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Unofficial Online Shopping Guide for Every Collegiette’s Apparel Needs

Online shopping comes in handy for many Collegiettes. Being stranded on a campus or far away and without a car, it can be difficult to get to the stores you want (or need). Here is an unofficial online shopping guide for the semi-broke college girl’s every apparel need.

Going Out

Tobi: With incredible sales going on practically every other week, Tobi is the easy go to for the flirty, going out looks you could probably only get away with in college. Plus, free shipping and prices can get pretty low!– Pro Tip: Tobi requires a membership to shop. You get 50% off your first order (!!!) but if you do sign up, you may want to unsubscribe to those pesky spam e-mails.– SUPER PRO TIP: Use a new Facebook account and a different email to create a new membership every time you shop: BOOM- 50% off every order!

Forever 21: We’ve been shopping at Forever 21 for forever. Incredibly inexpensive, limitless choices. Admittedly, a little unsophisticated and you probably won’t be wearing it past 25, but while we’re young and broke – why not? There’s free shipping over $50 (and you could easily end up spending that on endless crops, leggings, and faux leather pants).


Gap: Looking sophisticated can be not only confusing, but also rather expensive. Gap has high quality stuff for not too much money, and the sale section is an even better value. Free shipping kicks in once you spend $50, and there’s free returns. Plus, they’re always asking if you’d like to open a Gap Rewards Card, which allows you 15% off your first purchase, and rewards as you shop. Bear in mind, however, that this is a credit card, so proceed with caution.

Banana Republic: For a classy and “grown-up” feeling, again stick to the sale’s page for deep price cuts on slacks and blazers.Fun Fact: A gift card to Banana Republic can be used at any one of their sister stores, including Gap, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athletica.

Living Above Your Means

Rent the Runway: Now you can wear incredible designers for a fraction of the price. Rent a $765 Diane von Furstenberg dress for $35 dollars. Impress your friends! Make your enemies jealous and green with envy! Save tons of cash and maybe buy your textbooks next semester! You can reserve a dress a few days before your event, they ship it to you, and afterwards the returns are free. The concept  is innovative, so if you have questions check out their FAQs.

A Little Bit of Everything

Urban Outfitters: The sale section is great, and has things for every style, but stray from the sale page at your own risk. Plus there’s cosmetics, room decor, books, cookware, etc; it’s easy to get lost on.

ASOS: This is a British online shopping site with over “40,000 styles”. With so many different products and styles to choose from, there’s something for every aesthetic, price point, and occasion. Many items have free shipping and returns, plus students can get a 10% discount.

Online shopping can be necessary, helpful, even therapeutic and knowing where to shop can save time and money and make the experience more enjoyable.

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Mia Brugnoli-Ensin

U Mass Amherst

I'm Mia and I'm a student studying communications and psychology at UMass Amherst.
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