The Campus Closet: How To Stay Stylish On A College Budget

The college lifestyle isn’t luxurious to say the least. For most of us it’s the first time being on our own, and between rent, food and textbooks, there isn’t much money left in the bank. So how do you stay stylish while being a college student on a budget? Here are five different tips that will help you do so without breaking the bank.

Tip 1: Affordable pieces vs. investment pieces

Always having a few investment pieces in your closet is a must. Splurge on a few essential items that fit you great and pair them with more affordable pieces and accessories.

One of my new favorite investment pieces, the high-waist scrunch skirt from Free People. Photo courtesy Free People One of my new favorite investment pieces, the high-waist scrunch skirt from Free People. Photo courtesy Free People

Tip 2: Mix and match

Always buy clothing that you know you can wear multiple ways. Dress them up and dress them down. Wear the same skirt with multiple shirts to get completely different looks. Like I said in tip one, invest in pieces that will always be a staple part of your wardrobe.

Tip 3: Reorganize your closet

Look through what you already have! Sometimes things get pushed to the back of my closet, and I forget I own them. Reorganize your closet and find old treasures you can style. Also get rid of things that you will never wear again, and maybe even sell them to start a fund for new clothing.

Tip 4: Trade with friends

Have a clothing swap with friends to update your wardrobe and get rid of things you’re sick of. They might find some of your old threads as treasures and vice-versa!

Tip 5: Accessorize with bold pieces

Wear a bold necklace to make a plain T-shirt stand out. Statement pieces catch your eye and can be worn with multiple pieces of clothing, so invest in them!

Wear a bold necklace to make a plain white t-shirt stand out. Photo courtesy Free People Wear a bold necklace to make a plain white T-shirt stand out. Photo courtesy Free People

 

With any questions, comments, or suggestions feel free to contact me at gmnelson@asu.edu or find me on Twitter @gabinelsonlove.


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