There are tons of magazines that give tips on “college fashion” and how to look great yet practical at school, but shopping while in college can feel almost impossible. There are tons of purchases like textbooks, backpacks, travel tickets (if, like me, you don’t live in the city you study in), etc. that take priority over clothing. However, sometimes clothing is a priority. If you have an internship in which you need to dress the dreaded “business casual” (seriously, what does that even mean?!), you might have to do some shopping. Or maybe you’re just a shopaholic like me.
So what’s a college, or even high school, student to do? Well, you probably got this by now, but I love shopping. And here are three tips I’ve gathered that might be able to help you shop while still staying within your student budget.
- Consignment! I love stores like Buffalo Exchange and Secondtime Around which allow me to trade in my clothes for some extra cash, and find super discounts on really good quality finds. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces in my closet at consignment shops. There are even online consignment sites like Threadflip and Poshmark where you can sell your own clothes and shop other users’ closets. (You can shop mine here!)
- Sign up for student discount services! There are some really great services that give students discounts on clothes along with other great deals. UNiDAYS is a free service that gives you discounts on online sites like Missguided, asos, ModCloth, and more! There are also pay-for services like Student Advantage that gives you discounts at stores like Armani Exchange and Topshop, among other discounts on travel and laptops!
- SALES! Sales are a student’s best friend. I rarely buy anything at retail price. Try shopping only in sales and clearance sections. And, wait- especially online. If there’s an item you’d really like to buy, but the price still seems too high, give it a week in the sale section. It’s highly likely the price will go down even lower. I’ve been able to buy items from NastyGal at almost 80% off the original price by just giving it time. I’ve also bought items only to see it a few weeks later at an even deeper discount (damn it!).