Sick of the mall? Bookmark these stores to enhance your shopping experience
Online clothes shopping is a great way to circumvent some of the suckier aspects of regular clothes shopping in say, the mall. There are no lines, or people at all, not to mention the fact that you rarely have to put on pants to buy pants if you keep it digital. Also, there are fantastic deals to be had if you are like me and refuse to accept that there are jeans over $40 in existence as I type this.
But the mall’s narrow selection of stores that sell upscale trousers and clever forty-dollar t-shirts does have the benefit of being, well, narrow. The sheer amount of online options can be overwhelming, which can lead to many wasted hours and zero wardrobe additions. You have to know where to get the goods on the cheap. Lucky for you, I am what is known as a chronic cheapskate, so I know exactly which inexpensive online clothing stores you should bookmark.
British online retailer ASOS has been a longtime staple of misers like me. With over 850 brands plus their own clothing line, even their clearance section has pretty great stuff in it. Their student discount will save you an extra 10 percent, too.
Online retailers like Thredup offer gently worn and secondhand fashion for a fraction of original cost. The church rummage sale it ain’t: if you associate thrift with muumuus and naphthalene-scented 80’s windbreakers, allow Thredup to change your mind.
Thredup isn’t the only secondhand-that-doesn’t-suck corner of the internet, though they are great Swap has pretty stringent acceptance guidelines, great prices and crazy selection. Plus, unlike Thredup they have men’s options available.
The brick-and-mortar discount store is always good for a cheap find on higher quality stuff, and their online store is no different. As a bonus, the retailer accepts returns to their stores if something doesn’t work out, so you can get your money back right away.
Burlington Coat Factory
Like T.J. Maxx, Burlington uses off-pricing to stay cheap: if you don’t mind grabbing clothes that are a season behind or toward the end of fast fashion’s speed-of-light cycles, then you’ll find something you like here.
As the name of this site suggests, you’ll find a massive selection of shirts that cost $6, among other things. If you enjoy a casual dress code at work or just generally prefer to stay away from buttons, you’ll find some good stuff to stock up on here.
Nordstrom takes the off-price market up a notch or two with the upscale department store’s outlet arm. You’ll still find your Badgley Mischkas and Valentinos -- and they will still be massively expensive -- next to mass market favorites, but everything will be under what you’d expect to find inside an actual Nordstrom store.
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Saks Off Fifth
You can discover plenty of discount designer clothing, handbags, and more at saksoff5th.com. Plus, you can save up to 70 percent off everything with free shipping on orders of $99 or more.