Spring fashion essentials for students
Dressing to impress is every student’s dream, but unfortunately it is not always possible to hold the crown of the fashion icon on Campus (or FIOC). Bills, rent, food and going out all take foremost positions when it comes to buying the latest styles. What is quite agitating about being a student is that the latest season’s styles appear when you’re grasping the last £50 of your previous loan, and it’s another month or two until your bank account finally surfaces in the four-digit mark again.
Yes the occasional student discount is extremely welcome, but there are a lot of shops who don’t take pity on us poor students, making our shopping experience more complicated and upsetting our budgets for the week. Well as Spring is now officially upon us, it’s time to question how we can get strategic with our finances and bag those seasonal must-haves. For many, the next loan will appear in the next 3 weeks, so I’m going to tell you how to get more for your money!!
Pretty palette pastels
Sitting on the meadows last week, soaking the sun in to my pale skin while eating a Refreshers ice-lolly, I could not help but notice that many of the people around me resembled the delicious iced treat. Yep, this season’s colouring is Pretty Pastels. Stylish, yet gentle, composed yet authoritative, one of the biggest trends for Spring 2012 is pastel colors.
Although the pale colours exude femininity, they’re also perfect for those with edgier sensibilities, and of course, our men. Pastels radiate sophistication as well as being a welcoming, friendly and pleasing colour to feast your eyes on. Like clockwork, each Spring the sweet pastel shades emerge from the woodwork to brighten our spirits, as well as our wardrobes. S/S 2012 runway designers seemed to lift every colour from a Spring landscape and paint it across their collection, to be worn as Country Girl, 50s Chic, or even if your style changes with the weather.
Appealing pastels conquered designer collections, ranging from translucent tints to playful candied midtones, and the penetrating orange hues became a thing of the past, replaced by sweet melon tones and vivid vermilions. Neutrals and nudes fell into a softly muted look defined by their subtle shade, and Mint green stole the show for the must-have colour. Completely refreshing and liberating from the chains of the S&M trends witnessed A/W 2011, we can all release our inner-flirty female, or our inner-Chelsea male with this season’s beautiful pastel palette.
(Left) Mint Green Shift Mini-Dress (also comes in Peach), £20 boohoo.com
(Right) Coral Lace Strappy Sundress (range of colours), £36 Topshop
(Left) Selected Three Paris Green Chinos, £31.50, asos.com
(Right) Cream Aguira Print Tshirt, with pastel shades, £30, Topman
Pleated Skirts, Love trains, Bell Shorts & Cig Trousers
The key trousers to fashion this season offer infinite possibilities for gorgeous, cheap and cheerful ensembles! Last week I decided to channel my inner-Mia Wallace, twisted with a mix of candy colours when I wore cigarette trousers paired with a candy-striped shirt and tan-leather pumps. It was one of those colder Spring days, so I paired fashion with function according to this seasons catwalk. Cropped cigarette trousers/jeans and Slouchy carrot trousers have evolved as a wardrobe staple this spring, while balloon shapes offered an exaggerated alternative for those more daring trend-setters.
(Left) ASOS BLACK Carrot Fit Trousers with Foldover Waistband, £16, asos.com
(Centre) Beige Cigarette Trousers, £15, New Look
(Right) Vintage Burgandy Balloon Trousers With Tapered Leg, £30, ASOS Marketplace
High-waisted hotpants are still in fashion as of the ‘70s and are a definitive wardrobe staple that all women should own! The Bell short came out on top on this season’s Runway, offering sculpture and curves to those with a more boyish figure. Knee-length shorts have transformed from your typical ‘board short’ to a sophisticated must-have, particularly when merged in a Chanel-esque suit with a twist.
(Left) CO-ORD FLUID BLAZER, £60 AND SHORTS, £35, Topshop
(Centre) Renewal Levi"s 501® Turn-Up Denim Shorts, £32, Urban Outfitters
(Right) Smart High Waisted Bell Short, £20, River Island
Dipped Hems and Love trains
Love trains aren’t just appearing on our skirts anymore ladies, designers are cutting out – or lengthening, whatever you would prefer – everything that we wear. Soon we’ll be naked (I can see the men perking up now)! Spectacular high-low hems and floor-grazing trains, from ethereal gowns to tailored tops with gentle, lightweight fabrics that offer movement and cutaway jackets, coats and capes are pervading this Spring, allowing us to still stay a little warm on those nippy Spring afternoons.
(Left) Nude Sheer Drop Back Skirt, £35, Miss Selfridge
(Centre) Drop Hem Floral Dress w/belt, £19.75, forever21.com
(Right) Sparkle and Fade Snake Mesh Shirt, £32, Urban Outfitters
And finally… Don’t forget about that infamous denim jacket you have hidden in the back of your wardrobe, or that you’ve yet to buy! It’s a classic.
MOTO Striped hooded denim jacket, £42, Topshop
Spring fashion student discounts
Now that you know what you’re looking for this season, you need to be competitive and know your where you can get your discounts. Most High Street stores offer a student discount with your Valid Student I.D, but some are not fans of the student masses i.e. River Island, Boohoo, H&M.
Fear not though, as we have got you covered. Not only can you search for discounts in the student discount directory but you can also keep up to date with the latest fashion sales and deals in the student deals section of the site.