Come to think of it, teenager clothing styles are a relatively new phenomenon in my life. The restrictive appearance guidelines and school uniform rules during my teenage years meant I rarely went out to buy clothes to style myself. Still, thanks to the absence of stringent restrictions in university, I have been venturing out to discover new looks for myself. While I am quite satisfied with how my hair has looked throughout my lifetime, I began to explore different outfits to best suit my style.
To me, a good outfit is less about the clothes themselves but how well they complement your appearance. While everyone’s perception of good-looking is subjective, I find myself questioning the prices of expensive clothing very often. In some cases, the look of the clothing themselves rarely justifies their lofty price tags. In others, the outfit does not even match my style.
Thankfully, my tastes and financial capacity line up well; I prefer simpler clothing and am pretty satisfied with affordable styles. In alignment with my goal of making money over time, I am content to spend less on outfits for now. Nonetheless, spending less money on clothing does not mean you cannot look good at the same time. Here are a few places that I find offer affordable but stylish clothing.
As my personal favourite store to try out different teenage clothing styles, Uniqlo meets all my criteria for affordable fashion. Its seasonal collections and collaborations with brands and artists mean there’s always something new every few months. If the quirky clothing rotations are not for you, Uniqlo sells stylish clothes for both formal and informal occasions. From work clothing to self-styling items, there is almost always something appropriate for you which does not require you to burn a hole in your wallet.
For teenager clothing styles that look more vibrant and cheery, H&M offers a variety of colours and styles for a similar price. The colours are more diverse compared to the pastel, static palette that Uniqlo offers. However, these same colours also seem to run and pale out after washing. If you sweat a lot under the hot weather as I do, these colours can also run because of the sweat. Nonetheless, the durability of the clothing coupled with its low price and good looks make for compelling purchases of teenager clothes.
While technically the priciest on the list, Abercrombie and Fitch have enough quality designs that justify the purchase for me. Variety and quality are the names of the game here; there is a myriad of teenager clothes for various occasions, each with different aesthetics and purposes. As perhaps the most durable and long-lasting of the list, expect to pay a premium for better materials, but their products are worth splurging on should you find yourself with an excess of cash.