A Mag’s ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of back-to-school shopping

Payton Moore

  1. DO set yourself a reasonable budget. It’s back to school – not the Grammys. Finding the right pieces to work into your wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank. Scout out the best back-to-school sales and use your student discounts wisely. Several stores offer great deals on backpacks, shoes and winter staples.

  2. DON’T haul it all. Chances are, if you’re anything like us at A Magazine, you’re going to want to shop with your friends again. Create an immediate list for what you really need, and leave the rest to pick up at a later date when it makes more sense.

  3. DO buy what matters most to you. Never wear dresses to class? Find your perfect pair of jeans that will work from biology to the bars.

  4. DON’T get sucked into summer trends. It’s Ohio – this awkward heat only lasts as long as your ambition for doing homework will. Discover the trends that will always work for you, whether it’s printed skirts, cropped t-shirts or combat boots, and make sure they’ll last.

  5. DO hit a thrift store. It’s like a treasure hunt for your next statement piece. Check to make sure everything is in good condition and doesn’t fit funny. Plus you’ll love the compliments you’ll get walking through the halls. Just don’t forget to wash it first.

  6. DON’T throw away the tags. Dressing room lighting can be misleading, and if you don’t see yourself wearing those cheetah-print joggers to your 7:45 a.m. psychology class, get your money back before it’s too late.