Article & Photography by Ana Bunger | Owl Staff
As I make my way through department stores, I tend to window shop for the amazing dresses and Valentino purses I could maybe afford if I saved up all year. Being a college student, my budget can make me see red by the lack of green in my wallet. As a savvy shopper, I’m always looking for the latest deals and bargains while still looking chic and maintaining a budget.
I swapped department stores for the Gabriel Brothers located in Abingdon to see what styles they had for spring. Among the many brands like Urban Outfitters, Ann Taylor Loft, and Merona, I found a bright green and grey dress that screams “happy spring!” for only $12.99 when the full retail price was well over $30.00.
Of course, what girl can wear a dress without sporting a great bag to match? For only $16.99 I bought a great pink bag that can be used as a tote or simply as a plain purse that adds a pop of color to any outfit.
However, the best accessory to any outfit is a well-dressed man. I know that shopping for a boyfriend can be a bit of a hassle. You never know how much is too much for men’s clothing. Gabriel Brothers has plenty of clothes to choose from. I found a great H&M blueberry blue button-down shirt for $9.99, and a pair of dark was jeans for $14.99.
With spring break right around the corner, Gabriel Brothers is definitely a place to shop for all the necessities a girl might need. Bikinis and beach bags for under $20.00 are much better than the $79.00 price tags for the same designers at the department stores.
If it’s shoes you’re looking for, Gabriel Brothers has both men and women’s shoes, flip flops, sandals, and sneakers all for a reasonable price, usually under $20.00.
Although my dream of a Valentino purse is still just a dream, my dream of cheap, stylish clothing is a reality. With dresses, sandals, handbags, and even racks of button-down shirts for men, how can I go wrong? Come and step out of the department stores, fashionistas! Great buys and great looks with the same designer names are available if we just shop around.
After all, what’s in a name? Any designer brand at a lesser price would still look just as chic.