Hey guys! As you will have probably already known (through my constant posts on Twitter) I’ve been working on a new series that I’m hoping you’re going to love as much as I do. I wanted to start including my fellow bloggers, particularly students like myself in my own blog posts; as well as posting more fashion-based pieces.
As a fashion lover myself, I wanted to focus a lot more of my blog around style. However, as a student without a personal photographer to follow me around and capture my outfits (isn’t that the ultimate dream though?!) I thought that getting in touch with student bloggers to get involved in a new fashion series would be a great way to get fashion content out there as well as giving me a chance to get to know and promote like-minded bloggers.
To me, fashion is all about expressing yourself however you want to – not about being “on trend”. As long as you feel amazing in the looks you’re wearing then surely that’s exactly what being fashionable is all about. I’ve started this series in the hope of promoting all different types of fashion which are great in different ways and to hopefully give you guys some inspiration. If you’re a student who’s interested in being featured in this series then please feel free to contact me here. Anyway, here it is… my first What University Students are Wearing feature, enjoy!
- Name: Laurie
- Age: 19
- University: University of Lincoln
- Subject: Zoology
- Where you’re originally from: Peterborough
Tell us about your look e.g. where each item is from, favourite item
This is an outfit I wear to almost every smart-causal event I get invited to. I always prefer to wear trousers when I’m going out, so these dungaree-style culottes were perfect for me – I love anything with a good stripe, so when I found them in the sale from Miss Selfridge for £10 I just had to buy them! The black turtleneck and split-sleeve blazer were bought from H&M – I removed the dull black fabric button on the front of the blazer and exchanged it for a larger, engraved brass-tone button. I think the change makes the blazer look more expensive, and considering that it was under £15 – again in the sale – I think it looks really good. 9 times out of 10 I pair this outfit with Dr Martens. I usually go for my patent black 1461 shoes, but occasionally I’ll swap in my sling-back loafers during Summer/ Autumn months. In terms of accessories, I tend to play it safe and grab my favourite Vivienne Westwood handbag and a statement necklace.
Do you plan out your outfits before you wear them or are you more of a throw on in the morning type of person?
I used to plan my outfits every single day to save time when I inevitably woke up late for a lecture, but then I’d put on the clothes I’d chosen and not really be in the mood to wear what I’d picked out the night before. Now, I choose my clothes in the morning – even if it means I’m late for a tutorial…
Do you think your style shifts between university and life at home or do you wear pretty much the same looks in both places?
My style definitely shifts, and it’s something I’m really conscious about – but I can’t help it! When I’m at home I tend to be really adventurous with my clothes and experiment with different textures and patterns. But when I’m at Uni I feel a hundred times more self-conscious about my appearance, so I usually stick to a pair of jeans or cover my outfit with a jacket. I never wear jeans at home! I’d describe my usual style as a modern take on Duckie from Pretty in Pink, but I never dress like that when I’m away from home.
What item of clothing do you think every university student must own?
I think every student has to own a really good pair of shoes. Because I don’t wear stand-out outfits at Uni, I always make sure I have a pair of interesting shoes on! When I wear amazing shoes I feel like I’m on Cloud 9, and I think every student should feel like that – especially if they’ve dragged themselves out of bed for a 9am lecture!
What is your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
I think my favourite item is my big denim coat from Marks and Spencer’s. Although there are loads of pieces in my wardrobe that I couldn’t live without, I wear this coat almost every day during the colder months so I have to pick this! I bought it in the sale a few years ago for around £30 and I absolutely love it. I originally picked it up because I thought it looked like an artist’s smock and knew it would be perfect to wear for A-Level art trips – the sleeves are tied with contrasting dark denim bows and it has two huge pockets on the front which can hold my phone and purse, so I don’t even need to carry a handbag when I wear it.
What do you find yourself wearing the most when you’re at university?
My outfits at the moment all seem to follow a very basic recipe – a cosy jumper, cut-off mom jeans, one of my 15 pairs of Dr Martens, a short jacket and a scarf – and I always take a huge leather Dr Martens backpack to my lectures so I can fit my notebooks, water bottle and huge pile of snacks in it.
What is the oldest item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Currently, the oldest item I own is a 1920-30s black silk kimono I bought from “The Antique and Vintage Wardrobe” the other day. I’m actually too scared to wear it out the house at the moment because it is in perfect condition and I don’t want to ruin it! The silk is embroidered with huge white dragons over the front and back – and the condition is amazing for something that is almost 100 years old!
Do you vintage shop?
If I’m being honest, I’m a bit of a snobby vintage shopper. I love the idea of buying vintage, but I don’t want to buy some cheap jacket from the ‘90s with an inflated price tag and I don’t want to buy something that comes with it’s own distinctive odour… I’m really picky about the vintage and charity shops I buy from, but always pop into “Beyond Retro” when I go to London because they carry a mixture of designer and high street pieces – and they clean the items before they sell them!
Do you have a style inspiration?
I think most of my inspiration comes from ‘80s movies and musicians. I like resurrecting old styles and putting a modern twist on them, and I particularly love the styles in “Pretty in Pink” – despite the ugly dress at the end – and David Bowie and Adam Ant are my ultimate style heroes. If it wasn’t for my lack of confidence, I’d be dressing like I’d just stepped out of a Glam Rocker’s dressing room every day.
What is your absolute favourite high street shop?
I’m a TK Maxx convert! The stores can occasionally look a bit like jumble sales and you never know what you’re going to find, but every now and then they stock some “bargainous” (as my Aunt would say) gems that you simply can’t go home without. I’ve bought Too Faced palettes, Vivienne Westwood shirts and Bill Skinner jewellery – among other things – at amazing prices over the years and I wouldn’t be without my beloved TK Maxx.
Do you pay attention to what is “in fashion” according to magazines/big brands?
I do subscribe to Glamour and Vogue because I like to know what is in trend and what isn’t, but I don’t pay that much attention to trends and I won’t let them affect my current wardrobe situation. Saying that, if there is a particular colour or style in a magazine that I really love, I won’t prevent myself from wearing a similar item, but I don’t waste money trying to keep up with the fashion world. Trends come and go too quickly and I don’t want to jump on the disposable fashion band wagon. I stick to what I like and don’t pay much attention to other people’s opinions.
Thank you so much to Laurie for getting involved in the series – I definitely agree with so many of her answers to my questions (and am loving the fact that she’s a huge Dr Martens fan like myself). If you loved reading through Laurie’s answers and getting style inspo from her amazing outfit as much as I did then definitely check out her blog and social media accounts! .