If you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear to varsity in the cold winter months, but you aren’t keen on spending a ton of cash for a wardrobe update, don’t worry! Here are a few winter gear ideas to get you looking stylish on campus, on a student budget.

Go thrifting

Many charity and second-hand shops have a variety of shirts, jackets, jerseys and blazers year-round. Some even have good quality boots and winter shoes at a fraction of the cost! Plus, thrift shops have some genuinely vintage and unique finds, so you’re sure to stand out on campus with a one-of-a-kind item! Have a signature winter style

You don’t need 50 different clothing items in order to be fashionable. Having just a few winter essentials you rotate is a great way to develop your unique look, and you can always mix things up with a simple accessory or two. For example, your fave warm jacket can be your staple in winter, and the rest of your outfit can make that jacket look fresh and unique on different days.

Quality over quantity

It can sometimes be tricky to determine which winter item to get at the store, especially when it comes to knitwear. Avoid the temptation to buy bad quality winter items that won’t even last you through the cold season. Rather, go for better quality fabrics that are better at keeping you warm, and that won’t fall apart after a few washes. Check out this article for more advice on how to tell apart good quality clothing from the bad.

Use old tops to layer

Layering is a fashionable way to keep warm, but you can start your layer with pretty much any item- it doesn’t need to be fancy, since most of it won’t be visible anyway. Older items that look great when layered include collared shirts and polo neck tops, so if you or a friend/family member has any of these lying around, put them to use this winter with some layered looks.

Less (winter gear) is more

When it comes to buying gloves, hats and scarves, you don’t need too many pairs. Rather, spend a little more on one good quality item that will last you for many winters to come. You can sell a few of the items you no longer wear to earn some extra cash you can use to get a good quality winter essential, you can find great items at a thrift shop or you can swap clothing you no longer enjoy with someone else, for their winter gear.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to stay snug and look fire on campus this winter. Just remember these thrifty tips and you’ll be good to go! Got any other tips on looking fly on campus on a budget? Share your secrets with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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