The Best Places For Women To Shop

We recently asked you to vote for the best places for women to shop.

The results are in, and we’re ready to reveal where ladies like to get their apparel and accessories.

Banana Republic, which is experiencing a surge in popularity, dominated the workwear category.

Amazon dominated e-commerce, a sign that the retailer’s recent efforts in the fashion industry could be paying off.

Michael Kors and Victoria’s Secret also had strong showings.

Nearly 400 Business Insider readers took the survey.

Best Party Dresses: BCBG (42%).

BCBG won the women's vote, with fast-fashion retailer Zara coming in second (26%). Other options included Kate Spade (12%), Express (8%), White House Black Market (7%), and DKNY (5%).

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Source: BCBG on Facebook

Best Work Dresses: Banana Republic (35%).

Banana Republic's professional attire won out over competitors J. Crew (23%), Anne Taylor LOFT (20%), Zara (11%), White House Black Market (5%), Asos (4%), and Kenneth Cole (3%).

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Source: Banana Republic on Facebook

Best Suits: Banana Republic (22.3%).

Once again, Banana Republic dominated the workwear category. J. Crew came in a very close second, with 21.8% of the vote, while Ann Taylor garnered 19%. Classic retailer Brooks Brothers received 15% of the vote. Other options were Club Monaco (12%), Express (8%), and White House Black Market (2%).

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Source: BananaRepublic.com

Best Work Pants: Banana Republic (28%).

Banana Republic swept the workwear category. J. Crew came in second, with 19% of the vote. Other options included Anne Taylor (13%), H&M (10%), Express (10%), The Limited (8%), Club Monaco (7%), and New York & Company (5%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/515c95bc6bb3f73053000004-871-623/screen%20shot%202013-04-03%20at%204.47.43%20pm.jpg' alt='Banana Republic Ad emerald' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Best Button-Down Shirts: J. Crew (28%).

J. Crew pulled off a solid win in the button-down shirts category. Banana Republic got 23% of the vote, followed by Ralph Lauren (21%), Express (10%), Ann Taylor (9%), The Limited (5%), L.L. Bean (3%), and White House Black Market (1%).

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Source: Getty Images

Best Dress Shoes: Cole Haan (35%).

Other options included Aldo (17%), Steve Madden (17%), Zara (10%), J. Crew (9%), Banana Republic (7%), and Clark's (5%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/546264b2ecad04ed04bca639-1181-772/screen%20shot%202014-11-11%20at%202.32.57%20pm.jpg' alt='Cole haan ballet flats' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Best Lingerie: Victoria's Secret (54%).

The lingerie giant was far-and-away the most popular with our readers. Other options included La Perla (27%), AdoreMe (11%), Intimacy (4%), and Journelle (4%).

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Source: Daniel Goodman for Business Insider

Best Jeans: Seven For All Mankind (31%).

The designer label beat out iconic company Levi's (19%). Other options included Gap (11%), Madewell (10%), American Eagle (10%), J. Crew (7%), Diesel (5%), H&M (4%), and Lucky (4%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5462652b69bedd875b77990f-1180-777/screen%20shot%202014-11-11%20at%202.35.00%20pm.jpg' alt='Seven for all mankind jeans' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Seven For All Mankind

Best T-Shirts: Gap (35%).

Women still like to get their basics at Gap. Other options included H&M (18%), Zara (14%), American Apparel (14%), Uniqlo (11%), and Old Navy (7%).

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Source: Reuters

Best Athletic Apparel: Lululemon (33%).

Despite mounting competition, Lululemon won big when it came to activewear. Other options were Under Armour (19%), Gap Body (15%), Athleta (12%), Sports Authority (9%), Dick's Sporting Goods (8%), and REI (3%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/544bc8c4ecad04af646a0941-960-640/63923_10151376884407732_1959523927_n.jpg' alt='Lululemon athletica yoga' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Lululemon

Best Athletic Shoe Store: Nike (51%).

Nike won big in the athletic shoes category. Other options included online retailer Zappos (15%), Lady Foot Locker (12%), Dick's Sporting Goods (10%), DSW (9%), Skechers (2%), and Champs (1%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/527ab928eab8ea987c5cceb2-818-584/black-woman-nike-sneakers-exercise.jpg' alt='Black woman nike sneakers exercise' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Best Casual Weekend Clothes: H&M (20%).

H&M's affordable price points won out over competitors J. Crew (18%), Gap (13%), Zara (13%), Anthropologie (13%), Urban Outfitters (8%), Madewell (7%), Banana Republic (5%), and Lululemon (4%).

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Source: Reuters

Best Discount Store: TJ Maxx (48%).

TJ Maxx's smooth merchandising strategies helped it dominate. Marshalls came in second (25%), followed by Century 21 (20%), Ross Stores (4%), and Burlington Coat Factory (3%).

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Source: TJ Maxx on Facebook

Best Department Store: Nordstrom

Nordstrom's reputation for excellent customer service helped it dominate over Macy's (21%), Bloomingdale's (18%), Saks (9%), Lord & Taylor (7%), and JCPenney (3%).

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Source: Associated Press

Best Online Retailer: Amazon (47%).

Amazon's massive selection and deals helped it win over competitors Zappos (15%), Asos (14%), Gilt (9%), Piperlime (9%), and ShopBop (7%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/54590cc7ecad0414318b4567-1200-572/screen%20shot%202014-11-04%20at%2012.28.06%20pm.jpg' alt='AllSaints Amazon ' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Amazon

Best Accessories: Kate Spade (33%).

Our readers chose Kate Spade, which has been expanding offerings, for accessories. Other options included J. Crew (21%), Michael Kors (20%), Tory Burch (20%), and Coach (7%).

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Source: Getty Images

Best Purses: Tory Burch (33%).

Coming in a close second was Kate Spade (30%), followed by Michael Kors (17%), Coach (15%), and J. Crew (6%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/546265cc6bb3f748691952e4-1094-801/screen%20shot%202014-11-11%20at%202.38.28%20pm.jpg' alt='Tory burch purse' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: ToryBurch.com

Best Watch: Michael Kors (59%).

Michael Kors was by far the category leader, followed by Fossil (20%), Coach (11%), and Kenneth Cole (11%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52813314ecad04973f35bc8b-1140-763/screen%20shot%202013-11-11%20at%202.41.36%20pm.jpg' alt='Michael kors bag' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Michael Kors on Facebook

Best Sunglasses: Sunglasses Hut (60%).

Sunglasses Hut's extensive selections made it the clear winner. Other options were Warby Parker (21%), Oakley (12%), and LensCrafters (8%).

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Source: Sunglass Hut on Facebook

Best Swimwear: Victoria's Secret (60%).

Women chose Victoria's Secret, which offers a myriad of mix-and-match options, for swimwear. Other options included J. Crew (21%), Old Navy (12%), and L.L. Bean (8%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52f12308ecad0433724a97c0-1024-1024/bfeetw4igaacyaa.jpg' alt='Behati prinsloo victoria's secret swimsuit. ' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Victoria's Secret

Best Hipster Apparel: Urban Outfitters (37%).

Urban Outfitters won for hip apparel with Anthropologie in a close second (31%). Other options included Free People (21%), and American Apparel (12%).

(image url='http://static.businessinsider.com/image/539712226bb3f7d712457b1f-1200-800/last%20import%20-%2025.jpg' alt='Urban Outfitters Herald Square 25' link='lightbox' size='primary' align='center' nocrop='false' clear='true')

Source: Hayley Peterson/Business Insider

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