Summer Wardrobe Ideas (Student Edition)

Posted 2 months ago

It's time to refresh your wardrobe for the summer

As the temperatures rise and the light shines brightly, it's time to refresh your wardrobe for the summer. For students on a tight budget, this may appear to be a daunting chore, but do not worry! With a little imagination and clever buying, you can create a gorgeous yet economical summer wardrobe. Here are some tips to beat the heat without breaking your student budget.

Remember that creating a summer outfit on a budget requires ingenuity, resourcefulness, and smart buying. 

How to begin and what to look for? 

Invest in flexible basics like plain t-shirts, tank tops, and shorts in neutral shades like white, black, and khaki. These pieces may be simply combined and matched to create a variety of looks without breaking the bank.Explore your local thrift stores and charity shops for hidden gems at low prices. You'd be astonished at the high-quality products available for a fraction of the cost of new clothing. Keep an eye out for trendy items such as over sized button-up shirts, denim shorts, and summer dresses.

Be sustainable

DIY up-cycling projects allow you to be creative and give old clothes new life. Convert a plain t-shirt into a contemporary crop top, add patches or embroidery to denim shorts, or make an enormous shirt into a charming off-the-shoulder blouse. You'll save money while also getting one-of-a-kind products that represent your distinctive style. Take advantage of end-of-season specials to save big on summer basics. Retailers frequently discount summer inventory to make way for the autumn season, so keep an eye out for clearance racks and online bargains. This is the ideal time to stock up on swimsuits, sandals, and lightweight textiles such as linen and cotton.

Quality over Quantity

While it is vital to stay within your budget, investing in a few excellent basic pieces will save you money in the long term. Look for high-quality products such as a long-lasting pair of sandals, a classic denim jacket, hats, sunglasses, shorts or a versatile sundress that can be worn year after year.

Places to look out for !

Coventry has various charity stores dispersed throughout the city that sell a wide choice of gently used apparel at reasonable costs. Oxfam, the British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK frequently feature apparel areas where you can locate hidden gems at low costs.Explore Coventry's vintage and second-hand boutiques to find one-of-a-kind and beautiful apparel at reasonable costs. Urban Village Vintage & FarGo Village's individual boutiques frequently sell a handpicked variety of vintage apparel and accessories.

Coventry's city centre is home to a variety of high-street stores catering to budget-conscious shoppers. Primark, H&M, New Look, Poundland and TK Maxx sell stylish items at affordable costs. Keep an eye out for bargains and clearance racks to get even greater deals.Visit Coventry's local markets, such as Coventry Market and Fargo Village Market, to find a range of clothes vendors providing inexpensive summer attire. These markets frequently feature individual sellers selling one-of-a-kind apparel items at reasonable prices.

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And Lastly ...

Take advantage of student discounts provided by numerous retailers in Coventry. Many businesses, both online and offline, provide special discounts to students with legitimate student ID cards. Make sure to ask for student discounts at the checkout to save even more on your summer clothing purchases. 

Keep an eye out for clothing swaps and events hosted by Coventry student unions, community groups, or local organisations. These events let you to exchange clothes items with others for free or at a cheap cost, allowing you to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Reslife will be hosting a Clothing Swap on Thursday 30th May from 2.00pm at Bishop Gate Accommodation. 

We want your unwanted clothing to swap for other pre-loved clothing, promoting circular economy and reduce waste!

Bring along any surplus clothing that no longer fits or you simply don't wear enough and exchange/donate each item for another item of clothing. No need to book, just simply come along. It's open to all Futurelets residents.