11 Ways to Dress Fashionably on a Student Budget

Schools, colleges, and universities are back after the summer break, with thousands of students up and down the country wanting to make a big impression. If you’re looking for ways to dress to impress on a budget, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips you need to know!

1. Mix and Match

Mix and match your clothes to make them fashionable for longer! For example, you might want to wear an old pair of jeans with brand new shoes or dig out that old jumper you had in the cupboard and wear it with that new skirt you just purchased. What you wear is up to you, but mixing and matching old and new can be a great way to save cash. Try it for yourself and see! You might think twice about wearing that t-shirt you haven’t used in years, but once you’ve paired it with a denim jacket and a pair of decent shoes, you might feel completely different about it.

For advice on how to mix and match your clothes when on a budget check out this article.
Mix and Match

2. Use a Price Comparison Website

Price comparison websites let you search for clothes, such as dresses, shirts, skirts, shoes, and accessories all in one place, so you no longer have to spend hours on the Internet. This can be a great way to save money when you’re a student and find the websites that offer your favourite brands for less. You’ll be able to compare and contrast various clothing items online. Once you’ve found the cheapest price, just click through to the retailer’s website for more information.

3. Check Social Media

Social media can be a great way to find out the latest offers and promotions, as well as industry news. Once you subscribe to a retailer’s social profiles, you’ll receive the latest product news and information, and you could find a coupon code that entitles you to money off your order. Whether it’s Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, social media is a useful way to find the cheapest clothes when you’re a student.

4. Use Vouchers

Voucher codes are a fantastic way to dress fashionably on a student budget. You’ll find these from various sites on the Internet, with discounts and coupon codes that will save you cash. Using one of these codes is simple: you’ll be prompted to enter the code during checkout, and once you’re done, you’ll receive a receipt that confirms your purchase. Most vouchers entitle you to money off your order, but you could save cash on delivery, too. Remember, always check the terms and conditions of a voucher code before you use it online, and make sure it’s still valid and hasn’t expired!

5. Buy in the Sales

Many retailers reduce their prices after students go back to school or college in the autumn, meaning you could save money if you hold out a little longer. Once the post-summer rush has died down, you might find clothes that were once full price now come with a smaller price tag. Alternatively, shop when your favourite retailers have sales. This could be once a year (for example during Black Friday or after Christmas) or several times a year. Plan ahead, though. The most popular clothes will often sell out fast at a reduced price, so you’ll need to be quick!

We loved this post from Lubka Henry, she gives 5 great tips on how to make the most of the sales.

Buy in the Sales

6. Use Cashback

Cashback sites provide you with more bang for your buck. Every time you shop through one of these sites, you earn rewards, which you can redeem on future purchases. Obviously, the more you spend, the more cash you make, and you won’t be able to collect cash rewards at every store on the Internet, but you could save a good amount of money in the long run. There are loads of these websites that offer cash back, so do your research to find the right one. Most will give you a cash reward after you’ve made a purchase, while some might give you vouchers or prizes instead.

You can find our very own list of voucher and cashback sites here. We hope you find this useful!

7. Sign up to Mailing Lists

Like social media sites, mailing lists are a popular way to save money. You’ll receive the latest discounts and company news in your inbox, and you could be one of the first people to hear about the latest products and services. Don’t worry, you can always unsubscribe at any time, but signing up for a mailing list can be a great way to save money.

8. Check Clearance Stock

Clearance sections of websites might have clothes at a reduced price that the retailer wants to sell quickly. You can usually find these pages on some of the biggest websites on the Internet and you could save a considerable amount of money in the long run. Some clothes might have slight defects; however, if you’re OK with this, then it could be cheaper to purchase a product on a clearance page than it is to buy the same item elsewhere.

9. Plan Ahead

Buying your spring/summer wardrobe in the autumn and your autumn/winter wardrobe in the spring might sound like a lot of work, but you could save cash. That’s because many retailers reduce clothing items when there’s less demand. For example, you might find that summer coats and t-shirts are reduced from September, while jumpers and thicker coats are more expensive. Planning ahead could save you money.

We believe planning ahead is that important, we even wrote a full guide – we’d love you guys to read it (find it here!)
Plan Ahead

10. Accessories

Accessorising is a brilliant way to make your wardrobe more interesting when shopping on a budget. You can transform your wardrobe with a few well-placed accessories which draw the eye and demand attention, such as a watch or necklace. When choosing accessories, make sure they’re not too distracting. For example, a bright, bold belt with a casual white tee might not work. It’s best to keep it simple!

11. Invest in a Good Pair of Shoes

Buying a good pair of shoes can form the basis of your student wardrobe. Good footwear not only looks great but provides your feet with the support you need when walking to classes or going to the library. When choosing footwear, look for shoes that feel comfortable without compromising your personal style. Some people don’t like to buy shoes online because they can’t check their size before the product arrives. However, many retailers publish size guides on their websites to guide customers and offer flexible returns options.