Ask A Houston Expert: Tips For College Style Essentials

August 27, 2013 7:00 AM

It’s almost time to get back to college, and whether you are a senior, freshman or graduate student, you need to know how to dress while still staying within your budget. There are several ways to do this. Houston-area fashionistas have contributed their ideas to keep cool and fashionable for this fall of 2013.

Cynthia Alaniz
Christina Marie’s Boutique
11510 Space Center Blvd. A2
Houston, TX 77059
(281) 998-4800

Cynthia Alaniz from Christina Marie’s Boutique offers numerous ways for college students to stay trendy without blowing their budgets. Located on the southeast side of town, Christina Marie’s Boutique specializes in clothing for children and women, so most of the tips from Ms. Alaniz are for female college students. You can find the products mentioned at the boutique.

Go Camo

Camo today is not the same kind your parents may have worn. You can find camouflage patterns in bright, feminine colors like pink. It can also be found in light wash and blues. These colorful camos are predicted to be the new trend for this fall. Because this is a bold pattern, a little goes a long way. Cynthia Alaniz recommends using a single piece of clothing or accessory with a camo pattern to avoid going overboard. You may opt for a light wash camo shirt, or find camo accents for your shoes or backpack.

Beads Transform An Outfit

Another trend helps you save time and money. Between studying, attending classes, working and being with friends, you may not have as much time as you would like to plan your outfits. Ms. Alaniz recommends just tossing a couple of layers of Jam Jewels bracelets on your arm. You can stack them up for fun events or just wear one when you want to be understated for attending class or another daytime event. Like the Jam Jewels bracelets, a simple beaded necklace and pair of wedges can transform any shirt and blue jeans combo into something more special, and it only takes seconds to put on.

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Don’t Forget Your Gadgets

As a college student, your electronics and backpack will likely be with you all the time and become fashion accessories just as much as a purse or your shoes. Pick a basic, durable backpack in a simple color that goes with everything and will last for more than a year. This is one item that is okay to splurge on because you will find it to be so indispensable when you have to carry books to and from classes. For your electronics, phone cases, ear buds and chargers are available in coordinating designs and patterns, like those from Chic Buds. You can coordinate these tablet covers, cell phone covers or ear buds with each other and even change the sets seasonally to keep from becoming bored with your style. The low prices on these covers make it possible even for college students to change the covers regularly.

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Arlynea Stuckey
The Red Door
2532 Nottingham St.
Houston, TX 77005
(866) 420-9795

The Red Door is a consignment boutique near the medical center and close to Rice University. Arlynea Stuckey has generously offered some ways for students to save while dressing with the latest trends this fall. The fashion tips she has provided are perfect for both young men and women who are getting ready for going back to school.

Use What You Have

Your closet is probably already filled with the basics of a wardrobe. Things like jeans and t-shirts never really go out of style. Start with those items that you already have in your closet and only add to fill in any holes you might find in your wardrobe such as getting accessories to transform your outfits.

Shop At Consignment Or Secondhand Stores To Save Money

Consignment stores, like The Red Door, are a great way to shop for brand-name and designer clothes at low costs. Most consignment shops have policies regarding the clothes they allow to be sold. The Red Door only takes clothes that show little wear at all, come from better brands and are seasonal. If you shop at places like this, you can save money over the retail price while still getting the designer labels and seasonably fashionable clothes you want. Consignment stores are also a great way for students to make money on their old clothes.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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