A trip to Oxfam might just save you from a lifetime of debt.
Students often have trouble budgeting their money, especially if they have a keen passion for fashion. The self-control to stop yourself from buying new clothes every season can be extremely difficult but here are a few ways that you can stay stylish while on a budget.
Choose non-brands over brands: Despite the fact that designer clothing makes us look and feel like Kim Kardashian, we’ve got to understand that it is not as important buying Burberry when we can simply buy top quality clothing from other shops at a price that a student can actually afford. On average, a woman spends over £600 on clothes a year, roughly 100,000 in your lifetime. This number can go down drastically by simply changing your shopping style. There is no such thing as the impossible.
Love charity shops: While we all love shopping at Topshop and Miss Selfridges, buying a whole wardrobe is a big no-no! Charity shops sell clothes at unbelievable prices and, you never know, the different styles might surprise you. Caitlyn Siggs, design apprentice, age 19, said: “I have a huge love for charity shops. I even managed to buy my whole prom outfit for roughly £50 which is so good!” Don’t be put off by the negative stigma that charity shops carry or that other people have worn the clothes. Start small and next you’ll know your bank account won’t be in the minus numbers (which is everyone’s dream).
Use apps: It’s 2016; the variety of shopping apps out there is huge! Charlotte Lamb, Advertising student, age 18, says: “ShopStyle is one of my favourite apps, it allows you to browse clothes from all sorts of shops while sending you bargain alerts so that I can always find great deals.” What could be better?
Discounts: Some people can’t bring themselves to shop in charity stores so always ask whether shops do a student discount. Almost every shop has some sort of discount and there is even a unidays app to keep you up-to-date with current discounts. It may only be 10% off clothes but, hey, every little helps. Some stores go up to 75% off which means everything to those who spend 75% too much.
Think outside the box: The good thing about fashion is that what goes around comes around. Look through your old clothes or even your parent’s clothes, you might find something worth wearing. The 70’s are in fashion, after all. Ashleigh Rees, Art student, age 19 says: “The thing about fashion is that it changes all the time, what you might view as cheap and tacky might be the next trend; there’s not one style for everyone.”
Don’t feel like you always need to be on top of fashion: The fact is that, most of the time, other university students are not going to know the difference between an expensive outfit and a charity shop outfit; they may not even know what the current trend is. The average style on campus is joggers so there’s no point spending your entire student loan on clothes, which aren’t even going to be appreciated. While this attitude to take, it is definitely possible.
We all know how tempting it is to buy a new outfit when your student loan drops in but you definitely do not want to find yourself starving because you spent too much on clothes, especially when, in a couple of months, this ‘expensive new outfit’ will be old news.
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