You need to update your wardrobe, but haven’t a clue what store to start with. Don’t stress! We can help.
Best-dressed bloggers on The Smart Fashion Panel tell all about their favorite places to shop. Some talk about the best stores to find a good deal on jeans, while others tell you were to find a quality dress.
But the store’s stuff is pricey, so I usually shop at the J. Crew factory store in Hershey when I need a fix or settle for the knockoff versions of these classic styles at places such as Target.
Their store email list is really awesome to score deals, and for those who are 27 but still carry their student ID (there are others out there, right?), you can get 15 percent off in the stores.
Samantha Dellinger: I like supporting my local shop owners, so I’m going to give a shout
out to New York Trends, located in York, Pa. at 205A S. George St. I bought two pairs of skinny jeans there a couple of months ago. What makes these skinny jeans stand apart from most of the other store bought jeans is they allow ladies with curves to fit into them
easily and still be comfortable. They’re part of the Brazilian and Columbian line of jeans the store carries.
The store has a lot of great club clothing too for a night on the
town. But if some of the tops look too flashy for the office you can
tame them down by layering them with a blazer on top.
The store’s owner, Ana Tuali is super nice and she knows exactly what she has in stock and what the latest fashion trends are.
I also love to visit Gabriel Bros. It’s a discount store that gets retail rejects and overflow from other chain stores. This is a store that you need to devote some time to because some of the clothes are damaged. But if your handy with a needle and thread you might be able to repair some of the minor damages. I’ve scored several Express dress slacks for less than $10. I also like to purchase patterned tights and leggings, one pair cost me 50 cents. It’s a great place to find plain t-shirts and tank tops for less than $5.
Ashley May: I strongly believe that to find the perfect outfit, you must shop around. But, with that said, you have to have a store or two that is reliable for you. You need a store where the jeans fit, the price is right and the style is yours, or close.
For dresses, I head to Anthropologie. I love the patterns, the cuts and the style. The clothes fit just right and you’ll know it the minute you try anything on. Plus, the place sells quality stuff — I’ve never had an Anthro dress fall apart, rip or fade. You might have to talk yourself into the purchase though, because most items are upwards of $150.
For jeans, I go to GAP. I wish it was easier for me to pick up jeans in other stores, but GAP jeans are the only ones that are the right length for me and fit snug around my waist. The price point is also usually right on. GAP is my reliable store — I know I can afford the clothes and I can usually find something that works. But, the line is more casual. It’s not always work-appropriate. For the office, I like J. Crew.
For shoes, I go to Bon-Ton. While I often find myself wandering over to Nordstrom for shoes, I ultimately end up finding the same style in Bon-Ton on sale. Plus, I have a Bon-Ton credit card, which usually adds an additional discount.
Natalie Schwind: Wet Seal. All of their clothes are classy yet casual and around $20-$30 and sometimes even less! They also always have a penny rack where you can buy something for regular price and get something else for one cent. If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is.
Emileigh Clare: Don’t judge a store by its name! My favorite clothing store is Trashy Diva. The boutique is located in New Orleans but I came across the brand for the first time in Richmond at another boutique that was selling Trashy Diva clothing wholesale. I tried on a bright, green floral dress that caught my eye and knew I had to have it. The dress flattered my curves in a way that made me feel like Marilyn Monore. Plus, I loved that the dress looked vintage but something about it was just fresh and exciting to me anyway. I literally cannot wear that dress now without getting a compliment either!
I love checking out Trashy Diva’s sales online and I’m hoping I can get another dress from them soon. Recently, I’ve been loving this dress with a vintage liquor label print! It’s both sassy and elegant. If only it would just come back in my size!
April Trotter is the editor of Smart. She owns way too many cardigans and ballet flats. She gravitates toward the color mustard whenever possible. Most of her wardrobe comes from Target, TJ Maxx and outlet stores. She loves coupons for clothing discounts. Follow her on Twitter @AprilTrotter.
Samantha Dellinger loves fashion because it’s how each person can express their individuality. She thinks the biggest fashion faux pas people make is wearing the same thing/style over and over again. Follow her @BlackCat911.
Ashley May is a Smart Magazine fashion writer and photographer. She has an eclectic wardrobe and loves mixing boutique-vintage with modern styles or experimenting with new color combinations. See more of Ashley’s fashion-forward tips on SmartMagPA.com every Wednesday. Follow her on Twitter @VisitAshley.
Natalie Schwind thinks fashion is often overrated. She’s not into designers or name brands. Why buy something super expensive, when you can buy the same thing or something similar for much less? $20 is her shopping range. Natalie doesn’t believe in looking like a bum, but feels that you can look just as great without spending tons of money.
Emileigh Clare likes to keep it classy by mixing old-Hollywood style glamor with a playful pin-up style. She has also been known to pause movies like “Inception” and “Vertigo” just to look at the pretty clothes. Follow her on Twitter @MissEClare.