Cato Fashions: A New Statement of Style

New shopportunities!  On October 12, a brand new Cato Fashions opened in Fenton, a municipality within St. Louis County.  Since the opening of that store, I’ve had the opportunity to check it out and my experience surpassed my expectations, so I had tell you all about it.

Cato Fashions at 171 Gravois Bluffs Plaza Drive (Target Center)

I had never been into a Cato store prior to my recent visit.  So, I had no idea what I was walking into. But, I do know that when I walked out of the store, I had the super chic yet cheap outfit you see below.  Yes, that sequined tank and purple blazer are from Cato!  And, they have a combined cost less than $40!

Tank and Blazer (both size small)—Cato fashions

Want the details on this outfit and a sneak peak of my favorite items in Cato stores now?  Continue reading.

Cato Fashions stores, usually located in shopping centers anchored by major discounters or supermarkets,  offer styles in sizes 6 – 26W for women and sizes 7-16 for girls.  The stores also carry an extensive collection of shoes and accessories.

When I first walked into Cato in Fenton, I wasn’t attracted to the items I saw.   The visual merchandising just didn’t appeal to me.  I’m glad I kept looking, though, because there are some hidden gems that ought to be on the must-have lists of all budget fashionistas.

Display at the entrance of the store.

The hautest items in Cato Fashions right now have got to be the super chic knit blazers.  These blazers are kinda like a cross between a sweater and a blazer and are available in on-trend colors like orange, navy, and purple.  And, get this, these blazers are only $21.99!

Orange Cato blazer, $21.99.  I am wearing the purple one
in the photo above.

After I tried on a few blazers, I found a sparkly, sequined tank.  It is shiny, sophisticated, and just what I’ve been looking for in a blinged out top for the holidays.  The tank retails for $17.99 in Cato.

Sequined tank from Cato, $17.99.

Close-up to show the impeccable detailing on the
sequined tank and the quality knit of the blazer.

The quality of these items absolutely surpasses their
price points.



Cato Shoes

My next stop was the shoe section I passed on the way to the fitting room.  Cato has an extensive collection of shoes and I didn’t see a single pair with a price above $25.  The suede wedges below are my favorite pick.  They have a rounded toe, a perfect-for-fall shade of blue, a leopard lining (rawr!), and an unbelievable price of $17.99.

‘Suede’ wedges at Cato, $17.99

The shoes in Cato are all faux-leather.  But, let me tell you, the following pairs make faux look fabulous!

Cato flat boots.

Cato high-heel oxfords

If you’ve been in the dark like me about Cato Fashions, it’s time to see the light.  Find your nearest store at Catofashions.com.   If you’ve already been shopping there, I’d like to know why you haven’t told me about this budget-friendly shopping spot?

Seriously, though, have you shopped at Cato?  Let me know what your experiences have been.

Disclosure:  I received a gift card to shop at Cato Fashions.  No monetary compensation was received for writing this post.  All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.  

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13 Comments

  1. October 25, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    Love that purple blazer.

  2. October 25, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    i've never been to cato's but i've seen a few of them in louisville, ky. that blazer is so cute & well tailored that i might consider going in. kudos to whoever gave you the gift card & having a heads up neither of us knew about. 🙂

  3. October 25, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    love that blue wedge!! the cato's in georgia have never been so good… looks like you have a great one there!

  4. October 25, 2011 / 6:52 pm

    @Sing: It's a stunner, right? I am so excited about it.

    @LocalCeleb: It's amazing how some pieces just come together magnetically 🙂 Thanks!

    @Janelle: You can say that again! I can't believe I've overlooked Cato for so long. You should definitely check out the store in Louisville. There are likely some hidden gems in there at insanely low prices for you!

    @Lori: Aww no…on the stores in GA! This new store is fabulous…it even has the new store smell still 🙂 I'll definitely check out a few other locations to see how they compare.

  5. October 26, 2011 / 12:03 am

    Love the wedges!

  6. Merita
    October 26, 2011 / 3:06 am

    Girl Psyche, I think the new smell is something they do intentionally. Cause the one here have that smell and it has been around for years. Imagine we have two Catos 🙂

  7. October 26, 2011 / 2:10 pm

    @Anon: They are really beauties! That color is fantastic and faux suede shoes look just as luxe as the real thing.

    @Merita: Ha! I totally believe you on that one. There must be a "new store smell" air freshener or something. Ha! Lawton has all the good spots.

  8. October 26, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    I love the blazer! I just picked up one in orange a few days ago! I think people are quick to overlook Cato, but they have tons of cute things in there! 🙂

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  9. October 26, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    @JesiDeVa: I am so glad I now know! I'll be swinging by your spot to see what you've been finding! Thanks for stopping in and sharing your Cato experience!

  10. Anonymous
    October 28, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    ALL IM SAYING PLEASE BRING CATOS TO KANSAS CITY MISSOURI ON THE EAST SIDE!!THANK-YOU!!

  11. October 28, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    @Anon: I heard that for sure. Even in St. Louis, I've got to drive a bit to get to any Cato. After my recent visit, I'm inclined to make the drive though.

  12. May 16, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    After seeing this, I'm going to see if they have a Cato's in Las Vegas. They should put you on the payroll!