College and University Wardrobe Essentials, How to Find Fall Fashions at a Discount

Look for clothes you can layer, for changing Fall weather.

A Classic look-slightly bohemian, sheer and can be worn with a Charlotte-Ruisse knitted vest or sweater as the Fall chill sets in.
A Classic look-slightly bohemian, sheer and can be worn with a Charlotte-Ruisse knitted vest or sweater as the Fall chill sets in. | Source

Where do College Students "in the know" shop for discount, high end school clothes?

People who know me personally, see and hear the traffic of college students coming in and out of my front door every day, week days, weekends, holidays, and now. throughout the summer break. I have been dutifully polling my wealth of college age informants and have for you a large resource of inside information. This article has inside information on where the college crowd across the country, is finding the best buys of favorite designers from very high end clothing at a substantial mark down to all ranges of popular designers found everywhere at 40% mark off or more.


Accessories finish the look!

Mark off on Spanish Moss Vintage best way to finish a college look, the hat accessory.
Mark off on Spanish Moss Vintage best way to finish a college look, the hat accessory. | Source
Multi tiered rose colored sheer long sleeve top for jeans or skirt, save 45%.
Multi tiered rose colored sheer long sleeve top for jeans or skirt, save 45%. | Source

EBay Savings for college

Woolen checked pleated skirt  $16.99
Woolen checked pleated skirt $16.99 | Source
Faux fur Rabbit warm leggings              $12.89
Faux fur Rabbit warm leggings $12.89 | Source

Fall College Fashion can fit your Budget!

Classic College Look: on a budget!
Classic College Look: on a budget!
Fall Fashion Accesories
Fall Fashion Accessories

Where do college kids go for good quality and great mark downs?

Whether you are into very high end, vintage or distinctive designer clothing you are going to find out the secrets of college students all over the country, where they find what they are looking for at great discount prices.

Favorite shopping in the South starts with "Rugged Wearhouse": Juicy skirts & tops under $20.00, Track suits/jogging suits @ $15., and if you are willing to really search, you can find "Free People", their prices are really worth the effort!

Another great place to get "Free People", Romeo & Juliette Couture, Kenzie, etc., is Loehmann's. Their petite section is said to be great and they always have great sales this time of year.

"Savvy" New York college kids shop at Loehmann's in New York, for their must have bags, shoes & RTW. They also prefer: Daffey's for Jeffrey Campbell, Moschino, Cheap & Chic and Plenty Frock by Tracey Reese. I got a secret lead about a New York shop named Century 21 which came with a warning: their tag line is "Fashion worth Fighting For". Mention of another big, big Fav brought excitable news: DSW where amazing tales about searching for and finding deals on designers like Miu Miu, Chloe, Marni, and if you Love, Love, Love peep-toes, gotta get Marc Jacobs!

My insider info has been bragging most recently about Local finds at low cost locations such as: Outlet Malls, Thrift Stores and Goodwill Stores: $8. C&C dress at Loehmanns', $54. silk Mark by Mark Jacobs top, $5 Juicy Couture knit top at Goodwill, $6. Alexander McQueen for Target ZigZag silk dress at Goodwill and also at Goodwill new Express Wool Houndstooth Coat for $20.

Here's a BONUS TIP for adventurous shoppers, while you are online searching for sales at your favorite stores, stop by an online auction at eBay.com or Amazon.com and bid on the great clothing and accessories they have each day. You can start a bid at under a dollar, if no one else bids you get the item, but if you are following the bidding closely, you can place a strong winning bid and still get the item for pennies on the dollar, winning the bid, you will now have a piece of clothing that has an interesting story to tell.

Warm up to discount styles, learn where college students love to shop!

Men's look for Fall Semester
Men's look for Fall Semester
Keep warm on campus!
Keep warm on campus!
Fall college style
Fall college style

Outlet stores and Malls, Goodwill and Thrift Stores have quality clothing below Retail Prices.

Houndstooth Coats and jackets are Fall Favorites for University Students.
Houndstooth Coats and jackets are Fall Favorites for University Students.

What you will be taking back to College:

You'll have the required extra pens & pencils, notebooks, perhaps a cute pair of flats, cozy comforter and your favorite comfy pillow. If you shop right this year, you'll also be able to update your wardrobe with key ingredients to jazz up your Fall "Look"!


Tip #1: Hit the Discount Stores, Thrift and Goodwill before your go to your regular favorites; then "fill in the gaps" in your wardrobe with Mall Shopping. Why? Here's what I got from College Fashion expert shoppers this year!

Favorite Outlets for Fall Shopping: The local "Nordy's Rack - Really Cute Bags! Nordstrom Rac Stores are popping up all over the place and college girls are especially excited about their discounted finds!

Neiman Marcus Last Call: have marked down high end pieces and designer stuff, all for the prices of J.Crew, or Banana Republic, DKNY skirts, Cynthia Rowley and Theory Skirts and jackets! Now college kids in Florida prefer to shop at Bergdorf, Banana Republic, Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole & J. Crew!

Here are some personal reasons why college kids always stop off at the discount shops before they hit the Malls: Ross, Marshalls & T.J. Maxx have: Express, Sarah Jessica Parker, and lots of others - Under, under $5.00! Great little cocktail dresses for under $10!

Here's Tip #2 - Bringing your old stuff to "Plato's Closet" helps you pay for school supplies, tuition or books, or...more clothes. Plato's will buy your "good" old stuff for cash. Extra money for your needed college stuff, just do it!

Plato's Closet: "if you really dig you can find unique styles of your own" they all chirped excitedly...they have "Chic on the Cheap", like Ralph Lauren, Gap, American Eagle, and so, so much more..."Plato's is the best, I could go back every week! It's always different"

MOST RECENT SUPER FINDS at Thrift Stores: a pair of flats, Siegerson Morrison sandals - $2.00; Farragamo pumps - $4.00, Piazza Sempione black pants - $4.50


Amazing Thrift Store "steals" - Laundry by Shelli Segal (originally $100.00) dress - $5.00;

D&G shoes (originally $800.00) - $79.00;

New Black suede boots w/red soles - $8.00; Vintage pumps for $2.-$3.00.



My University Fashion for Fall 2013

Dress down, dress up, what ever the function or campus event, you can always go right with Plaid!

Eye protection is as personal and creative as you like, a reflection of your own style.
Eye protection is as personal and creative as you like, a reflection of your own style.
Classic Plaid shirt , cozy dressed down look.
Classic Plaid shirt , cozy dressed down look.
Womans' Plaid shirt add a sweater, jeans or skirt,  the versatile shirt for campus.
Womans' Plaid shirt add a sweater, jeans or skirt, the versatile shirt for campus.

College Kids in Canada have a local store like T.J. Maxx but its' called Winners

So whether you live near a T.J. Maxx location with Runway departments, whether they offer very High-end pieces for hundreds marked off like Balenciaga bags or Missoni, or local Outlet Malls with BCBD, Coach, Burberry, Betsey Johnson, Kate Spade, Versace or Gucci, the great finds include the Classic Look: loose fitting, long sleeved, sheer. bohemian-like tops worn with a cami underneath and jeans or a skirt (long or short, high-waisted, put together with a belt, low healed boots and a sweater, poncho or a Charlotte Ruise knitted vest.

Other places to look for at least 40% mark down from Retail are: Saks off 5th for Primp Thermals, denim cut offs, Wellington Boots and even Liquid Leggings! Forever 21 has lots of great sales on tops, don't forget the versatile plaid ,button up long sleeved heavier shirt to go along with jeans for a cozy dressed down look.




Wellington's, black suede boots or sandles, to get them the below retail, stop at Outlet Stores before you get to the Mall!

Military short, black or tan  mens' boot
Military short, black or tan mens' boot
Siegerson Morrison sandal
Siegerson Morrison sandal

Fashions, jewelry and back to school, find the hidden bargains...

look for unusual and distinct pieces to set you apart from the standard look.
look for unusual and distinct pieces to set you apart from the standard look. | Source

Present Day College Clothing Styles

There is a diverse range of college clothing styles, from the classic prep school looks to Bohemian and retro cultural styles and relaxed street looks, all the way through the fashion trends to Vintage looks, and Native American cultural looks. Hot new scores will be Burn-out tees and hoodies featuring wolves, horses, eagles, and Native American motifs and patterns. Fringe jackets, boots, ponchos and shawls will be common as accessories. Feathered blouses, hats, hair barrets and jewelry will adorn the college students of the day. Another winter favorite is fur lined jackets and vests, fur trimmed tops and moccasin boots. The quite daring will venture out in the classic Native American "Maxi dress".

Places to view other stylish twists of the 2013 Fall Fashion outlook are:

Spanish Moss Vintage.com, www.shop411, artfulsister1.tru-m/shop/product-catagory/new/, and www.etsy.com/listing/85714244/elven-earring-fairy-ear-wrap.


What is your College Shopping IQ?

How do you update your college wardrobe?

  • Shopping Mall all the way!
  • Searching for Sales and Markdowns all summer!
  • Visit Thrift Stores & Discount stores every couple of weeks.
  • Take the girls for Outlet Store Hopping and Lunch during summer break.
  • All of the above!
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