It’s that time again…another What University Students Are Wearing post! I’ve received so much lovely feedback on this series which is so amazing to hear as I absolutely love sharing these posts on my blog. If you’re new to my blog or just to this series then definitely go back and have a look through my previous posts in the series. My previous post is here and the first post in the series is here if you want to have a little nose through before you check this one out!
- Name: Jessica
- Age: 20
- University: Liverpool John Moores university
- Subject: Business and Public Relations
- Where You’re Originally From: Staffordshire
Tell us about your look e.g. where each item is from, favourite item
My style changes all the time and I’m a big advocate of wearing whatever I feel comfortable in. Some days, that will be a jumper and leggings. Others, a dress. It really depends on how i’m feeling. I like to describe my ‘daytime’ style as ‘clothes your Mum would wear’ and I’m so okay with that. Floral t-shirts, trousers and dresses are my favourites and these are what you can *usually* catch me in. Something I do love is dressing up fancy. I’m not a big lover of outfits for a night out as I often feel quite self conscious wearing tight-fitting or cropped outfits, but dressing up for a formal event is my favourite. Above is what I wore to my graduation ball, I wanted to wear something quite simple and classy, which still stood out (hence the red). My ball-outfit is one of my favourite looks I’ve worn in a while.
Do you plan out your outfits before you wear them or are you more of a throw on in the morning type of person?
It depends on how I’m feeling the night before. I wake up for work at 5:45am so I’ll often plan my work outfit and have that hanging up ready for the morning. Most days, however, I throw on what I’m feeling. It’s weather dependent too, as soon as the sun comes out I’m straight in to the shorts and dresses ready to soak up the vitamin D. With UK weather, however, this is something you can’t usually plan for. So yeah, I’d say I’m more of a ‘throw it on’ kinda girl.
Do you think your style shifts between university and life at home or do you wear pretty much the same looks in both places?
When I started university I definitely dressed different than I did at home. I think this was because I felt comfortable to dress how I wanted without fear of being judged by people (as I live in quite a small town). Uni gave me a chance to start over and thus my style followed suit. Nowadays though, I don’t have a preference between what I wear at university or at home, I wear whatever I feel comfortable in and don’t care what anybody thinks!
What item of clothing do you think every university student must own?
I bet everybody will say this, but definitely a cosy hoodie or jumper. Student heating is far from the best and I’ve found myself layering up countless times. Hoodies also have this weird power of being indescribably comforting, and sometimes when you’re missing home or are a little stressed out – they’re exactly what you need.
What is your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
I have this checkered blazer that is kind of brown and mustard and it’s really weird but I love it. It’s my favourite thing in my wardrobe by far but I always shy away from wearing it. Mainly because it’s hard to match it with anything. I’ve worn it to work once but since then it’s not ventured out. Perhaps when I’m working full time it should make a few more appearances.
What do you find yourself wearing the most when you’re at university?
I have lived in leggings this year – I don’t even know why, they’re just comfy and seem to go with everything. Honestly, I own about 20 pairs of them and still pick up more every time I’m shopping. I find myself wearing leggings because I can throw them on with anything (and throwing on anything is kinda’ my style)
What is the oldest item of clothing in your wardrobe?
I have football shirts in my wardrobe from when I was 12 that I’m pretty sure still fit now. Although I haven’t taken them to university with me, I refuse to throw them away and they reside in my wardrobe to this day. I used to be a big Wolves fan and still support the team now, so who knows when they might need to make a re-appearance.
Do you vintage shop?
I used to love vintage shopping and I blame those shops for running me into debt in first year! COW and a vintage shop in Liverpool called Resurrection were some of my favourites, as well as the vintage fairs that used to be held in our university buildings. I still have a lot of my purchases but I don’t tend to shop in vintage stores anymore as they’re so expensive.
Do you have a style inspiration?
As I mentioned above, I kinda’ just dress however I want so I don’t really have a set style. Sometimes I’ll wear head-to-toe vintage and sometimes I’ll wear dresses and heels. Because of this, I don’t really have a style inspiration as I’d say my ‘style’ is unique to me. In terms of designers I appreciate though, I’m a big fan of Valentino. I love the collections because I’m a sucker for florals. I used the Valentino 2013 collection to inspire my GCSE textiles work and am still a big fan now.
What is your absolute favourite high street shop?
I love New Look, it’s my favourite high street store by a mile. As I keep on mentioning I’m a big lover of all things pretty and floral, so New Look never fail to disappoint me in that region. I also like Urban Outfitters (if i’m in the mood to really go on a shopping spree).
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Thank you so much to Jessica for getting involved in the series! It’s so nice for me to read about someone at university in my home city. I found it so interesting to see that Jessica shopped at Resurrection in Liverpool
because it used to be one of my favourite shops to visit back when I was around 16 or 17. Reading this has actually made me think that a guide to vintage shopping in Liverpool
might be an interesting post to write on Female Original
. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!