On York road, adjacent to Downtown Towson’s bustling string of bars, night clubs and restaurant chains, sits the ultimate college student shopping haunt known as Urban Outfitters. When I was still in highschool, my first time visiting the offbeat clothing chain was at this location. I was enthralled, and to this day, love visiting what is now my local Urban Outfitters (how lucky am I to live five minutes away from one of fashion’s coolest retail spots, nine months out of the year!)
At Towson, the store’s industrial, brick exterior opens to a two-floor, white-walled oasis filled with eye catching clothing, whimsical gifts, an amazing selection of skincare, and new releases on vinyl. As a college student and a soft-core collector of old and new vinyl, Urban outfitters is basically heaven. The best part, which I’m sure my fellow college students also appreciate, is that a free reusable bag comes with every in-store purchase. I collect them and love using them to pack for small trips and to bring things home on the weekends.
But first and foremost, I love Urban outfitters for its clothing. For a college student like myself who balances schoolwork with a part-time job, Urban’s clothing is definitely on the pricey side, making a shopping-trip there more of an occasional than everyday event. However, their clothing is worth it. It’s always well-made, well-designed and head-turning to spot on the street. I even like their selection of menswear for its comfort and character. Their women’s clothing is always a balance of classic and cutting edge– both in terms of style and print. Urban Outfitters understands society’s long-standing fashion obsession with the 1990s and recent one with the 1970s and caters to them both without being subtle–all while managing to crank out the most coveted new trends of each season.
Right now, for a limited time, Urban outfitters is having not one, but two major online sales! All dresses and rompers are 20% off at checkout and a huge selection of items are on sale for under $10. Admit it–this is hard to resist. The weather is only getting hotter and if you’re like me, you’ll take any excuse to buy more clothing for spring and upcoming summer. And with final exams only days away, you’ll probably be holed up in your dorm room or apartment for hours at a time. What could be more rewarding than a studying-break spent shopping? Check out some of these dresses and rompers while they last:
This jumpsuit comes in black, rust and green. It’s perfect for layering over shirts for cooler days but looks amazing on its own! Planning on travelling this summer? Refinery29’s staff just released a May 5 article detailing their top clothing and accessory picks for summer and jumpsuits are high on the list. Refinery29’s managing editor, Katy Harrington, will be donning this similar Essentiel Antwerp polka-dot jumpsuit for and upcoming flight: “This year I’m determined to be comfy on the plane but not look like an old rolled-up pair of socks. This polka dot jumpsuit should do it…”
This dress combines two of my favorite trends at the moment: button-down and off-the-shoulder. It’s the kind of casual dress we all love–you know, the one you can wear to class but would also be cute and appropriate for brunch–in other words, a perfect dress. I might be reaching too far with this, but if you think about it, this dress also combines two of my favorite looks from my favorite movie: Pretty Woman, where Vivian wears this dress to go shopping in and this dress for an evening out. Huffpost also released a May 3 article featuring some of the best graduation dresses for this year. Many of them featured, like Anthropologie’s Hudson Dress also showcase the button-down trend, which is sweeping the summer fashion scene. For running to class,the UO Amelie Off-The-Shoulder Button-Down Dress would be cute and comfortable in both flats and sneakers alike.
This dress showcases the wildly-popular gingham trend. BRIT+CO, in their May 5 article featuring some of Selena Gomez’ best looks, showed the star in this two-piece gingham ensemble, making it easy to see why the tiny, checkered pattern has taken over. Gingham is a print that lingers on the understated side of bold while simultaneously maintaining its status as a conversation starter.
These are just three of hundreds of dresses and rompers on sale at Urban Outfitters as we speak! Some of my other favorites are the UO Amber Button-Down Linen Midi Dress, UO Eleanor Plunging Denim Jumpsuit, UO Cali Button-Down Mini Dress and the especially adorable UO Maura Striped Crochet Mini Dress.
Fun fact: When my roommate and I moved in together, we decided we wanted our room to look like the inside of an Urban Outfitters Store. I took inspiration from the plants that I saw in the Towson Location: