Broke Girl’s Guide to a Rich City: Top Budget NYC Shopping Spots

Megan Harr Beauty & Style, Budget, Discover NYC, Manhattan Leave a Comment

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Being in a city as big as New York means you can find almost anything you want or need. Luckily, that includes some affordable NYC shopping alternatives to the boutiques along Madison Avenue and big brand stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman’s on Fifth. Thrifty New Yorkers know that living in a rich city doesn’t come cheap. After-work cocktails and rent add up quickly, which means the city is a visitor’s dream for designer inspired looks on a small town budget. Besides, window shopping is only fun for the first hour.

Don’t dip into your savings account or bother struggling against over-eager shoppers at sample sales. Check out some of our favorite places to shop in New York City and decide on what you’re going to do with all of your leftover cash. Happy shopping!

Enjoy Beauty & Apparel Hot Spots in NYC

Enjoy Beauty & Apparel Hot Spots in NYC

1. Brandy Melville

Discover whimsical California vibes in SoHo, and get lost in a sea of crop tops, halters, cardigans and even more. The brand was founded in Italy by Silvio Marsan and his son Stephan nearly two decades ago and costs less than a fraction of some of the similar styles you’d find at other retailers. Take that D&G.

2. Frankie

The Frankie girl dresses for herself. And she does a damn good job at it. This LES boutique offers everything from stunning black jumpsuits to chunky sweaters. Head here if you’re looking for affordable new brands from across the globe, including those from Sweden, Britain and South Korea.

3. Shishi

Nestled on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this charming women’s boutique offers a to-die-for collection of chic party clothes and cozy wares for everyday at affordable prices. But if you see something you like, don’t sleep on it. The owner only stocks a couple of items per style, and it might not be there when you go back.

Find Staples to Add to Your Closet

Find Staples to Add to Your Closet

4. Darling

This West Village gem specializes in feminine and vintage items. Here you’ll find some of the most chic local and international designers and an exclusive in-house label. Shopping experiences have never been more charming. Make your way through this two story townhouse and stunning garden on property.

5. Babel Flair

Bright accents give way to a fresh boutique that stocks unique international fashion and accessories at affordable prices. Discover contemporary international labels for the sophisticated yet flirty woman in you when you head to this SoHo shop.

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