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Old 05-17-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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In Los Angeles area, you can find really nice and originally expensive clothes at many thrift stores. Many people here are part of the disposable society and wear things once and bring them to the thrift stores. The trick is getting the stuff somehow before the employees get ahold of it. My wife recently found two pairs of jeans that are sold for over $100 each. She got the two pairs for a total of $12.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: equator
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I hadn't been there in a long time. I ended up realizing 90% of the clothing isn't cut for busty women so I probably won't spend much time there. I also found that many of the fabrics were crappy.

90% of ALL clothing is not cut for busty women!
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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If clothes are inexpensive, they probably will not be good quality. How could they be? Better fabrics and higher quality workmanship are costly. You pay for that, and for the skilled labor to construct them.

A possibilityt is to buy second hand at consignment stores, or thrifts. You can pick up better quality stuff that has been very lightly worn for much less than new.

I've bought Kohl's clothing and I don't think most of it is good quality. A problem I've had with their garments is sizing variations within a line. The peach tee might not fit like the black tee, for instance. (Probably made by different vendors.) I bought a well-enough made pair of Chaps pants last year, and the fabric is unpleasant to wear. I've also bought Columbia fleece from them that has worn well, although I don't believe the garments are up to the usual standards of Columbia.

If you want good quality, you will have to pay for it. But there are places where costs are kept moderate, and quality is good. Catalog retailers use economy of scale to produce better quality clothing at reasonable prices, for instance. I've gotten hold of some White Stag tees at the GW that are surprisingly decent. (Penneys I think?) But if you want to wear your stuff for a couple or three years, you will have to pay more, or find amazing sales at the end of the season.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:49 PM
 
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Interesting discussion on women clothing ! I simply prefer to order my clothes from Walmart and i am reliable with that.
Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:14 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Thrift stores or places like ebay for gently used clothing in good brands. I don't know if anyone has already mentioned Soft Surroundings but that's a nicely made brand with pretty colors and styles. It's expensive but not too bad second hand.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:40 PM
 
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I'm another Goodwill enthusiast! Picked up "the bible" last week (Vogue Sept./Fall issue) - then hit a few local Goodwill's a few days later. Scored a tweed Chanel-look-alike jacket, simple black leather vest, leopard pumps, and a beautiful jewel-toned floral Echo scarf. I can go weeks w/o finding anything, then score big in one afternoon. It's the "thrill of the hunt" with ridulous prices! My tweed Dana Buchman jacket cost $3.99.

I've been finding Dana B at Kohl's..really like her stuff.
Good style for my age. And always on sale when I shop.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:03 PM
 
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Thrift stores or places like ebay for gently used clothing in good brands. I don't know if anyone has already mentioned Soft Surroundings but that's a nicely made brand with pretty colors and styles. It's expensive but not too bad second hand.
I second Ebay. You need to know your brands, sizes, and going prices. I've picked up a lot of nice items, new or barely used, for a song! Also, Ebay is great for things like purses, shoes (new only!), socks, jewelry---I've got a ton of MK jewelry for next to nothing!
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I'm seriously appalled that nobody has mentioned going to a local seamstress or tailor. Choose your fabric, style and have it fitted to you, not some mythical standard size. Or, better yet, learn to sew yourself. Make something well in a classic style and you'll be using it for decades, not seasons. I wore a dress yesterday that was made in '82. Haven't a clue how much has been saved by not having to buy as many new clothes over the years but probably a significant amount. Buy quality and you only have to buy it once. Works for clothes, house wares, furniture, etc.

My friend in high school used to have her boots made, it was less expensive to have custom boots made once every ten years than it was for her to have new ones every year. They looked better than anyone else's and if they got worn, the cobbler could fix them up like new again. They were about two times the cost of new boots so they weren't even all that expensive.

We have a local leather worker who makes belts (some with secret zipper pockets), cell phone holders, knife holders, purses, saddles, etc. Not sure if he could make boots, though. His stuff doesn't wear out and looks good.
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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For new clothing I've always found the clothing at H&M to be (usually) inexpensive and good quality. I second what people here said about Ebay and thrift stores. I've gotten designer clothing at thrift stores. The joke is, the thrift stores near me aren't that cheap (I hear about people getting shirts for $1...not here). We have days where everything is 50% off so I wait for that.
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I simply don't have the patience for the hunt required at thrift stores. My MIL lives by the challenge of finding hidden treasures, and I get that, but the minute I became parent to a toddler, the luxury of combing through racks went out the window. Shopping has to be able to be done boom, in, boom, out, done. Time is at a premium when you have little ones. Everything is a slim window.
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