Being a college student on a budget is not an easy task !
With tuition, books, school supplies, groceries, rent and a host of other expenses, fashion is not particularly at the top of the list. Everyone has their good few outfits for the first two weeks of school but give up until they can restock for the Thanksgiving or Christmas break.
Thrifting is a great way to bulk up your closet with unique pieces that enhance your own personal style.
There is NO EXCUSE for not looking your best at all times!
To avoid wardrobe tragedies, here are a few strategies to make the most out of your thrifting experience!
Create a budget
There is nothing worse than walking into the cafe looking like a million bucks and then having your card declined…that is NOT CUTE! Creating a personalized budget helps you determine how often you can shop, decipher between two (or more) really cute pieces and it just makes you feel better about shopping.
* SN: Click Here or go to pinterest to learn how to create and stick to a budget. (Do Not overspend on food! You can do it! Just think it, visualize it and make it a reality)
Stock up on or update your basics
There are some basic pieces that a college woman should have in her closet at all times. A classic University T-Shirt, a chiffon blouse, a white button down, dark and blue jeans (try to only wear them once a week) and black and nude flats and pumps are just a few of the essentials you should stock up on or update in your wardrobe.
Shop in solid colors
Walking through aisle’s of racks packed with clothes in a room that smells like moth balls can be a tiresome and gruesome adventure. A good way to thrift is to shop with a purpose because that will help allieviate the stress. Look for solid bolds, pastels and especially earth toned colors that compliment your skin. You could wear solid colors with a lot of outfits (because let’s face it, you don’t have the money to wear an outfit once and throw it away) and it gives you more of a sophisticated look.
Shop for statement pieces
After you picked out your basics and solid colors, look for patterns, textures, and different cuts to pair them with. Whether it’s highwaisted dyed pants, kente cloth, a shimmery gold shirt or a dramatic necklace pick it up and try it on. One day it will come in handy!
Get your share of jewlery
Use every opportunity to pick up a necklace or some rings to add to your stash.
Check out my next blog “back to basics” to learn more the basic pieces every college woman should have in her closet!