(Closed) Where do you get your "buy it for life" clothes?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

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somanyletters:  Haha! I coudln’t say no to it and as a matter fo fact I may just got back after work and see if they have the same one in navy blue still!! Also, I said in my last post that I get most of my work clothes at JCrew and BR which is true, but I also wear a lot of their tops and sweaters on weekends with jeans and stuff too if I am trying to dress up a little bit.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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somanyletters:  

Work: J Crew, The Limited, The Loft

other clothes: Zara, BCBG, Saks, Nordstrom, H&M, Loft, Asos, Gap, little boutiques around the city where I live

no clothes I intend to keep “for life” or probably even more than a few years.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love Banana Republic for classic items. 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Thrift store, nordstrom (rack) mainly. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

Max Studio, Loft and Zara. Also the sale sections of Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t really buy clothes for life. I work in a very fashion-forward workplace (trendy salon) and I like to change my clothing as styles change. That doesn’t mean I adhere to every trend…in fact I vastly prefer classic silhouettes and cuts, but colours, patterns, and textures change with the times and I like to change up my style accordingly. I’d say about 90% of my work clothes come from Express. The clothes aren’t great quality, but they have amazing sales/coupons so I rarely spend more than $35 per item for pants/dresses and $25 for tops. I get complimented on my clothes constantly!

I also have serious issues finding pants that fit, so since I’ve discovered that their size 00L fits me like a glove, I have no desire to branch out and find a new store! Thank god for online shopping since I can always find my size there.

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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somanyletters:  Do you have Aritzia in your area?  Their stuff is on the pricier side but not crazy (think J Crew but without the frequent sales) and I find the quality of most of their clothes to be VASTLY superior to other places I shop (anything from a GAP type store usually doesn’t last me more than 1 year before it really shows wear).  I find my Aritzia stuff just looks new for years and years.

It’s not the place I’d shop for every day items, but I think they are great for pieces that you want to keep for a long time.  

Oh, and they are idea if you are looking for small sizing.  My biggest problem with Aritzia is that I”m at the very top of their size range (10).  They are great for 0s.

Other than that, I think department stores are a good bet.  I love Calvin Klein dresses and usually get them at The Bay, but I’d assume Macy’s or Nordstroms would have a similar selectino in the USA.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

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cbgg:  The quality of Aritzia stuff is ok, but certainly no better than Banana Republic and their prices are even higher! This would be ok if they had frequent sales. The rare times they do have sales it’s only like 10% off. Only thing I buy at Aritzia is jeans because they sell designer stuff that is hard to find in other places. If I can find the pair I want in a different store then I will always choose to buy there instead because Aritizia sales staff are pushy. And don’t even get me started on the no purses in the change room policy they have. What a joke.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would absolutely recommend Modcloth for dresses, they are usually high quality and classic cuts with lots of variety in patterns. Most of the dresses I have bought there run $50-$120

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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somanyletters:  for shoes – Minnetonka and sofft. I doubt I’ll have them for life but they last years!

 

oh and the limited for pants 

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Post # 27
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WhatMaeBee:  I love Piperlime!  But Piperlime sources clothing and shoes from a wide variety of designers so the fit will vary accordingly to which designer you’re looking at.  It does not have its own brand of clothing.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I try to make as much of my wardrobe “buy it for life” status as possible because I’m honestly not the trendiest person to begin with so I’d rather spend the trend money on additional classic pieces : ) hehe. I’ll occasionally buy on-trend pieces if they speak to me though.

Additionally, I tend to change into workout clothes the second I get out of work or on weekends, so most of my casual clothes last a long time because of the fact that I don’t wear them as often.

For work I have really good luck with Banana, Jcrew, The Limited and Loft. Sometimes I’ll buy dress pants at Express or shirts at H&M. Many of my work tops can be dressed down for more casual wear too. My biggest issue is that I am very pear-shaped and many of these stores don’t cater to my body type as well (especially with dresses), so that’s a bummer. I have to dress more conservatively at work so that makes things more difficult also as a lot of places seem to focus on shorter pencil skirts or skin-tight dresses for all occasions.

For casual clothes, I love love love the sales at Loft. I buy a lot of basic pieces from there (like tanks, t-shirts and cardis) and they last a long time for me. The Banana and JCrew outlets usually produce a lot also. I find cute stuff at H&M and Forever quite a bit, but I find that the fit can be ‘off’ with their clothes at times. I absolutely love Joe’s jeans and buy their Honey fit for basically ever pair – I’ve found it to be worth the investment. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

Nanette Lepore anytime I can find something I love onnsale, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic have timeless pieces that I’ve kept in my closet for years…in and out of style and very well made for the most part!

Post # 30
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Helper bee

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somanyletters:  I don’t buy things expecting “for life”. I go for timeless, quality apparel that will last and be stylish season after season. I do a LOT of thrifting. Nicer areas and consignment shops tend to have nicer items, but there are gems to be found in the run of the mill thrift shops in middle of the road areas as well.

I shop quality and fit more so than brand but my go-to brands that always seem to maintain good quality merchandise that keep me coming back year after year are: Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ann Taylor, Kate Spade and Donna Karan. I regularly shop online and I never pay full retail for clothes. I do online shopping at flash sites like Gilt to get quality brands at a discount. Last Call (Neiman’s discount/outlet store) is a good website for quality brands and their clearance section is great with even deeper discounts. Net-a-porter only has a sale twice a year but they are great sales and they have quality and also luxe brands for deep discounts then as well. Sites like thechloeconspiracy.com post when there are big sales and deal of the days at lots of stores (from trendy to designer) so that’s always helpful. I found out Ann Taylor had an extra 60% off all sale items there this yesterday right before it ended!

In actual brick and mortar retail stores, almost all of my purchases are made at Macy’s or Nordstrom. Beyond the after Christmas sales, I generally shop at Nordstrom when there is the Half Yearly, Pre Anniversary and Anniversary Sales. Macy’s always has some sale going on and good coupons are available on their website. They also have great storewide sales especially the One Day Sale and Presale. I’m all about design on a dime lol.

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