Top Ways To Dress Like A Diva On A College Budget

May 28, 2018 4 min read

Top Ways To Dress Like A Diva On A College Budget

If you're desperately wanting to revamp you closet but feel overwhelmed by the impending hit to your wallet, don't despair! There are some simple ways to to reduce your spending and still get an amazingly transformed closet at the end of it. There is a misconception that a larger budget means a better wardrobe, and that is simply not the case. In fact, working with a limited budget can inspire creativity in ways a hefty budget cannot. Commit to these nine cash-saving tips the next time you head to the mall.


1. Do A Closet Review

Most of us have a pile of clothes that we’ve never worn in the past few months! And even funnier? We hold onto them for dear life! Take a moment to really look at your closet. Let’s see the big picture:

  • Am I really going to ever wear this?
  • Am I going to wear this in the next week?
  • Are all my shoes the same style? (Sandals, boots, flats)
  • Do I have a weird shirt or pair of pants I never wear because of the material, the fit, or the need for ironing?

Once you have a better idea of what you want your wardrobe to look like, it’s much easier to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit that vision. What I like to do is take everything out of my closet, sit on the floor, and sift through it all. What I want goes in a pile to the left. What I don’t want goes in a pile to the right. Now you can take that pile of unwanted clothing a move onto the next step!


2. Sell It Or Toss It

If you have clothes that you never wear, sell them! There’s no point in having the same leather leggings staring you down every time you take a peek in your closet. You can sell clothing in a variety of places, including eBay, Etsy, and even through Facebook neighborhood sale groups. Now if you have older clothing (or something that isn’t worth selling) please consider donating to your local homeless shelter or thrift store.


3. Resale Sites Are Your Best Friend

best online resale sites

Go straight to the source! Visit resale sites like eBay and Poshmark and type into the search box specifically what you’re looking for. For example, if you saw a cute top on TopShop, it’s worth checking if that same item can be found for less buying secondhand. Never hurts to try! 


4. Time For A Budget! 

Make a budget (and stick to it!) Overspending and impulse buying can easily turn your closet into a box of regrettable purchases. The previous suggestions help plan out your next buys so you won’t overspend or go for items you already have, or really don’t need. Nothing is worse that seeing that same hot pink long sleeved tee sitting in your closet for the next millennium.

How much can you comfortably afford to spend on clothes every month? $50 $500? Setting a spending goal every month will ensure that you don’t overspend. What I like to do is grab an envelope and write on it, “Wardrobe Money.” I then head to the bank, withdraw my money for the budget and place it into this envelope. Once the money is gone, I don’t buy anymore clothes for the remainder of that month until my envelope is replenished for next month. If you want to up your budget for clothes and accessories each month, consider cancelling those TV subscriptions, skip the latte, make better spending choices so you can delegate more money to your budding style!


5. Consider Going Minimalist 

minimalist fashion

Consider taking on a more classic style. Many minimalist outfits only require simple colors with no patterns. If you're interested in taking a minimal approach to your style, check out this awesome definitive guide to Minimalist Fashion.


6. Coupons And Discounts

Many stores have customer loyalty programs that will send you coupons every so often just by signing up with an email address! If you’re online shopping, many shops also have pop ups that capture your email to send you sales coupons and you’ll usually be the first to know about sales and discounted collections. Take advantage of this! Just be sure not to sign up for credit cards in the name of getting a deal. This usually is done in store, and I wouldn’t recommend racking up any debt unnecessarily.


7. Accessorize! 

Sometimes it's not about what you have, but how you work with what you've got. For example, you can transform a plain Jeans and tee combo with a layered necklace or bangle bracelet to spice up the look. Our favorite item to add flair to any outfit is a Bangle Bracelet which has been spotted on numerous celebrities for its ability to be both simplistic, and fashionable. Also consider browsing Pinterest to get some awesome inspo, and check out our blog post for 5 ways that accessories can transform boring outfits. 


8. Menswear For The Win! 

Now here's a unique idea that even I have used myself as a cost saving tip. Menswear is often a lot cheaper than women's clothing, so it's worth it to shop for your basics in the Men's department. Items like White T-Shirts come in multipacks for under $20 USD, versus paying nearly $15 USD for one! Talk about a bargain! 


9. Buy Off Season

Buying Summer clothing during the Summer months is actually the worst thing you can do. Reason being, everything is spiked up in price when the clothing matches the weather. What I do is buy everything off season. For example, buy your bikinis and sandals during the fall when the weather is soon to change, and most Summer items are headed to the sale rack! This will help you bargain shop and be prepared for the season before it's even started. 


The next time you find yourself pouting at your closet or seeking a change, remember that accessories can be your light at the end of the tunnel.

With Love, Cara.

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