Many students struggle to manage the expenses of school and living costs, but those who consider style important find ways to stay fashionable nonetheless.
“I care about fashion and style because it’s an extension of myself,” saya second year SAIT Journalism student Meaghan Fitzpatrick.
“It’s an external representation of how I feel on the inside.”
There are several simple ways students can care for their wallets, and their closets. While trends heavily influence runway fashion, they shouldn’t dictate day-to-day style.
“Think about what’s your style versus what’s in fashion because you’re going to wear something you feel yourself in a lot longer,” says Fitzpatrick.
One of the pitfalls of buying trendy items is that the affordable versions found in fast fashion stores such as Zara or H&M are poorly made and ill-fitting compared to their costlier counterparts.
While cheap to buy in the moment, if broken down by cost per wear, fast fashion is an expensive long-term habit.
To purchase high quality, long lasting clothing without the steep price tag, many students have turned to consignment stores where expensive items are resold for a fraction of the original price.
Donna Riopel, the owner of Trend Consignment in Kensington, says the majority of her customers are young people.
“It’s great here, especially for students. You go to the mall and a t-shirt is $100. You come to Trend and we have a smart price list, it’s $20 for t-shirts. That’s it,” Riopel said.
Consignment isn’t just a good way to buy clothing, it’s also a way to make money off the pieces in your closet you no longer want.
Trend Consignment accepts seasonal clothing and pays a portion of the sales back to the original owner, in either cheques or store credit.
With a large selection, second-hand clothing stores can be overwhelming so Tiffany Oud, a first year SAIT journalism student, recommends making a plan first.
“I use Pinterest and then go to Value Village. For me I know what I want so I look for one or two pieces until I find them,” Oud said.
“I think that style is a way to express yourself and also feel good about the day.”