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There are so many sales going on right now that it can be hard to justify paying full price for anything, especially clothes. For this article I challenged myself to find stylish, easy-to-wear pieces under $40. I chose to focus on classic blue, which is Pantone’s color of the year for 2020. Classic blue is universally flattering on all skin tones and is a color that can be worn all four seasons, reducing cost per wear.

Many of my selections are from Nordstrom Rack at significant reductions off suggested retail – some up to 70% off! Fast-fashion retailer H&M, who is nailing it this season, has recently captured my attention. They have been top ranked among 250 fashion brands for transparency in 2020 and offer great value for fashion-forward, wearable clothes. Inventory moves quickly, so don’t hesitate if you see a piece you like. Here are my top pics for blouses, sweaters, dresses and jackets all under $40 and in shades of classic blue. You may just want to treat yourself to one of them, guilt-free.

This asymmetrical faux suede jacket from KUT from the Kloth is 72% off right now at Nordstrom Rack. Love this slate blue color.

KUT from the Kloth Faux Suede Jacket $32.97

A sporty crew neck sweatshirt is finished with an on-trend colorful tie dye print. Add some bold style over your workout pants or pair with denim.

Z by Zella Tie Dye Sweatshirt $26.97

An on-trend denim shacket for under $30? Yes please. From H&M, this will sell out quickly.

Denim Shacket $29.99

This loose fitting 3/4 sleeve printed blouse from NYDJ is flattering and will hide any weight you might be carrying in your midsection. 65% off at Nordstrom Rack.

NYDJ Split Neck Henley Blouse $29.97

A marled pullover sweater features an on-trend pointelle knit pattern for feminine style. Cropped length will look great with high waisted denim or joggers.

Current Air Marled Pullover Sweater $32.97

This calf-length shirt dress from H&M features a removable tie belt and high slits at sides. Would look great paired with a cardigan, tights and boots.

Shirt Dress $29.99

A super-soft faux suede jacket features a cascading open front and silver-tone zipper pockets for chic style. I own 3 of these jackets from previous seasons that are perfect for layering and are travel-friendly. Available in lots of colors.

Bagatelle Draped Faux Suede Jacket $29.97

Velour is back! This super comfy oversized sweatshirt from Aerie might become your latest obsession!

Aerie Real Obsessed Velour Sweatshirt $34.96

From NYDJ, this easy-to-wear and zoom call friendly blouse is in a pretty leopard print.

Leopard Print Split Neck Blouse $22.97

Combine style and comfort in a dress featuring rib knit construction and ruched sleeves.

Max Studio Rib Knit Sweater Dress $34.97

Add some Classic Blue to your Wardrobe for under $40 was last modified: by

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