Stores: The Limited and Express
Why they're great: Both stores, owned by the same conglomerate that owns Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and others, are great for finding budget conscious basics. The Limited offers classically tailored suiting and pretty, feminine professional wear, while Express is a little more sparkly and urban. Stock up on work wear at The Limited, and find your perfect party and after-work pieces at Express, which is tailored to a funkier, more show-offish vibe.
What you get: On The Limited's website, not much. Browse various holiday looks shown in a very magazine-y presentation—on models in black and white— or print the latest Limited coupon. The only thing you can purchase on this site is a gift card.
Express' website has a slightly larger scope, although you still can't purchase anything online. Page through categorized options including jeans, dresses, tops and accessories, then add individual items to your Wish List. You can even email your picks to friends and family who may have you on their gift lists (hint, hint!) Flip through the 2007 Holiday Look Book for ideas and inspiration, or go behind the scenes by watching Express' holiday fashion shoot video or listening to runway-ready tunes on Express Radio.