High Fashion on a College Budget

High Fashion on a College Budget

With the holidays quickly approaching, an unfortunate aspect about this time of year is that our wallets and bank accounts are seriously suffering from the post-winter shopping season. Getting everyone gifts can be a difficult feat, especially for the fashion lover. Style is unique because everyone’s take on it varies, but many trendy individuals look to the most recent runway looks to get inspiration.
As artistically forward current fashion trends on the runway prove to be, for most of us, stopping into a Prada boutique on a semi-regular basis is practically impossible given how much a college budget affects students limitations in terms of fashion.
However, knowing how to properly scope out the latest fashion trends on a budget is key to accomplishing a staple look without breaking the budget.
An obvious answer to the proposed dilemma is simply going to your local mall or online shopping. Many stores offer forward pieces that are the store’s individual take off the latest runway trends. For example, Burberry was one of the brands that brought back military jackets during the Fall/Winter Summer 2016 season. The eighteenth century inspired cavalry jackets can now be found in stores like Zara and Asos for a comfortably affordable price, which makes it attainable for those on a budget. Other stores like Topshop, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and even Forever 21 can look at the latest runway for inspiration and you can find some truly incredible finds for great prices.
Another option that’s not as popular, but can be extremely rewarding is thrifting. Thrift stores can usually offer some incredible finds and deals despite the fact that the clothing isn’t brand new. A thrift store is obviously a store where people sell clothes they have owned in the past, but the great thing about fashion is that trends are recycled. The iconic mom jeans made a comeback a couple of years ago and a great place you could find a pair for a low price could have been at your local Goodwill. But, again, since designers can take inspiration from history, you might be able to find some incredible nineteenth century inspired chiffon pieces at your local thrift store.
There are some notable thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange, with locations in cities such as Chicago and New York, which can offer some unbelievable finds (I scored a Reformation turtleneck for $20 at Buffalo Exchange), if you’re lucky. Many fashion bloggers, such as Danielle Bernstein, clean out their closets regularly and drop off their high-end pieces at thrift stores like these. So visiting them on a regular basis can lead to a big pay off in the long run.
A great marketing strategy that generates popularity for a fashion forward businesses and designers is a pop-up shop. This one, unfortunately, is most popular in big cities so you won’t be finding many in Champaign or Urbana, but if you ever do go into the city, keep a look out for these stores because they offer incredibly reduced prices on their products. The interesting aspect behind pop up stores is that the items that they’re selling could be seasonally exclusive, new clothing they’re testing, or inventory they are trying to get rid of. So if you ever come across one in Chelsea Market in Manhattan, definitely check it out.

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