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Preppy On a Budget | Where to Shop & What Pieces to Buy

Some questions I frequently receive on my Tumblr are “how do you afford your clothes,” “I’m in high school, can I afford being preppy?” and “Where can I get preppy clothes for less?” Well never fear all my preppy – fashion lovers! I have finally created my guide to being preppy on a budget. I’m going to share my tips for getting clothes for less and where to find cute, inexpensive, preppy pieces for your wardrobe!


Where To Shop  First and foremost, where to shop. I am a huge fan of name brands such as J.Crew, Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren, etc. However, this is not always affordable full price.

  • Poshmark The first thing I want to talk about is Poshmark becuase it has pretty much every brand known to man being sold for great prices! Poshmark is a website (and app) where you can sell your own clothes and buy other clothes with a click of a button! I’ve sold some of my clothes before and I know a lot of people who purchase off the app.

Poshmark | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark Poshmark | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark Poshmark | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • Forever 21/H&M These stores may not be considered “high end,” but you can find a ton of great, preppy pieces for less on these sites! Shopping in store is a little tough for me at these places, but going online and searching makes it so much easier!

H&M | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark Forever 21 | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • J.Crew Factory J.Crew’s Factory store is like a “cheaper” version of the regular J.Crew store. You can get a lot of great J.Crew pieces for less on this site and they also have a ton of sales throughout the year. The Factory store also has sales more frequently than the regular store so check it every few days!

J.Crew Factory | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • Vineyard Vines Vineyard Vines can be pricey, but doing things like signing up for emails to get alerts about flash sales, shopping their sale section, and shopping during their big sales events (they usually do them three times a year around January, June, and September) can help cut down on how much you spend! You can also check other places that carry Vineyard Vines such as Nowells Clothiers and Nordstrom to see if they have items on sale.

Vineyard Vines | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • Country Club Prep CCP has become my go-to for all my preppy essentials. They have pretty much EVERYTHING including preppy t-shirts, Jack Rogers, Lilly Pulitzer, Lauren James dresses, and more! This is another site that frequently has sales and they also send out a ton of coupons through email! New customers automatically get a discount code when they sign up!

Country Club Prep | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • Nordstrom Rack Nordstrom rack is to Nordstrom as J.Crew Factory is to J.Crew. It’s basically just a cheaper place to buy pretty much the same clothing! They also have a lot of sales throughout the year!

Nordstrom Rack | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark

  • Nordstrom Nordstrom has such a wide variety of clothes you can usually find some less expensive pieces for your wardrobe, but my favorite thing about Nordstrom is their Anniversary Sale! Every summer Nordstrom has their biggest sale of the year, they have thousands of products marked down including some adorable preppy essentials such as Tory Burch flats, Riding boots, vests, dresses, and more!

Nordstrom | Daily Dose of Charm by Lauren Lindmark


Use your Student ID This is one of my favorite things I have discovered, you can get discounts in store for being a student!! Here are a list of stores and their discounts.

  • J.Crew 15% off
  • Kate Spade 15% off
  • TopShop 10% off
  • Ralph Lauren 15% off
  • Amazon free shipping (they have a ton of preppy brands)
  • Madewell 15% off
  • Charlotte Russe 10% off

You can also ask other stores if they have student discounts while shopping in-store! A lot of time stores have it and don’t advertise.


Links to Some Inexpensive Preppy Essentials Preppy On a Budget | Where to Shop & What Pieces to Buy

Lilly Pulitzer iPhone 6 Cover • ($34)
Nude Flats Lucky Brand • ($16)
White Shift Dress • ($17)
Aviator Sunglasses • ($18)
Longchamp tote • ($79)
Rent Lilly Pulitzer Blue Shell Shift • ($40)
Rent Lilly Pulitzer Parker Palm Shift • ($40)
Vineyard Vines T-Shirt • ($28)
Chino Shorts • ($13)
Quarter-Zip L.L. Bean • ($45)
Joules ‘Field Welly’ Rain Boot • ($60)
Tory Burch Reva Flats • ($75)
Oxford Shirt L.L. Bean • ($49)
Watch Timex • ($49)
Qupid Women’s Plateau Riding Boot • ($20)
Plaid Blanket Scarf • ($29)
Quilted Vest • ($28)
Pearl Earrings • ($7)

 xoxo,
Lauren Emily Lindmark

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6 comments

  • Megan

    June 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This is such a good idea, some of these I never thought of like renting out Lilly Pulitzer dresses.

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 22, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks love!

  • Olivia

    November 26, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Love these ideas! I am always looking on ways to save money shopping for the holidays
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

    1. laurenlindmark

      December 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Olivia 🙂

  • Leah

    November 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This is so helpful! Another great way to get Vineyard Vines for a great price is to buy when they have a discount on their sale items. It’s like a double discount! I believe they have one going on right now and they have them pretty frequently to get rid of out of season clothes. I’ll definitely be checking out Country Club Prep soon too.

    1. laurenlindmark

      December 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely have to try to keep up with their sales! I think they’re having a 40% off all sale items sale right now 🙂

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