Looking good can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to. Every girl is on the lookout for great but cheap women’s clothing—and if you know where to look you can find it. But how can you get the most out of these bargain finds? Here are our top five tips:
Cheap clothing isn’t always hard to find, but high quality cheap clothing can be. Even so, the old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true. Companies offer lower prices for a variety of reasons: because it’s not a major brand, because they have lower overhead, or because they’re trying to undercut the competition. That means that if you shop carefully you can find some well-made, durable garments with low price tags—and the only thing better than a cheap buy is a cheap buy that lasts several seasons. Look for strong buttons and clasps, good stitching and clothing that has a percentage of real cotton mixed with the acrylic fibers.
Go wild with styles. This is where cheap women’s clothing really shines. If you’re spending big money on a new dress, jacket or pair of shoes then you want them to be timeless: something you can wear for years to come, even as fashions change. Otherwise you’re spending a lot but only getting a little use out of it. But when you’re bargain hunting that’s when it’s time to go a little crazy. Why not try out those peach knee-high cowgirl boots, or that eye popping graphic tees. You can afford to take a risk or to hop on something that is super stylish right now but may not be next year.
Combine cheap clothing with nicer pieces. This is every diva’s secret. If everything you wear is from the discount bin your options are going to be limited, but if you’re all designer tags you’re going to be bankrupt in a hurry. The secret is to mix and match. Cheap women’s clothing can look just as stunning and when paired with a few higher end items no one is going to notice. For instance, how about a $30 cutout club dress paired with a nice hand-woven shawl or a name brand jacket? Similarly, combining your best accessories with a low priced dress, blouse or generic brand jean is a sure fire way to look hot.
This is something you really need to watch for. Designers can spend more time on the cut of a dress or top while cheap women’s clothing may run either a little big or a little small. Again, this doesn’t mean it’s not worth it—you’re saving big money here—but it does mean you should try things on carefully and be ready to go a size above or below your norm.
In many ways online retailers offer the best options in cheap women’s clothing. They have the lowest overhead, a large selection, and often have generous shipping and return policies. Nothing’s more fun than getting a giant box of new clothing, trying it on in your own home, and sending back what you don’t like.