After skipping a week – because last week on the blog was so busy! – we’re back with the second to last post in the Fashion and Function series. If you’ve missed the first three posts, check them out here, here, and here.

Today, let’s talk about how to find brands that won’t break the bank (although remember, we are buying less and probably spending a little more per piece) and also have great quality and will fit your style.

I get asked a lot how I find brands that I often feature on the blog and to be honest it takes some time to curate a repertoire of brands I trust. One of my pet peeves about women’s clothing is the size inconsistency. I can be a size 0 in one brand and a size 4 in another and don’t even get me started on length and armhole size!  Finding brands with sizes that I can trust with sizing is the first criteria on my list when I creating a list of my go-to places to shop. And this can be a process. One of the best ways to get to know a brand is to find a store (I’m talking about a brick and mortar store) choose items in all styles and sizes and see what fits and what doesn’t. This will give you a much better idea when you’re going to shop online what works for your body.

Now, how to actually find those brands. A trick I like to do is hop over the Nordstrom website and the Shopbop website, click on a category of women’s clothing, and start looking at both products and brands. What I didn’t realize for a while was that brands like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Shopbop are made up of lots of smaller brands. If you keep an eye on the brand of a dress you love on Nordstrom, follow the brand on their dedicated website or social media profile and see what else they have going on for them.

Another great way to find unique and quality brands is to follow fashion bloggers. Not only do they have a finger on the pulse of the industry, but they also get samples and attend events and shows for emerging designers and brands. Follow their recommendations. You may not find a brand you love right off the bat but if you appreciate the style of a blogger, chances are they’ll share a design you love linked with a brand you’ll appreciate.

So here’s a list of some of my favorite brands for timeless pieces that have started to crop up in my wardrobe.

For the Basics

For Denim

For Dresses

For Tops

For Shoes