Living the not-so-glamorous life of a college student who repeatedly falls for designer threads can be beyond exhausting. The struggle is SO real when it comes to deciding whether to open my wallet for a trendy piece or not. The good news, though, is that online shopping has become a whole new way of doing retail. There are so many cheap shopping sites that sell reliable, trendy clothes, perfect for any college student’s price range.
Missguided refers to their style as “your official babe uniform,” which covers anything from mom jeans to slip dresses and everything in between. This affordable retailer adds new items to their site often, so it’ll never miss! Their new Playboy x Missguided collection has SO many adorable pieces, like this playboy x missguided cream bunny repeat towelling shirt! Check it out below!
She In has a wide variety of trendy and contemporary styled clothing, shoes, and accessories that are super cute and affordable! From the perfect graphic tee to a dress for a special occasion, She In has something for any fashionista.
Manchester-based online retailer, Boohoo, is in the midst of a major moment. The brand is growing exponentially, as word spreads of their low prices and endless styles. Boohoo carries the usual categories of items: swimsuits, activewear, formal attire, tanks, dresses and so on, but their unique selection really is what is most impressive.
With prices that speak for themselves, Pretty Little Thing cannot be forgotten amid the extensive amount of cheap shopping sites one can find themselves sifting through. Their clothes are trendy and classy and would look beyond cool in any closet.
Rising retailer, ROMWE, offers a vast selection of carefully curated pieces. They carry many unique rompers, dresses and tops that will instantly upgrade your usual look.
ZAFUL offers a huge selection of trendy styles. We are particularly in love with their sweater and swimwear collections. Best part is…. it is super affordable.
Kind of a mixed bag among the trendy sites, OASAP has it all. They have massive sales, too, so keep your eyes peeled for even greater savings. Definitely has one of these best varieties for cheap shopping sites!
Okay, this one is obvious, but a worthy inclusion nonetheless. Forever21 has provided “ballin’ on a budget” fashionistas with ultra-trendy items for years, and continues to impress with their low prices and massive selection. It get’s an award for one of the most notable cheap shopping sites.
Boasting over half a million followers on Instagram, Lulus.com is a social media favorite for finding trendy clothes at normal girl prices. This is definitely one of the most popular cheap shopping sites!
We love this inclusive brand because they have trendy and cheap clothes for all body sizes. Their jeans are awesome!
With a distinctly boutique feel, francesca’s provides shoppers with modern takes on classic pieces. Because they carry limited stock of each product, you can be sure that your look will stand out in a crowd.
H&M covers all the bases. From basics to statement-makers, this site really has it all. In the world of cheap shopping sites, hm has all the latest trends with an affordable price tag.
1015 Store acts as a one-stop-shop for the every girl. Their inventory is for every woman with looks catering to the party girl just as much as to the girl next door. For an idea of their prices, the vast majority of their dresses are $25 or less.
Basically a household name at this point, ASOS has become one of the largest retailers on the internet. ASOS provides shoppers with access to thousands of styles, at any price range. Bonus: they also offer a 10% student discount!
This Swedish Clothing store is all about shopping the trendiest Instagram looks. While some items are pricier, they have a TON of options under $50!
Shop Dixi is an online jewelry retailer that prides itself on its affordable selection of boho-inspired pieces. Their bracelets, rings and necklaces would be extremely unique additions to any collection.
With a different take on the Los Angeles style, Herboutique provides shoppers with trendy, but elegant must-have pieces.
Miss Selfridge’s selection of budget-friendly trendy tops, skirts, dresses and more is nothing short of total perfection.
Don’t let this website’s founder, 17-year old Joyce, fool you; Silk & Honey is no joke. Their vibe is super chill, with easy to live in silhouettes and fabrics, all at prices any college girl can afford.
As one of the premier fashion retailers in the United Kingdom, Dorothy Perkins has it all. Their budget-friendly collections stand upon a foundation of contemporary, feminine colors and styles.
MakeMeChic’s homepage spread of floral patterns and stunning silhouettes is only the tip of the iceberg. Their collection of contemporary fashion is super-affordable and ridiculously cute.
Not only are the bracelets on Pura Vida super cute, but they are handmade and help support the artists who make them in Costa Rica. Pura Vida helps support the idea of “Pure Life” and gives off the boho vibe through their accessories. Their rings and bracelets are must-haves for the spring/summer!
London-based River Island can be compared to an American favorite, Forever21. The prices are reasonable, and the clothes are extremely trendy. River Island also is known for collaborating with celebrity designers, most notably, Rihanna.
The minute you click onto Sophie & Trey’s website, you know that you’ve found something special. With free shipping and trendy pieces at affordable prices, what’s stopping you?
With over a million followers (and counting!) on Instagram, Showpo is taking over the cheap shopping scene. The retailer carries a huge variety of pieces, all with the common goal of outfitting the confident, sassy girls of the world.
Princess Polly is a Vanessa Hudgens-meets-Kendall Jenner cross of boho and urban styles. They offer a 10% student discount on their already-reasonable prices, so there really is nothing stopping you from showing off your inner cool girl.
In a new take on the department store, Nordstrom Rack offers designer threads, without the huge price tags. With everything from purses and watches to stilettos and activewear, Nordstrom Rack is a bargain-hunting paradise.
The biggest retailer in Asia, UNIQLO, has been on the rise for over a decade. The company offers casual, urban styles at reasonable prices, without compromising quality.
This cheap shopping site’s mantra just about says it all: “Be bold, be sexy, be you.” Founded by a former Forever21 exec, Love Culture is all about owning your confidence in their street-inspired looks.
Bella Ella Boutique is perfect for stocking up on basics and wardrobe essentials. Their products aren’t very fad-following, so you know you won’t be replacing them as soon as the next trend comes along.
A California favorite, GS-LOVE has become an extremely well-known urban retailer. With a focus on providing their customers with only the freshest looks at the best prices, GS-LOVE is definitely worth noting.
Although Aritzia’s dresses sit at the higher end of the “on a budget” spectrum, the retailer is known for its high quality, exclusive items that might be worth spending an extra buck on.
Specializing in standout accessories and wardrobe essentials, Urbanog is a one-stop-shop for an edgy fashionista looking for a bargain. Definitely add this one to your list of cheap shopping sites.
Clicking onto Pink Ice for the first time, you become aware of just how adorable this hidden cheap shopping gem is. With maxi dresses and denim of all types splashed across the homepage, that is only scratching the surface of the vast variety of products available on the site.
Motel was established in the ’90s, so they have a soft spot for all things grunge. Their vintage-grunge vibes are urban and easy to wear in the current state of fashion.
Two words: fierce and fabulous. A’GACI caters to the modern “it-girl,” with awesome pieces you won’t find at these prices anywhere else on the web.
If you’re looking for pieces that will make your friends ask where your outfit is from, Irene’s Story is for you. Their style is casual, but modern and well within your price range.
Mura Boutique is an Australian brand which specializes in providing customers with gorgeous, made for real life-type additions to their wardrobes.
This cheap shopping site has its roots in Australia, but draws influence from global street style. With products ranging from Blair Waldorf-inspired workwear collections to Instagram-worthy sunglasses, the value is unbeatable.
If you’re looking for the hottest trends and styles of bathing suits, Cupshe is sure to have it! From floral print bikinis to laced up one pieces, there is a swimsuit style for everyone. If it wasn’t enough that their swimwear is super cute, the prices are extremely affordable and are hard to find elsewhere.
Do you know any other great cheap shopping sites for us broke college ladies? Share in the comments!
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Christina is a member of the class of 2018 at Fordham University. Her favorite things include french toast, concerts and "Sex And The City" re-runs.