How do I put together budget-friendly fashion statements?

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Answered by: Stephanie, An Expert in the Money and Expenses Category
Everyone knows how important college is-- it's a place that teaches you invaluable skills for adapting to a future rife with uncertainty. Oh, well, yeah, career and workforce preparation is important; but I was talking about living on a budget.

Academics aside, we know that the real reason kids value college is how fun it is-- four freakish years that place you in a weird (and welcome) space between your carefree childhood and your life as a responsible adult. But that space can sometimes be tricky to navigate, especially from a financial standpoint. Often times college students find that they have to sacrifice style and self-expression for money. With a barely-there budget, what's a poor unstylish kid to do?



Well, not to fear! There are definitely ways that you can achieve budget friendly fashion that is both chic and cheap! And because we know that a college student's life is hectic and multi-faceted, we will show you how you can dress for class, business, and recreation with one very versatile wardrobe. Most of these tips apply equally to guys and gals.

Everyone knows how important college is-- it teaches you invaluable skills for adapting to a future rife with uncertainty. Oh, well, yeah, career and workforce preparation is important; but I was talking about living on a budget. Academics aside, we know that the real reason kids value college is how fun it is-- four freakish years that place you in a weird (and welcome) space between your carefree childhood and your life as a responsible adult.



But that space can sometimes be tricky to navigate, especially from a financial standpoint. Often times college students find that they have to sacrifice style and self-expression for money. With a barely-there budget, what's a poor unstylish kid to do?

Not to fear! There are definitely ways that you can achieve budget friendly fashion that is both chic and cheap! And because we know that a college student's life is hectic and multi-faceted, we will show you how you can dress for class, business, and recreation with one very versatile wardrobe. Most of these tips apply equally to guys and gals.

Okay, I know we said we'd put academics aside, but you can't get around the fact that you'll need to show up in class once in a while. So for class, comfort is key. Now hold on a minute; that doesn't mean you can strut into your 9AM in your PJs. You might see some people do it, but it comes off as sloppy and lazy--something you definitely don't want your professor to think about you.

You want to appear casual, sure, but also put-together. For this, the popular solution is to bust out a t-shirt, your favorite pair of jeans and your old pair of Chuck Taylors. You'll want your stunning personality to shine right on through, though, so you'll also want some diversity in your wardrobe.

Here is where the budget-friendliness kicks in-- it'll cost you a pretty penny if you get all these different styles in a department store. Instead, hit up a thrift store and spend your spree there. You'll find a great variety of the kind of trendy vintage stuff that is in right now but would cost you easily five times the price at a name-brand store.

For girls, wearing the occasional dress or two can also save you a bit of cash, since you're only paying for one item. When it's cold, wear some tights for warmth and an outfit revamp all in one.

Alright, so you might have to resort to the mall for one or two pieces of your wardrobe. Because many students will have jobs or internships, you'll also need a few items that will give you a professional edge. Though you can certainly find some useful supplements at the thrift store, you'll want to have one business outfit that is fresh and crisp. For guys and girls, get a nice business suit and a pair of trousers. And leave your Chucks at home for this one; make sure to have a good pair of durable dress shoes.

The good news is that although you might've had to bust out the bills for these items, they're actually really versatile. Guys will be able to wear their dress pants for a night at a club, while girls can use their suit to add a swank polish to basically any ensemble. For bars or shows, you'll find that the clothes you wear to class will do just fine if paired with slightly fancier kicks and an accessory or two that you picked up at that thrift store.

The key to putting together your budget friendly fashion statements really is that trip you made to the thrift store. Because you shopped vintage with versatility in mind, you'll have an array of apparel to choose from. With a little imagination, you can mix-and-match basics and business to create interesting and unique outfits. The best part is that you'll be sure to have put a look together that no one else will have because you didn't go out and buy it at a department store.

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