Studying, acing exams, leafing through textbook pages and writing papers all go hand-in-hand with college but who says fashion can’t be included, too? Natural born fashionistas typically have no problem integrating their wardrobe into college life but newbies just starting out might have some difficulty getting off the ground.
The thought of purchasing new clothes and revamping one’s wardrobe may seem a bit farfetched for those in college, given that it would be yet another added expense to already tight student budgets. But with time and practice, newbie fashionistas—male and female alike—will find that it isn’t hard at all to afford new clothes and keep their budgets balanced all at the same time.
Regardless of a student’s personal style, thrift stores carry something for everybody. Fans of vintage pieces in particular will find local thrift shops to be a fashionista haven. The popularity of thrift stores has grown dramatically in recent years, making it fairly easy to locate these types of stores no matter what campus a student is attending.
College students at schools within the San Francisco Bay Area, such as Skyline College in San Bruno, City College in San Francisco or UC Berkeley in Berkeley, are at a prime location for thrift stores and have plenty of shops to choose from.
Because of the amazingly cheap prices, thrift stores allow students to stretch their dollars a lot farther.
Online Retail Sites
Virtually all college students have used the Internet to shop for items at one time or another. If clothing hasn’t been one of those items before, there’s no time like the present to start now. Newbie fashionistas operating on tight student budgets will find a score of deals for a variety of clothing and accessories, not to mention perks like free shipping.
Sites like Get the Label specialize in offering brand name designer clothing at huge discounted costs…up to 75% off. That means huge savings that allow students to keep more money in their wallets while having the ability to add to their wardrobe. And it’s not just women’s clothing available online, either. Male fashionistas can indulge in their favorite brands as well.
Not familiar with consignment shops? The way these retail stores work is by allowing people to bring in their own clothing, which the consignment shop then sells to the public at very affordable rates. Additionally, the store pays a percentage of the sales to the original owner of the clothes.
The clothing may be used or brand new with tags still attached. The inventory varies but can include recognizable brands. Students should include consignment shops on their list of places to visit for new threads because it offers variety, an opportunity to find quality pieces at a fraction of the cost elsewhere, as well as the ability to bring in their own clothing for sale. Earning a percentage of sales from a consignment shop could serve as a great form of side income.