How to save on clothing as a university student

Saving on clothes

Let’s be honest, the majority of university students out there do not have much money available to spend on things that aren’t related to the university. In other words, they don’t have a high disposable income. Even for those who have a job, it is usually just to pay university expenses with, so saving some money to buy clothes can be harder than it seems.

But just because you are a university student, doesn’t mean that you should deprive yourself of things like nice clothes, style and even fashion. You are allowed to improve your style with new clothes and accessories. This shouldn’t mean going broke.

There are always ways to get new clothing and still save as much money as possible. Check the list below to see if some of these methods are a good fit for you.

4 Ways to save money on clothes, as a university student:

1- Make your clothes:

While this might not be a good option for everyone, it might be good for some. If you are studying fashion at university and you still don’t make your clothes, think about what’s stopping you. Making your own clothes can seem like a crazy and impossible task to some but if you are doing a course in fashion you know just how easy it can be. Making your own clothes and then wearing them as a fashion student is a great way to enhance your portfolio and gain experience.

Even if you’re not a fashion student but you have always been good at sowing or shown interest in it, then you should take it as a new hobby. Start by making simple pieces if you’re still not confident about making bigger ones and, slowly but surely, you will be creating clothes for your everyday wardrobe.

One thing that may stop you from taking this route is the prices of fabrics and other sewing materials, but nowadays, you can find street stores or online stores that sell fabrics at a good price and even give discounts. Plus it is still way cheaper than buying clothes that are already made and paying for the marketing and profit of the clothing brand too because there are many costs included in the price.

Yes, it will take you more time to make a piece of clothing than if you had gone to a store and bought something ready, but this will be your unique creation that will reflect your taste. And, you will have pieces of fabric left for future use as well, so you can see that this is a very sustainable option for some.

2- Thrift stores:

A few years back it was hard to find good thrift stores in your area depending on where you live, but nowadays, due to the expansion of sustainability practices, more thrift stores have been opening everywhere. If you have a vintage style or like to mix modern with vintage pieces sometimes, going to a thrift store is a great solution to find good quality clothes at a cheap price.

Thrift stores do not only sell vintage clothes, of course, so there’s always a chance of finding something you like for a third of its original price.

And, there’s something even better about being a regular visitor of a particular thrift store. Next time you go there to see if there’s anything that might interest you, take the clothes you don’t wear anymore and that you know you will never wear again and sell them to the store for a small price.

3- Rentals for special occasions:

As a university student, it’s normal to attend parties and events, be it those related to university itself or just those organised by your group of friends. It’s also normal to want to buy a new outfit or just a few extras to create a matching look every time, but you might not have enough money available whenever someone throws a party.

But that doesn’t mean that your only option is to just wear whatever you find in your wardrobe. There’s another option. Many stores offer rental services for their items. This may surprise you, if you never heard of it. However, if you need a beautiful pr specific type of dress, special shoes, bag or even a suit, for example, which tend to be quite expensive, you can just rent them for a limited amount of time for an a lot smaller price.

Indeed, you won’t own that item indefinitely, but if you think about it, how many times would you have worn that expensive dress if you had bought it? This can also be a great way to test the item and see if it would be worth buying.

4- Buying from discount sites:

If you didn’t know some sites specialise in discount and special deals. The way these websites work is by offering coupons and discount codes for specific brands or supermarkets. It’s up to you how you want to use them. However, if you take some time to create a plan, you can maximise the use of those coupons and use as many as you can.

Of course, if you just opt for websites that are on sale to directly buy from then there’s also the issue of the shipping costs. But usually some of these websites offer free shipping or a discount on the shipping service if your order reaches a specific amount.

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