You don't need a huge clothing budget to develop your personal style. In fact, a little creativity often goes a lot further than a lot of money. And there's no better way to find proof of that point than via Instagram. Inspired by the budding fashion girls we regularly spot on College Fashionista's Instagram, we dug deeper to find a few young women who have clearly found their sartorial footing.
It's to be assumed that as a student, you're in your pre-regular paycheck days and therefore need to stick to wallet-friendly purchases. Based on our research, these fashion girls use a combination of pieces from fast-fashion brands like Forever 21, Topshop, and Zara, and add in high-impact accessories like Adidas Superstar sneakers, crossbody bags, a well-placed silk scarf, cool exposed socks, and retro-inspired round Ray-Bans, to name a few.
Without further ado, keep scrolling to meet five real girls who impressed us with their style chops, and shop some of our current favorite wallet-friendly pieces at the end.
We're thoroughly impressed by the quality of these $50 boots.
Add this bell-sleeved beauty to your fall wardrobe before it inevitably sells out.
A burgundy crossbody bag is surprisingly versatile.
Like leggings, but better.
Our editors love these frames.
These are the go-to kicks for cool girls on a budget.
A furry collar kicks a basic bomber up a notch.
These are subtly unique (and look quite a bit more expensive than they are).
Get onboard with the pajama trend via this flattering dress.
Topshop's denim skirts keep selling out, with good reason.
Cool sweatshirts are a 2016 must-have.
Do you know a stylish girl on a budget? Tag them in the comments below!