By Danielle Workman |Staff Writer|
As college students, it is safe to say we are on a tight budget.
Between loans, insurance, rent and everyday living, it is difficult to financially stay up-to-date with the fashion world.
Patterns, re-purposed materials and high-waisted shorts are all strutting on the catwalk this season.
Students around campus share their favorite designers, artists and top stores to visit for fresh off the runway looks on a college budget.
“I love Windsor! They have a variety of different styles. I can be punk-rock one day with studs and graphics, and be girly the next day with frills and flowers. As a consumer I am always able to switch it up and stay current with the runway trends for a cheaper price,” said student Marissa Graham.
Windsor, Forever 21 and H&M have always been on the “up and up” with their designs, and continuously have inexpensive prices.
Student Vicki Colbert explains, “Forever 21 is my go to place if I want something now. I know they always have the latest fashion and they are very affordable!”
Try mixing colors, prints, textures and patterns. Use what you already have.
You will be amazed with the endless possibilities you can create.
Colbert admires Rihanna’s fashion sense and she pieces her wardrobe together based off the fashion Rihanna wears.
“I tried to copy an outfit worn by Rihanna. Her style is very cool and relaxed but well put together. Today I wore a denim chambray tucked into a pencil skirt. Normally I would wear a strappy heel, but not for school. I also added a statement necklace to add some sparkle. My favorite part is the baseball hat. Either frontwards or backwards. It adds that ‘chill’ vibe that Rihanna rocks so effortlessly.”
Like Colbert, most students wouldn’t think to piece a baseball cap with a pencil skirt.
Finding that inspiration from fashion icons is a great way to think outside of the box and you can also save money while being a fashionista..
If you’re looking for a more vintage and unique style, check out your local thrift stores.
Student Cherica Bell found a boy scout shirt at a local thrift shop and she re-purposed it just for her.
“The shirt has buttons and flags on it just like what boy scouts wear. I added personalized buttons that relate to me. It brings a real retro feel to it.”
You can re-purpose a basic pair of denim high-waisted shorts by adding studs, rhinestones and a little bleach to make them look acid washed.
Student Essence Murphy visited her local thrift shop for fun and was excited to share an outfit she crafted just for herself.
“I cut up shorts so they looked distressed and vintage. I also cut up a shirt that I can wear under a cardigan. Putting it all together makes a complete outfit, perfectly designed by me.”
So there you have it, don’t spend all your money on an expensive runway look when you can re-purpose it or find a cheaper item as close as your closet.
Be inspired by what is inside your closet and create a runway fashion look designed just for you.