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Shopping the Latest Clothing Trends Has Never Been Easier Thanks to this Amazon Hack

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Shopping for clothing? Check out this amazon hack – dresses from amazon hanging up in front of closet

Hi there — I’m Emily, one of Collin’s sidekicks!

And like most of you, I am OBSESSED with shopping on Amazon.

Seriously! The massive online retailer has just about anything and everything you can think of from groceries to furniture to gadgets to really everything in between. My favorite Amazon buys? Trendy fashion finds.

The clothing and accessories category on Amazon has been blowing up over the last few years thanks to name brand additions and the introduction of Amazon Wardrobe. We’ve also been loving the activewear that looks just like Lululemon! But if you’ve ever perused through the fashion section from clicking the category links, you’ve probably noticed that the prices aren’t all that amazing, especially since you typically can’t use a coupon or take advantage of a markdown sale as you would in any other store.

That’s where the search bar comes in…

You’re probably thinking, “Um Emily, using a search bar is not a hack,” but trust me, there’s a method to it!

Shopping for clothing? Check out this amazon hack – amazon clothing section clicking through categories

When you click on the “Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry” department and browse within the category links, you’re guided to a listing of the top name brands and designer brands available on Amazon, which is where you’re also going to find name brand prices. Instead, utilize the search bar to really hone in on what you’re looking for.

For example, navigating to a listing of one-shoulder tops by clicking on only Amazon department links brought me to this page of pretty, yet not totally budget-friendly, blouses. But when I used the Amazon search bar and typed in “one shoulder top” in All Departments, I got an entirely different listing with TONS of options with most ringing in under $20!

It sounds kind of strange, I know, but when using a specific list of keywords in the search bar, the results end up being from more affordable, yet relatively unknown brands. Even better, when you click on an item, you’ll get suggestions for other pieces that are similar AND still at that lower price point!

Shopping for clothing? Check out this amazon hack – amazon dresses laid out on bed

Strapless Ruffle Top DressGeometric Print Dress, & Maxi Floral Print Dress all starting at $19

My all-time favorite search? Dresses! Is it just me or does anyone else feel like they’re constantly on the search for dresses during the summer season to wear to bridal showers, weddings, and other dressy events? That’s why I love getting my outfits using the Amazon search bar to get gorgeous pieces at discount prices.

I typically take search inspiration from what’s trending in fashion or from the sponsored shopping posts I’m constantly scrolling past on Instagram. I always see the prettiest dresses promoted on social media but I’m not totally comfortable giving my credit card info to many of those websites. Plus, I never know how long the shipping will take or what extra cost that will add. That’s why searching for similar looking pieces on Amazon gives you shopping peace of mind plus FREE two-day shipping and returns on apparel with Amazon Prime!

Shopping for clothing? Check out this amazon hack – comparison of amazon listing image to real life image of a geometric dress from amazon

I originally saw this dress on Instagram and fell in love with it — so I searched for it on Amazon using the keywords “geometric print dress”, found it for only $18, and ordered immediately.
It’s my most complimented dress!

Another important tip is to scour over the reviews for quality, size, and picture accuracy. Because let’s face it — a dress under $20 that’s photographed on an Instagram model can be a touch too deceiving to not investigate further. That said, remember you can get almost ALL of the clothing available on Amazon with free shipping and free returns if you’re a Prime member. So worst case scenario if you don’t love something, you print the return shipping label and send it on back.

amazon dress originally white dyed blue

I’m not done raving yet… one of my recent searches landed me on a dress that I loved but it didn’t have the color I was looking for. So, after purchasing the dress in white, I used some Rit fabric dye and only let the color soak for 10 minutes to make it a pale greyish blue exactly to my liking. It also made the dress appear less sheer than it was while white, increasing the quality a touch more and preventing me from having to buy a slip!

While I mainly buy dresses, the search bar trick can be used for any clothing items, from tops to bottoms to accessories and more! It’s a perfect way to get all the latest trends and not feel bad when they go out of style in a couple years since you purchased them for so cheap!

To sum up:

  1. Scour social media for the hottest trends.
  2. Search Amazon’s main search bar.
  3. Read reviews for quality, size, and picture accuracy.
  4. If you love the item and not the color, consider dying it to change it up.
  5. Let me know your latest trendy finds in the comments (as if I need another reason to buy from Amazon).

Happy searching! 👗


Up Next: How to Streamline Your Closet with a Capsule Wardrobe


Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 21

  1. maggie

    I’ve been really tempted to ordering a box of stuff in multiple with Prime Wardrobe to find something that fits…but I’m reluctant to take Amazon up on returning what doesn’t fit. They’ve long black-balled customers for returns — returning more than some unknown percentage of purchases results in cancellation of accounts (and loss of Prime with no refund). People have reported it at as low as 10%. I only order things from them that I’m sure I won’t need to return due to this news — and I don’t really trust Prime Wardrobe for that reason. :/

    • Megan

      I buy clothes on Amazon A LOT. (Like more than I shop anywhere else.) It’s about time management for me. But that also means that I keep some and return just as much. I still have a (healthy 😉) active account. Don’t be afraid – you’re missing some great deals!

  2. Candi

    Have you tried prime wardrobe?

    • Kingc

      Also curious about prime wardrobe.ive been too nervous to try it out

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Candi! I personally haven’t tried Prime Wardrobe, mainly because I don’t love the prices when I know they’re either cheaper elsewhere or that I can buy other less expensive clothes on Amazon outside of the program. One of the big benefits of Prime Wardrobe is that your aren’t charged until you decide which items your keeping or until timeframe to return them has passed. I’ve never had any issues with returns on my other Prime orders but this program might be a solution for those who’ve had troubles making returns in the past.

  3. Kelly

    I order clothes and return them all the time, never had a problem. I have heard that people who return “used” items get on the blackball list.

    • Alicia

      That seems more likely. I’ve order a dozen swimsuits only to keep one or two. I did the same with skirts for my wedding. Never a single issue.

  4. Erica

    I have that geometric dress and love it!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Same, Erica! It’s one of my favorites — cute, comfy, and I get so many comments from people asking where it’s from! I actually enjoy telling them that I found it on Amazon 😄

  5. Chelsea

    I return stuff like crazy- all new and unused of course, but I totally use amazon like stitch fix. I once ordered 12 dresses and only kept two and I’ve never met a person in real life that got blacklisted for returns on amazon. I just make sure it’s a free ship free return item because not every item has free returns.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Chelsea! I’m totally the same way. 😆Thank you for noting that not every single item has free returns. While it’s kind of rare to find something that won’t offer it, it can definitely happen time to time. And typically you can search for it from another seller that does offer free returns.

    • Jen

      Same here. I order multiple of many things & have never run into an issue with returns. Been a prime member for years. I am noticing though that free returns are not as prevalent as they use to be.

      • Stephanie

        I order from Amazon a lot (all free shipping and returns via Prime), but last month I received and email from Amazon stating that I an unusual number of my orders had been returned recently (all clothing and mostly the returns were for defects). The email they sent was very shaming and the tone was threatening. I emailed them back and supposedly the email they sent was just to “check in” but that is certainly not how it came across. I haven’t been blacklisted, but I feel that I’ve certainly been placed on notice.

  6. Magdalena Young

    I have ordered several maternity dresses for a fraction of the price of Target or even Walmart not mentioning the other Maternity clothing stores were maternity clothes run $30+ a piece. I am sooooo HAPPY with my Amazon maternity choices!!! For $15-20 I got awesome dresses I want to wear over and over!!! And being pregnant in the summer there is nothing better than wearing a dress that makes you look nice and put together 🙂

  7. Shannon

    I have been wanting to order this cute jacket on Amazon pretty much every winter but I never do because I was so unsure of quality/fit etc. where are these clothes coming from? There’s so many China knockoffs on Amazon I never know what will show up in my mailbox.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Unfortunately, quality and product accuracy can be kind of a gamble. I always like to scour the reviews to see what other buyers thought of the item. But, if I’m still too tempted, I’ll usually buy if it has free return shipping just in case I don’t end up loving it when it arrives. Hope that helps!

    • Alyssa

      This is my concern as well, so I have only purchased if it’s Prime with free returns.

  8. norma

    Love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Glad you enjoyed it, Norma! Have fun shopping 🛍️!

  9. Alyssa

    I have perused through the Amazon clothes a few times and they were expensive! I get the general search thing now… I also ordered some dye for a white dress that I purchased a while back 🙂 THANKS!!!

  10. Alison

    I’ve been trying to buy almost all of my clothes from Swap.com Thank you, Hip2Save, for telling me about this site. I love how affordable everything is from Swap especially since I can search for items only from quality brands. I haven’t had the best luck with Amazon clothing. Most of the inexpensive pieces from Amazon that I’ve purchased are not great quality.

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