By Natalie Ast
Trek just north of Ryerson to Winners at College Park, a mecca for reasonably priced high-end labels, even if they’re not always your size. A good strategy is to take note of when they release new merchandise, and if you see something in your size, buy it right away or put it on hold, because it might not last.
Dawn Hui, a nutrition student says, “I shop in the Juniors section. It fits me because I’m tiny and sometimes it’s cheaper.”
Second-hand stores are an amazing source of quality pieces, as long as you put in the time to sort through the racks. Goodwill and Value Village have a never-ending supply of vintage blazers, bags, shoes and jewelry. If you’re looking for more upscale pieces, I Miss You at 63 Ossington Ave. has an amazing selection of vintage designer pieces for incredible prices.
If your budget’s small, but you’re still lusting for that Prada bag, flash-sale sites like Beyond the Rack and The Peacock Parade have daily sales on clothing and accessories from high-end brands. These two sites have the best deals at 50 to 70 per cent off, and because they’re both based in Canada, shipping fees are low.
Full-price online retailers will also bring the trends to your doorstep.
“One of my favorite stores is called Nasty Gal (shopnastygal.com). They have really beautiful, unique, youthful clothing that I love, and it’s not crazy expensive. I get a lot of inspiration from their site,” says third-year sociology student Rachael Levine.
Don’t write off the mall too quickly. Some stores have special offers to benefit students. For example, Club Monaco offers a 20 per cent discount to students.
And don’t be intimidated by the condescending looks of the sales people: head straight for the sales rack.
Fourth-year fashion communications student, Daniel Drak avoids paying full price like the plague. “I also go crazy for sales when I find out about them on company websites or via email,” he says.