Budget-Friendly Online Shops For The Trendy College Girl

Budget-Friendly Online Shops For The Trendy College Girl

Let’s admit it: We’ve all been too broke to shop while in college. Between paying for commuting long distances, massive phone bills (what’s life without WhatsApp and social media?) and eating canteen food on the daily, there’s barely any allowance left for you to splurge on fashion. I feel your pain, girl.

When you’re living on a measly allowance, you have to plan out your month in advance and learn how to shop smart even when you’re on a tight budget. I’m here to tell you that you absolutely don’t need to compromise on your style. It’s all about knowing where to look and what to buy. So if you’re a college student and want to shop affordable yet stylish clothing, I’ve got you covered.

Keep scrolling for my list of fashionable online retailers that are perfect for the college girl on a budget!

Forever 21

I love Forever 21 for the sheer variety of clothing you’ll find that’s not only trendy but also super affordable. I especially love their jewellery and footwear options — they really know how to do cool accessories that young girls will love!



Forever 21 Gingham Shift Dress (Rs 1,679)



Forever21 Striped Midi Dress (Rs 689)



Boohoo has some really stylish finds, but you have to really dig deep to find the things you like within your budget. Often times, you’ll end up liking the more expensive stuff so avoid the distraction by filtering them out by setting your budget on the site. My current favourite finds right now are these cute striped shorts that I can’t wait to buy the minute I finish writing this article!



Mollie Monochrome Shorts (Rs 805 approx)


Lilly Aztec Oversized Kaftan (Rs 603 approx)



Missa More

If you’re looking for some pretty, floaty dresses, then look no further. Missa More has many floral and colourful ones that you’ll love wearing to college. They also have a range of cute skirts and tops to pick from.



Missa More Scallop Dress (Rs 1,200)


Missa More My Go To Top (Rs 499)



I’ve never looked anywhere else for swimwear ever since I discovered Prettysecrets. I love the variety it offers as well as the colours. I was sold the second I laid my eyes on them. Head over to their website if you’re looking for sportswear, lingerie or swimwear on a budget.



Prettysecrets Sea Green Flounce Bikini (Rs 749)


Prettysecrets Aqua & Lilac Bikini (1,279)


New Look

New Look has a very fancy collection on Jabong, from cute dresses to extremely fashionable bags, that you’ll totally want to carry daily. You’ll especially love their signature print that they have on bags and shirts. If you’re looking for casual college wear, their dresses are seriously cute and stylish.



New Look Black Tunic (Rs 676)


New Look Printed Shift Dress (Rs 1,116)


Street Style Store

Better known for their footwear collection, Street Style Store is one of the most budget-friendly online stores I’ve come across yet. The clothing is stylish and very cheap. The footwear is really fashionable too and great for everyday wear, but they’re super cheap because of a reason: don’t go expecting great quality and you’ll be ok.



Best Way to Express (Rs 699)


Who Am I Living For (Rs 699)

SR Store

I’ve been looking for a good pair of distresses denims that won’t burn a hole in my pocket for a long time, but I just couldn’t find a store that fit my budget. Luckily, I found these on SR Store and they’re just what I wanted. Online shopping, you saviour!



Blue Bleached Ripped Denims (Rs 1,860)


Navy Sleeveless Flare Dress (Rs 1,950)


I’ve been obsessing over kimono jackets this season because you can style them any way you want and make them look different each time. Zoomberg has a really nice collection of these, as well as some really cool skirts that are very trendy.



Florals Loose Kimono (Rs 1,299)


Geometric A-Line Skirt (Rs 1,449)



If you need more prints in your wardrobe, Stylista should be your next stop. Filled with colourful clothing and bodycon dresses, they have the perfect party wear that fits so well in your budget. No more frowning when you see the price tag!



Game Changer Bodycon (Rs 1,600)


The Bomber Burn Out (Rs 1,450)


Koovs is my go-to destination when I need something different to wear everyday. Pick up classy pieces like this pretty skirt that you can style differently each time you wear it. They also have a host of Indian and international brands that are super chic and inexpensive, and the sheer variety of clothing and accessories is amazing!



Zip Front Preppy Skirt (Rs 995)


Embroidered Gingham Shirt Dress (Rs 1,695)


Alia Bhatt For Jabong

Jabong has an exclusive section which features international brands like Mango, TopShop, River Island, Miss Selfridge that may be slightly more expensive. However, their celebrity collection with Alia Bhatt is very trendy and pocket-friendly. So while you wait for the sales to start before you indulge in those international brands, check out Alia Bhatt’s collection because I promise it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.



Vintage Wash Denim Dungarees (Rs 2,099)


Checked Low High Dress (Rs 600)

If you know of any other brands that are as chic and pocket-friendly, tell us about them in the comments below!

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