Top 10 Clothing Stores for Students on a Budget

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s has just ended and Women’s Fashion Week is still a few days away, so I am taking a little break from my schedule to give you guys a very important post. As a college freshman in New York City, I understand the pain of wanting to stay fashionable on a limited budget. So today, I am presenting my top 10 clothing stores to buy inexpensive, fashionable articles for your everyday wardrobe. Here we go:

10. 2020 Ave


2020 Ave is a relatively unknown store due to the fact that it is exclusively an online shopping site. However, it has a gorgeous collection of blouses, skirts, shorts, dresses and shoes that are mostly priced under $50. And just when you thought that things could not get any better, the store also comes with a 10% off coupon for University students, meaning that it is perfect for those on a budget. Enjoy!

9. Boohoo


BooHoo is a fast growing online women’s retailer that is originally based in the UK. Due to its English routes, the clothing in BooHoo seem perfect to those who are a fan of the sexy and somewhat avant garde style found in London. In relation to prices, most of the dresses are anywhere from $30-$50, however, due to consistent sales, you usually won’t need to spend over $30. I personally love the actual quality of clothing from BooHoo, however, I do wish they had a storefront near NYC due to sizing mishaps.

8. Agaci


A’Gaci is a store that is constantly compared to Forever 21. However, while Forever 21’s style is more directed towards a mass market system, A’Gaci’s style is much more graphic and high street. I personally love the collection of patterns, colors and design that the goods at A’Gaci carries. A dress will set you back anywhere from $15 – $45, however, similarly to BooHoo, consistent sales will save you a pretty penny.

7. Wet Seal


Wet Seal is definitely the most casual store to come onto this list. Unlike some of the other stores located on this list, it is relatively easy to find a Wet Seal in the continental USA. While I am not the hugest fan of the dresses found at Wet Seal, I absolutely adore their separates! Whenever I want a cute pair of pastel jeans or a fashionable blouse, I go to Wet Seal. A top or pant at Wet Seal only costs around $10 – $20, so I suggest visiting one near you!

6. Love Culture


I am in love with Love Culture! The only reason that Love Culture did not hit my top three is due to the fact that it is not in a very central location to Manhattan, however, it is the perfect store for a teenage or college fashionista. The clothing is consistently on trend and sale dresses start around $10. I wish that their was either a store in Brooklyn or Manhattan – this way I could come here every day.

5. Charlotte Russe


For the top 5 stores, I chose chains that had a large amount of stores throughout the country in order to make sure that you can actually see the product before you purchase. Charlotte Russe is another “fast fashion” powerhouse that are known for its low prices yet high taste. The dresses cost around $15 – $40, however, Charlotte Russe is consistently having “Buy 1 Get 1 for $X” sales. I suggest going to Charlotte Russe for your next shopping spree.

Favorite Location: Queens Center, 9015 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst NY 11373

4. H&M


H&M is a global superpower. As one of the largest and most spread out clothing stores in the entire world, H&M has locations throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and etc. H&M is known for its low prices, interesting styles and relationships with big time designers (such as Balmain). H&M has a huge variety of prices, however, most dresses shouldn’t cost over $70.

Favorite Location: 111 5th Avenue, New York NY 10003

3. Rue 21


Rue 21 is by far the most affordable brand on this list. On a good day, a pair of jeans will cost around $2 or $3. Like Wet Seal, I am usually not a huge fan of the dresses at Rue 21, however, every now and then I find something truly spectacular. The blouses and jeans cost around $1 – $15, so it is relatively easy to change your entire wardrobe with just one trip. However, one of the issues with Rue 21 is the quality of some of their clothing leaves much to be desired. With that said, I do recommend it to those looking for a cheap alternative!

Favorite Location: 68 Heather Lane #2, Perryville MD 21903

2. Forever 21


I’m not going to spend too much time with Forever 21 due to the fact that it is so immensely popular, but I am obsessed with this story. While some people complain that the quality of their clothing is not always impressive, the Forever 21 located in Union Square has yet to let me down. With an assortment of dresses, tops and bottoms that rarely cost more than $35, Forever 21 is the motherland for broke teens. However, I had to give the #1 spot to a little unknown beauty:

Favorite Location: 40 East 14th Street, New York NY 10003

1. Mandees


Mandee Shops is a collection of womenswear retailers. Now, I chose Mandees as number one for three reasons: its exceedingly low cost, its high quality and its sizing. Mandees price range is similar to that of Forever 21, while its quality is similar to a mid-price store such as Zara or Express. However, the kicker when it comes to Mandees are that the sizes seem to add more leeway than most other stores on this list. As a young woman with a very unique set of measurements, it can be a struggle to find clothes that fit. However, the sizes at Mandee allow me to properly fit into clothes I could not find anywhere else. If you haven’t tried Mandees yet, I suggest you close your technological device, hop in a car and start shopping!

Favorite Location: 2540 Broadway New York 10025

❤ Naa

I’m Going to New York Fashion Week: Kenneth Ning

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Today I will be showcasing an up and coming designer who showed his sophomore collection at NYFW: Men’s Fall 2016 – Kenneth Ning. His collection was inspired by the concept of revenge, and utilized clean lines, dark colors, leather, metalwork and artistic designs. Here we go:




Accessories and Styling: In relation to the accessories, Ning kept the add-ons relative simple with a collection of black and white sneakers and dress shoes. However, each model wore a pair of silver and golden dangling earrings that the crown raved over. I personally loved the simple touch of elegance yet uniqueness that each pair added to the silhouettes. Along with this, the male models had a very simple look while the female models each had an intricate smokey eye that added a flair of drama to the presentation.


Clothing: The Kenneth Ning show was one of the last men’s fashion shows that I had the pleasure to attend this season. It is also one of my favorite collections – period. The craftsmanship of the pieces were spectacular, the styling was perfection and the clothing matched the theme of revenge and sadness amazingly. I believe that Kenneth Ning has a very bright future in men’s fashion.

Grade: A+

Favorite Look:


❤ Naa

I’m Going to New York Fashion Week!: Ohne Titel

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I am so sorry for being MIA for over four months, but this time I actually had a good excuse: I started my first semester of college! University has been an absolutely amazing experience – and going to school in a city like New York City has just added to the magic. Due to my hectic schedule, I wasn’t able to post my #NYFW posts as quickly as I would have liked, however, there is no time like the present. During the next few weeks I will be posting reviews from shows such as Thaddeus O’neil, Concept Korea and GIVENCHY. But today, let’s get started with the wonderful Ohne Titel!






Hair and Makeup: Ohne Titel is a womenswear line designed by the power duo of Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. The stylists most likely used hair gel, sheen spray and salt water in order to give each girl a certain “wet look” in relation to their hair. The designers decided to keep the makeup simple in order to keep the attention on the clothes. I personally loved the styling of the hair, however, I wish that the makeup artists would have used a more metallic look rather than go ultra natural.






Accessories: The stylists used solid colored strapped heels and matching jewelry in order to enhance each look. My favorite utilization of styling has to be with the fourth look, as the beaded necklace and matching heel adds to the green gown without overpowering it. Overall, I felt that the accessories were a very successful aspect of the show.






Clothing: Clothing is by far the most important part of any fashion show. The Ohne Titel SS 2016 collection utilized colors inspired by spring, such as sea foam green, rose red and dandelion gold. The silhouettes were primarily loose and flowy for the warmer months, while the collection also bragged clean lines and perfect seams. All in all, I felt as if the Ohne Titel collection is one for the memory books.

❤ Naa

EXCITING NEWS – International $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!!

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Yesterday, I am glad to say that my blog reached its two-year anniversary here on WordPress! Even though I haven’t been able to post regularly for the last six months or so, Adolescent Chic has and will always have a special place in my heart. However, as I grow, I find that the scope of my interest also follows the same path.

In order to commemorate this blog’s anniversary, along with thank you – my loyal subscribers – for all of the support that you have granted me in the last few years, I am hosting a giveaway!!! Today, I will be giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card. The reason that I chose to give away a Visa Gift Card instead of a fashion or beauty related item is because as my interest begin to expand, I also feel obligated to give away a prize that can be used for an array of interests. Here we go:

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This giveaway ends on October 15th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The giveaway winners will be announced on this blog, my YouTube Channel, and my Instagram account.

Good Luck,