Love clothes! Love fashion! Want to save money?

I am not ashamed to admit clothes are my favorite things in the whole world. I love everything about them, except my constantly empty wallet as a result of those Dolce Vita wedges that I simply couldn’t live without. 

  Like most college students, I find myself constantly getting disgruntled about price tags, even on supposed “sale items.” We’re students i.e broke, but that doesn’t mean our fashion has to suffer. Please, take off that college hoodie, there are other options out there. The perfect Louboutins are a distant mirage, but affordable fashion? Now there’s an ocean of possibility.

  
Here are 5 tips for staying trendy on your $7.00 an hour wage:

Accessories – pick a theme and stick to it!  

 Stock Up On Accessories: Rather than splurging on an expensive dress, invest in necklaces, bangles and belts. You’ll get tired of that dress sooner or later, whereas accessories will spice up plain items and allow you to create drastically different looking ensembles with the same basic pieces.

Vintage and fabulous!!  

 Thrift + Vintage: Paying full price for duds is totally outdated. Of course we all love waltzing into our favorite stores, having seriously helpful sales associates and leaving the store with a large and perfectly wrapped bag, but for fashionistas on a budget this isn’t the way to go. It’s time you explore other options. Don’t be scared, thrift stores really aren’t bad. You have to put a little more work into your shopping experience, but you’ll get great clothes for a whole lot less. Whether it’s old school vintage or recently thrifted items, all that’s stopping you from perfect new outfits is a little effort and maybe a trip to the cleaner.

  
Pop up shop!!! 

So you want to buy some new clothes but don’t have time for a job in between classes, being president of your sorority and your senior thesis. Set up you own pop up shop!. Empty your closet of clothes you no longer wear and present them neatly and With some style and invite some friends round! A few drinks a fashion show and sell sell sell!! This is an easy way to score a few bucks with limited effort as long as your clothes are cute and in good condition. Then spend away!
STAY ON BUDGET! 

  

Don’t Rule Out Budget Stores: They have cute stuff, I promise. And of course, they’re all well priced. I personally cannot wait to peruse the Missoni for Target line that will hit stores this fall.

  Flash sale!!!!! 

Come on there is nothing better than a Sale!! So……….Navigate Flash Sales Like a Champion: Whatever your go to online discount site of choice is, learn how to work it to your advantage. Log on as soon as sales begin before the good pieces have been snatched up. Keep on alert for your favorite brands and when they’ll go on sale. Also, some groups (like Gilt) offer coupons if you invite friends. So invite them, and then earn some MONEY!!  

 

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