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Student Style Tips: How to Shop Quality Over Quantity

13 Jun 2018
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Contrary to popular belief; you can have too many clothes… especially when you’re a student!

Many students find it difficult to find a balance between looking sharp, and keeping their wardrobe from overflowing with clothes that they rarely ever wear. If this is your daily struggle, then we have a few tips and tricks that could help you look chic with minimal effort.

1. Keep It Simple – From the Ground Up

If you’re not planning on spending a fortune on a new wardrobe full of clothes, then it’s best to keep it simple. One day you will own that bespoke tuxedo, but not today. However, if you’re in the market for some new kicks, invest in one pair of comfy shoes for every occasion – smart dress shoes, trainers for the gym, and something in the middle for non-workout casual occasions (LOL)– and you’re done!

2. Buy Only the Essentials

Build a solid foundation of essential pieces like dark denim, neutral tops, and a piece of stylish outerwear. It will go a long way in helping you stay on trend at all times. Likewise, you shouldn’t buy anything unless it makes your heart sing. Many people make the mistake of buying sale items just because they’re discounted, only to end up regretting their purchases a few days in – ask yourself whether you’d buy it at full price before handing over your cash. So only add to your wardrobe with items that you love or serve a purpose.

3. Focus on Durability

If you’re going to splurge at all, make sure you spend your money on clothes that are durable. Before parting with your cash, ask yourself “Is this going to last long enough for the amount I’m paying?” Whether you’re buying disposable fast fashion or a tailor-made piece with a classic touch, you need to make sure that your investment will last long enough for your money.

Struggling to work out how much something is worth? Break down cost per wear. If a pair of jeans costs £50 but you know you’ll get a year’s worth of weekly wear out of them, you’re looking at just £1 per wear. Is a pair of jeans that’ll last the same amount of time worth twice that amount? It’s up to you, but getting value for money comes down to how much you’ll wear each item.

4. Invest in Ethical Items

Not only are poor-quality clothes going to have fewer wears in them, but the fast-fashion industry is even worse on the environment than it is on your wallet. Don’t waste money on clothes that won’t even see you through the season, because the cheap price is a false economy. Find your happy medium between fast fashion and high-quality pieces with the future in mind. It’s fine to buy cheaper clothes from your favourite high-street stores, but choosing better-made clothing will be better for your conscience and your pocket.

5. Learn to Look After Your Clothes

Fashion can be an investment, and just like any other type of investment, proper maintenance is required. By now you should know that longer-lasting clothes mean more money out of your pocket, so make sure you do all that you can to take care of them! Lucky for you, you don’t need special products to keep your whites sparkling and blacks looking sharp, but you do need to master the art of washing, brushing, and keeping them properly. Perhaps it’s time to give your mum a call?

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