Student Days: your guide to looking good for less

By Holly Crouch


Your student days are the time in your life when you’re most able to experiment with and explore your personal style. With no compulsory uniform to wear or dress code to follow you can pretty much wear what you like, but they’re also the days when you’re likely to be on your lowest financial budget so stores like Primark (bargain central), Select (15% student discount), Dorothy Perkins (10% student discount) and Burtons (10% student discount) are going to become your best friends J

With lectures, lessons, seminars and library dates it’s really important to be cosy and comfortable in your outfit selection but of course college and Uni are also some of the most social days of your life so your outfits need to be versatile to take you straight to your coffee date or to the student union bar for a break from all of the studying.

female student fashion

For the ladies my go to look is all about a pretty but comfortable tunic like this Primark floral dress (it’ll only set you back £13!) worn with leggings or Primark’s ‘Super Cosy’ tights (£3 for one pair) for those crisp autumnal mornings, Chelsea boots (I particularly like the stone options Dorothy Perkins have available as you’ll be able to wear them with lots of different colours so you’ll definitely get your moneys worth and can justify the £25 price tag) and a chunky cable knit cardigan like this cosy cream option from Select. If you’re going straight to the SU Bar after lectures for quiz night or a game of pool with your course mates you can quickly and easily dress up this look with some lipgloss, a statement necklace and a floppy fedora hat like this beautiful wine coloured one from Dorothy Perkins that will also be perfect for chilly walks to and from the train station during the winter months.

For the gents my suggested easy to wear look is a pair of chinos (they’re more comfortable than jeans for sitting at a desk all day!) and a printed t-shirt which is a great way of showing people your personality on your first few days when everyone is getting to know each other.  Blue Inc are brilliant for budget friendly t-shirts (which this £9.99 navy blue option demonstrates) so you can afford to treat yourself to a couple of options to mix up your look. A colourful bomber style zip hoodie like this teal River Island one is also an essential as it will take you straight from your daytime lectures to the bar for an evening of socialising.

male student fashion

One of the most important fashion accessories to spend your limited pennies on is a everyday bag that you can fit all of your studying essentials in and will compliment lots of different outfit choices and match whichever colour you choose to wear. A tote bag that can be worn on the shoulder or in the nook of your arm is my recommendation for the ladies so that you’ll be able to switch around how you’re carrying the bag (it’s likely to be quite heavy with all of your books inside!) I particularly like this black one from Primark as the cream detail and snake print effect give it a high end look and it’s smart enough to be used for the evening too so you know you’ll get plenty of wear from it. The most popular bag choice for the gents is a satchel like this brown one from Burton and I think they’re perfect for your student days as you’ll easily fit all of your books inside and be on the right side of geek chic J

Holly x