Perks! Your Student ID Can Take You Shopping

If you're about to graduate college, there's something you should know before you toss that cap: The university ID card you were issued four years ago will get you far in life. And, we're not just talking about getting in and out of campus buildings. Your student pass is capable of much more — specifically, shopping sprees at some of your favorite stores and online retailers. Plus, if that little piece of plastic came with an expiration date, it's time to take full advantage of the perks while you still can.
If you already know which hot spots offer student discounts, we applaud you for being so savvy. But, we went one step further and rounded up the very best of what you can get for less — for work. In the slideshow ahead, you'll find the pieces we love that also happen to be appropriate for an office dress code. After all, if you're about to start a new job or internship, you're going to need to stock up on a few work-wear staples. In other words, we just gave you the perfect excuse to take a break from that final paper you've been writing; you have some very important business browsing to attend to instead.
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Store: Ann Taylor
Discount Deal: Enjoy 15% off full-price purchases in-store when you present your student ID at checkout. Register for a UNiDAYS account, and you can also receive the same discount online.
What You Should Buy: Smart, dependable blouses and toppers that are well-tailored and ultra-flattering, as well as streamlined dresses, skirts, and all-black separates like these everyday trousers.
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Store: Club Monaco
Discount Deal: Club Monaco offers 20% off full-price and sale merchandise in stores and online to all college students. Submit your e-mail address for a code to shop online. If you're headed to a Club Monaco store, just present a valid student ID at the time of purchase.
What You Should Buy: Bohemian pieces with an elegant vibe that doesn't scream this-is-my-first-job. We chose loose, breathable dresses and one silk bomber you'll have to pry from our hands.
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Store: Jack Wills
Discount Deal: 15% off full-priced items in store with a valid university student ID card, or register with UNiDAYS for the same discount online. This offer cannot be used with additional offers or promotion codes.
What You Should Buy: Throw-on-and-go separates with a slightly rustic vibe, along with a crop of reliable accessories, like crossbody satchels for traveling light.
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Store: Motel
Discount Deal: Receive 20% off this season's trends with your UNiDAYS number (surely you've registered by now).
What You Should Buy: As long as your office maintains a semi-casual dress code (and you can sport poppy prints), you'll turn heads in a slew of Motel's jumpsuits and dresses. Don't skip the Motel Vintage page for one-of-a-kind finds.
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Store: Warehouse
Discount Deal: College students get 15% off when they verify their student status through UNiDAYS.
What You Should Buy: Sleek, textured, speak-for-themselves designs that don't require much else. Throw on any of these numbers (especially the striking coordinated sets) and you're instantly the best dressed of the office. Plus, even though these pieces are a step up from casual, none of them will feel restrictive.
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Store: Madewell
Discount Deal: You'll get 15% off when you shop in Madewell stores and present a valid school ID at checkout. Use the location link on the Madewell website to find a store near you that offers the discount.
What You Should Buy: Since Madewell is known for its quality denim, take advantage of the more elegant options. We're talking chambray dresses and pullovers, and jeans with sophisticated details for casual Fridays. The store also stocks some of our favorite lust-worthy labels such as WHIT and Rachel Comey, and there are a few pieces that warrant a sensible splurge.
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Store: ASOS
Discount Deal: Register for a UNiDAYS account and receive 10% off when you verify your student status.
What You Should Buy: You could spend practically all day perusing the ASOS site. And, while a wide range of wares is always nice, when the options seem endless it's easy to become overwhelmed. That's why we looked for high necklines, knee-length cuts, and pretty pastel shades that aren't too overpowering. Set guidelines for yourself before you shop on ASOS, or, browse the e-tailer's carefully curated "Work" section for inspiration.
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Store: Topshop
Discount Deal: As a student, you'll get 10% off year-round. Just enter your valid student advantage card number at online checkout, or present your student ID card in the store.
What You Should Buy: When it comes to Topshop, there are plenty of going-out dresses and crop tops — often with eye-catching cutout details — that scream our names. But, then there are work-appropriate alternatives with a little edge (think printed skorts and laser-cut, embellished suit separates). These are the pieces we go to on feel-good days when we don't mind making a little office statement. If that's every day for you, we've got mad respect.
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Store: J.Crew
Discount Deal: J.Crew offers a 15% discount to all teachers and college students when they shop in stores (both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory) and present a valid school ID at checkout. You can use the location link online to search for a store near you that offers the discount.

What You Should Buy: We know that, as a college student, you're probably on somewhat of a budget. So, some of these pieces may be a bit out of your ideal price range. That's why we've selected standout wares that'll stand the test of time — and are distinctively J.Crew (meaning you'd be hard-pressed to find the same sort of playful, quirky-meets-prep style anywhere else).
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