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5 fashion tips that will help you look good on a student budget

Most of us know the struggle of having next to nothing in your bank account and living off noodles and various tinned foods for weeks until payday.

But living on a student budget doesn’t have to impact on us looking good. Here are some fashion tips to help you save those pennies and look the part at the same time…

1. Upcycling your old clothes
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I haven’t been completely well recently if I’m honest. Fever and some of emotional things. I would stop doing work, would have a rest if the life I live with isn’t anything about my passion. When you do work which you like, then not only your mind but even your entire body feels relaxed and pleased. And you always put your best step forward and ultimately you achieve excellence in it. My work isn’t only the career to me, but it’s the soul of my life. 🖤🖤 . 🧷🧷🧷Some of the dark mode of me will be launch on THE STITCHES online store next week 🧷🧷🧷 . PURE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! _____________________________________________________________ #handmadetshirt #rock #rocknroll #rocknrollstyle #rocknrollclothes #punk #punks #punkrock #punktshirt #upcycledclothing #fashion # #londonfashion #customtees #handmadestyle #punkshop #streetlook #streetfashion #croptop #punkrock #fashioninspo #punkrockfashion #rocktshirts #croptee #instastyle #onlinestore #punktshirt #passion #handmadeclothes #punkfashion #grungefashion

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Not only does this fashion tip save you spending unnecessary money, but its also a great way to reduce waste and to be more sustainable. Revamping that old denim jacket at the back of your wardrobe with a few pins here and a few iron-on patches there, it’s essentially a brand-new garment. You can find materials and embellishments all around, charity shop jewellery, bits and pieces off of other old clothes and here in Brum, you even have the famous rag market—you can get trims and accessories galore! You can find hundreds of DIY fashion videos on youtube, with many projects merely requiring a pair of scissors and a few minutes of your time.

2. Thrift it!

Macklemore had a point; vintage shops, second-hand shops and charity shops are your best friend when it comes to doing fashion on a tight budget. Many a time have I found brand-new-with-the-tags-on clothes in charity and vintage shops whilst spending less than a tenner and getting a good selection of garments. So many trends are inspired by vintage fashion so why not cut out the middle man (and a few quid) and go straight for the authentic original from a vintage store. You might even find a few pieces ready for your next upcycling project! This is also a great way to be environmentally conscious as you are preventing textiles from ending up in landfill and extending product life.

3. Staple pieces

Every good wardrobe should have a range of versatile staple pieces. A great way to be fashion savvy is to hold off from spending your pennies on multiple fast-fashion items and instead, invest in a few key pieces that suit everybody and that can be worn with a multitude of outfits: A tailored blazer jacket, A pair of well-fitting jeans, a pair of smart and comfortable shoes/heels and a warm coat. These can be paired with various outfits to create different looks.

4. Spend less
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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems🎶 • The REAL problem isn’t MORE MONEY, it’s poor money management skills.🤦🏽‍♀️ • Money doesn’t change people. Money is a TOOL & it AMPLIFIES the environment that it’s in... meaning if you’re a GOOD person & love to Give, having more money will make you want to Give MORE. If deep down you’re a GREEDY person, having more money will only make you More Greedy. People don’t “change” when they all of a sudden have money, money just reveals their true colors.⚡️ • So if you have all this debt but aren’t willing to change your spending habits, coming into MORE money can help you pay off the debt, but it’s only a TEMPORARY fix. You’re only putting a bandaid over your problems and expecting them to heal themselves. You’re gonna end up going back into debt because you’re not willing to change your bad habits...therefore More Money will in fact equal More Problems.😭 • Why do you think Celebrities go Bankrupt? Allllllll the money they make & they still fall victim to poor money habits. No one is immune to it. Taking control of YOUR finances is the only way you’ll WIN with money. Spending less than you earn & wisely investing.💰💵💸 • #OurJourneyToFreedom #DebtFreeJourney #DebtFreeCommunity #DebtIsDUMB #BabySteps #FI_RE #FinancialPeace #MoneyHabits #spendless #smartmoney #smartmoneysmartkids #choices #accountability #reality

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There are many ways to get more for your money. Looking good doesn’t mean you have to spend big bucks on the latest designer. There are many places to get outfits with cheaper price tags—not always meaning you have to compromise on quality either. Budget-friendly sites such as Everything5Pounds.com, Shein and Boohoo are great places to start, using student discount codes from websites such as Youth Discount can also save you some money!

5. Presentation is free
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⚠️☝🏽„If I pretend like I am trying for long enough... I hope my Girlfriend will get frustrated and do it for me!“ 🧺👀🏃🏻‍♂️💨 . . . . . . . . . . ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @trufomakesmyday ❤️ . . . . . . . . ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ #dogsofinstagram #puppy #dogstagram #dogs #instadog #cute #love #petstagram #doglover #dogoftheday #puppylove #doggy #puppies #mademyday #doglife #puppiesofinstagram #ilovemydog #cutedog #hundeliebe #doodles #labradoodle #ironing #ironingboard #labradoodlesofinstagram #labradoodlesofig #dogsbeingbasic #dogs_of_world #challengeaccepted #dogswithglasses

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Making sure you present yourself well is the cheapest way to ensure that you look the part. Ironing and cleaning your clothes well will make your outfits look put together. Also wearing clothes that fit you properly is guaranteed to boost your look.

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