Summer is the time for sun-bathing at the beach and eating ice cream every day. It’s also the perfect time to bust out the dresses that hide in our closets during fall and winter. This A-line dress screams summer fashion with its bright floral print and mesh cutout. Surely I thought that the elegance of the dress had an expensive price to match, but my jaw dropped as this Fashionista revealed that her ensemble was just under 50 dollars! As a student herself, this Fashionista understands the importance of saving money while in college. Thankfully, she wasn’t greedy with her money-saving secrets.
Name: Deisy Maldonado
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
CollegeFashionista: Can you describe what you’re wearing?
Deisy Maldonado: I’m wearing a floral dress, a Nine West bag and cat-eye sunglasses that are all from T.J. Maxx, a necklace from Charlotte Russe and a denim jacket from Sears.
CF: It seems like you’re quite the bargain hunter. What money-saving shopping tips can you give us?
DM: The first thing I would say is to check out the sale section. You can find some great stuff there! Another thing is to shop with purpose. You have to know what you want to buy when you get to the store, otherwise you’ll end up spending money on a lot of things that you don’t need. The best tip I can give is: leave your credit cards at home. Using cash to go shopping will help you realize how much you’re actually spending.
CF: Those are great tips. Thank you! What trends are you most looking forward to this summer?
DM: I’m really looking forward to wearing sunglasses. All styles are great, but I especially love the cat-eye style.
CF: What would you wear for a day at the beach?
DM: My bathing suit, of course, and over that I would wear a flowy blouse, distressed denim shorts and a fedora!
How To: Don’t forget to check out department stores when shopping for bargains. They tend to offer great pieces at affordable prices. Both this dress from Kohl’s and this one from JCPenney fit the budget perfectly. And of course, no summer outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses, such as these from Sears.