Friday, 23 July 2010

Guest Post: Affordable Clothing Stores for College Students

Another guest post for you today. This was written by Breana and is really useful to read it you, like me, are on a budget.

 It’s a sad fact that during the time in your life when you are most apt (and it is most acceptable) to experiment with clothing, you are off on your own with a strict spending cap imposed by your parents (if you’re lucky enough to have their financial support).  Most of the time, you can’t even scrape together enough coinage to go to the vending machine, much less put together a fashionable outfit for Friday night’s mixer.  So what’s a frugal freshman or social-climbing sophomore to do?  Luckily, there are plenty of stores that can offer you the latest trends for less, and with a little work, you can compile a wardrobe that works for you without breaking the bank.


 If you’re lucky enough to live in or near a city that sports an H&M, then be sure to thank the fashion goddess.  Their clothes are cute, quirky, and best of all, cheap.  So indulge your inner trendsetter and outfit yourself from top to bottom in office casual, flirty frills, or down-to-earth jersey tees.

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Forever 21This is almost as good as H&M, but on a decidedly smaller scale.  Their sizes tend to run a bit small, but on the upside, their locations are easier to find, stores are organized by color (if you’re not sure about that blue blouse, find it in pink on the opposite wall!), and they might offer even better prices for similar articles of clothing.

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Target: If department stores and mall standbys are too expensive, check out the wares at your local Tar-zhay.  While you may find a lot of generic-looking items, they’re so affordable that you can use the money you save to spice up your outfits with some snappy accessories.  As an added bonus, buying a few mix-and-match tops and bottoms and adding chic, unique embellishments is a good way to make your wardrobe versatile.  And don’t forget that Target has a lot of designers making special lines for them (Isaac Mizrahi and Zac Posen, to name a couple), allowing you to get the brand names you want at a price that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse.  *The same is true of Kohl’s, which has lines by Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes, and Lauren Conrad.

Delia's: This web-based clothing retailer has super-cute outfits (not only jeans and tees, but trendy jackets and dresses, as well as great boots and shoes).  Their prices can be a little high for some items, but they have an excellent clearance section, frequent sales (end of season ones are great), and you can often get free shipping on large orders.  Bonus: they even have decorations for your dorm room!

Thrift Stores: If all of these options are still a little out of your price range, or if your style is more retro than modern, consider thrift store shopping as a cheaper alternative.  You can occasionally find vintage pieces that are still in pretty good shape, as well as super cool faded tees.  You just need to shop around a bit more to find what you’re looking for (and in your size), but you can find some truly one-of-a-kind pieces and stay well within your budget by visiting these student-friendly stores.  And don’t forget, paying five bucks for a pair of jeans that are too long and spending a few more to have them hemmed at a local alterations place still saves you a lot over newer stuff (and they’re already broken in).

Breana Orland is a writer for Student Grants. Breana also gives advice on the pursuit of higher education and career options for young adults.



ellie said...

All I have around here is Target. Unfortunately, our economy is making it harder and harder to find cool places to shop. Good Will seems to be the only thrifting around, as of late, here in the mid-west.

Sweet post.

Tanvi said...

H&M is simple awesome! I would agree :)

P.S. Thanks for your lovely wishes!!!

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

I love H&M. I wish the one near me was better though. It's rare that I find good things there anymore. And I love when Target does designer collaborations and Lauren Conrad's line for Kohl's!

Cafe Fashionista said...

What a fabulous guest post - Forever 21 is one of my absolute favorite shops. The majority of my clothing comes from there!! :P

Cindy Whitehead said...

all great suggestions - even for those of us who are not students any longer (-:

English Rose ♥ said...

Great guest post!

Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comments and support darling, it really means a lot ♥

Have an immense weekend dearest =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

WeShop said...

Great post. I think H&M is truly fantastic. They've upped their gaome in recent years on quality, but the prices are still so competitive and the design has improved (along with overall brand image and fashionability). I think there's a perception that us fashion bloggers are made of money, but actually we are very canny shoppers and get a lot of bargains in places like H&M, on eBay, in the sales and through thrifting. Great post. xx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

This is a great post. It's wonderful advice for everyone really, not just college students.

I wish I lived by an H&M but the closest one to me is eight hours away. Sigh. But thank god for F21 and Target! I would be lost without them. :)

Anna Jane said...

I'm not familiar with the other stores (obviously) but H+M is definitely a fantastic option for fashion-savvy students. It's one of the only high street stores besides Zara which sells convincing high fashion pieces at low prices. I love itttttttt!

- Anna Jane xxx

kiran sawhney said...

Forever 21 is my favorite too. Great blog post.

Dressing Up For Me said...

H&M is it! I´m lucky because we have a lot of cheaper stores in here, all owned by Inditex, haha! and so your shopping budget can really be stretched to the max. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant post, I'll definitely take into account the information given. xxx

Anonymous said...

Great post!

Anonymous said...

Definitely agree with H&M, but too bad they don't have F21 and Target in the UK... I love the collaborations Target does!


Damsels said...

this was a really excelelnt post ..but dont forget that taking a part time job at a retail store while yoyu are in school is a great way to get a huge discount of good clothing (read UOand AA) while also getitng some cash.. win/win

blog said...

I adore the treasure trove that is Forever 21! Shame I have to bulk buy in order to make my shipping charge worth it...

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