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Fashion on a Budget

While sitting around with my roommates, I asked them what they would like to see written here on the style blog each week. The general opinion was that they wanted to know places to buy the seasons hottest trends for low prices. After extensive research (done on Google and in my brain) I have compiled the ultimate list of places that are wallet-friendly to college students.




ASOS: Based out of the UK and entirely online, is a great website for women’s and men’s clothing for a variety of prices. You can buy a variety of styles and even some vintage pieces. Also,if you join ASOS on Campus, you can get 10% off your purchases. Doesn’t get much better than that!




Necessary Clothing: This is a great website that not many college students are aware of. The site features trendy women’s clothing at cheap prices AND you can get free shipping if you spend $125 or more! Who doesn’t love free shipping? Shop new arrivals, sale, dresses, shoes and more to find all of your fashion needs.



Unidays: “No nonsense. Just free, instant access to student discounts” is the motto of this popular college discount website. The company works with retailers to get you awesome perks because they understand what college life is about. Even if it is just a 10% discount, every little bit helps — am I right? They present you with a special code and voila! Instant money saver.


Target: This store is the worst kept secret of stylish women everywhere. If you haven’t shopped here, you aren’t living your life correctly. The clothes here are more stylish then you think and they have been doing collaborations with famous designers like Altuzzara and Prabal Gurung for years. News flash: Their GO International brand gives the illusion of a $100 dress when it is really only $20! And everything is available online, so if there isn’t one in your area, you are in luck!



H&M: One of my personal favorites, this store has it all. Need a trendy piece to wear for a season? They have it. Looking for a classic staple to add to your closet for years to come? They have that, too. They even have accessories, shoes and hats to complete the look.Their basics are my favorite items to have in my closet because they last so long and are so versatile. These items are all truly stylish; some of them look like they could have been on a runway! AND online shopping is now available in the US; a new feature!



Vintage and Thrift: Here in Columbus, we have the advantage of the Short North and all the great little shops and boutiques where vintage runs wild. These places are the best for finding unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Last year I found an amazing white winter coat with a fur collar that, in any normal store, would be in the  hundreds range for under twenty dollars! The most important thing to think about when thrifting is that you can’t be scared to get your hands “dirty”. Sometimes those gems require some digging!



DSW: Who doesn’t need a new pair of shoes? DSW has all the shoes you could ever want, at great prices! I have a major shoe problem and this store certainly helps feed into that, especially the sale area (I’m on that college budget, too.) DSW also has a wider variety of choices over somewhere like Payless (who rocks, as well!)


Go Jane: Looking for a designer shoe knock-off or cheap accessories? This is the place to be. Be wary of some of the clothing, though. While some are super cute, others can come off trashy and may not be something you are wanting to wear. So, for this website, I would stick with the kickin’ accessories and you won’t go wrong.


I bet you never thought looking cute and stylish could be so easy and cheap!

*Images courtesy of Google*

Julie is a Senior at The Ohio State University pursuing degrees in Fashion and Retail and Business. A lover of all things fashion from a young age, she loves having the chance to write the style blog for the site as well as being the chapter's President. When she is not writing, she loves singing in Ohio State's Women's Glee Club, updating her style blog, and online shopping when she should be doing homework. After graduation, Julie hopes to become a celebrity stylist or work in the fashion department of a magazine. Visit thelookinthemirror.blogspot.com for more from Julie.
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