We are all need to update our wardrobes occasionally and tend to run off the the same old, same old stores.
While you can only really buy high end fashion in high end fashion stores we don't always wear high end fashion.
We need those practical, comfortable well made clothes for our everyday lives.
Here are five ideas of places you might not have thought of shopping at where you can shop for great clothes, at great prices.
The Men's and Boy's Section in Discount Stores
Men's and boy's clothes are made from better fiber content and are generally sturdier than women's clothes. Items like t-shirts and white sport socks are made to last and can be great items to fill out your casual wardrobe. As with your regular shopping, shop at the end of seasons when everything is being discounted even further. The great thing about shopping for women's tastes in men's fashion is the more "feminine" colors are overlooked and you can have your pick in sizes.
Sporting Good Stores
If you ever need a great warm jacket to walk the dogs on cold morning or sturdy well made sunglasses check out sporting good stores. Their items are made to withstand an active lifestyle and are generally better made than the fashion choices of these same items.
Don't think that their clothes will be dowdy looking or something that your granddad might have worn. Many fashion icons in Britain came out of the outdoor apparel stores such as Burberry.
Coupled with a jaunty hat or a vibrant scarf sports clothes look very fashionable and will keep for years.
Asian import shops often sell a wide variety of goods so you might walk into a grocery store at the front and find clothing and furniture at the back.
These stores can be wonderful for finding bright colored cotton dresses, caftans, decorative scarves, belts, hats and jewelry. There might not be dressing rooms so make sure that you are wearing something that you can slip the clothes over top.
One of the great thing about these stores is that the clothes are so unique you won't bump into someone else wearing the same thing. As they are made in countries that generally have to deal with very high temperatures these clothes are ideal for the summer.
Work-wear and Uniform Stores
Fashion can go to blazes if you are out in the muck and rain and just need something really good to keep your feet warm and your body dry.
One of the best investments I have ever made was a bright yellow knee length rain coat made from a heavy weight material. I bought it at a uniform outlet store (I believe it was made for emergency workers) and have worn it during many storms when either the dog couldn't be found, some emergency happened outside or I needed to finish up some work in the rain.
I also bought myself a chef's jacket which is great to wear when volunteering with food. If you are an active person that does a lot of work outside then see if there is something there that will make you more comfortable.
Most antique stores shy away from antique clothing as the sizes where much smaller than what women wear now and the shapes are often made for women that were wearing corsets but if you do find one that carries clothes they can be a treasure trove.
The wonderful thing about antique clothing is that all the fabrics were made from natural materials, wool, cotton, linen, silk etc. (artificial fibers like rayon started to be used in about 1910). If you find antique clothing then take the time to admire the way it was made and the quality of the fabric.
If you have a style that can pull off vintage or antique clothing then you need to check out antique shops. Look for leather gloves, purses, capes, silk scarves and costume jewelry as well. I often find good quality wool coats that are almost in perfect condition but since I stand 5' 9" I have never found any in my size.
You need to remember that wonderful clothes don't just come from the mall, sometimes the most unexpected places can hold great quality clothes at great prices.
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