Just because you’re a frugal shopper doesn’t mean you’re resigned to last season’s fashion leftovers. You can keep your wardrobe on point by recreating top spring 2017 college fashion looks for so much less. By shopping smart, putting in a leg work, and thinking outside the box, you can get runway looks for clearance prices. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
4 Looks from Style Bloggers to Copy this Spring
Evangelie Smyrniotaki of StyleHeroine
Chunky stripes straight out of the ‘70s are back in in a big way. Fashion editorialist Evangelie Smyrniotaki masters the era’s laidback ease with this stunning, black and white dress/blouse combo.
Luckily, we found it for way less than the advertised $350 striped maxi dress and $205 matching blouse. At custom fashion maker site eShakti, you can take this black and white striped midi wrap dress and add longer sleeves and a maxi fit to give you the same vintage flair. At only $50, it’s a total steal!
Maria Helena Bordon @HelenaBordon
Jean everything is in! Maria Helena Bordon totally rocks this street style that’s gotten us totally jealous… and hopeful! Instead of paying $300 for a pair of ripped up jeans and another $500 for glitter backless loafers, save your pennies and go low-key.
Start with shoes. Mule sliders are so in, especially in metallics or embellished patterns. Steve Madden has them in a silver that would go with just about any high fashion look. Then move up to the jeans where you can pick up a pair of distressed, ankle length jeans at Old Navy where a $20 price tag won’t make you feel awful about adding some holes. While there, pick up a black, relaxed neck t-shirt and denim jacket for all under $40.
Natalie Joos, Tales of Endearment
Here’s where the 70’s come back again in full force! We’re so digging these oversized shades and the gold, glimmering top. It’s the perfect spring transition with just enough color and detail to make it interesting.
To save, you can start by scoring vintage shades on Etsy. These inexpensive, one-of-a-kind sunglasses rivals the original look in shape and size, but you’ll be more in love with the fact you’ll be the only one on your campus sporting this pair! As for the shirt, check out eBay where you can find EUC (excellent used condition) or NWT (new with tags) versions of the top. This low turtleneck top is going for $15!
Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow
Head to toe, this look is casual chic without being pretentious. The only problem is the amount of money you’ll drop on that exact top or those killer jeans. Bring on the discount shopping!
Nordstrom has this TopShop floral kimono top with red accents for under $35. At the same price, you can make a Target run for crop flare jeans in a dark wash. And while they’re not the $500 Manolo slingbacks, you can downgrade to these DSW flats for only $40. The suitcase inspired purse completes the outfit, but you won’t have to go to the ends of the earth to find a similar one when Etsy is full of similar, trunk-style handbags.
When planning out your spring wardrobe, don’t get beat up by high prices. Use what you have, the stores that you love, and bargain stores like eBay and Amazon to find the trends you crave!