Another month, another What University Students Are Wearing blog post. I’m sure you all know the drill when it comes to this series but if you haven’t read any of the posts within it yet then check out my my previous post here and the first post in the series here!
- Natalie Tull
- University of Exeter
- French and Spanish
Tell us about your look e.g. where each item is from, favourite item, why you chose this outfit etc.
I chose this look because it has been one of my favourite recent looks. When I first bought the top, I really wasn’t sure how I was going to pair it. It’s not something that I usually find myself buying, but I knew I couldn’t just wear it with jeans or something as basic as that. I wanted whatever I wore on my bottom half to be the statement piece to pair with the simplicity of the top, so when I was gifted this skirt, it was like a eureka moment, I knew that this would be the perfect item to pair with this top. The skirt is from New Look, I have no idea how much it costs as it was a present, but the top, from H&M, cost me £4. The only thing I couldn’t quite work in was how to incorporate a jacket into the look, but thinking about it now I could throw on a leather jacket, though I’m not sure if that’d be overkill.
Do you plan out your outfits before you wear them or are you more of a throw on in the morning type of person?
Purely due to the fact that I am a terrible morning person, I have to plan my outfits out the night before, if I left it to the morning, I have a feeling I‘d end up walking out the house with just the one side of an earring in. I sometimes end up changing my shoes or jacket in the morning, but most of the time, I tend to stick with what I picked out the night before.
Do you think your style shifts between university and life at home or do you wear pretty much the same looks in both places?
I like to switch up my style but it’s not dependent on location. Whenever I feel like I need a change then I go for it. At university I have a day dedicated to working out so on that day I wear athletic clothing but otherwise, I dress the same way at university as I would do at home.
What item of clothing do you think every university student must own?
A jumper/sweater. First of all, if you’re in the UK, it’s a guarantee that there are going to be several cold days, meaning you’ll need to wrap up so why not do it in style? Guys and girls alike, need to find a jumper that is warm and stylish, and I’d definitely have more than one in my wardrobe, we all know how the weather can be in the UK, so it definitely wouldn’t be a waste of money.
What is your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
I think that it’s got to be my leather skirt that I received as a present for my birthday just recently. It has a diagonal zip along the front and it fits just perfectly, it’s from New Look and it is just such good quality I feel like I’m going to be wearing it over and over again, especially on nights out. So, thank you Mum and Dad!
What do you find yourself wearing the most when you’re at university?
Considering how the weather has been recently, I’ve been wearing jeans, a large shirt, boots, and a jacket. The weather has been tolerable most days cold but sunny, so I’ve found that a bomber or leather jacket is ample insulation. As long as you wear a pair of gloves, then you’re set.
What is the oldest item of clothing in your wardrobe?
The oldest item of clothing in my wardrobe came from my dad. I love the oversized shirt/ jumper look so when my dad talks about wanting to throw an item away, of course I jump up and claim it as mine. I have several shirts like these and I think the oldest ones date back to the mid-80s.
Do you vintage shop?
I don’t go to vintage stores, but the combination of my parents’ wardrobes is ample throwback for me. The ‘vintage’ things that I wear from their wardrobes don’t seem like their ‘vintage’ because the clothes my parents own are still in style which I love. But as far as high street stores go, then no, I don’t vintage shop.
Do you have a style inspiration?
One of my first blog posts was titled My Fashion Inspirations and it took me a while to accumulate all my inspirations. There isn’t one person in particular that influences my looks, though if I had to name a celebrity I would without a doubt say Rihanna, no explanation needed. Closer to home, my family are huge inspirations and I am including my grandparents. I am quite fortunate to have grandparents with style, I can trust them to buy me something that I will gladly wear on the street. I’ve even been complimented on several occasions about a pair of boots or a jacket that I’ve worn that was bought by a grandparent. My parents, if I do say so myself, are pretty stylish as well, I’m now 20 and I am more than confident in allowing my parents to shop for me and whenever I need advice on whether to buy something, I’ll either ask them or one of my sisters. If I see someone on the street wearing a really cool outfit, then they’ve inspired me as well, I am open to receiving inspiration from anywhere and I believe that’s really important if you want to effortlessly switch your look up every once and again.
What is your absolute favourite high street shop?
As of the last couple of years, my mode of shopping has been gradually moving from high street shopping to online shopping. So, if I’m on the high street, I have to visit New Look, Miss Selfridge and River Island. When I’m online, I still frequently look at New Look, but also Boohoo, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing, and occasionally ASOS. As of today, purely because of the many successful orders I’ve placed, my favourite store has to be Boohoo and if you need to see why I love it so much, then just take a look at my blog posts. I always say visuals are the best tool in persuasion.
Do you pay attention to what is “in fashion” according to magazines/big brands?
No, I don’t. I never have. I find that things that are ‘in-fashion’ do not directly correlate with being stylish. My motto is: ‘There’s no point of fashion, if you don’t have style.’ And I live by those words, often fashion magazines have bizarre concepts that quite frankly have no business in being in a magazine. A lot of the time, what we are told is in-fashion makes a lot of us just look like clones and I am all for individuality, some styles suit some people and some styles suit other people, its about finding what’s right for you, not abiding by the ‘rules of the fashion world’ to tell you what to do. But that’s just me.
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Thanks for reading and a huge thank you to Natalie for getting involved in the series! I’m definitely in agreement with her in embracing your individuality when it comes to your fashion. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on this post and the series as a whole and don’t forget to contact me here if you’re interested in being featured in the series!