Posted on January 27, 2016

How To Stay on Trend for 2016 on a College Budget

Fashion & Beauty

It’s a new year, which means out with the old and in with the new, right? Well if you’re Kylie Jenner, maybe—but most college students can’t exactly afford to purchase an entirely new wardrobe and get the trendiest cut and color every season. If you’re like the average broke collegiate, you just make do with last year’s styles, or abandon fashion altogether and wear leggings and a UNT shirt for the rest of the semester. Luckily there are ways to stay on trend and on budget.


According to Elle, 70s fashion (basically everything suede), is hitting it big. Suede skirts, shorts and shoes were huge on the runways this year, but it can get crazy expensive. Since this is one of those old trends coming back to life, these items can easily be found at your local thrift shop or Goodwill. H&M also has a great selection of imitation suede, like this skirt (which is a great alternative to the pricey material).


Another up-and-coming trend is shoulder cut-outs, or off-the-shoulder dresses and tops. This one will probably won’t emerge until we get closer to the warmer months, but it’s always good to be prepared. The cheapest way to wear this style is to recycle some of your pre-existing clothes. This is perfect for bringing some old tops back to life.  There are tons of really great and simple DIY’s for creating shoulder cut-outs (like this) all over Pinterest and Youtube, making this fad totally free.


In 2015, we saw a lot of boyfriend jeans and simple, beach-y tops. Good news everyone—that’s still on-trend. Minimalism has spread like wildfire throughout the fashion world, and it looks like it’s going to stay a while. This is probably the easiest look to master. The minimalist vibe is pretty self-explanatory and thrives on simple, basic pieces. Solid colors and simple jewelry are key here. Odds are you already own some skinnies, a grey top and some sleek booties. Add a simple chain necklace or a messy bun and you’re good to go.


Keeping up with the latest hair and makeup crazes can be just as expensive as buying new clothes. However, there are actually some really simple ways to change up your look without breaking the bank.

Last season the lob (or “long bob”) was literally everywhere, but this year the in-between length is disappearing. Go big or go home for this season, because both short bobs and ultra-long, layered hair are making a comeback. For those not wanting to shell out the money for a dramatic new hair cut, try styling your hair in a new way to give off the illusion of a gutsy hair move. A deep side part works for virtually any length and can frame your face in a totally different way than a simple middle or side part can.

Lastly, loose waves are here to stay. After the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired in December, with many of the models sporting loose, long waves, tons of girls started recreating this casual style. Want to try it at home? Check out this tutorial directly from Victoria’s Secret.


Assuming you have some form of social media or access to the Internet, you have probably heard of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, which (unfortunately) is both super expensive and totally sold out. So how do you recreate her ultra-popular matte lip look? Try your local CVS. Mua Cosmetics has a liquid-to-matte lipstick line that is cheap, looks good and stays put. While the colors aren’t exact dupes, they come pretty close. Pick up a cheap matching lip liner and you’re set.

What better way to complement a neutral matte lip then with a fresh, shimmery face? Currently a nice shine right above your cheekbone is all the rage, but nice contour sets can be upwards of $40. Let’s be real…no one has the money for that. So while you’re at CVS, take a look around. To achieve more of a fresh-faced, dewy look, L’Oreal has a great liquid primer that can be applied as a highlighter. If you’re looking for a little more sparkle, try a powder highlighter!


Go forth and be fabulous, and still have money for Panera later!

Photo by: Pixabay

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