My daughter starts her summer job in a few days working in an office setting and needed business casual attire to wear to work. She had virtually nothing in her closet that would be appropriate and fit. Since she does not yet have her own money and I want her to succeed in making her own money this summer, I took her to buy her some clothes. Since she wears a plus size, this makes it difficult to find a good selection of clothing anywhere.
We of course started with the thrift store. We were able to find her a few shirts and a dress there, but no pants. Our thrift store is huge, but does not have dressing rooms and does not allow returns so we didn't want to waste money on pants that we weren't even sure would fit right and they didn't have anything appealing in her size anyway. We spent $32 total at the thrift store.
We then went to Plato's Closet (a junior size consignment shop), which just recently started selling plus sizes. Unfortunately, the dress pants & khaki's section in her size consisted of about 5 pairs of pants total. All but one were hideous. The one she tried on did not fit well. She was able to find two dresses here and a shirt. Total spent at Plato's Closet was $26.
We had to find her some pants because she doesn't want to wear dresses every day and we had already bought her some shirts. I decided to take her to Lane Bryant since it was nearby and I thought they would have a large selection of dress pants since the whole store is for plus sized women. We were highly disappointed to only find a few options, all of which were $60. They were buy one get one free, so we could have got two pairs for $60, but it was still more than we wanted to spend. So we walked out of there empty handed and off to Kohl's we went.
We ended up getting her two pairs of pants and skirt for $58 out of pocket at Kohl's after using $15 from a gift card I still had from Christmas and applying for a Kohl's card to get a 30% discount. That alone saved me $29. I knew I wouldn't be approved anyway and wasn't worried about the inquiry affecting my credit score right now so why not spend a few minutes answering questions on the computer screen and save $29?
Then we had to get her shoes. I refuse to buy second hand shoes unless they are ones that I know I will always wear socks with. Since I knew she needed dress shoes and would probably want flats, she obviously isn't going to wear socks with those during the summer, so we hit up Payless. Two pairs of shoes there cost us $45.
So the total spent to get her started on some work clothes was $161. I was hoping to get away with only spending $100, but unfortunately that didn't work out. I don't think we did too awful though considering everything she got.
Do you have any tips for shopping for clothes to save more money? Please feel free to share in the comments below!