There’s a comfort in shopping at a chain store. You know what you’re going to get when it comes to fit and quality, the products are easily accessible (thanks to a combination of online and brick-and-mortar stores), and you’ll often save a pretty penny on both trendy and classic items alike. That said, each one has their specialty, and we think you should take note of what some of our favorite chain stores do best.
The Right Way To Shop At Your Favorite Chain Stores
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J.Crew: Shoes Under $350
If you’re in search of high-quality shoes in a variety of styles, get thee to J.Crew! The styles are perfectly on-trend, the selection is large, and even though they’re Italian-made (another plus!), most styles come in half sizes, in addition to whole.
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J.Crew Collection Lanie Calf Hair Stacked-Heel Sandals ($325) in Hazelnut Leopard
Every woman needs at least one pair of leopard-print shoes in her closet. This updated version is so simple and chic.
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J.Crew Studded Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals ($158) in Metallic Gold
Lace-up gladiator sandals combine metallic leather and subtle studs for a modern, dressier take on an old favorite.
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J.Crew Collection Woven Raffia Tie-Front High-Heel Sandals ($350) in Bungalow Blue
These colorful stilettos are both sexy and cute, thanks to cutouts and a sweet bow.
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J.Crew Collection Printed Gladiator Sandals ($298) in California Poppy
We think these patterned city sandals add the perfect finishing touch to a variety of summer outfits.
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Loft: Pants, Skirts, and Shorts For All
Dressing your lower-half can sometimes be an afterthought, but not for Loft! Nearly every style of pants, skirts, and shorts comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes, making this THE destination for a variety of affordable, cute styles for all body types.
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Loft Scroll Print Knit Circle Skirt ($50) in Forever Navy
Meet your new go-to summer skirt!
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Loft Floral Tile Riviera Shorts With 4-Inch Inseam ($45) in Jasmine
These shorts provide a subtle take on the global-inspired prints trend.
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Loft Striped Linen Cotton Skirt ($50) in Balmy Blue
This skirt plus flat gladiator sandals and a panama hat is being added to our summer outfit lineup.
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Club Monaco: Jackets and Blazers
Season after season, Club Monaco kills it in the jacket and blazer department. With a year-round mixture of classic and trendier styles, you will undoubtedly be able to fulfill all of your outerwear needs.
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Club Monaco Nolicia Striped Moto ($269) in Stripe
We love the edgy element that moto jackets bring to any outfit. Now we can wear one in the summer too, thanks to this breezy style.
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Club Monaco Sarina Bomber Jacket ($269) in Crème Brulee Blossoms
This jacket is pink, floral-print bomber perfection.
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Club Monaco Delphine Silk Parka ($350) in Smog
Try draping this military style parka over a floral-print dress for sartorial contrast.
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Club Monaco Loraie Blazer ($439) in Sunbathe
You can’t beat the cool lapel detail on this timeless blazer.
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Zara: Accessories Galore
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with pretty much everything that Zara comes up with, particularly in the accessory department. With updated inventory on a weekly basis, this is the place to go if you’re looking for the latest high-fashion trends at high-street prices. Don’t be surprised if your new Zara handbag gets mistaken for a designer piece.
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Zara Adjustable Ring ($16)
This is the cool-girl way to wear pearls.
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Zara Patterned Miniaudiere ($90) in Black
Doesn’t this chic clutch look so much more expensive than it is?
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Zara Raffia Hat ($20)
The colorful trim detail on this sun hat will ensure that you stand out on the beach and beyond this summer.
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Zara Leather Bucket Rucksack with Tassels ($129) in Black
If you don’t have a bucket bag yet, this one will do the trick. The details are so good for a bag of this price point.
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Madewell: Denim Essentials
If you’re looking for designer-quality denim without the designer price tag, look no further than Madewell. With so many styles and washes to choose from, consider all of your denim dilemmas solved.
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Madewell The Perfect Summer Jeans ($118) in Aloha
This high-waisted, slouchy, light wash pair is everything we’ve been searching for in the denim department.
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Madewell Skinny Skinny Cropped Zip Jeans ($128) in Pure White
You’ll be able to show off your statement shoes in this cropped pair in the color of the season.
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Madewell Campground Shorts: Rip and Repair Edition ($75) in Reef Break Repair
You can never have too many pairs of jean shorts, in our opinion. This boyfriend style is so cool and weekend-ready.
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Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans ($138) in Destructed Edition
The dark wash and subtle distressing make for a perfect, sexy pair of going out jeans.
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Free People: Must-Have Dresses
Free People has long been the go-to retailer for flirty dresses. The romantic, bohemian nature of their selection makes for perfect options for a date or a summer vacation. You’ll find everything from casual to special occasion-worthy styles at this chain.
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Free People Jess Dress ($88) in Grey
This swingy dress just might reach summer off-duty uniform status.
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Free People Journey Embellished Slip ($198) in Ivory
Try layering this slip over another dress if you really want to stand out on a summer night.
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Free People Casablanca Sunset Dress ($128) in Night Combo
This tie-back dress is the way cool girls do sexy.
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Free People Off-The Shoulder Dress ($168) in White
Style this quintessential Free People dress with rugged booties and cue the compliments and stares.
What do you shop for at your favorite chain stores? Let us know in the comments!