Your local shopping mall is not just a hangout for teenagers or just a budget haven for suburban mothers. Savvy fashionistas know that malls have plenty of stylish options- both trendy and classic, and it is the place to buy your summer wardrobe in a midst of a recession. So, skip the boutiques, make a list of summer fashion essentials, and head to an air-conditioned shopping plaza for an adventurous afternoon.
Start your day at a department store or a mass chain retailer (such as Target), and browse the clearance bins. Right now, there aren’t too many people shopping in general, so you can find some really good deals on clearance. Dillard’s and Macy’s are great places to find a mix of lower end designers as well as store brands (love Macy’s Style and Co. brand). I also love Target for their selection of fabulous classics and cutting edge designer pieces.
Next stop, trendy specialty shops like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Bebe. You can find tons of trendy items for the season, plus shoes and accessories. Perhaps you can find a complete outfit for at least $50.
What I really love about stores like these is the fact that they are smaller, and the customer service is a little more personal. I love it when I go to my favorite shop, and the cashiers recognize me. Frequent shoppers often get a little assistance when if comes to finding the right items they’re looking for.
You can get shoes at almost any store, but shoe stores often have better deals and sales, like Payless Shoe Source’s BOGO days (Buy One, Get One half-off). Another great discount shoe store is Rack Room Shoes, which sells low end designer shoes and accessories. The mall is also a great place to stock up on fashion jewelry, lingerie, and even cosmetics.
Here are a few tips to help you save even more during your shopping adventure:
- Scour websites of department and chain shops for the latest deals and discounts.
- Bring a close friend with you to keep your shopping in check.
- And have fun!