By Caroline Ryan
Looking for an inexpensive way to brighten up your spring or summer wardrobe? You’re not alone. Many students are looking forward to shedding their heavy sweaters and winter coats for shorts, t-shirts and summer accessories, and want to add some inexpensive, new items to their closets.
Online shopping is easy for college students with busy schedules who don’t have time to drive to the mall, especially students who live on campus and don’t have a car. Polyvore.com is a website where you can find shoes, clothes, handbags, and even accessories. Polyvore allows you to create an account for free and shop for clothes by brand, or by category. Whether you are looking for something casual or fancy, Polyvore can easily help you find what you need at an affordable price.
Zappos.com, which is similar to Polyvore, but with a lot more brands and clothing variety, is also a place to shop for both men’s and women’s attire. These sites appeal to college students because they sell clothes that fit the style of a young adult and students can find just about any article of clothing they are looking for.
If you do have a car and time, there are stores nearby where you can shop without breaking your bank account. TJ Maxx is located on 90 Northern Blvd. in Greenvale, and offers a variety of designer clothes, shoes and handbags at discounted prices. Payless, located at 630 Old Country Road in Garden City, has quality shoes for any occasion beginning at around $20. Another store where you can shop for your spring wardrobe is Mandee, located at 3373 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Mandee has high sales so you can purchase a lot for your money.
Students can even buy clothes right on campus, at The Student Body Boutique, which opened last year, and is located on the second floor of Hillwood Commons. The boutique, which employs students, is a good place to shop if you need something quickly, or don’t want to leave campus. The prices vary depending on whether it is new or old merchandise, and they also have sales when there’s a holiday approaching or a special school event. The Student Body Boutique is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
“The spring merchandise we are selling now is great and really cute,” said Perla Marte, a freshman Criminal Justice major who works in the boutique. “We also have a couple of new dresses.”