We all have to get dressed in the morning, so we may as well do it for less. These days, that doesn’t mean skimping on quality. Fashion is more democratic than ever as online stores remove the cost of the middleman and pass the savings on to you. Here’s a list at the top websites and blogs to check out the next time you need to outfit yourself for any occasion.
Sites for Scoring a Deal on Clothing
Many websites for scoring a deal on clothing are invite only. How exclusive is this invitation? Not at all exclusive, it turns out. Unless you’re looking for a membership with Gilt Noir, count yourself”in,” merely by registering on the site’s website and expect an email granting you access to the site anywhere from a few minutes to a few days after signing up.
Recently cited in Oprah magazine, Ideeli boasts luxe goods of every type, including clothing, accessories and even travel.
This site is our go-to for designer goods for less. Their Blowout sales give you ridiculous savings, with items sometimes marked up to 90% off.
If you spend $10,000 or more at Gilt, you get an invite for Gilt Noir. This grants you access to higher end merchandise and gives you a first look at the Gilt sales before they’re open to mere mortals. If you don’t plan on spending that much, there are still plenty of deals to be had on cashmere, denim and more.
- Ooh I Love
This is an auction site and while there are seldom actual clothes on the site, you can bid on gift cards to major retailers like Anthropologie and Nordstrom and get funds to spend at a steal.
- Editor’s Closet
This site is ripe with contemporary designer brands, boasting everything from cocktail dresses to skinny jeans.
This one’s for the boys and has plenty of contemporary clothing to choose from at reasonable prices.
- Rue La La
This site always has It brands featured, making it a great place to shop for that trendy fix.
- Billion Dollar Babes
This site started as a good ol’ fashion sample sale and morphed into an online sale site that sells vintage pieces and modern clothing for far less than you’d find in the fancy boutiques that normally stock them.
- Gomatta Girls
This site usually focuses on one deal per day, but periodically they will run up to three sales at one time. There seem to always have dresses on sale for dress fantatics.
- eBay Fashion Vault
While eBay as a whole is a great resource for budget shoppers, the Fashion Vault always has new items that are often in stores at that moment, at a fraction of the retail price.
Designer jeans seem to have a stronghold on this sample sale site.
This site has designers that aren’t as well-known, which means you can score some unique pieces on the cheap.
- The Outnet
This is the outlet version of swanky net-a-porter.com, which means you’re getting designer goods for less, along with the great customer service and darling packaging the sister store boasts.
This discount site always has insane deals and plenty to choose from.
- Urban Bloke
This men’s site has everything from casual sweaters to high end button-ups for the office. Sales last 2-4 days, so check back often.
Coupon Code Websites
This is a golden rule of online shopping – should you find what you’re looking for, never buy without first doing a search for a coupon code. This is elementary thinking that is sure to save you major dough in the long run. While you may not score a percentage off, you can surely do a little scurrying around the web for free shipping.
- Coupon ShoeBox
If chain stores like Gap and Old Navy are staples for you, this site has updated coupon and promotional codes to get you the best bang for your buck.
- Retail Me Not
Everyday new coupon codes are posted on this site for stores like Talbots, Coldwater Creek and Kohls.
- Coupon Code
Here you’ll find coupons for contemporary designer online stores like Seven for All Mankind, along with big stores like Sears.
- Current Codes
This is the site to check out when you know what you’re shopping for since it lets you narrow down options.
- Coupon Mom
Coupon Mom is a fabulous site because it has coupon codes, but also allows you to print coupons for stores that accept run them, like Macy’s and Kohl’s.
- Frugal Shopper
In a land where coupons are scarce, this Canadian-based site is sure to entice with an array of print-out coupons and codes for stores that ship to Canada.
- Smart Source
While this site is geared towards grocery shoppers, it allows you to view the circulars in your area and spot clothing deals at retailers that send out sale papers like Target and Wal-mart.
Blogs That Track Sample Sales and Coupon Codes
Most sample sales go down in New York City and periodically make their way to the West coast (most often in LA or San Francisco). These blogs are penned by hardcore shoppers who are always on the hunt for the next fabulous deal and are willing to share their tips with readers.
We’re obsessed with this site because it gives a play-by-play of what’s going down at New York City area sample sales, letting you know whether it’s worth the trek or not.
- The Vie Society
Everyone’s favorite”moopig” gives us the skinny on sample sales in New York before they happen and has plenty of cheeky banter to keep you occupied when sale season is lagging.
- The New Yorker – Annual New York Sales Calendar
Many sales in New York happen at the same time every year. While locations vary, this guide breaks down what’s happening and when, so you can plan accordingly.
- Madison Avenue Spy
For the dirt on sample sales, this spy does all the work and features recaps and coupon codes for online sites.
- Guerilla Shopper
Get ready to save money with the help of this blogger who will aide you in darting around Manhattan all in the name of shopping.
- Sample Sally
Sample Sally is always posting about sample sales from New York City, complete with pictures of the mayhem and a rundown of price points.
- The Shophound
This New Yorker keeps you posted on retail news in Manhattan and gives you a weekly preview of upcoming sample sites, both brick-and-mortar and online.
- New York Magazine
Each week, New York Magazine posts a list of sample sales going on, including addresses and hours.
The Internet allows communication to travel faster than ever. If you’re on a jaunt to New York City and check out a few sites listed above, you’re almost sure to find a sample sale to drop in on. While sale season is at its peak in early summer and post-holidays, there’s always a deal to be had on the web, especially if you know what you’re after.