granddaughter , all good . Prices of course are amazing. I do read a ton of reviews before I order.

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I just placed an order for a few things. They are definitely geared more toward young skinny girls. 🤣

      Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  18. Sandra Vise wrote:

    Love this post!

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks so much!

      Posted 2.23.21 Reply
  19. Linnie S Z wrote:

    This is very encouraging Tania. Thanks for sharing these affordable sites. I also shop all of these. Have a great day-I think Spring is around the corner.

    Posted 2.23.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Linnie, I sure hope you’re right and that Spring is right around the corner.

      Posted 2.23.21 Reply
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