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 brands and stores that offer high quality clothing with affordable pricing. Right now, a number of them are offering deals and sales that will keep you fashionable throughout all seasons. 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.
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.
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Known for high quality pieces that offer much versatility across seasons, Ann Taylor pieces (such as this tie-waist longsleeves shirt) can go from day to evening with the right accessories. Be stylish and get cozy with this striped cardigan that is perfect to top over your plain tanks.
A member of the Polo Ralph Lauren family, Club Monaco is a reliable source for high quality pieces that won’t break the bank.
Silk top – Ribbed mock top
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 basics such as the black silk top and ribbed mock top (goes with everything!) fit in seamlessly with jeans, to work with a skirt, or tucked into trousers.
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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 linen jacket staple. This red bow dress is perfect for a both casual and formal looks – just choose the perfect accessories to match it with.
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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 these floral duster and long cardigan over a pair of skinny or slim fit jeans. Warm things up with this figure flattering cover-ups.
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White House Black Market has always consistently offered modern and affordable pieces with enviable clean lines. Go colorblock with this sleeveless sweater. The white midi cardigan is another versatile and affordable must have that will be great to match with any colors.
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A good place for relaxed basics, Japanese label Uniqlo can be a good first port of call for classic t-shirts, sweaters and jeans. You’ll also find plenty of on-trend pieces, with many items under $50. There are also regular designer collaborations from the likes of Jill Sander and JW Anderson, making covetable design more affordable.
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Amazon is so underrated as a fashion destination, but it has lots of hip and affordable clothing options. Because there is such variety, however, you do need to take quality into account.
Make sure you look at the material, at where the item is coming from and, importantly, at the reviews from other customers. These will give you an idea not just of the quality but of the sizing so you know whether you ought to go up or down a size. Zoom in on the images so you can get a better idea of the quality and texture of each piece.
A poncho is a good transitional piece. Easy to throw on over a pair of jeans when heading out for a weekend walk. You can also try this swing dress that could be worn in both casual and formal occasions.
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Along with chic homeware, Target has some stylish clothing options. It’s a good place to try for denim basics thanks to the Denizen by Levis brand, and for trying out new trends if you think you’ll only wear a piece for one or two seasons. Target’s A New Day brand is great for stylish, classic clothing for women over 40.
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H&M may be seen as the younger sister to COS but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t stylish, and affordable, options which are flattering for women over 40. Most pieces are under $50 (with the exception of coats).
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Not just for your groceries, Walmart may not have had a great reputation for bang-on-trend fashion. But, it’s recently introduced new brands like Time and Tru and upped its style game.
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Yoox is part of the Net-a-Porter group and it’s definitely not for you if you like to buy the latest trends each season and then push them to the back of your closet, never to be seen again.
It could be for you, however, if you like to pick out timeless pieces that you will wear year after year. The concept is to buy overstocked or last-season pieces from big-name designers and sell them at a discount.
So, while there are certainly a lot of pieces here which aren’t exactly cheap, it’s definitely a more affordable way to add designer pieces to your wardrobe. Plus, because a designer piece is a real investment, I really see no issue with buying out of season. After all, you’ll be planning to keep it for a long time!
Jill Sandals sandals – See by Chloé ankle boots
It’s one of those sites that is a bit like going to a yard sale. You have to be prepared to have a rummage around for a while, some things won’t be in your size, and there’s not a lot of stock of each thing so you may find it sells out if you don’t grab it. You can’t go in looking for a specific piece, but you may just come out with the perfect addition to your closet!
Designer shoes such as Jill Sandals sandals and See by Chloé ankle boots are now on great deals. Let me know if you find a designer bargain!
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6pm is part of the Zappos brand and offers discounted fashion. You may just find a designer bargain. It’s another store where you have to move quick if you spot something as designer stock sells out pretty quickly.
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So, you may well find a designer piece at a fraction of its original price, enabling you to afford a brand you never thought you’d have in your closet. When I looked, there were Gucci skirts from $30 and sunglasses from $50.
Obviously, there’s only one of each piece, so if you see something you really love, I’d snap it up before someone else does!
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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.
Halogen: If timeless pieces with modern details describe your style, you should definitely take a look at Halogen. Try their versatile v-neck top, 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 straight leg pants (without breaking the bank, of course).
Interested in more affordable fashion from Nordstrom? Take a look below for our favorite picks.
Last but not least, there’s Nordstrom Rack, which is the younger sibling of Nordstrom. While some pieces are specially made for Nordstrom Rack, others are from previous seasons at Nordstrom.
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Who are your go to brands for both affordable and high quality options?
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