Summer looks that are fashionable and on budget

After what has felt like the longest winter ever, the sun is finally breaking free from behind the clouds and spring is finally sprung!

After what has felt like the longest winter ever, the sun is finally breaking free from behind the clouds and spring is finally sprung! So summer should be extra-long and extra hot this year right? It’s only fair anyway. Here are 5 awesome looks for this summer AND all on a student budget.

It is usually worth it to splurge slightly more of your budget on one key item that will work with lots of other outfits and then add cheaper pieces to make up your complete outfit. Read on for more detail.

Strong Leather
Toughen up any summer look with leather pieces. For a student budget there are still items that are on price range; faux leather. Faux leather and floral jacket (£35 at, faux leather crop top (£18.99 at leather-look shorts (£21 at ASOS) and leather-look ankle boots (£19.99 at Balance out a floral, a white outfit or your festival look with leather. These items are all budget ways of sticking to the summer trend, it can be done!

Pure White
If you’re not quite brave enough for graphics, then this is the perfect look for you. White (Just make sure you don’t sit on a dirty bench or fall over into some mud). White hi-top Converse are the way to go here (£44.99 at Office), white playsuit (£19.99 at and silver bangles (£6 at Accessorize). Converse are the splurge but the rest of the outfit comes in relatively cheap and Converse can be worn all year round, just add jeans and you’re good to go in Autumn.

Luminous Brights
I’ve always been sceptical about neon colours, but give it a try, I was surprised at how gorgeous a tangerine coloured top and a neon pink skirt looked together. Perfect outfit for a summer holiday and bright colours tend to boost your mood too! Don’t overdo it, keep accessories to a minimum for a classic yet head turning look. Tangerine coloured lace crop top (£20 at Topshop), neon pink pleated mini skirt (£15.99 at Try with neon blue shoes to complete the look.

Stripes is an easy look to pull off and easy for a student budget too. Stick to this rule, vertical stripes ANY size can pull off (elongating for a slimmer look or taller look) and horizontal stripes should only be worn by a super-model physique (they make you look rounder). A key piece is so important here, for keeping on budget and not looking like something from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Striped sleeveless shirt (£14.99 New Look), black skater skirt (£9.50 ASOS) and Converse-esque plimsolls (£9.99 New Look). This look is casual yet feminine and is a steal at under £35 for the whole lot.

Festival Style
The time has come when you can listen to your favourite music, hang out with your friends and being free as a bird all with the sun (hopefully) shining on your back. Almost anything goes at a festival, it’s all about letting your personality shine through and ultimately being comfortable and cool for the whole weekend. This is my favourite look for the festival season for a student budget. Perfect.

Denim dungarees (£24.99 at H&M), white mesh crop top (£11.99 at, peace pendant (£6 at and straw hat (£6.99 at H&M). The denim dungarees are the splurge of this look at £24.99, and can be worn not only for a festival but out sightseeing, on a summer evening walk (with added cardigan) or even out on the town (spruce it up with a dark bandeau, wedges and colour pop lippy).

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