As you probably already know, I’m a college student. I’m not making six figures…or even four figures for that matter. I work two jobs and lose half my money to textbooks, student loans and Taco Bell (please sponsor me, Taco Bell). With that being said, I love clothes more than I love my newborn child. Kidding of course, I don’t have a child…don’t come for me.
Anyways, I’ve noticed that a lot of YouTubers and fashion bloggers buy and show clothes that are hardly affordable for the average person. Since they are such big influencers, it’s kind of frustrating to have them “soft sell” expensive, designer clothes to impressionable and broke young adults…like myself.
I recently read a pretty interesting article that said that the top 10 percent of American households earn a minimum of $133,445 annually. I honestly would have thought that that number would have been a lot higher. BUT, opinions on the distribution of wealth in America aside, it’s clear that 90 percent of Americans do NOT have a lot of money to spend on designer-priced clothes. Never mind the average college student.
Now that I’ve got all that information out there, I want to share some of my favorite online websites that I consider to be perfect for anyone who likes to to be trendy, but also wants to save money.
1. Forever 21
The epitome of trendy and cheap. Forever 21 jumps on trends and goes to town with them. Although, you do get what you pay for. Their clothes aren’t known for quality, but they’re cute nonetheless. If you wan’t to build a wardrobe full of timeless pieces, be careful because a lot of Forever 21 products will go out of style within a year.
This is like a classier Forever 21. Initially, it seems a little expensive, but they’re constantly having 40 or 50 percent off sales. So, never buy anything full price! Missguided has great work and formal attire and it’s good quality too. My only complaint is that the shipping takes forever. If you’re going to order something for an event, place the order at least two – three weeks in advance!
Boohoo always has sales with 50 percent off too. Their clothes are super cute and good quality. They have a huge selection of every single item. You can probably find what you’re looking for with this site!
4. Fashion Nova
This is the go-to site for all your insta-hoe apparel. All the models are thick (af) and make wearing heels with sweatpants seem realistic. Fashion Nova has good stretchy jeans and a lot of great club attire and also casual wear. They have sales every so often. I personally feel that their products could be cheaper, but they’re not unreasonable by any means.
Lulus is a pretty cute site, they have a lot of good dresses for formals and weddings (for the wedding guests, I mean). They’re a little on the pricey side of “affordable” trendy websites. But, there is always a promo code to be found online to help you save some money.
In my opinion, Tobi is pretty similar to Lulus in terms of the kind of clothing (cute, trendy, springy). Tobi does have a nice 50 percent off discount off your first purchase. If you’re like me, you have a junk e-mail that you can use to sign up with a second time so you get to use the discount again.
This site has a huge selection of clothes and also brand name clothes (like Adidas). Some pieces are expensive, but a lot of the casual pieces are fairly affordable. Asos is also good for getting unique, high fashion-esque clothes that may be hard to find in a Forever 21. They also have a student discount for college kids!
8. Go Jane
This site also has a wide selection of clothes that are categorized for an array of occasions. At first glance, prices can seem a little expensive ($30+ for most pieces), but they typically have a sale going on or a promo code advertised.
This site reminds me of Missguided with their classier clothing. The prices can vary from $15 to $60, but there is something for everyone. Pretty Little Thing has a bunch of random sales as well. They currently have a 50 percent off sale for the next 24 hours.
I like this site for basic tops and bottoms. They don’t carry many runway inspired clothes like Asos, but I still find myself buying my wardrobe essentials from them!
Well, that’s my list! I’m sure I missed a lot of sites, but these are the sites that I have personally bought from and trust. I know that I see sites like SheIn and Zaful being promoted by influencers everywhere, but I’ve never bought from them so I don’t know how reliable they are.
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