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5 unusual and low-cost ways to refresh your look


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There’s a lot more to university preparations than just making sure you’re ready for your course.

Your university wardrobe matters and it can be a tough task when you’re living on a shoestring budget. The key? Be creative in your taste, intelligent in your shopping locations and, most of all, be willing to make purchases outside of your comfort zone. You might be surprised how much difference a little open-mindedness can make.

So, once your student loan lands in your bank account, try not to make the usual impulsive visit to your go-to brand. Instead, follow these easy yet effective tips on how to get the ultimate uni wardrobe without breaking the bank.

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1) Charity shops

A massively underrated shopping destination: charity shops. It’s absolutely worth spending an afternoon sifting through the goods in charity shops. People give away high-end, branded items like boots, winter coats and jewellery that you literally will not find anywhere else.

With spending is kept to a minimum, you’ll get great, unique bargains while having fun - and all in the name of charity. 


2) Clothes-swap parties

Do you have friends with the same clothes size? You can send your old clothes to a good home with clothes-swap parties and, even if the sizes are a bit different, own it by wearing a baggy jumper or quirky, oddly-fitted shirt with confidence.

There’s always something at the bottom of your cupboard that someone else will think is the gem (and vice versa). By inviting your friends over and swapping unwanted clothes, you’ll be glad of the clear-out and will be able to enjoy new things for free. It’s a win-win all round.

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3) New hairstyle

It is all too easy to become complacent with your hair; whether head or facial hair, men and women alike can find themselves returning to their usual styles with each haircut. But, if you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, a brave new hairstyle is a fun and easy way to look very different, very quickly.


4) Supermarkets

Supermarket ranges of clothes are better than ever; just because you’re buying jeans in the same place as your discounted stir-fry, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a fashion steal.

From jeans to tights to scarves and gloves, supermarkets have all you need. You can jazz the clothes up with a clever use of accessories and, as supermarket clothes tend to be fairly cheap, shopping here will save you a bit of cash.


5) Snazzy specs

Treating yourself to a new pair of glasses, for those who wear them, makes a big difference to how you look, feel… and see. Getting the right specs not only contributes to your wardrobe as a whole but it really, really matters that you wear the right lenses for studying.

Getting the right glasses to match your style and face shape is hugely important, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you check out Arlo Wolf's super useful face shape page, you can figure out your face shape and match it with their frames to find which are best suited to you.

As glasses are a major part of your overall appearance, it’s worth taking the time and effort to find the perfect ones for you.

Check out Arlo Wolf's extensive range of spectacles and sunglasses by clicking here.

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