Keep Your Teen in Style Without Breaking the Bank

Keep Your Teen in Style Without Breaking the Bank

Summer vacation will soon be over, and kids across Marin County will be heading back to school. Between school supplies, extracurricular activities, and clothing, parents can quickly find themselves spending hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars each year. 

It can get even more expensive if you have fashion-conscious teens. Here are some ways to keep your teen in style without breaking the bank. 

Start by Setting a Budget

As any parent of a teenager knows, teenagers can be very fashion-conscious if not fashion-addicted. They see the latest styles in magazines and on TV and want to keep up with the trends to impersonate their favorite celebrities or outdo classmates. However, keeping up with the latest fashion trends can be expensive and damaging to teen mental health if they are far to focused on what everyone else thinks rather than picking clothes and accessories they actually like! 

Before going shopping, set a clothes budget and stick and stick to it. Let your teen know how much you will be spending. Your teen may be tempted to splurge on a designer outfit or the latest must-have accessory, but it’s important to stick to your budget. 

Many well-made, stylish alternatives to designer brands are more affordable. Encourage your teen to shop around and compare prices before making a purchase. Sometimes, you can find the same item for a lower price at another store.

Shop at Discount Stores and Online Retailers

Discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls are great places to find stylish clothing at a fraction of the cost. You can often find name-brand items for a fraction of the price.

Online retailers like ASOS and Boohoo offer affordable, trendy clothing without the hassle of going to the mall. Shopping online is also great for saving money on designer make-up and perfumes. Plus, you can often find a promo code or cologne coupon code to help save even more money.

Thrift stores can be treasure-troves for fashion-savvy teens. By shopping second-hand, you can put together trendy outfits without spending much money. With a little bit of patience, you can often find gently used clothing that is both stylish and affordable.

Try shopping at well-known thrift or consignment stores or online resale sites such as ThredUp. These locations are often stocked with gently used designer items that are much cheaper than buying new clothes outright. Another bonus to a consignment store and resale sites is that you can give them your gently used clothing and receive a cash payout or a credit towards your purchase.

Stick to Classic Styles That Never Go Out of Fashion

One budget-friendly tip is to stick to classic styles that never go out of fashion. These versatile pieces can be mixed and matched to create various looks. Try mixing classic pieces with fashionable accessories for an iconic style.

Buy Clothes That Can Be Worn in Multiple Seasons

Look for items that can be layered or styled differently to create different looks. For example, a denim jacket can be worn over a summer dress in the cooler months or styled with a pair of shorts in the warmer months. 

A sleeveless blouse can be worn on its own during summer and layered with a sweater or blazer during fall and winter.

Look for Sales and Clearance Items

Many stores have ongoing sales, and it’s often possible to find trendy pieces at a fraction of the regular price. You can also keep an eye out for clearance racks, which are a great way to score deeply discounted items. Of course, you’ll need to be flexible regarding size and color, but if you’re willing to hunt for a bargain, you can find some great deals.

Recycle Old Clothes Into New Outfits

With a bit of creativity, you can transform an outdated piece of clothing into something chic and fashionable. For example, an old pair of jeans can be cut into shorts or a skirt, or an old button-down shirt can be turned into a cute crop top. 


It’s not easy being a teenager or a parent to a teenager. Teens want to express themselves through the clothes they wear, but both of you need to be careful of how much money you are spending. With a little creativity and planning, you can help your teen stay stylish – and within budget.

Do any of you have other tips to add? Let us know in the comments below!


Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.