8 Online Stores With Surprisingly Great Clothing Deals

In the quest to find fantastic clothing online without spending a fortune, there are some key discount sites that always seem to be at the top of the list (think Bluefly and 6pm). While these sites are awesome in their own right, there are also some other full-price retailers offering up great, regular sale selections or seasonal promotions that may actually surprise you. (See also: 12 Ways to Save Cash on New Clothes)

1. Nordstrom: Half-Yearly Sales and The Rack

If timed just right, Nordstrom is a great online resource for finding numerous high-end brands at wonderful savings. They hold their well-known "Half-Yearly Sales" online for women and kids in May and November, and for men in mid-June and late December. They also advertise their "July Nordstrom Anniversary Sale" as a big way to save on new fall styles for the coming year.

During last November's online sale, I nabbed a fantastic Michael Kors dress for under $50, which I wore to numerous holiday events and even to my high school reunion. The other great thing about the Nordstrom site is their online sale area, The Rack. It is full of good deals pretty much all year long. And don't forget they offer free shipping and returns, which is a nice bonus.

2. Ralph Lauren: Sale Area and Private Sale Events

Far from being a site to peddle cheap wares, Ralph Lauren's sale area does offer some decent savings, especially for babies and children. Seasonal promotions make sale items even more affordable, as additional savings are tacked onto a large selection of already reduced merchandise. They also have private sales during the year that offer up to 40% off, plus an additional 15% using a sales code, which they promote through mailed invites to previous customers. As a nice touch, all gift orders have complimentary gift packaging, consisting of a handsome signature Ralph Lauren gift box.

During the last private spring sale, I stocked up on some newborn clothing gifts for several friends, all well under $20, complete with pony emblem and fancy gift box.

3. Piperlime: Girl on a Budget and Sale Area

Besides free shipping and returns with no minimum order, this beacon of the Gap empire is a gold mine of name-brand apparel, shoes, and accessories. Launched in 2006, Piperlime's trendy boutique setup showcases a number of picks from well-known industry stylists. The Girl on a Budget area displays the site's best picks by category under affordable dollar thresholds. Additionally, Piperlime's sale area is always well stocked with deals on high-end brands and savings on chic, affordable names, like Tinley Road, Pim + Larkin and Hive & Honey.

Piperlime also often mails out regular discount codes for returning customers. The men's section has apparel and shoe sales areas as well. For now, the kids area is just shoes, but here's hoping it expands to apparel one day.

4. Lands End: On the Counter

Think beyond plain khakis and sensible polos, and you can hunt out other stylish basics for the whole family at Lands End's On the Counter sale area. A limited number of discounted items are placed for sale in this area each Saturday. On Monday, if the items are not already sold out, any remaining items are marked down an additional 25%. As the week progresses, further discounting takes place, including another 50% markdown on Wednesday and finally 75% by Friday. Things go quickly, and there are limited sizes and styles, so not many items make it until Friday. If you play your cards right with this version of discount gambling, however, you can hold out for almost unheard of savings.

5. Shopbop: Sale Area

If you haven't checked out Shopbop, make sure you first get comfortable because you will need plenty of time to explore the thousands of tops, slacks, dresses, shoes and accessories.

Normally this site is not for the faint of heart, as they carry many luxury brands and high-end, boutique labels, which are by no means bargain shopping. However, they are one of the few online retailers that always has one of the most plentiful sale sections (as in several thousand items), which not only offers some amazing deals, but also remains continually stocked year-round. Additionally, they offer seasonal promotions that slash already discounted sale items even further. Another plus is that Shopbop also has free 3-day shipping on any order.

6. Anthropologie: Sale Area

It's hard to believe Anthropologie has been around for 20 years, but the grown-up version of Urban Outfitters certainly offers unique clothing choices, often with a vintage feel.

Score some great finds under the Anthropologie sale area, which is analogous to the bountiful sale racks found in their bricks and mortar stores. Oftentimes, you can find items discounted up to 60%. Time it during seasonal sales as well, like mid-summer or after the holidays, and you can score some amazing bargains with a greater inventory selection to pick from.

7. Look.com: Outlet

Yes, this is for kids only, but the latest (and tenth) site under the Diapers.com name is dedicated to clothing and shoes for babies, toddlers, and kids sizes 4-14. Check out the site's Look Outlet, which always seems to have decent options. Things like kid's Crocs for 30% off and Carter's clothes and pajamas for as much as 60% off always seem to be available here. They also have a seasonal section where you can stock up for the coming year with massive discounts on off-season items. All the Diapers.com sites have now lowered their free shipping threshold from orders of $50 to $35, which is also helpful.

8. REVOLVEclothing: Sale Area

Launched in 2003, this online shopping boutique carries over 500 trendy designers and luxury names for men and women. While this doesn't always equate to bargains, head to REVOLVE's sale area and you can easily score something chic for a fraction of the full retail price. The sale area is extremely easy to navigate with search options by brand, date of markdown, percentage off, size, color and price range, which allows you to really narrow down your search in the sea of options. The site also has a great fashion blog to boot. Finally, free shipping and free returns with no minimum order is an added bonus.

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