The 15 Best Brands For Broke Ass College Kids

Let’s not get it twisted: being a ‘student’ is great. The strength of your liver, your relative beauty and the fact that you have, statistically anyway, the best years of your life ahead are all things to celebrate. It makes all too much sense that a good majority of the 18 – 25 year old student population wouldn’t really give a shit about dressing. Sartorial pursuits are, at the end of the day, “just clothes” and many of you would have prioritized spending stacks on more important shit.  Such priorities include having [not] way too much irresponsible sex, smoking hilariously overpriced drugs and underutilizing the public education system (shout out to Commonwealth governments all around the world).

But here at Four Pins we recognize that beyond the very basics of student life – like ramen and 40 oz malt liquor – many of you want in on that luxury garment hustle. So without further ado, we’re bringing you 15 of our sincerest recommendations when it comes to dressing on the college kid budget. Some of these brands are already well documented, others lurk in the cold recesses of the internet, but all of our choices fulfil a critical requirement: they provide great bang for your buck.


  • Invocandum

    Broke-ass college kids buy Gant Rugger, Nike Sportswear and Muji? I’m a broke ass college kid and I shop at Uniqlo, Uniqlo and Ikea.

    • Randy Lai

      11/15 ain’t bad doe…

  • Ridoy

    Club Monaco is pretty expensive.

    • Randy Lai

      As I emphasized at the outset, the central criteria I assessed is value for money: most of these brands are selling at a price which is not viciously marked up for hype (with maybe the exception of Nike, and even then that’s not a hard and fast rule), and as with most things the concept is relative.

  • Yung Berry Chiller

    no COS? i’m disgusted


      COS is like H&M had a baby with Filipa K. : Minimalistic design, high price for meh quality.

      List is pretty good in terms of value for money, but most of these brands definitely are not within ramen-for-dinner territory.

  • juicy j

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  • jack

    salvation army.

  • William Sells

    Are we looking at the same AMI? That’s a pretty fucking big jump from ASOS prices.

    • Randy Lai

      Apologies for the confusion: but if you are able to make it to a physical Muji location (in East Asia/North America) they stock a whole range of mens apparel including outerwear, basic tailoring, shirts and trousers. Their online store isn’t exactly the perfect representation of all the products they have on offer.

      • William Sells

        alright cool

  • Steve Thuro

    400 dollar sweaters are for broke people? UNIQLO makes sense, but that’s about it.

  • Ray

    It wasn’t mentioned that Club Monaco offers a 20% off discount for college students as well. Seems a little appropriate for this article.

  • Jerms

    I’m a full time student with a full time job and I’m still broke. Even Uniqlo is expensive to me. Here’s what needs to be on the list, Target, H&M, Forever 21 Men, Zumiez, Sears, and Aldo for dress shoes.

    • tr143

      I’d ebay dress shoes, honestly. Aldo has some good designs sometimes but those shits are usually glued plastic.

  • fred

    hey this is fucking stupid

  • Florin

    Asos is the only good & cheap one on the list , you should also check Pull&bear , Bherska , New Yorker or Takko for nice gear.

  • Charles

    Asos also offers a sweet 15% off deal to all students, all the time.