Bold prints, loud colors, eccentric shoes and eclectic styles make up the definition of one’s own fashion sense. But staying fashionable on a budget may be a difficult task for those who eat, sleep and breathe it.
Fashion designer and Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Candace Copin believes that sorting through your current wardrobe is the first step to staying fashionable. Going through your closet and finding a blouse with a tag still attached or stumbling across a pair of jeans that hasen’t been worn in a year are common occurrences for many.
“Before people go out and spend money, I suggest that they go through what they already own and see how they can tweak items,” said Copin. “Mix and match items, cut sleeves, sew new buttons, cut up a pair of old jeans and see how you can revamp your style.”
Copin also suggests setting up a virtual portfolio of things you already own.
“After you sort through your clothes, take pictures in different outfits. Try one article of clothing on with different accessories and shoes to see how many different outfits you can come up with and post the pictures,” she said.
It’s important to invest in quality, durable items. Shopping at your favorite stores when they’re having a sale can save a lot of money. Stores usually send emails to loyal customers when they have sales, and some go as far as mailing exclusive coupons that may come in handy when trying to stay within a budget.
“I stay fashionable on a budget by managing my money and spending,” said Stacy St. Rose, a third-year political science student from Orlando. “I keep it to Goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift shops.”
Shopping at thrift stores is a growing trend among students. People donate gently used—and unworn—clothing to shops where they’re resold.
Fashion is repetitive. Styles that were popular 20 years ago are coming back into fruition. Some of the items you’re looking to spend money on are already hidden in your parents’ closets.
Josh Louis, a second-year psychology student from Washington, D.C., cuts down on his shopping expenses by going through his dad’s closet.
“I found some cool ties and bowties that I wear to work,” said Louis. “It is fun to be professional, yet unique.”
Louis says his colleagues and friends always give him compliments on his attire.
“Don’t be shy to be different,” said Louis. “You’d be surprised with what you can find in your parents’ house and pleased with how much money it can save you.”