Where to Shop for Clothes Without Breaking the Bank

We think you’ll agree that nothing beats putting together the perfect outfit. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the kind of cash to be able to shop for looks at high end Newbury St. boutiques. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to abandon all hope of looking good. These ten great Boston stores have all the killer looks you crave at a cost you’ll love. So, read through, then get out there and shop ’til you drop for these cheap clothes!

1. Buffalo Exchange

180 Harvard Ave, Allston and 238 Elm St, Somerville

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Originally from Arizona, we’re very thankful this consignment chain has set up shop in our neighborhood. Buffalo Exchange features a variety of clothes for men, women and kids. This store, although a consignment shop, will only take trending and cool clothes, so you don’t need to worry about not finding anything you like. For whole new wardrobe at a reasonable price, head down to Buffalo!

2. Primark

10 Summer St, Boston

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Primark is a four floor fantasy for any bargain hunter. With shirts as low as $3 and shoes for only $10, you could get a whole new outfit for mere pocket change. Primark is originally a European company, but just recently opened their first American location in Downtown Crossing. Hop on in, this store is soon to take the continent by storm!

3. H&M

100 Newbury St, Boston and CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

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Although a popular chain nationwide, H&M still makes our cut for one of the best Boston shopping spots. After all, cheap clothes don’t have to be local. H&M nails the combo of trendy looks at a fantastic price, so it completely earns its spot on this list. Plus, there’s a Newbury St. location if you want to shop in a more upscale environment.

4. Urban Renewals

122 Brighton Ave, Boston

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Another hot Boston consignment shop, Urban Renewals is worth the visit. Wander around their color coded aisles as you find fashion steals to fit any outfit perfectly. This is one of the best spots to cop designer brands for a lot less, if you can find them, but they also sell housewares, art and other things.

5. TJ Maxx

350 Washington St., Boston; CambridgeSide Galleria Mall; 360 Newbury St, Boston and more

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Speaking of designer brands for less, there’s no place for finding them quite like TJ Maxx. Greater Boston houses a slew of locations, so wherever you live, there’s sure to be one nearby. Plus, you can visit other locations to try and find hidden gems that weren’t at the one closest to you!

Pro Tip: The Framingham location is notorious for having the best inventory due to HQ being located down the street!

6. Lipstick

293 Newbury St, Boston

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Surprisingly, another Newbury location to make the list. Lipstick (which sells clothes, contradictory to it’s namesake) definitely has higher prices than the other spots on this list. But, for a bona fide Newbury boutique, you can get some unique looks cheap. It’s also just a great place to browse around.

7. Old Navy

430 Washington St, Boston; CambridgeSide Galleria Mall and 8 Allstate Rd, Boston

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Downtown Crossing is the place to go for cool cheap clothes, as shown by the handful of stores from there that made our list. Old Navy has classic looks you probably remember from shopping there with your parents, but don’t be alarmed. They still carry tons of stylish looks, and a great selection of athletic wear. Plus, it’s right next to TJ Maxx and Primark, so hit them all in one run!

8. The Garment District

200 Broadway, Cambridge

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The Garment District is a truly unique Cambridge consignment shop. Located just steps away from the MIT/Kendall stop, pop by to see some of the most unique looks on the market for some of the lowest prices. This shop is known for their $2 a pound special; a whole section of the store where you buy clothes by weight, instead of paying per item. How cool is that?

9. Marshalls

350 Washington St, Boston; 500 Boylston St, Boston; 200 Border St, East Boston and more

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Whether you know them by now or not, Marshalls is a sister brand of TJ Maxx with just as much clout in the bargain hunter community. There really is no better place to put together fashionable looks for less. And yes, there’s a Downtown Crossing location; how convenient!

10. Boomerangs

1407 Washington St, Boston; 563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge; and 716 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

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Boomerangs is one of our favorite thrift shops not just because of their great deals, but because they’re about more than clothes. Owned and operated by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, 100% of profits go toward preventing new infections, supporting those infected and trying to identify cures and treatments for the vicious affliction. Discount shopping for a cause? That’s what we here at IM Boston are all about!

Loved these cheap clothes, but want even more fresh fashion looks? Check out these vendors that are trending in Boston!

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