Budget fashion tips for that back to college look

With lectures in full flight and assignments starting to trickle in, there also comes the perennial ’what am I going to wear to college?’ Paula Burns has done her homework and picked key looks this Autumn that student budgets can stretch to.

While our foremost thought should be our timetable, we all know that getting the look right for college is often top of the student priority list. This season the Seventies is having a fashion revival and so there’s fun to be had.

My advice: Treat yourself to one throwback piece per outfit. Style a polo neck with skinny jeans or skirt, wear the gilet as a statement coat and if afraid to embrace full on fringe, then mix it with accessories.

For style inspo’ look to icons of the era like Diane Von Furstenburg, Stevie Nicks and Goldie Hawn. Take one element of their style and incorporate into your look. When it comes to texture, luxury comes to mind with suede, velvet and faux croc and snakeskin playing a starring role. A pop of colour will also add a touch of Miuccia Prada to any look.

Remember less is more when it comes to bringing the 70’s style to the uni’ halls of the 21st century.

THE BAG

The college bag isn’t just something to carry your books in, it’s every student’s statement accessory. A new bag may be the easiest way to reinvent your college wardrobe.

Olsen Bag @ myamity.ie €39
Olsen Bag @ myamity.ie €39

Since Chanel brought the backpack to the catwalk it has never been so in vogue.

As with everything this season texture is paramount, this applies to the backpack too. Leather, mock croc and suede are key. Cork-based vintage store, myamity.ie’s Olsen turquoise suede backpack is a star piece so check it out.

Penneys perforated shopper bag €14
Penneys perforated shopper bag €14

The tote is the more grown-up version of the backpack and still remains on trend when it comes to college. The high street has embraced all things suede and this is translated to the tote too and the bigger the tote the better.

Newlook fur tote €44.99
Newlook fur tote €44.99

THE COAT

The coat is the winter wardrobe transformer, so choose a design that conveys your own personal style. Luckily the runways were awash with choice from the over-sized coat to the pea coat to the duffel, there is a style to suit everyone.

One of the stars of the last few seasons is the cape or blanket coat. Not only is this great news for those on a budget who want to stay on trend without breaking the student loan budget but its in keeping with the 70s trend. For this season the style has been given a folksy rock shake up and bright checked styles from Dublin store Nine Crows achieves this.

Prettylittlething.com Veronica Latte Oversized Waterfall Belt Coat RRP €38.00
Prettylittlething.com Veronica Latte Oversized Waterfall Belt Coat RRP €38.00

Toughen up the feminine shape by matching with strong accessories like leather. For the petite girl, the cropped cape suit perfectly, while the three-quarter length is perfect if you’re taller.

The most coveted style of the season is the gilet. The catwalks of Stella McCartney to Lanvin were havens of shearling and faux fur. The gilet rocks these textures mixed with suede and embroidery.

Penneys Waterfall Gilet €25
Penneys Waterfall Gilet €25

THE ANKLE BOOT

The boot is reigning supreme with its stylish little sister, the ankle boot turning heads this season. For all boot lovers out there this season is for you. There is nothing boring about footwear this season.

Snakeskin ankle boot @ littlewoodsireland €65
Snakeskin ankle boot @ littlewoodsireland €65

Think croc and snakeskin styles in the boldest of colours, like clashing reds and pinks or mixing textures like the Roberto Cavalli Lucite heel in velvet and leather. At Dior the latex, rubber thigh high boot was also cut down to ankle size.

In keeping with the 70s trend, suede is the ruling texture. Mix this with a bit of fringing for the season must-have ankle boot.

Savannah Boots @ myamity.ie €62
Savannah Boots @ myamity.ie €62

THE POLO NECK

The polo neck is having a comeback. It made a sneaky play in the crop form last season but now the full-length version is must have.

Burgundy polo knit €31 Oasis
Burgundy polo knit €31 Oasis

The 70s staple is a welcomed addition to our winter wardrobe thanks to its versatility and warmth. Style with a mini and ankle boots for the easy to wear mod’ trend.

River Island €53
River Island €53

If boho is your thing, look to the Roksanda catwalk look and layer under that favourite summer dress that you’re just not willing to let go of yet.

boohoo.com Freya Turtle Neck Multi Colour Stripe Jumper €16
boohoo.com Freya Turtle Neck Multi Colour Stripe Jumper €16

The polo neck is also a great way of adding a pop of colour trend to your wardrobe. Match with skirts, shorts, jeans, and dungarees.

Polo Neck River Island €25
Polo Neck River Island €25

In short, the polo neck works with everything and will be one of the most important investment piece you need this season.


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