A sneak peak at one of my posts for Swift London, enjoy!
University is the ultimate make-over. And whether tweaking or completely reinventing your style, every student has to think carefully about how to fill that tiny new wardrobe. Suddenly without a school uniform, sports kit, or even a dress code, picking what to wear can seem dauntingly exposing. And with nerves as popular with freshers’ as alcohol, let your style be the first to speak.
That isn’t to say that your university defines your style. If you go to Oxford you don’t have to wear Jack Wills, and just because 90% of the time you are hungover or slobbing about, Ugg boots are not the only student shoe. You can go to lectures wearing Tom Ford glasses with a knitted sweater, walk around campus in a velvet jacket with a leather-bound book, or go to Sainsbury’s in a dragon onesie. Find your style, in between all that ‘work’, wear it with confidence, and the friend requests will come pilling in.
But just in case you don’t feel like being completely independent straight away, here is a little help/inspiration for A/W 2012 students looks.
Don’t want to make too big a jump from school to university whilst looking the part in the library? Team sharp tailoring with girly socks to make a great ‘first-day’ impression. Plus if you’re in your second or third year and have realised the cost of heating, roll-neck jumpers have hit the runway just in time to keep you warm and complete any geek-chic outfit.
We’ve already seen the army jacket take over festival season, now team with skinny jeans or leather trousers, bulky shoes and a beanie to take the indie look to campus. Prints are hot at the moment and don’t be shy with mixing them. Layer’s and padding are key this season, so you don’t need to be too picky with what you choose to wear, wear it all!
Lace and velvet are stable fabrics this winter and compliment leather-bound books perfectly. For those philosophical roll-up smoking bohemian eccentrics, team your disheveled yet classic style with the timeless shoe – the brogue.
To top it off, being a student means getting a good deal. Uni-days has great discounts and offers and your student card will get you 10% off at most high-street shops. You’ll also find yourself with a lot of free time whilst at university, despite never having enough time to write that essay, so why not be creative. Buy a plain white t-shirt and experiment with tie-dye, or customise an old shirt with cute collar tips. Most importantly, have fun! x