AW16 Lookbook: Skint Student Edition 

Its mid-September, the student loan has dropped and the year has barely started, yet you’re still wrestling with potential bankruptcy and needing an overdraft overhaul. If you’re looking for a thrifty way to renovate your wardrobe ready for the new season, I’m here to help. This article features pieces from some of my favourite independent retailers across East London as well as high street savings.

Look One: Winter Blues


I picked this jumper up for around £1.60 at the East End Thrift Store, which can be found on Assembly Passage (just off Mile End Road in Whitechapel). My favourite thing about EETS is that you can fill a bag and pay just a tenner for the entire contents of said bag, resulting in steals such as these. The jumper itself is incredibly comfy and an easy way to incorporate a great statement print into your outfit when getting up for a 9am lecture on those lazy winter mornings.

Look Two: Embroidered Dreams



Embroidery is an unescapable trend on the high street at the moment, especially in the likes of Topshop and Zara. I discovered all of these pieces at my beloved East End Thrift Store, purchasing all 4 tops, as well as a jumper and a dress for just £10 in total. I especially love the striped shirt with the autumnal butterfly needlework as the attention to detail is beautiful.

Look Three: Disney Denim



Street style (sports luxe in particular) is certainly not packing its bags this Autumn Winter, if the looks at LFW both on and off the runway are anything to go by, the more casual outfit is the go-to this season. Regardless of the current trend, you can never go wrong with a bit of denim. I’ve dressed these Blitz London (located on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane) dungarees down with a striped tee and a pair of second hand Air Force Ones (bought for £14 on eBay).

Look Four: Captivating Cords


I ADORE THIS DRESS!!! Again, this was an East End Thrift Store bargain at just £1.60, coughing up the equivalent of half a meal deal for a stunning cord dress with zero imperfections (fairly rare for a vintage find). The bag and boots pictured are from Topshop, the boots were a hefty £65 (kindly purchased by my mum) and I cannot remember how much the bag was as I purchased last it winter, but I do know that two of my best friends got me Topshop vouchers for my birthday so I didn’t pay anywhere near full price for it (inevitable).


Look Five: Suede Subtleties




Suede is without a doubt my favourite textile.

Black Dress: £16.99 from modbox @ TK Maxx

Brown Skirt: £10 from Cow Manchester


I hope you feel enlightened about the reality of never having to pay full price for your apparel again, (student discount SAVES LIVES) may the bargain-hunting odds be ever in your favour.

All photography by Grace McCaffrey, a lovely friend and Film Student at QMUL, check her out on Instagram @gracemccaffrey96 and for all photo-related enquiries contact To stay updated with my future hauls follow @instahangaf on the gram and check out my depop for cheaper than cheap vintage wear –

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