Students search for unique style

April 19, 2012


Students thumb through clothing racks at Goodwill hoping to find a unique outfit. – Photo by Shradha Sharma

Staff Reporter


In college, fashion is more versatile than the 31 ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins, and with savvy shopping, students can have their ice cream and eat it, too.


Taylor Ainsworth, a junior business major, said she is a self-proclaimed shopaholic but still finds ways to balance her fashion budget.


“I usually pick up at least one new fashion item a week,” she said. “Anyone who knows me knows I love Dillard’s and Herring Stone’s in Monroe. My advice is to only spend the most on classic pieces that will never go out of style and spend less on trendy pieces that will go out of style eventually. You can easily spice up your wardrobe with inexpensive accessories.”


While some students head for the department stores, some opt for a more vintage feel.


Allison Hebert, a junior English education major, said sample sales and thrift stores are where she feels most comfortable shopping.


Sample sales are utilized by merchandisers to sell large quantities of items.


“There is a place called UAL in New Orleans where the owners go to sample sales in high-fashion places like New York, buy the merchandise and bring it back to sell,” she said. “They have clothes by designers I’ve never heard of and famous designers as well.”


When Hebert is in Ruston, she said shopping at Goodwill and Rolling Hills is a good way for college students to prevent emptying their pocketbooks.


“Even going to Goodwill or Rolling Hills and digging around, you can find things to put together,” she said. “It’s how you put everything together.”


For some students, the Internet may be the best place to find deals.


Sophomore business major Christian Stamps said if he cannot find deals in stores, he goes to the laptop in search of bargains.


“Dillard’s is a pretty good place to shop,” he said. “I do a lot of my shopping over the Internet.”


Stamps said he keeps up his wardrobe by buying classic pieces.


“Buy things that aren’t too out there,” he said. “If you find something that fits really well and buy it in different colors, you can really mix and match. If you buy too many things that are really eye-popping, you can’t really wear it too much.”


Stamps said he enjoys looking nice and wishes others would put in more effort.


“I’d like to see people be more fashion conscious,” he said. “Adults should really put thought into their appearance and what they wear. To me, it’s nice to see some effort put into it. I really would like to see people get into more high-fashion ideas rather than this frat look all the time.”


Department stores and sample sales are not for everyone, though.


Students such as Kelsey Mardis, a junior speech communications major, said she would rather raid her friend’s closets.


“I don’t think I’ve been clothes shopping in a long time,” she said. “It’s usually either Goodwill or people just give me clothes. They grow out of them, and they just give them to me. I only really buy shoes.”


Mardis said she is a firm believer that shopping should not break the bank.


“You just have to get rid of this whole preconceived notion that your clothes have to cost a lot of money to look good,” she said. “You just have to be bold, try something out for a day, and you never know when something is going to really look great on you.”


Mardis said she believes fashion should be an expression of personality and originality, not of conformity.


“Pick something you really like and find that one thing that really describes who you are,” she said. “Don’t try and be part of this whole sea of Nike shorts and Magellan shirts. Don’t be ashamed of being different.”


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