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Fashion on the Cheap: Low Cost Style for College Students


November 05, 2016

As a college student, funds can get extremely tight. You’re often forced to split the money you have between tuition, books, and room and board. When it comes to fashion, a trip to the mall is a luxury.  You might feel like you just don’t have the money to spend on an upgrade but there are some ways to build a great wardrobe while cutting your costs.

Never Buy Full Price

No retailer ever wants to hear this, but the retail market is currently working in your favor. Most major brands offer discounts almost weekly. Sign up for your favorite brand’s email list. You’re typically rewarded with an introductory coupon just for saying yes. But also, look out for the big sales and load up when the price drops.

Versatility First

If you don’t have cash to spare, skip the novelty items. You need pieces you can wear often and with everything in your closet. You can never go wrong with black V-neck t-shirts, indigo blue jeans, brown oxfords, and white woven dress shirts. Before you spend your first dollar, think about where you spend the most time. Dedicate your efforts to building a versatile wardrobe for that scenario.

Make a List

When it comes to grocery shopping, you should never head to the store when you’re hungry or without a list. You’ll spend way too much time on every aisle and you’ll go over budget. The same goes for fashion.  Go through your closet and assess what you have. Figure out what pieces you really need and why you need them. Set a budget for yourself and make a list of what you need to buy. If you’re on a tight budget, you can’t afford to incur the collateral damage of an impromptu shopping trip.

Contrary to popular belief, you can build a great wardrobe on the slimmest of budgets. Just be sure to stay focused so you pick items you can reuse frequently and that don’t break