March 18th, 2016 at 2:06am

Let’s be real: most college students are on a budget, especially when it comes to clothing (or you’re like me and spend it all on what you put in your closet!). This means that versatility is your best friend because it allows you to wear a piece in many ways and thus, create the illusion that you own a larger wardrobe than you really do/can afford. This technique takes skill and requires some thinking outside of the box to get creative. Today’s Fashionista and her outfit exemplify exactly that.

This Fashionista is actually wearing a BCBGMAXAZRIA wrap dress as a top! The brown faux suede is super trendy, with design houses such as Yves Saint Lauren and Miu Miu rocking the material in their collections. The dress is sleeveless, making it a great transition piece for spring along with her denim jacket. Her flared black jeans give a subtle ’70s vibe and add a fun touch. Playing with different lengths and layers is one of many ways to reuse your clothes and keep your looks interesting. She wears a pair of snakeskin booties that introduce a new element of texture to the look and tops everything off with round sunglasses. Her Alexander Wang Rockie bag brings another color to the outfit while the studded base adds edge.

Following trends can get expensive, and this Fashionista shows us again how she takes advantage of unconventional ways to play with fashion. When she saw that wrap-around necklaces were becoming popular, she went to a craft store and purchased a faux leather string for three dollars and rocks it as a choker. Going out and buying exactly what you saw in that fashion magazine is definitely not your only option; there are plenty of alternatives! Whether it’s making a trip to the thrift store or coming up with an original way to wear a piece you already own, looking stylish and not breaking the bank is completely doable.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I’m very long-waisted, so a lot of dresses are too short on me. I encourage people not to think too literally about an item that can actually be very versatile. This wrap dress that I wore as a top can also be worn as a vest! It’s an incredible piece.”