The Student Pocket Guide | 10 Multi-Purpose Dresses for Under £30
By Megan Caulfield

Shopping on a student budget is one of life’s hardest tasks; new collections, student discounts, it’s all so tempting, and often the main reason we end up living off supermarket own brand products for weeks on end. Well panic no more, as we’ve rounded up 10 of the best dresses from the high street, all at guilt free prices! Yes, that right, they are all under £30 and cover all the latest trends! And another thing – they’re multi-purpose, so you can wear them for more than one occasion. Perfect solution!

Note to self: Must shop responsibly…

1. ASOS Skater Dress in Large Floral Print, £22

ASOS Floral Dress

Trend: Floral

This gorgeous ASOS dress is perfect for springs floral trend and can be worn for almost any occasion, from interviews and drinks down the pub to family parties. The skater style is also super flattering for almost all body shapes, and at only £22 pounds it’s a steal!

Bonus: ASOS have a 10% student discount, making it only £19.80!








2. Topshop Bodycon Dress, £24

Topshop Colour Pop

Trend: Colour Pop

This Topshop bodycon dress is ideal for a girl’s night out or dressed casually with a chunky cardigan, tights and boots. Available in a variety of bright shades, it ticks off the colour popping trend perfectly and will ensure your wardrobe is the envy of all your friends.

Student Discount: Yes, 10%.






3. New Look Tie Dye Midi Dress, £14.99

New Look Midi Dress

Trend: Midi Length

Midi dresses are everywhere at the moment, and they don’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. Grab New Look’s take on the trend with this stylish dip dye number. The cap sleeve design will take you straight from daytime to evening, whilst the colour flatters most skin shades.

Student Discount – Yes, 10%








4. A|Wear, Black Strappy Maxi Dress, Now £8

A-Wear Stripe Dress

Trend: Stripes

Never far away from the high street, stripes are back again this spring. A|Wear has a great range of dresses all at affordable prices, including this striped maxi dress for only £8. Save it for the summer months or team it with a cardigan or leather jacket if you can’t wait that long.











5. Topshop, Lace Sweetheart Dress, £30

Topshop Lace Dress

Trend: Lace

This pretty lace dress is perfect for a night out or dinner date. Team it with heels for full impact or ballet pumps for a more subtle look.

Student discount: 10%








6. Missguided Contrast Leather Cut Out Dress, £27.99

Missguided Leather Dress

Trend: Leather

Leather is no longer just for jackets, so be prepared to rock it out with leather dresses, leather skirts, even leather socks! Despite combining four trends in one – monochrome, leather, contrast and cut out – this dress still works and is great for a night out in town or layered with a jumper to look like a skirt.

Student discount: 10%









7. Topshop, Raglan Sleeve Skater Dress, £26

Topshop Contrast Dress

Trend – Contrast Sleeves and Jersey

This is a great go-to dress if you’re running late for a lecture and need to throw something on quickly. You could also wear it out to the less ‘glamorous’ clubs around with a pair of converse for a casual-yet-stylish look.

Student discount: 10%







8. New Look Peplum Dress, £9.99

New Look Peplum Dress

Trend: Peplum

Peplum was everywhere last season, and it seems to be sticking around for a little longer. Not only is this dress on trend, it’s also a great price at only £9.99! Dress to impress for a job interview or use it as your go-to LBD.

Student discount: 10%








9. Dorothy Perkins Polka Dot Dress, £29.99

Dorothy Perkins Monochrome Dress

Trend: Monochrome

Monochrome was a reoccurring trend on the spring catwalks, so expect the shops to be full of it. This spotted Dorothy Perkins dress can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Student Discount: Yes, 15%








10. New Look Red Bird Print Sleeveless Shirt Dress, £26.00

New Look Bird Dress

Trend: Bird Print

This cute, bird print shirt dress is great for day to day wear or dressed up for after work (or assignment) drinks. Birds were a common print on the catwalk so look out for the high streets take on the trend. Wear with a leather jacket and boots for an edgier take on the look.

Student discount: Yes, 10%