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Affordable Back to School Fashion You'll Love

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August 23, 2016 · 1.6k Views
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The back to school season is a popular time for retailers to market the latest styles ad popular trends, and students are eager to update their wardrobe to make the transition from summer apparel to fall fashion. Like many students, refreshing your wardrobe to fit the new school year is ideal, but only when you don't have to consider the costs associated with such a luxury. However, we've created the ultimate shopping guide for junior high, high school, and college students so they know where to shop for the best deals without sacrificing their unique.

*Note: All prices reflect prices found during compilation of this post.

 

 Junior High

Junior high or middle school - whatever you may call it - is a phase of self-discovery for many. You're finally diving into finding and creating your unique style, and experimenting with trends and styles are on your mind. Even if you're sticking to a tight budget for your wardrobe, you can still visit retailers like Forever 21, H&M, Target, Cotton On, JCPenney, and PacSun to find apparel and accessories that are appropriate for your age and for the school dress code.

Shop the Look (clockwise):

  1. Merona Elke Slide Sandals - Target, $22.99 // Short-sleeved Jersey Dress - H&M, $9.99 // Canvas Drawstring Parka - Forever 21, $29.90 // Billabong Hand Over Love Backpack - PacSun, $31.46

  2. Plaid Flannel Shirt - Forever 21, $12.00 // Alien Print Cropped T-Shirt - Chic Nova, $10 // Arizona Button-Front Skirt - JCPenney, $40 // Dakine 365 Pack 21L Laptop Backpack - PacSun, $31.46

  3. Classic Chambray Shirt - Forever 21, $22.90 // Striped Cotton T-Shirt - Mango, $9.99 // Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Sneakers - Kohl’s, $55 // JanSport Superbreak Backpack - JanSport, $36

  4. Contemporary Life In Progress Collared Denim Shirt - Forever 21, $22.90 // The Sunset Midrise Skinny Jean - Forever 21, $19.90 // Faux Leather Oxfords - Forever 21, $19.90 // HDE Fashion Rabbit Ear Headband - Amazon, $1.50 // Mossimo Supply Co. Backpack - $23.99

  5. Striped Ringer Tee - Forever 21, $6 // A-line Skirt - H&M, $24.99 // Champion Micro Dot - Keds, $19.95 // Mossimo Supply Co. Solid Canvas Backpack - Target $23.99

 

 High School

By the time high school rolls around, you're a teen with personality and individuality, two major qualities that are usually reflected in your choice of dress. As cliché as it may be, fashion is a form of expression, and if you're looking to dominate your campus with your new look, check out Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, Old Navy, and Brandy Melville. Shop these retailers and you'll always put your best foot forward without having to worry about the cost.

Shop the Look (clockwise):

  1. Classic V-Neck Tee - Forever 21, $3.90 // Refuge Skin Tight Legging Camo Jeans - Charlotte Russe, $15 // Converse Chuck Taylor All Star - Zappos, $50 // The North Face Unisex Borealis Backpack - Amazon, $73.32

  2. Caroline Cardigan - Brandy Melville, $52 // T-shirt Dress - H&M, $17.99 // Converse All Star Chuck Taylor High-Top Sneakers - Kohl’s, $60 // Backpack - H&M, $34.99

  3. AEO Pointelle Waterfall Cardigan - American Eagle Outfitters, $29.97 // Chich Patches Batwing Top - Chicwish, $36.47 // Plaid Asymmetric Hem Skirt - With Chic, $23.99 // Metal Trim Oxfords - Forever 21, $29.90 // Black Eyes Pattern PU Backpack - Romwe, $15.99

  4. Wylie Flannel - Brandy Melville, $25 // Born Sassy Crop Top - Etsy, $15.61 // Vans Old Skool - Need Supply, $60 // Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Mid Volume Backpack - Nordstrom, $60

  5. Denim Jacket - Old Navy, $36 // Floral Crepe Mini Cami Dress - Forever 21, $22.90 // AEO Fringe Sandals - American Eagle Outfitters, $14.99 // Faux Leather Zipper Backpack - Forever 21, $29.90

 

 College

Many college students work part-time jobs, giving them the opportunity to afford fashionable items for their wardrobe. However, extra funds doesn't mean you should be spending frivolously on items you want (but the occasional splurge is okay). Topshop, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Gap, Zara, and Lulu’s are great shopping outlets for fashion-conscious students because they offer both basics and trendy pieces, so there is a good variety of affordable options. 

Shop the Look (clockwise):

  1. Flannel Shirt - H&M, $14.99 // MOTO Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans - Topshop, $80 // Happy Trending Tan Suede Lace-Up Flats - Lulu’s, $25 // Silence + Noise Sloane Simple Backpack - Urban Outfitters, $54

  2. ADIDAS Trefoil Cropped Hoodie - Tilly’s, $59.99 // Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Cropped Jeans - Old Navy, $30 // adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneaker - Urban Outfitters, $75 // Neoprene Zip Backpack - Forever 21, $27.90

  3. Sheeny Padded Varsity Jacket - Forever 21, $24.90 // New Look Stripe Crop Top - ASOS, $4.03 // MOTO High-Waisted Denim Skirt - Topshop, $55 // Nike Air Max Thea Sneaker - Nordstrom, $95 // Detailed Backpack - Zara, $39.90

  4. Beige Lapel Roll Up Sleeve Open Front Trench Coat - Choies, $21.90 // BP. Sleeveless Woven Shirt Dress - $58 // Faux Leather Chelsea Boots - Forever 21, $34.90 // Mossimo Supply Co. Faux Leather Fringe Backpack - Target, $23.99

  5. Striped Boat Neck Long Sleeve T - Uniqlo, $19.90 // Distressed Denim Overall Shorts - Forever 21, $29.90 // Lace Up Espadrilles - Gap, $24.99-44.95 // Sole Society Backpack - Nordstrom, $54.95

 

For young adults who are learning to be financially responsible, being a smart shopper is a great start. Whether you love the grunge appeal or prefer to keep it sweet and simple, you do not have to spend a fortune to achieve the look you want. Also, we want to hear about your budget-savvy shopping tips in the comments below!


 

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