Just like with makeup and accessories, there are definitely clothing items that we love to splurge on. Investing in a great pair of jeans that fits just right or that classic Chanel suit that never goes out of style is totally worth it—but stocking up your closet with other budget buys is truly the best way to round out a healthy wardrobe.
That’s exactly where we come in, shortlisting 55 stores that won’t endanger your credit, from hidden shopping gems to the big brands every fashion girl should know, whether or not she’s on a tight budget.
Fun, cool, and always on-trend, Front Row Shop is for women who wear sneakers with their sequin dresses and aren’t afraid of an asymmetrical hem.
Pretty much everything at the e-boutique is under $100, and while the quality is hit-and-miss, the designs are super cute.
This Aussie fashion hub stocks brands like Cameo Collective, Keepsake, Finders Keepers, and The Fifth, all of which excel at party-ready dresses and cool, covetable separates at $200-and-under price points. Bonus: you’ll probably be the only one of your friends wearing them.
4. Nasty Gal
If you’re a fan of fun, offbeat, affordable fashion, and you haven’t hit up Nasty Gal yet, what are you waiting for? The e-commerce powerhouse started as an eBay vintage store, and still has a knack for trends inspired by decades past.
Head here for the kind of minimalist, neutral-toned, no-fuss fashion that forms the foundation of any good wardrobe. The accessories offering isn’t huge, but what they do have looks much more expensive than it really is–which is exactly what we like in a handbag.
If you’re wondering where that editor on Insta got her crazy-cool top with the ruffled sleeves, cut-out shoulders, or extra-long cuffs, odds are good it came from this Korea-based site where nearly everything is under $100.
Love Zara? (I mean, duh, right?) You need to check out this site. They have a huge selection of ahead-of-the-curve pieces, all at a fraction of the cost of their designer counterparts.
8. Style Mafia
Our office is just a teensy bit obsessed with this trend-driven fashion site—whether it’s the off-the-shoulder tops, cropped flares, or matching sets, almost everything is under $100. (Which means you can get a few things while you’re at it, right?)
Fast fashion label Minkpink is gaining a good reputation for their cute ‘n’ cheap clothes, but make sure you also checkout their sunglasses collection before leaving the website.
Click over to Stylenanda for statement accessories under $40, crop tops, breezy dresses, and inexpensive items that will add personality to your look next Spring.
11. Dorothy Perkins
The Dorothy Perkins woman doesn’t like anything too overtly trendy—she prefers pretty pieces in classic, feminine shapes that will last more than a season. The brand is owned by the same company as Topshop, so the shopping experience will be familiar if you’ve purchased anything from there before, but the offerings are more conservative, so don’t come looking for your next Coachella getup.
ASOS stocks a truly massive number of brands, but the store’s in-house labels are often our favorites. You can browse ASOS, ASOS Curve, ASOS Petite, and ASOS Tall any season and know you’re going to find what you’re looking for. Plus, a flexible returns policy allows you to send back anything you don’t want after 28 days, which makes shopping online here pretty risk-free.
“Ethical” and “affordable” often don’t go hand-in-hand, but this site has made it its mission to offer both—in the form of easy-to-wear separates like striped tees and neutral knits. If you’re a fan of Everlane, this one is definitely worth a browse.
14. Staple the Label
Classic stripes and wearable shapes will make this your new favorite label to wear on lazy weekends.
Article& is everything you love about Brooklyn—cool, offbeat style at prices that won’t scare you away. The store offers a tight edit of unique, wearable, and affordable threads and jewelry by contemporary and independent labels.
From Manchester’s best-kept fashion secret to one of the fastest-growing global e-boutiques, Boohoo is like Missguided’s younger sister, stocking the latest trends at deep bargains.
COS is in the same stable of retailers as H&M, but don’t let that fool you: the sophisticated aesthetic and arty wares can easily pass as designer. The prices, too, hover closer to the $100-mark—but don’t miss the jewelry section, where an expensive-looking new necklace or set of earrings can be had for less than $30.
If you can look past the faux leather and bodycon dresses, you can find an amazing bargain at Missguided—and with the sheer volume of product on the site, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you’ll like.
19. Pixie Market
The editing of this e-boutique is what really makes it special. It’s very possible to scroll through eight pages of garments and want Every. Last. Piece. Consider yourself warned.
20. Isla by Talulah
Isla by Talulah takes floral prints, adds a pretty, playful silhouette, and creates the ultimate girly-girl’s wardrobe. Note also that prices are listed in Australian dollars, so if you’re in the US, they’re probably more affordable than they appear
21. Few Moda
Street-style-worthy clothes at Zara-esque price tags? Where do we sign up? The knits, especially, are not to be missed.
22. Sister Jane
Like Pixie Market, this British brand always boasts a tightly-edited selected of super-cute clothing—but we’re also impressed by the range. You’ll find super-femme floral dresses and prim lace button-downs alongside boho fringe and party-ready sequins.
Feel-good fashion—that is, the kind that’s ethically made—often comes with a hefty price-tag. But not at StyleSaint: these guys are all about making ethical, affordable products that last more than just one season. We’re particularly into the lace dresses, so make sure you have a look in that direction while browsing the online store.
24. Forever 21
If there’s a trend you’re loving, but know will be dated by next season, step into this fashion chain—they’re bound to be carrying the look you’re after at a price you won’t be scared to pay.
Although this absolutely is not the cheapest name on our list today, it is one of the best. Why, you ask? Because Whistles will turn around designer-inspired looks within weeks of a trend emerging, at a fraction of the high-fashion price.
26. Free People
Lovers of free-spirited fashion will swoon over the haute-hippie offerings at Free People. While prices definitely aren’t all affordable, the sale section is a great place to start hunting for under-$50 finds.
Step this way for beautifully-designed clothes that actually last. As every Canadian knows, their layering pieces, tissue-thin tees, and winter coats are some of the best you can buy. The store stocks several in-house brands, so it helps to know your faves:
Motel is sparkly dress central. Head here for shameless sequins, skin-baring cocktail looks, and fun festival outfits.
Your one-stop-shop for inclusive, retro-inspired fashion.
In most major cities you can find a H&M on just about every corner—but even still, we prefer the less stressful experience of browsing online. It’s easier to see everything they carry, none of it’s been tried on 20 times, and there’s no risk of being jostled by a group of rowdy teens.
Lulu’s is filled with under-$50 party dresses, plus cheap ‘n’ cute tops, sweaters, skirts, and more.
Consider it Japan’s answer to H&M. The denim is great, the collaborations (Carine Roitfeld, Jil Sander) are even better, but the tights, tanks, and turtlenecks in the brand’s Heattech fabric are what we stock up on year after year.
If you’re stuck on stocking fillers for Christmas, order from Wanderlust&Co to pick up under-$30, delicate jewelry, including midi-rings, hand chains, ear cuffs, and more.
34. Tony Bianco
Tony Bianco absolutely nails luxe-looking footwear with a much more friendly pricetag.
By the same company who created Oasis, Warehouse is like a slightly more luxe take on the affordable Oasis aesthetic.
36. River Island
Famed in part for a series of collaborations with Rihanna, River Island is also a reliable go-to for inexpensive pieces across the board. Go here for great denim and to snap up passing trends you don’t want to invest too heavily in.
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve dress and don’t have much cash to spend, we suggest stepping this way. They also offer plus sizes, shoes, swimwear, and intimates, all at major bargains.
38. & Other Stories
Picture all the accessories you love in Zara, and then multiply them by ten—that’s what you’ll find at & Other Stories. The label is one of the more luxe brands in H&M’s portfolio and famed for incredible shoes, bags, and jewelry, though they’ve also nailed off-beat collaborations with designers like Rodarte and Zana Bayne.
Whether or not you’ve ever stepped into a Mango store, you have to admit the Spanish mega-brand’s online product photography is seriously enticing.
40. 8th Story
This Los Angeles e-comm store hosts a stable of brands, most with a boho vibe, and some more affordable than others. The one you really want to check out if you’re looking to spend a little and get a lot is Wylder, a line of what one might affectionately refer to as hot-girl clothes: crop tops, cut-out dresses, miniskirts, and the like.
Anyone who loves their budget brands is no doubt already familiar with Topshop, the reigning retailer for expensive-looking, wallet-friendly wardrobes.
42. Humble Chic
Be prepared to hunt through a few pages on this online store to find what you’re looking for—which is wearable striped tops, cozy puffer coats, and classic denim, all at easy-on-the-purse prices.
43. Shop Dixi
You’ll want to take off on a beach weekend just so you have an excuse to layer on these boho accessories.
Online store Koshka packs its virtual shelves with fun fast-fashion labels. We particularly love their selection of boy-meets-girl cover-ups and coats.
A new, Instagram-friendly wardrobe can be found on the cheap at this Los Angeles-based site—think crop tops for $25, vegan leather jackets for $60, and chokers for $10.
46. Need Supply Co.
Shop online from this Richmond, Virginia-based boutique for shoes that will make people ask where you got them, plus sleek apparel in wearable colors like grey, white, peach, and black.
47. Just Female
For fans of A.P.C. and Sandro, this Scandinavian ready-to-wear brand offers the same quietly elegant, super stylish appeal at approachable price points. The sale section especially is worth a gander.
There’s always something new at this Asian site. On the one hand, this means the tops, dresses, jackets, and layering essentials are always fresh, but on the other, there’s so much stock it can be overwhelming.
Yeah, we know—Zara isn’t exactly under the radar, but for relatively inexpensive clothes and accessories that look as if they were ripped from the runway, it’s one of the best.
50. Jaded London
Not for the faint of heart, but feasible for the light of wallet, this UK site stocks cut-out bodysuits, sequin mini skirts, and velour bombers for girls who aren’t afraid to stand out.
For those who like to wear their attitude on their sleeve (or front, or hat), this e-boutique offers cheeky tees, bombers, patches, and accessories featuring the work of founder and artist Ilse Valfré.
This New York label specializes in statement-making, confidence-boosting pieces, most of which come in under $100. Even better? Sizing goes up to 3X.
Originally published August 2016. Updated October 2017.