The 20 Best Stores Like Express for Stylish & Affordable Clothes

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It doesn’t take a genius to understand why shoppers who care about style and price might want to find some other clothing stores like Express.

On the one hand, Express has long been a staple for anyone looking for modern, affordable styles that you can wear to the office, a party or out to the club.

On the other hand, affordable is the operative word.

While their styles look good and cost little, the trade off is that they’re not the most finely constructed clothes in the world, and they don’t last all that long.

Fortunately, Express is hardly the only game in town (or online, for that matter).

In this post we’ve rounded up nearly two dozen stores similar to Express that offer a wide range of stylish, affordable and well made clothes.

Stylish Clothing Stores Like Express

Breaking Down the Best Brands Like Express

J.Crew

J.Crew logo

J.Crew is one of those stores like Express or Banana Republic that you find in most malls and retail centers across North America.

Like Express, they carry a wide range of styles for both men and women, but both their pricing and the quality of their merchandise is generally higher.

Check Out J.Crew ➤


J.Crew Factory

J.Crew factory logo

J.Crew Factory is basically a discount version of J.Crew.

They carry a similar range of well made products in modern styles, though it’s worth noting that they have a smaller selection in each category.

The good news is that they also offer cheaper prices than the flagship J.Crew store, so Factory is arguably a closer Express competitor.

Check Out J.Crew Factory ➤

TopMan

TopMan logo

Topman and its sister store Topshop are kind of like UK versions of Express.

They sell super modern and stylish clothes that are always hip and of-the-moment, but the quality isn’t quite as high as what you’ll find at stores like J.Crew.

Check Out TopMan ➤


Everlane

Everlane logo

Everlane is kind of like Express with a conscious.

Like Express and many of the other stores on this list, they offer a wide range of staple pieces in modern styles at pretty affordable prices.

But they also have a corporate ethos that focuses on sustainability and ethical practices, so you can feel good knowing that your styles are guilt-free.

Check Out Everlane ➤


Madewell

Madewell

Madewell is another member of the J.Crew family, but unlike the previous two mentioned above, Madewell focuses primarily on denim.

They carry a wide range of jeans across a variety of cuts, fits and styles, along with a good selection of casual staple pieces that work well with denim.

Check Out Madewell ➤


Banana Republic

Banana Republic logo

In my opinion Banana Republic is one of the closest Express competitors, and one of the best places to turn if you’re looking for an upgrade.

While the base price at BR tends to be a bit higher, they run sales all the time (tip: sign up for their email list to score a discount if you’re shopping online) and their aesthetic is a little more grown up and refined.

Check Out Banana Republic ➤


Urban Outfitters

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If you mostly rely on Express for affordable casual pieces, then Urban Outfitters is a great alternative option.

Unlike Express, Urban Outfitters carries a wide range of brands and designers, so it’s a good one-stop-shop if you want to find a decent array of options without visiting too many sites or stores.

Check Out Urban Outfitters ➤


boohooMAN

boohooMan logo

The men’s arm of online women’s wear store boohoo, boohooMan sells modern and fashion-forward pieces at affordable prices.

Their styles tend to be more up-to-the-minute hip than Express, which focuses more on basics and staples, so it’s a good place to turn if you’re looking for something different.

Check Out boohooMAN ➤


H&M

H&M logo

H&M is another one of those stores like Express that you can find in most malls, though their pieces definitely have a distinct vibe.

H&M focuses on the fashion-forward and flips their inventory over every season.

With H&M the good news is that you’ll look super on-point, but the bad news is that what you’re wearing might not look as hip (or hold up as well) a year from now.

Check Out H&M ➤


Target

Target logo

As a discount department store, Target is admittedly not the first place that comes to mind when you think of stylish clothes.

But they’ve carved out a real niche for themselves by focusing on stylish and affordable casual staples that can complement and layer well with some of the higher end pieces in your wardrobe.

Check Out Target ➤


ASOS

ASOS logo

Asos is an online-only retailer that sells clothes and accessories from a variety of brands, including their own in-house label.

Asos is based in the UK and definitely has more of a British/European feel to their aeshetic, so it’s a good option if you’re looking to venture away from the standard North American look.

Check Out ASOS ➤


The Gap

The Gap logo

And speaking of the standard North American look, the Gap is one of the stores that has arguably helped define it over the past 30 years or so.

While their aesthetic may not avant garde, you can’t argue with their formula:

They sell modern and affordable staple pieces that are stylish enough to look good, but not so hip that they’ll be obsolete in a year.

Check Out The Gap ➤


Old Navy

Old Navy logo

Owned by the same parent company as The Gap, Old Navy is kind of the younger sibling of the family (which also owns Banana Republic, arguably the most mature of the bunch).

Like Gap, Old Navy focuses on casual staple pieces, but their aesthetic and target demo skews younger.

While they carry a lot of slim fit stuff nowadays, traditionally I’ve found that Old Navy’s clothes tend to run a little wider, so it’s a good alternative to Express if you find their stuff is a little too slim/tight.

Check Out Old Navy ➤


American Eagle

American Eagle

American Eagle is another casual retailer that’s focused on a younger demographic.

Whereas Express sells business casual pieces, American Eagle is strictly casual.

It’s a good place to turn for staples like tees, sweatshirts and khakis, the style of which doesn’t change much over time.

Check Out American Eagle ➤


Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch logo

A close competitor of Express and American Eagle, Abercrombie is kind of like a slightly more mature version of AE (emphasis on slightly).

Another place to turn for casual staple pieces, they have an all-American aesthetic that’s perfect when you’re looking for something comfortable and casual rather head-turning or super stylish.

Check Out Abercrombie ➤


Aeropostale

Aeropostale is very much in the same vein as Old Navy and the two stores above.

It’s another staple of malls everywhere and another good place to turn for casual staples like sweaters, tees, henleys and jeans, all at affordable prices.

Check Out Aeropostale ➤


Uniqlo

Uniqlo logo

Uniqlo is a close Express competitor that applies a Japanese design aesthetic to classic wardrobe staples.

While they offer a similar selection of products as Express, Uniqlo’s stuff tends to hold up better.

I’ve sworn by their merino wool v-neck sweaters for years, and find that even though they’re thin, they’re surprisingly durable.

Check Out Uniqlo ➤


Shein

Shein Logo

Specializing in modern, trendy takes on casual staples, Shein is a great place to turn for pieces that are a little more eye-catching than much of what you’ll find at Express.

It’s also one of the most affordable stores like Express, with prices that are comparable to lower-priced competitors like H&M and Target.

Check Out Shein ➤


Forever 21

Forever 21 logo

Like American Eagle and Old Navy, Forever 21 is another mall staple that skews younger than stores like Express and Banana Republic, which carry business casual clothes.

But it’s another good place to consider if you’re looking for cheap casual staples and don’t want to pay extra mark up for buying a plain tee from a more “mature” (aka more expensive) brand like Express.

Check Out Forever 21 ➤


Zara

Zara logo

Like H&M, Zara’s aesthetic is fashion-forward while its prices are generally lower than stores like Express and J.Crew.

But, also like H&M, with the cheaper price tends to come cheaper quality. All of Zara’s stuff looks great (their business model is based on having runway knock-offs in their stores as quickly as possible), but most of it won’t last more than a season or two.

Check Out Zara ➤


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Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a men’s style specialist, an Amazon bestselling author, an unrepentant introvert, a long-suffering (but very patient) Toronto sports fan and the husband of a wonderful (and thankfully even more patient) wife.