This is what we get asked for the most at Student Discount Squirrel, so we’ve put together a list of the best women’s fashion discounts to help your student loan go further in May 2021.
Whether it be dresses, t-shirts, shoes, socks, underwear, lingerie, accessories, shirts, flip-flops, jeans, basics, jewellery and more besides check out the best retailers today:
- 1 Women’s Student Fashion
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions
- 3 Summary
Women’s Student Fashion
Whilst some university courses and vocations dictate what you need to wear for practical purposes, for the most part, students on campus are free to wear whatever they like as long as it’s non-offensive.
Most fashion-savvy women of university age will have spotted discount notices around their favourite high street stores advertising money-off for those with an NUS card, and whilst this is still the case for most fashion retailers – and indeed, non-clothing retailers, too (just about everyone is on-board now!) – many have extended their student discount offering to work on their websites too.
When it comes to choosing what to wear on campus, it can often be a difficult case of balancing comfort with professionalism… and by the end of the semester, you can very easily have lost all sense of your personal style as deadlines loom, hangovers cloud your head and your budget just really doesn’t stretch to another new purchase. Don’t worry! This is totally normal, and on a limited income, it’s only natural that you won’t be strutting around halls and campus in designer threads and limited edition collab pieces.
But there are ways to maintain your own style while not breaking the bank or needing to spend hours on an evening ironing.
Capsule Wardrobe – Easy & Cost-effective
Celebrity stylists Gok Wan, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine all agree that a capsule wardrobe is the easiest and most cost-effective way to manage a personal style and a varied outfit range.
A capsule wardrobe involves buying staple pieces that are versatile enough to be used in more than one outfit and so can be mixed-and-matched for a whole host of occasions (even if the most glamour you’re seeing IS currently the interior of the student union bar and the occasional bottle of wine in a mate’s flat that’s not from the ‘white wines under £5’ selection at the supermarket. And what’s better?
Student Discount Squirrel retailers can help you do it on the cheap!
Here’s an example of some outfits that fit the criteria AND all come with a great student discount:
Classic Campus Lecture Outfit
What to wear in lectures can be a tricky choice; particularly in the first year when you find yourself trying to impress your lecturer and your peers alike… and they don’t always have the same taste in fashion!
If in doubt, stay middle-of-the-road with something casual but comfortable, and smart enough that it doesn’t look like you’ve picked it up off the bedroom floor before throwing it on (even if you have).
ASOS has enough stock options to put together just about any outfit at all, but they can cover almost everything here. Their Missguided Mum Jeans can be rolled up to give a more tailored feel (£25, £22.50 with 10% student discount) and teamed with the ASOS Design high neck rib vest gives a smart but laidback outfit.
Accessorise with the ASOS Design floral print scarf (£5.40 with student discount), however, suits you best that day.
Pop some crisp white ALDO Groeria trainers (£49.50 with student discount) on to round off the look.
Boohoo have a whole ‘Hoodies’ section and the slogan extreme oversized selection are £14.40 (£12.96 with student discount). Nike Essential Joggers (£40, £36.00 with student discount) from JD Sports give the ultimate slouchy loungewear feel.
Your ALDO Groeria trainers from above are the perfect comfy flats if you do need to leave the sofa for whatever reason!
The ASOS Design high neck rib vest you’ve already bought for lectures fits perfectly for a job interview and combined with Topshop’s Pale Check Utility Trousers (£20.00 with 20% student discount) make for a simple yet chic smart ensemble.
Jazz it up with a pair of Missguided Leopard Print Hare Heels (£13.44 with 20% student discount), and if you feel you need a jacket to cover your arms, go for the Ruched Relaxed Blazer (£19.20 with 20% student discount).
Grab your Missguided heels, Missguided by ASOS mum jeans as the staple basis for your night out outfit.
Add a Little Mistress Kaia bodysuit (£25.60 with 20% voucher discount code) to give a more ornate feel and add some dark mascara to complete the black of the bodysuit. Done!
Once you’ve invested in the Nike Essentials Joggers as above, there’s really no reason to buy more – unless you need activity-specific wear.
Team with a Boohoo Fit basic sports bra (£12.96 with 10% student discount) and you’re all set to work out!
The ALDO trainers you already own aren’t suitable for workouts, but cheaper and more pliable trainer options are available from Boohoo or ASOS’s fitness range – or, if you’re specifically running or taking place in another sport that requires supportive footwear, check out the collections from Adidas and Nike.
Your Boohoo extreme oversized hoodie makes for a great cosy cover-up to and from the gym or at the chill-out section of a yoga or pilates class.
So, there you have it: nine items of clothing, and five outfits!
All can be accessorised and changed up with your existing jewellery and accessories and mixed and matched to fit weather, occasion and mood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get a student discount for women's clothing?
There are lots of top women’s fashion retailers that offer student discounts. These include:
- I Saw It First
- New Look
- Dorothy Perkins
What is the most popular women's clothing brand?
In the UK the most popular women’s clothing brands are Asos, Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, Next, Urban Outfitters, Uniqlo, Zara and H&M.
What are the fashion trends for 2020?
Women’s fashion trends for 2021 include:
- Seventies influence
- Coloured denim
- Platform shoes
- Sarafi utility
- Big bags
How do I get student discount?
There are several ways to get a student discount including:
- Join Unidays and Student Beans
- Show valid student id in shops and restaurants
- Check our brand pages to see how to make savings
- Buy a NUS Totum card
If you’re shopping online, use Student Discount Squirrel as your homepage to ensure that you automatically access all student discount info, but if you’re in person in a high street store – just ask!
Most high street retailers (fashion and otherwise) offer some form of student discount, so flash your university ID and see what you can get.
There are now various student discount programmes that require some information or membership online, but these rarely apply in person.
Don’t assume that student discounts only apply to big brand name retailers, either! Your Student Union may have negotiated specific discounts with local businesses, so ask your SU Officer for info on any discounts and support that allow you to shop small and support your local economy, too.
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