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Student fashion on a budget


We get it – you’re about to start university or in the middle of your studies, and you want to stay bang on-trend while expressing your personal style. But with so much else to pay for from your student loan and grant, you might not exactly have much left each term with which to buy the items to play the role of the biggest fashionista in your class.

So, what do you do? You follow our useful tips below, that’s what.

Buy solid, versatile, dependable items

This might seem to go against the whole idea of fashion – you don’t just want items that any person would wear, surely? Actually, you do. You see, even the most adventurous trendsetters have certain pieces that serve as the foundation of their look, the pieces that may not dazzle that much on their own, but can be an integral part of a wider ensemble.

Purchase the likes of multi-pack T-shirts, slim straight work pants, sweats and jackets from an affordable, dependable brand or retailer such as Dickies, Select Fashion or Peacocks, and you’ll have the ideal template for regularly changing up the rest of your look.

Get sifting through those charity shops!

If there is one time in your life when you should be anything but snotty about charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales, it is when you are a cash-strapped student. As a matter of fact, you’ll realise during this time just how many hidden gems such places can hold.

In today’s world in which even the most anti-fashion pieces can be fashionable, you’ve got considerable scope to experiment with what you find in these cheaper places. The immediate post-Christmas period is an especially great time to look around them, given that you will probably come across all manner of interesting unwanted clothing gifts from respectable brands like Next and Debenhams.

Here’s an extra little tip for you – target charity shops in the more affluent towns and cities, and you’ll probably find some slightly more upmarket brands on the racks.


Make the most of student discounts

Some of you may find this an obvious tip, but it really is worth re-emphasising. The NUS extra card, for instance, offers the likes of 10%, 15% and 20% discounts at pretty much any fashion retailers you can name, such as Timberland, Warehouse, Oasis, New Look, Missguided and so many more.

An NUS extra card can be purchased for one, two or three years, and with so many other discounts available on the card beyond the world of fashion, you’ll be so glad you invested in one. But even if you don’t have or forget to bring your NUS extra card to the store, you might still be able to get a healthy amount of money off by mentioning that you are a student and showing your library card.

Even if you think a certain desirable item from a given big-name label won’t be available for less than its Recommended Retail Price (RRP) somewhere else, it may well be. That’s why, when shopping online, it’s a good idea to do a Google search for any voucher codes that could be used for a particular store or item.

Be financially conscious from the outset

The basics of student fashion on a budget may seem to be exactly that – basic – but these are tips that so many university-goers forget in their urge to splurge on all manner of stuff with their student loan or grant.

Remember that you don’t just want to be a fashionista – for the sake of good money management for the rest of your life, you want to be a financially responsible one, too!

What other great ways have you found to save money on student fashion lately? Share them with us in the comments section below!