Trendy outfits on a budget

As I get closer to beginning college, and the more blogs from college students (especially at art school) that I read, I’ve started to realize that college comes down to one thing: budgeting.

Even though some of us will be lucky enough to have our parents consistently funding us while we’re there, I feel college is definitely the place to start learning how to put our big girl britches (bc I hate the word panties) on and figure out how to provide for ourselves, regardless. With that being said, it made me start to think about the things I will most likely be spending my money on like pencils and paper, groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc, but most importantly… clothes. Because we all know that I kind of, sort of, only a little bit like to shop. :).

So, then I had a thought: how can I stay trendy and still purchase new clothes without blowing all of my money? Well, the answer quickly arose in my mind: thrift/consignment shops, duh.

As we all know, everything comes back around. And right now, trends from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s are allllll getting thrown together to create the things that are in. So, let me show you how easy it is to stay up to date on fashion cheaply. (Pictured top: brand, Pictured bottom: thrift store)

Urban outfitter vs. thrift store

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T-shirt dress: $35 Overalls dress: $99 Total= $134

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Top: $12 Overall dress: $8 Total= $20

Free People vs. thrift store

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Top & Skirt set: $198 Hat: $58 Jacket: $98 Necklace: $78 Total= $432

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Top: $12 Skirt: $6 Hat: $4 Necklace: $3 Jacket: $12 Total= $37

Pacsun vs. thrift store

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Coat: $40 Top: $17 Jeans: $55 Total= $112

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Coat: $8 Top: $5 Jeans: $12 Total: $25

The cost of all of the brand outfits combined comes to $678, while I only spent a total of $82 on all three of the thrift outfits.

So, next time you’re dying to buy that really awesome pair of overalls, hit the thrift stores first.


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  • writing teacher

    01/10/16 at 4:15 pm

    Your writing suffers from a severe lack of tightly wound diction and overall command of the english language, and it is obvious that you are struggling a great deal in your attempt to transform your ideas into words while maintaing a mature voice. If one of my AP students wrote this blog for a grade, I would not give them anything close to a passing grade.

    • Ann

      01/10/16 at 9:01 pm

      Omg it’s a blog from a high school student. Lighten up and enjoy the effort. I would be thrilled if most high schools students could write this well. Get over yourself.

        • Writing student

          01/11/16 at 10:43 am

          Our teacher gave us 20 poorly written internet blogs to pick from and we had to offer them feedback for s grade. This one was on the list. My feedback:
          Perhaps you should hone your writing skills before flooding the Internet with verbal regurgitation and half assed crap.

          • amanda198

            01/11/16 at 10:52 am

            Oh, what a day!! I must thank you, really, anonymous human for taking the time, because I know it must be precious, to give me feedback on my blog post. How super honored am I to receive such amazing critiques from somebody SO ACCREDITED. Again, I really appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    01/10/16 at 5:10 pm

    I loved that one YouTube video you did I think it was a fall clothes or haul video I forgot lol you should make more videos

  • Ava

    01/20/16 at 10:22 am

    Love this post Amanda. It’s really quite relatable and helpful. I’m inspired to go thrifting now!! See you at SCAD, xx


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