July 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm , by chandrajohnson
Sometimes shopping on a budget isn’t a bad thing! Because I’m a college student, it’s either budget-shopping or not shopping at all. It can be challenging, though, to find a deal without sacrificing style. Here are some of my tips for getting more bang for your buck:
- Hit up discount stores for trendy pieces. H&M is my go-to for the latest trends. I recently bought a bright violet shirt and hot pink shorts (perfect for this summer’s colorblocking trend) and both pieces were under $30. Urban Outfitters, Marshalls, Forever 21, Filene’s Basement and Target all offer a big selection of inexpensive options (Check out these cute finds from some of those stores, below!)
- Try flea markets and vintage stores if you have a little time to dig. I recently went to one of my favorite vintage shops in Brooklyn and I left with a top, sunglasses, and a jewelry holder all for less than $40! Make sure to inspect the item for stains, worn spots or other defects, but don’t worry about buttons (they can be replaced) or even length (sleeves and hems can be tailored).
- Even if you’re not a seamstress, try going DIY. I was pining over a pair of perfectly distressed shorts but when I saw the price… sticker shock. I thought “I could make those myself,” and I did thanks to a five-dollar pair of Levis at the Salvation Army and a pair of scissors. If you’re looking for inspiration try P.S. I Made This which has tons of ideas for DIY pieces.
- Don’t forget that some pieces can do double duty. If you have a maxi skirt, it can be worn as a dress (just add a belt to define the waist). A lightweight scarf can be turned into a headband (a great way to keep hair out of your face on hot summer days). Use your imagination when you look at your wardrobe!
- Last but not least, you should always invest in wardrobe staples like blazers, shoes, and handbags. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on something you’ll get way more wear out of. If you can find a classic piece on sale, even better—but don’t get sucked into the thrill of the sale and buy something you’ll probably never wear.
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