When it comes to choosing your Uni wardrobe, only three things matter: comfort, price and style. Comfort, because you’re going to be saving money by walking everywhere, plus you’ll be carrying a ton of books wherever you go. Price, because that student loan needs to carry you through into next season. And style? Well. Trust us when we say there will be a lot of competition in the style stakes.
Here’s our guide on the essentials you’ll need to survive the semester in style:
1. The bag
The 70s saddle still has bags of appeal but is it the best option for the book-laden? For that same vintage vibe plus a bit more room you could try a bucket bag, like this glorious Polo Ralph Lauren perforated leather bucket bag, or this sophisticated Miu Miu option. Still, is it us, or are bags getting smaller?
Admittedly, you can’t get much roomier than Balenciaga’s It bag for autumn, the controversial Bazar. But satchels are more traditional for that studious look, and they’ll keep your notebooks flat. We don’t know, though. There’s something so… satchely about a satchel.
Our favourite is still the tote – something to load up, sling over your shoulder and go. The dictionary definition of a tote is ‘a large bag used for carrying a number of items’. No kidding. Sketchbooks, stationery, lip balm, hairbrush, sunglasses, water bottle and snacks, anyone? And of course a full sewing kit complete with proper scissors, if you’re a fashion student.
2. The shoes
Flats are the only way to go when you’re juggling studies – sometimes over more than one campus – with work and parties. Trainers will keep you comfy all day. Adidas Superstars will go with everything and take you far. Team trainers with skinny jeans and an oversized jumper for laid-back chic.
Boots are another failsafe in fresher footwear. Chelsea boots in soft leather will go with everything – especially printed tea dresses.
Or opt for a chunky ankle boot or block heel with a plaid shirt. Careful though, the nineties may call and ask for them back.
3. The hair
Late night studying (partying) means that you won’t have much time to spend on your hair before lectures. Don’t worry. From the messy bun (classic) to the headband halo, there are lots of great hairstyles out there to save your morning. Here are five great links for hair that’s guaranteed to take you from studious to student bar with minimal effort:
- 10 Hairstyles You Can Do in Literally 10 Seconds – Mega Volume Double Pony – anyone?
- 15 Super-Easy Hairstyles for Lazy Girls Who Can’t Even – Easiest Curls Ever might be a game-changer
- 3 Natural Hairstyles in Under 4 Minutes: Quick & Easy – for natural hair in a hurry
- 7 Monday Morning Hairstyles That You Can Do in Under 5 Minutes – the Barely There Braid is our favourite
- 30 of the best five minute hairstyles for every hair length – this is a comprehensive list of styles for every hair length and type
4. The coat
What to rely on to stave off that British chill? A quality coat is a key investment, but you’re on a student budget, so choose wisely.
A trench is versatile, but will it carry you through into the dead of winter? You’d be cosier in camel. Camel coats are timeless, and there are so many options out there giving this classic a modern twist. Check out Valentino’s wool coat with rockstuds or this Mango handmade coat.
A biker jacket is edgier but still practical. Easy to glam up for nights out, it also works with your prettiest dress, chunky boots and black tights during the day.