Trendy outfits on a budget
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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.

-Amanda