10 Stores for Women in their Late 20’s/Early 30’s

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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I’m almost four months away from 30, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also been more particular about where I get my clothes from. When I first began working almost 8 years ago, I had no problem filling my wardrobe with Forever21, Wet Seal (RIP), and Charlotte Russe (also RIP). It made sense; I was young, didn’t have much money, and wanted a lot of clothes. Quantity over quality was the name of the game. But as I’ve gotten older and my style has matured, I realized that I didn’t need (nor wear) that many clothes. I also had a ton of clothes that were just really poor quality: leggings that thin out after a couple wears, see-through blouses, skirts that I have to pull down every 5 steps. It was cute then, but it’s sort of old now.

As I’ve begun to move away from the teen shops, I’ve discovered other stores that better suit my taste. And while they may be more expensive, they go a lot farther.
  1. ASOS: A good in-between for teen to adult stores, ASOS has a variety of clothes that will appease everyone’s style sense. They have also have free returns.
  2. Everlane: I just discovered Everlane, and I’m already hooked. Outside of having great, well-made clothes, they pride themselves on transparent pricing and ethical work conditions.
  3. Express: Express has a good balance of work and play clothes. If I had to place it, I would say it’s a step up from H&M in price and quality. I’m also a stan for their assortment of tops.
  4. H&M: Don’t get me wrong, I love H&M. They’re around the same quality and price as ASOS, but with brick and mortar stores in every city, they’re good when I need to find an outfit quick.
  5. Lulu’s: While technically for a younger demographic, Lulu’s has a lot of great quality, inexpensive clothes. They’re always my go-to for accessories like clutches and jewelry. Plus, they have free return shipping.
  6. Madewell: Madewell is like an American Eagle, but with better quality clothes. They’re more expensive than AE, but they’re clothes are going to last a lot longer.
  7. Nordstrom Rack: Nordstrom Rack is great for those who want brand name for less. I got a Michael Kors coat from Nordstrom Rack for only $60. Enough said.
  8. The Gap: A great place for basics in more than just black and white. They have a lot of clothes that can easily go from work to play too.
  9. The Loft: My favorite place for work clothes, and don’t be fooled by their seemingly high prices. They’re almost always having a sale.
  10. Anthropologie: Anthropologie is the most expensive store on the list, but their sale section makes things a bit more accessible. If it’s still too expensive, their sister store, Urban Outfitters, has great quality clothes for a lower price point.
Honorable Mentions: Girlfriend Collective for great quality leggings you will never see through, Stitch and Rivet for leather bags, purses, and clutches, Lands’ End for coats that will always keep your warm.

What are your favorite stores to shop at for good quality clothes?


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