West Town Mall isn't the only shopping destination that offers more variety to a spring wardrobe.
The basement floor of the University Center is formally known as a location students can purchase and sell books at the beginning and end of each semester. What students may be surprised to know is that the bookstore is also home to trendy, non-collegiate and affordable clothing.
"There was a need on campus for non-collegiate clothing with prices friendly to a students budget," said Heather Floden, manager of the bookstore.
Located on the right side of the bookstore near the customer service desks, displays of accessories and racks of clothing rest near the fiction books. Much of the clothing represents Orange and White, which appeal to girls interested in game day apparel.
"I love the clothing because it appeals to the UT student," said Lindy Smith, an undecided sophomore. "It has fun game day dresses and outfits, or things girls could wear to formals, mixers and date parties. Plus you can tell it is good quality."
Dresses designed for the upcoming spring and summer seasons are available for females in a variety of sizes and colors from different brands, including popular label Lilly Pulitzer.
"I don't think there is any one thing, but since we brought in Lilly it has been very popular," Floden said. "Since we got Lilly in here it has gotten the word out."
A popular choice for males are T-shirts from the Out of Print brand, featuring graphics of popular novels like "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, screened on T-shirts. Many of these shirts can be found on sale, ranging from $1-$6.
"I don't really shop for specific clothing," Summer Brown, freshman in management, said. "I always just look for sales."
Floden said that the store aims to keep prices at an inexpensive level, directed towards a normal college student's budget at a maximum of $25 per item of clothing.
"I've never bought anything from the store because I am living on a college student budget but I would love to add something to my closet," Smith said, who first heard about the store from a friend who does advertising for the bookstore.
The Lilly Pulitzer brand was initially introduced to the bookstore when a student had requested it. Floden said that she encourages student input on the bookstore's items.
"This is the student's boutique and we want them to tell us what they want," Floden said. "We want the students' input."
Brown said that she believes the bookstore should limit the types of clothing they sell.
"I haven't been to the bookstore since I've been at school for any reason," Brown said. "It's a university store so I think normal clothes are irrelevant."
The UT Bookstore is located in the UC, open Monday through Friday 8:30-5:30 p.m., 10:00-4:00 on Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information, visit to www.utbookstore.org.