Sometimes a girl just needs a dose of fast, frugal fashion. That’s why I love Marshall’s. Today, I stopped in for a quick look around and left with Kate Spade wedges, a darling dress for Lola, and slip-on shoes for my husband from retro chic label Penguin. And still I showed a considerable amount of restraint, reluctantly passing on Kate Spade wedding sandals and Coach pumps and a black Juicy bikini and zillions of cute maxis. I mean zillions. I know. I am proud of myself, too.
But Marshall’s isn’t the only source for cheap chic. As a stylist, I do a lot of shopping. It’s an occupational hazard. 😉 And so I’ve discovered some of the best sources to get a fast, frugal fashion fix. These sites are my go-to sources for cheap chic, and they also boast great quality and good service. So today’s task – browse one of my 5 best sites for stylish steals, or check out a local sale, and pick a couple of pieces that just make you smile. Because nothing puts a spring in your step like a pretty new dress. Or 12.
Here, 5 fabulous cheap chic dresses from the 5 best sites.
(As always, pictures are linked for easy shopping. You’re welcome.)
1. Downeast Basics
Fresh, feminine pieces with a slightly retro vibe, Downeast Basics offers cute, affordable chic swim, women’s and girl’s clothing. Merchandise is updated regularly, so you’ll always find something new!
2. Shop Ruche
Like Anthropologie on a budget, this site features cheap chic finds for the home, office, and kids as well as oodles of lovely styles for you. This watercolor shift dress, $52.99, is perfect for a summer party, or pair it with jeans or leggings for a more casual outing.
This Japanese brand offers amazing basics at equally amazing prices. Think of it as your insider answer to Old Navy. Their designer collaborations are also inspired. I’m a huge fan of the Ines De La Fressange collab, which produced this classic striped dress.
Don’t be surprised to find this familiar name on a list of fashion-insider faves. JCPenney has completely reinvented itself in a way that its former competitor, Sears, has failed to do. Today you’ll find a freshly designed selection of top names, like Jonathan Adler, Terence Conran, Bodum, and Michael Graves for home, and Mango, L’Amour by Nanette Lepore (geared towards juniors, but features some great separates), Nicole by Nicole Miller, and Joe Fresh. Not to mention Sephora outposts. It’s one-stop cheap chic!
Sixties-inspired style for a song, this site features fun, flirty dresses, accessories, and gifts for men and women, and offers plus sizes as well! The retro styling is fun to browse. Cheap chic and cheeky – can’t beat that.
I hope you’ve discovered some new fun new sources for fabulous style, at prices that will make taking a fashion risk seem a little less, well, risky. Happy shopping!