We are in the peak of boot season here at the University of Oregon. Rain boots, cowboy boots, over-the-knee, heels and flats—they’re taking over campus! Boots can be an expensive collection to maintain, especially as a college student…unless you know how to track down alternative options.

This Fashionista looked remarkably stylish wearing a scarf from Forever 21 and boots from Target. Every year Target recreates a popular boot style from the Steve Madden collection.  These zipper boots, modeled after Steve Madden’s “Roady” style, look unbelievably similar and are literally 1/3 of the price (I know this because I bought a pair myself). Although they are made with synthetic material, and have extremely poor traction, they hold up surprisingly well and have become my go-to boot for walking to class.

The colorful, patterned scarf, breaking up her neutral palette, is another bargain find. Scarves are an easy, fun and inexpensive item to stock up on to accessorize an outfit.

Hint: Target and Forever 21 are known for their fashion-forward styles for college-budget prices. However, there are many other stores to check out. ASOS is probably one of my favorite online shopping destinations, and they recently announced free shipping on U.S. orders! Also, ModCloth has many adorable vintage-looking styles at amazing price points.

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