Post # 1
Since the beginning of the year I’ve lost 40+ pounds. I’m still hoping for another 5-8 pounds, but overall I’m really happy with where I am weight-wise. I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 8/10. When I was pregnant and convinced I would never fit into any of my clothes again, I donated most of my smaller clothes under a size 12.
So now I am in need of new clothes! I’m on a very tight budget though, so it’s going to be tough.
I’m not into fashion or fads at all. I really need basic, classic pieces that won’t go out of style. Function and confort, as well as fiting into the business casual category are my priorities. I like to mix and match pieces. I’ll typically have a favorite outift that I’ll wear over and over, bypassing things I don’t like as much.
In the past I’ve shopped at Ann Taylor Loft, Eddie Bauer, Gap, and Old Navy. The fit of clothes from Old Navy usually isn’t the best, but the price is usually something I can afford. At Loft, Eddie Bauer and Gap I usually have to surf the clearance racks. I like a lot of the clothes from Eddie Bauer, but their blouses and shirts usually have too much room in the midsection and look baggy.
I will order online if I can get free shipping and returns, but I prefer to try things on.
Any suggestions on where else I should look?
Post # 3
New York and Company has sales ALL the time. It can be hit or miss sometimes, but that is usually my first stop.
I love the Limited, Loft (if you have an outlet near you check it out!), and Khols. Once in a while I find something at Marshalls or TJ Maxx but you really have to dig though a lot of crap to find some good pieces.
Post # 4
I usually have good luck at Target.
Post # 5
Congratulations on your weight loss!
I have the best luck at Kohls, Sears, and JC Penney. I haven’t gone to Penneys much since they stopped their sales though.
Post # 6
First of all, congrats on the weight loss! I hope you’re happier and healthier. You seem to have identified alot of stores in your price range. I might also suggest Banana Republic (when they have sales), as well as T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s (or similar stores.) At T.J. Maxx you have to do a little more searching, but it’s usually worth it! They have such a variety, it’s nice.
Also, I’m not sure of your body type, but I’m average in body type but have a big bust. Out of all the department stores, Penney’s fits me the best. If you have a similar body type to me, I would recommend looking at Penney’s too. Surprisingly, I’ve found some really good simple shirts at Debs too! I have a solid black shirt for over 7 years now (wore it on my first date with FI) and it has stood the test of time, go figure! For solid shirts I would look there.
Post # 7
Even though it is a pain to have your email overloaded, I am on email lists for NY and Co, LOFT, Old Navy, etc. I never pay full price! Macys also has some good staple pieces if you look at their INC line (their store line that’s reasonably priced) or stick only to sale racks. Good luck finding some new things you like!
Post # 8
Steinmart clearance sales, lots of decent quality pieces and Macys downstairs clearance racks. I also like classic but refuse to pay retail.
I feel you. I lost 50 lbs into an 8/10 too and need new clothes. It’s a good problem.
You can find good stuff ay TJ Maxx, Ross, et al, but as a PP said you have to dig thru a lotta crap.
Nordies rack is great if you’ve got one, as are outlet stores.
Post # 9
Target & Old Navy are my go-to for “cheaper” price tags.
Honestly, I’ve been on a consignment shop kick lately. There is a group of higher end consignment shops near me that I’ve been addicted to lately. I think it’s the thrill of finding a good deal.
Post # 10
that Macy’s card is really helpful too.
Post # 11
I almost never buy anything full price. I shop a lot at Loft, NY and Company, the Limited, Macy’s, Express, Talbots, and Ann Taylor, but I wait for these stores to send out good coupons or have major clearance events (add’l 30% off clearance is always a good one) in order to go shopping.
I also spend time at consignment stores. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re like thrift stores, except the person who brings in their clothes gets a little money for them instead of donating. The result is a slightly higher standard for what clothes are accepted by the store. My favorite is Clothes Mentor, which is a little pricier than some others, but their standards are much higher, and they have working women as their target audience. I have found a lot of clothes from the stores and brands above, plus items from Calvin Klein, Elie Tahari, and some of my other favorite “pricier” lines.
Post # 12
Do you have an outlet mall near you? I went to the Banana republic outlet recently and got a full suit for $65. They have some amazing deals, especially on holiday weekends (Columbus Day is coming up!)
Post # 13
Salvation Army Thrift store. I kid you not. MOST of my clothes come from there and I am constantly getting compliments on them! I also like to buy clothes when I am a music or craft festivals.