8 Tips for Fashion on a Budget

AFS Team·11 August 2015·5 min read
8 Tips for Fashion on a Budget

A student loan may be able to help with rent but when it comes to fashion, it doesn’t go very far! Here are 8 tips and tricks for shopping and styling to ensure you look great for those 9 am lectures and those fun nights.

1. Get Thrifty

Shopping in second hand stores such as charity shops, Ebay and Depop is a great way to find great pieces at a fraction of the price. It may take time but soon enough you will find your favourite stores and sellers where you can get the best bargains.

2. Do a Swap

If you don’t have the cash to spend on new clothes, take a look in your wardrobe and see if there are any clothes you don’t wear anymore. If so, get your friends to do the same, then you can swap clothes. You can do this with one friend or a whole group! Plus, some sellers on the Depop App will swap their items for yours!

3. Get Your Scissors Out

Cut offs are always cool for summer and it is very simple to cut down those old jeans into shorts. However, ripped jeans are very in vogue and you can pay around £40 for a pair of them. If you love this style but can’t afford it then get some scissors and cut rips into your jeans. If you want a more distressed look, get some sand paper and sand the areas you ripped.

4. Get Crafty

There are more things you can do to update clothes that don’t involve ripping your jeans. For example, many affordable jackets and coats come with flimsy buttons, to make that jacket look more expensive, you can replace the buttons with something that is more your style, plus it immediately makes the item a one of a kind.

5. Accessorise

Whilst clothes can be expensive, you can find statement accessories for reasonable prices on the high street. Pairing the same old dress with a £4 statement necklace from H&M is a great way to update your wardrobe. The same for men, a new belt or chain can completely make your usual outfit feel fresh again.

6. Wrap it Up

You can also accessorise with scarfs. Thin scarfs are very versatile, not only can you wear them as a scarf but you can also wear them as a headband, tie them onto your bag or use them on holiday as a sarong wrap. Very small scarfs can be used as thick bracelets or tied around your boots to give a punk feel to your outfit. Finally, large wool scarfs can also be worn on milder evenings as a large wrap, imitating the cape trend.

7. When to Splurge or Save?

When deciding whether an item of clothing is worth the cost, you should always think about the items cost per use. If you will rarely wear it, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but if you will wear it every day, it may make more sense to buy something better quality that will last longer.

Play the Waiting Game

When you want to purchase an item, unless you desperately need it, try and wait before you buy. This serves two purposes. The first is that, if you forget about the item, you probably didn’t need or love it; impulse buying can be very easy when it comes to online shopping. The second purpose is that every month or so, stores will do 20% student discount on clothes, so it is more economical to wait for the better discount or for it to go on sale.

And if all else fails, you can always steal those amazing jeans your sibling has in their wardrobe…