The best affordable brands for women over 40 that still look expensive

by Sylvia

Affordable Brands |

Being a cost-conscious shopper does not mean having to sacrifice style or quality. Lucky for many of us, there are a number of brands that offer quality pieces that are either timeless or right on trend without costing an arm and a leg. However, these are not super low end brands.

I believe in buying quality rather than quantity, so I feel that you need to buy quality first. I  believe that the following brands offer great value for many, as their prices are reasonable and their clothes are usually good quality. Of course, you need to be picky with your choices. Not all the clothes from these brands will suit everyone and not everything is of high quality.

Here are 6 brands and 1 store (Nodrstrom) that offer high quality clothing with affordable pricing. Right now, a number of them are offering deals and sales that will keep you fashionably warm throughout winter. The items featured below are all under $100.

Savvy shopper hint: If you sign up with most of these brands you can access special deals which might just allow you to get that “have to have it” skirt in every color.

Banana Republic


The Gap’s older sister that offers modern and chic to the point looks, Banana Republic is a go to for high quality and affordable clothing. The Buffalo Check Sweater is a great versatile option for skirts, trousers, and jeans. The looser and cozy Oversized Turtleneck Sweater offers great versatility as well.

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Ann Taylor


Known for high quality pieces that offer much versatility across seasons, Ann Taylor pieces (such as this wrap dress)  can go from day to evening with the right accessories. Get cozy with this chic poncho as the temperature continues to drop.

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Club Monaco


A member of the Polo Ralph Lauren family, Club Monaco is a reliable source for high quality pieces that won’t break the bank. The Beatriz a-line  skirt is a must have. Pair the warm and comfy dress with tights and knee high boots for a great December look.

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StyleSaint offers ethically and sustainably sourced fabric that is both stylish and affordable. You can’t go wrong with quality basics from this fashion insider favorite for basics. The closet staple basic top (it goes with everything!) fits in seamlessly  under a sleeveless dress, with jeans, to work with a skirt, or tucked into trousers. Add on the comfy scarf that makes the cold completely worth it.

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With fashion icon Kate Moss as the face of this brand, it is almost hard to believe that the clothing is so affordable. This luxe sweater is a winter staple. This checkered shirt will be one of your most versaitle wardrobe pieces. Wear it over slim fit jeans, or tucked in a skirt or trousers.

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Trouvé specializes in turning ready to wear runway trends into affordable pieces every stylish women can own. Add a little edge to your closet with the raw vest over a pair of skinny or slim fit jeans. Warm things up with this figure flattering colorblock sweater (which would look great under a long vest).

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White House Black Market



White House Black Market has always consistently offered modern and affordable pieces with enviable clean lines. Go colorblock with this easy to style poncho. The sleeveless sweater is another versatile and affordable must have.

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For a one stop shop for stylish and high quality brands that are affordable, Nordstrom should definitely be on your list. Here are three great brands you can find at Nordstrom that always have closet worthy pieces available.

CeCe by Cynthia Steffe: Fun and feminine are perfect ways to describe CeCe by Cynthia Steffe. Try this floral print skirt that will carry you through multiple seasons and looks.

Halogen: If timeless pieces with modern details describe your style, you should definitely take a look at Halogen. Try their versatile lace sweater, which can be dressed down with jeans for a weekend look or taken to work with an A-line skirt.

Vince Camuto: Vince Camuto is the go to powerhouse for modern, affordable, and quality products ranging from shoes to coats. Grab a hold of this season’s  wide leg trousers (without breaking the bank, of course).

Interested in more affordable fashion from Nordstrom? Take a look below for our favorite picks.

Other great brands to check out include Zara and Cos.

Who are your go to brands for both affordable and high quality options?


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Wow–you don’t think that Banana Republic and Ann Taylor are expensive? I do!

Jodie filogomo

I think their regular prices items can be expensive, but there is almost always some kind of sale going on (especially if you get their emails) and I’ve scored some fabulous deals at both places!!


Unfortunately, all of these options are still out of my budget.


I don’t see any plus size.


I have an extensive list of the best shops for plus size women here


I have good luck with Club Monaco. After trying on several items and making a purchase in a NYC store I had a good idea of their sizing and quality. Since there is no store near where I live I tried buying on line. Knowing my measurements (+21 Steps Style Course – thanks!) I was able to successfully buy nice pieces from the Sale area at attractive prices. Even better – if you are willing to give them your email you will periodically receive emails with discount offers. I recently bought a beautiful white sweater that was marked down, then applied the discount (40%). Instead of +$200 the piece cost $84.


I think Ann Taylor has lovely clothes. Would love to buy there. But…. all your addresses are for US shoppers. And I do not order from the States anymore. Too much hassle, too expensive in shipment and customs.
Don’t feel bad, you cannot please everyone and I know where to find other places to shop LOL.

The Velvet Runway

I love Club Monaco, although it is on the more expensive side. Banana Republic and Ann Taylor have some great clothes too, although if I’m trying to stick to a budget outside the sales then you can’t beat Zara!
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