Style Syllabus: 5 Small Budget Buys To Indulge Fashion Week Urges

Fashion Week is that wonderful time of year when you spend every night dreaming of winning the lottery and immediately spending it all on Net-A-Porter pre-orders. But if all those hours spent scouring Moda Operandi are getting you (and your wallet) down in the dumps, fear not.
There are actually a few upsides to a college student's necessary frugality. Thanks to designer collabs, diffusion lines, and plain ol' fashion democracy, the Internet is full of cost-friendly alternatives that look like the real thing. No, we're not talking knockoffs — more like gorgeous one-of-a-kind finds with an equally surprising price tag. So, put a smile on that face, young, broke ones! These looks will have you catwalking all the way to the bank.
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Giant Knits — From oversized furry sweaters at Thakoon to chunky bouclés at Altuzarra, of-the-moment knits require you to go big or go home.

Old Navy Printed Blanket Coat, $32.99, available at Old Navy.
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Leather Bound — Larger-than-life boots are already ubiquitous both on and off the runway. Avoid the Pretty Woman effect with careful details and a looser silhouette.

Cooperative Aldo Monforte Shoe, $69.99, available at Aldo.
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Neon Brights — The neon trend is still going strong, and an asymettrical skirt like this one from Cheap Monday is an easy (not to mention comfy) way to try out the trend while staying within budget.

Weekday Skirt, $26.31, available where Cheap Monday is sold.
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Negative Space — You've seen plenty of midriff-baring slashes and slits in stores, but demure and unexpected cutouts are the new, sexy direction for this trend.

Jane Norman Peplum Dress, $43.54, available at Jane Norman.
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Pattern Play — Minimalism meets bohemia on the runway this season, as gorgeously mixed-up prints decorate sharp tailoring.

Banana Republic Mod Print Pintuck Shell, $49.99, available at Banana Republic.
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