It’s a new year, our style may be evolving, our weight may be fluctuating or it may just be time for a wardrobe update. Whatever reason we have for spending money on new clothes, here is short guide to help you save money on your new threads, this new year:
Shopping locally pairs the convenience we college students need with the exclusivity the of unique finds. I suggest stopping with local thrifts stores, as there is an entire strip of them on Westheimer in the Montrose area, not too far from campus. Thrift shopping is not only good for the environment, as you are essentially recycling clothes, but you can find individual pieces for great deals. Don’t miss saving money and making a personal impact on the environment. Some stores you should try are:
- Buffalo Exchange
- Lo-Fi Vintage
Online stores tend to be the holy mecca for college students due to convenience and accessibility, especially if you live on campus and may or may not have a car. Even if you do have means of transportation, online shopping saves you gas money. Also, many sites offer multiple discount codes. If they aren’t stamped right on the site’s homepage, look around for smaller font or look up some of their promotions. Just beware of impulse shopping with the multitude of options that the internet offers. A couple of my favorites are:
Stopping by the mall or clothing outlets can be an enjoyable activity, especially when the time is shared with friends. By physically stepping into a store, you can try on the clothing to ensure it’s exactly what you want. Moreover, another perk that I take full advantage of is that you can feel the material of the items. I find it best to buy clothes of high-quality material—they tend to last longer amidst the inevitable survivor-of-the-fittest test with the washer and dryer. A tip when shopping at chain-stores: Go to larger stores to find a broader selection and better deals. You can try stores like:
- Nordstrom Rack
Whether you’re shopping online or in person, don’t be afraid of the sale or clearance section. A lot of the time, items aren’t there due to unattractiveness, but because the store either overstocked or the clothing needed to be sold quickly to enable the store to put out other shipments.
Don’t forget that most stores offer student discounts with the credentials of your student ID; most off around 10% off your total purchase.