The Best Places to Get Ready for Summer on a Budget

Published: June 11, 2014

I remember getting up ridiculously early in the morning with my mother as a child to hit all the best sales- and I also remember that I HATED IT. I always wondered why I had to get up at the crack of dawn to dress well. So, as I got older and had to pay for my own clothes, I became savvy with the best places to shop on a shoe string, or should i say, a starving college kid's budget. And, the best part is, I don't have to wake up before noon to look fabulous.

  1. T.J. Maxx

    This is where all my money goes. You may have to dig a bit to find the perfect thing, but T.J. Maxx does a great job of keeping classic pieces along with the trendy ones. Their shoe prices are also fantastic. Just last week, I found a pair of Michael Kors sandals on sale for $30. Also, this store is great about maintaining items that you can depend on for years. Overall, this place is a must on every fashion junkie's list.

  2. Goodwill

    If you're worried about the whole "what if someone died in this really cute dress" issue, put it out of your mind. While there are some... we'll call it questionable clothes, there are also some fantastic ones. Goodwill is usually through the roof in staple items like blazers and blouses, and also has dresses worth looking for. Bring your old wardrobe and find a new one! You'll even get a tax write-off for your trouble.

  3. J.C. Penny

    J.C. Penny, a store once known for its crazy door busters, has changed its marketing plan completely, instead employing something like mini boutiques, all of which are reasonably priced. J.C. Penny picked up Joe Fresh last year, a designer known for bright colored chinos and adorable sweaters. This is definitely a place worth looking into!

It's been great talking to you about my clothing addiction and I hope it proves helpful in your future endeavors. Remember, T.J. Maxx has everything you're looking for- including Ralph Lauren blazers and sweaters with sparkly unicorns on them. Happy hunting, my frugal fashionistas!