Is it possible to look awesome and fashionable on campus when you’re on a tight budget? Of course it is! Here’s how.

Repurpose old pieces

If you feel like your old clothes are pretty boring, why not re-vamp them? An old t-shirt can be turned into a cute crop top, old jeans can be made exciting with rips, studs or patches, and jackets you haven’t worn in years can get a fashion update with some DIY embroidery or badges. The possibilities are endless when it comes to getting creative with your old clothes so before you go out looking to buy something new, see what items are already in your closet that you could get creative with and update.

Clothes swaps

Swapping clothes with friends is a great way to keep your wardrobe looking fresh. That dress that sits in the back of your closet that you never wear? One of your friends could rock it instead! Be more open with friends in terms of what pieces you have that you don’t mind giving them, and ask them to do the same with their closets. You can also do this with family members like your sister (or brother), cousins or even your mom - you had to get your stunning fashion sense from somewhere, right?


If you’ve never browsed a Hospice or charity/second hand shop for clothing and accessories before, you’re seriously missing out. You can get beautiful, vintage and even designer pieces (if you’re lucky) at a fraction of the price. Need some inspiration? Check out Instagram pages like ThriftedThis where people share pics of gorgeous clothes they’ve thrifted. 90s and early 2000s fashion is popping at the moment, so what better way to rock that style than to go for an original item?

Look out for discounts

Lots of stores offer student discounts, and that sometimes includes clothing stores as well. You can browse stores online, or ask around campus for where everyone else is getting their deals. Also, keep an eye out for seasonal sales and warehouse stores, where good quality clothes and shoes are often marked down up to 75% off their original price.

Get versatile pieces

If you absolutely have to buy something new, then go for versatile pieces you’ll get more use out of. A few simple, elegant clothing items can help you develop your signature style far better than wasting money on lots of items that’ll go out of fashion in no time. Whenever you must purchase a new item, go for something that you’ll wear often, and be able to combine with many different things in your closet.

Looking good on campus doesn’t need to be an expensive goal. Remember that the most important part of fashion is confidence, so hold your head up high and strut your stuff from one lecture hall to the next!

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