The sky is clearing, the flowers are beginning to bloom and Spring is definitely on its way… even if the weather and temperature doesn’t always have us feeling quite as spritely as we’d like.
Yet once the weather does change, it’ll be all systems go to afternoons in pub gardens, festival planning and outdoor activities.
As your social life evolves, so should your wardrobe. It’s really easy to spot an item out or convince yourself that you need something and rush out to buy it, or spot something on someone else and decide you should wear similar.
Realistically, however, that’s not good fashion sense nor good financial sense. But don’t fret! Here at Student Discount Squirrel, we know how to shop for the latest SS18 fashion without having to break the bank or wait weeks for your new items to arrive.
Once you’ve identified the need for some new attire or for something specific, shop this discount guide and you’ll be up-to-date in no time.
Hats, jewellery and bags from Accessorize
Accessory chain Accessorize is well known for its fantastic January sales, seeing its normally premium stock reduced to bargain prices. It’s no doubt a premium brand, as part of the posh dress chain Monsoon, but the quality and quirkiness it offers does really make the expenditure worth it. That said, student discounts make this much more affordable.
Accessorize offers jewellery of all types, from costume to sterling silver, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, gloves, underwear and other accessories. Spring-Summer 2018 essentials include their mini rucksacks, perfect for festivals and outdoor day events, and starting at £30; baggy beach cotton cover-up starting at about £25; and embellished gladiator sandals starting at £35.
There may not be an Accessorize store in your town or city, but don’t fret. Their website offers free standard delivery for just £2, or free for purchases over forty quid.
Party and Night Out outfits from Boohoo
As glitter, dark shades and festive frills become less suitable for the season, you’ll need some new wardrobe staples for nights out and social events. Boohoo.com makes for the perfect shopping destination for this as they set the trends rather than follow them and it’s easy to see how pieces look on ‘real’ people rather than just models thanks to social media.
For the new season, we recommend shopping their co-ords section (these will still be in for 2018 and make for such an easy, put-together look) and their dresses. There’s loads of great value skirts that can be teamed with plain or slogan tees too; see the Julia Fishnet Mini (£12), the Trudy Leather Look Split Skirt (£12) and the Lara Contrast Brights Skater Skirt (£10).
Boohoo is already cheap to buy from but also regularly offer discount codes for cheap or free delivery as well as flash sales across the site. Codes tend to pop up early in the week and when their competitors offer money off – so if there isn’t anything when you visit, wait a couple of days and check back for a bargain.
Activewear from JD Sports
Whether or not you’re actually intending on hitting the gym or taking up sport this Spring, you’ll likely be in need of some activewear. Now, this term doesn’t just cover the exact attire that you’d wear for working out, but also tracksuits for everyday use, comfy sweats for around the house and outdoor wear.
JD Sports is, realistically, more fashion than function, which makes it a great place to pick up sports luxe clothing. Whilst they do stock the household brand names you’d expect (think Adidas, Nike, Lacoste and Ellesse), they’re having to compete with discount retailers such as Sports Direct; so you won’t find everything at a premium price point.
Some great buys for the new season include the new Juicy by Juicy Couture collection which starts at £30 and channels some great 90s vibes; SilkSilk’s logo bras and leggings, from £30; and Nike’s Air Slim tees, which start at less than £30. To save even more on your JD Sports purchase, opt for free delivery to your local store!
Smart Basics from Dorothy Perkins
When it comes to basic tees, jeans and knits, you want something of decent enough quality that it doesn’t spoil easily and can be worn again and again. Dorothy Perkins is a smarter than usual high street store, as its aimed at slightly older women than typical students – but this quality should be taken advantage of and used by those who appreciate the benefits of a £10 staple over a £3 one.
Offering a student discount, continual money-off promotions and sizes 6-22, ‘Dotty Ps’ definitely makes for a good browse. You can collect your purchases for free from any store and all UK returns are free, which means you can try on lots of items and send back any you don’t love without worrying about the cost.
Don’t be put off by the perceived quality – Dorothy Perkins makes for great value too. Knitwear starts from £6, tops and tees from £2, and denims and jeggings from £6. There’s some real bargains to be had and always lots of unsold stock from stores with clearance pricing.
Wherever you shop and whatever you choose to buy to supplement your wardrobe for the new season, try to avoid impulse buying! Instead, load up your internet browser, log onto Student Discount Squirrel and see if you can find direct student discounts to take advantage of right from your living room.
Failing that, check search engines for discount codes and sales happening and instead take advantage of seasonal or time-constrained promotions. If you can, stack your discounts for maximum savings and if there’s no discount mentioned? Ask!