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Discovering a once-in-a-lifetime shopping gem is great and all, but it’s also helpful to have a short list of brands you can count on to hit it out of the park every time. That’s where this list comes in. From trendy, affordable pieces to wear-forever staples, bookmark these 14 sites.

Best Overall: Lane Bryant

Its easy-to-wear yet super-chic pieces like this chiffon fringe skirt ($80) and even a knockout selection of shoes continue to make Lane Bryant a no-brainer.

Best for Work: Eloquii

Whether your office is business formal or straight-up casual, Eloquii’s got you covered. Most of the pieces are transitional, too, like this pleated faux leather midi ($110) that can easily be spiced up for happy hour.

Best for Trends: ASOS

ASOS in general has an extensive list of cool styles, much of which comes in extended sizes. Make this your go-to for everything from cotton tees to this flattering kimono-sleeve jumpsuit ($46).

Best Denim: Torrid

Torrid’s wide range of cuts, washes and flattering fits (including inseams ranging from extra-short to tall) are in a league of their own. Put these zip-laden jeggings ($64) in regular rotation, stat.

Best Coats: Nordstrom

While its entire plus-size selection is spot-on, Nordstrom's coat department is top-notch. This buffalo-plaid barn coat ($425), by Pendleton no less, will make you almost like winter. 

Best Prices: Forever 21

File under: Pleasant surprise. Forever21+ is a fantastic resource for trendy pieces, like this bananas cutout sweater dress ($20), that won’t break the bank.

Best Investment Pieces: Mei Smith

Pretty pricey, yes. But for beautifully-designed minimalist pieces like this on-trend long vest ($150 on sale), PureWow favorite Mei Smith can’t be beat.

Best Cocktail Dresses: Simply Be

For nights out, be sure to consult Simply Be, which has a full section devoted to special occasions, including this sequin bodycon number ($100).

Best Basics: Ava & Viv

Target's Ava & Viv line is a clutch pick for comfort basics at great prices. Stock up on this thigh-skimming cardigan ($28) in three colors. 

Best for the Gym: Old Navy

Who says workout clothes have to be boring? Certainly not Old Navy, which offers sleek and super-comfortable options like these chic mesh-paneled leggings ($37).

Best Lingerie: Addition Elle

Model Ashley Graham’s line for Addition Elle is super sexy and comes in sizes up to 42H. You can bet we’ll be rocking this gorgeous lace kimono ($95) atop jeans and a tee by day.

Best Swim: Swimsuits for All

Sure, summer's pretty far away, but it's never too soon to start thinking (dreaming) about your next beach trip. Especially when it involves this knockout high-waisted bikini ($78), which fits up to an F cup. 

Best Jewelry: Fashion to Figure

Never be disappointed by a tiny bracelet width with Fashion to Figure, which offers larger accessories at killer prices, like this sleek cuff set ($15). 

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