Cheap ways to update student wardrobe

November 4, 2015 Arts & Entertainment

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By October every year, most students are probably tired of wearing the same outfits again and again. Shirts are probably beginning to feel tiresome and dresses brought from home do not seem to feel fun and flirty anymore. Coupled with the cool weather, this probably means that it is time for a wardrobe update; however, college students are often limited to a certain number of garments because of the small storage space in dorms. So what to do with all those old clothes?

The first and easiest option is to borrow and swap with friends and roommates. Be sure to ask before grabbing a garment from a friend, though, and offer up your clothes in trade. It also may be a good idea to set up ground rules for borrowing clothes, just to make sure that cherished sweater or beloved pair of pants makes it back to the appropriate closet.
Lay out how long clothes can be borrowed for. Decide what condition they should be given back in. Should the person borrowing the clothes wash them before returning them? Or should that be left up to the owner of the clothes?

Once the conditions of borrowing clothing have been established, wardrobes can double or triple in size as suddenly there are three closets worth of choices each day. This can be a great option that saves money and space.

Another easy solution is a clothing swap, such as the ones held occasionally on campus. One was held recently, on September 19, and cost only $5 for Rollins students to participate. At these swaps, individuals are invited to bring clothes that no longer fit, are disliked, or have become too commonplace to trade with clothes of other participants. Keep an eye on your Rollins email for notifications on the next clothing swap of the year.

Another way to swap out clothing is by visiting stores such as Plato’s Closet, where people can sell their clothing for cash or turn in clothes to earn store credit. This can then be used to shop their huge inventory of secondhand (and often designer) clothing. There are two Orlando locations, one on East Colonial Drive and another near Waterford Lakes.

If neither of these options are very appealing, there is always the option of donating old clothes to Goodwill Industries and buying a new wardrobe. If this is the best option for you, there are countless ways that shopping can be made easier, faster, and cheaper.

Probably the best and easiest way to restock your wardrobe is through the internet, which expands your options and often brings the prices down. Most stores in Orlando do not offer as many in-store sales on account of the massive waves of tourism, but there are frequent store-wide discounts online and free shipping on orders over a certain amount.

Whatever you choose, changing up your wardrobe can be a new and exciting experience.

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