Best Places to Buy Cheap Clothes

Andrew Reyes  | 

It can be very difficult to find affordable, nice-looking clothes — especially online. In many cases, promising clothing finds end up being scams. However, there are many tried-and-true options for frugal clothing shoppers who are tired of doing hours of research just to find a decent t-shirt.

1. ASOS

ASOS is available only online. The retailer offers a wide range of clothing styles aimed primarily at young adults. Shoppers can find anything from simple t-shirts to more fashion-forward options. As of September 2020, ASOS offered women’s tops for under $10. You can also sign up for Premier Shipping (approximately $20 per year) to get free, unlimited shipping in the U.S. for orders over $15.

2. Forever 21

Forever 21 has physical locations around the world, in addition to its online store. However, many of the physical locations are set to close. The primary consumer base for this store is young women, although clothing for men is available as well. As of September 2020, Forever 21 offered shirts for under $10, and pants and dresses for under $20. Forever 21 offers free shipping on orders over $50.

3. Kohl’s

Kohl’s has physical locations in addition to an online store. The brick-and-mortar stores are in every U.S. state except for Hawaii. Kohl’s offers clothing for almost every demographic, including kids and plus-sized shoppers. As of September 2020, Kohl’s had shoes for under $30, and sweatshirts for under $20. Customers can also sign up for a rewards program that offers 5% rewards on purchases.

4. H&M

H&M has physical locations around the world in addition to an online store. H&M clothing caters to a wide audience, including business professionals. However, their main draw is trendy clothing for younger individuals. As of September 2020, dresses and swimwear were available for under $20. H&M also offers a loyalty program through their app that provides a point for every dollar spent, in addition to other rewards.

5. Missguided

Missguided is a UK-based online retailer. The company previously tried brick-and-mortar locations in the UK, most of which have closed. The primary consumer base for Missguided’s clothing is young women. As of September 2020, leggings and dresses were available for under $10.

6. ModCloth

ModCloth is a primarily online retailer that wants to open physical locations on a trial basis. ModCloth offers vintage-inspired clothing designed with young women in mind. As of September 2020, dresses and tops were available for under $20.

7. Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack has physical locations in addition to the online store. The brick-and-mortar stores are located throughout the U.S., in addition to Canada and Puerto Rico. Nordstrom Rack is a subsidiary of luxury brand Nordstrom that offers brand-name clothing at a discount. As of September 2020, activewear and jackets were available for under $20. Shoppers can also join the Nordy Club to earn a point per dollar on purchases, in addition to other rewards.

8. Old Navy

Old Navy has an online store in addition to their physical locations, which can be found worldwide. Old Navy is a great place to pick up basic wardrobe necessities, and offers options for a wide range of demographics, including kids.

As of September 2020, children’s clothing and adults’ t-shirts were available for under $10. Shoppers can also sign up for the Bright Rewards program to receive two points for every dollar spent at Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, or Hill City.

9. Target

Target has an online store in addition to their physical locations, which can be found worldwide. Target is another good option for almost anyone to pick up the basics they need, although they do offer some trendier options as well. As of September 2020, jeans and dresses were available for under $20. Shoppers can also sign up for Target Circle to get 1% rewards on purchases.

10. ThredUP

ThredUP is an online thrift store. They have unsuccessfully trialed physical locations in the past. ThredUP markets its product as an affordable, sustainable option for women’s and children’s clothing. As of September 2020, tops and pants were available for under $20.

11. T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx has an online store in addition to their physical locations, which can be found worldwide. T.J. Maxx offers discounted brand-name clothing for a wide range of demographics, although the primary consumer base is young men and women. As of September 2020, coats and jeans were available for under $20.

12. 6pm

6pm is an exclusively online retailer. They offer clothing and accessories to a wide range of demographics, although they are most well known for their discounted brand-name shoes. As of September 2020, shoes were available for under $30, and handbags were available for under $20.

Things to Keep In Mind When Shopping for Affordable Clothing

While these stores all have fairly good reputations as affordable clothing retailers, there are a few things prospective shoppers should keep in mind:

  • You may also be able to save money on clothing by taking advantage of coupons or cash-back options.
  • Looking for pre-used clothing may be another effective means of finding affordable clothing.
  • You may have even more luck finding inexpensive clothing if you buy off-season (e.g. swimwear in the winter).
  • It will also be helpful to treat your clothing gently to extend its life.
  • Consider that more expensive, but durable clothing may ultimately be a better investment in some cases.
  • Always remember to account for tax and shipping costs.
  • Always check reviews for helpful information, even if you trust the retailer.
  • Sizing can vary, especially when it comes to retailers based in other countries. Check the sizing chart and reviews when buying online.
  • Be wary of online scams.

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