If you couldn’t already tell by now, I’m obsessed with stripes. Especially, but not limited to, black and white. I love the way stripes go so well with denim – a stripey top is so easily thrown together with any pair of jeans or a denim skirt or dungarees. It’s simple but powerful in making a statement and looking effortlessly chic. I’ve been looking for a top like this for ages and I bagged this one for £7.99 in H&M. It has a retro feel to it and the cropped style means it’ll be versatile for both days / evenings and winter / summer.
These jeans were another £9 bargain from the Topshop sale plus discount (gotta love being a student) so I didn’t have to feel guilty about buying them when I’m as poor as I am right now.
But in the past month since I’ve actually realised the pain I’ve put my poor bank account through I’ve learnt some good tips for saving:
- Never go shopping in your frees. Since my uni is in town my friends and I have an awful habit of going to Costa or browsing shops in our frees. Do I really need that cheese and tomato toastie and skinny vanilla late when I’ve got supplies at home? Do I really need this jumper to add to my ever-growing collection when I literally have no space in my wardrobe? No. It’s the boredom making me do it. Do something productive in your free time like spending an hour in the library or squeezing in a gym session.
- Shop in Aldi’s. It might not have Heinz ketchup and granted it’s not quite Waitrose, but it’ll stop you buying unnecessary shit and pres will be a lot cheaper with their own-brand version of your favourite alcohol.
- Pay for your milk in 1 pence coins. Yes, it’s embarrassing standing at the self-checkout for twenty minutes putting every individual coin into the slot but it gets rid of that stash building up in your purse and then you’ve got a pound spare for a jager bomb.
- Shop at charity shops / sales / clothes swap with your mates. If you really can’t resist the temptation of new clothes and there aren’t any sales on, then scour the city for some vintage and charity shops. It might take a bit more time than waltzing into Topshop and selecting your size and walking to the checkout but it’s a lot cheaper and it’s way more interesting. You’ll walk out with something unique and classic that probably no one else will be wearing. If not and you’re stuck for something to wear on a night out borrow a dress from your flatmate and return the favour when they’re in the same situation.
Once again, thanks to Chloe for being my lil photographer.