Who What Wear…NOW! Great Looks under $50

By: Natanya Toomes

CSUN bargain shopper Isabel Yuvienco snagged her Coach purse from an outlet to go along with her floral skirt from Cotton On and Forever 21 turtle neck crop- top and boots. Her black cardigan is courtesy of Urban Outfitters. Photo: Lauren Holmes

CSUN bargain shopper Isabel Yuvienco snagged her Coach purse from an outlet to go along with her floral skirt from Cotton On and Forever 21 turtle neck crop- top and boots. Her black cardigan is courtesy of Urban Outfitters. Photo: Lauren Holmes

When it comes to shopping many think that in order to keep up with the trends/styles of the season you have to spend a lot. Shopping on a limited amount can be tough not to mention on a student‘s budget.  

The dilemma of having to turn down so many cute clothes and not enough financial aid money to buy them with!

Making an outfit your own on a budget can be tricky but is obtainable. As mentioned in TeenVouge.com “A tight budget doesn’t have to necessarily mean a tight imagination.” When on a budget it forces you to challenge yourself, ultimately generating a look that you might not have thought of otherwise.

Who knows, your next best outfit can be lying where you least expect.

Due to student finances of the many school “essentials”, fashion can be put on the back burner.

Your appearance is one of the first things that people notice. For you out there that feel fashion isn’t that important, think again. Whether you’re into fashion or not, it still plays an important role in when it comes to progressing and obtaining employment.

It’s never too late to get on those fashion shoes, just make sure you’re getting them at the right costs. It all comes down to knowing WHO the targeted look is being catered towards, WHAT store to shop at, and how to WEAR your newly acquired fashion pieces.

Bargain hunting is a skill that must be executed with precision and attention to detail in order to get the most for your money, all while still having enough to pay for those $100 books.

From $1 flea markets to websites that actually benefit student shoppers, knowing where to shop can make your bargain chasing a little more satisfying. Let the hunt begin all while creating looks that are both fashionable and affordable.

Shopping online as we all know is extremely convenient, especially while catering to our hectic schedules. It offers some of the best deals that even benefit specifically to college students.

Missguided featured in Glamour Magazine, offers currently enrolled students 15% off just signing up with your college email address. With statement pieces and clothes that are under $50 this website is sure to fill up your shopping bag.

ASOS caters to both men and women offering a 10% discount to currently enrolled students who register under ‘Campus Crash’. This site is a little pricey in regards to the student budget, but that is not a problem the sale section can’t handle. With 70% off on sale items, it’s a sale you can’t pass up.

Communications major Daniel Bonilla is sporting the always trendy jean assemble, courtesy of the Levi store and local thrift store. Photo: Nate Perez

Communications major Daniel Bonilla is sporting the always trendy jean assemble, courtesy of the Levi store and local thrift store. Photo: Nate Perez

GoJane is a one stop shop when looking for cheap fashionable essentials whose prices are mostly under $40’s. What can be better than sale prices that can be as low at $5!

Lulu’s provides great statement pieces and great clothes for any occasion at prices that range from $25-$50.

And who said spending time online wasn’t educational.

When you’re out on the go and have some time to shop in store, keep in mind that the sale section is your friend. So many great looks can be styled from sale; those four red letters in the back section of the store does not always mean EXIT.

Nordstrom Rack is a great place to get lost in while on a budget, without having to give up your taste in style. This store incorporates so many designer brands to choose from where you can get up to 70% off on select items.

Buffalo Exchange If you want to earn some cash all while donating to the fashion cause this vintage and used clothing store is the place to be. Turn in those clothes you no longer wear. You can buy, sell or trade them in at buffalo exchange.  

Jet Rag Located on N La Brea Ave no one can ever say this vintage store is overpriced. With vintage clothing under $30 to $1 Sunday parking lot deals, what more can a fashionista/o ask for.

It’s all about being a smart shopper. Top fashion magazines from Vogue to Elle know that creating fashionable looks is essential. But knowing how to do that while funds are limited says a lot about your style creativity.

The way we present ourselves becomes more and more substantial the further we progress in life.

As the saying goes “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” so make that first impression count.

The time is now fashion enthusiasts make your style statement and make it one your audience will be sure to remember.