Five campus chic essentials

With so many clothes on the high street it can be tough deciding what trends to buy into, especially on a student’s budget. It can be all too tempting to splurge on a whole variety of clothes you won’t get much use out of. In a bid to save the pennies, I scoured the shops and the fashion pages to bring you five trends that will get you though the year.


Your five campus chic essentials.

Studded Boots

Studs are everywhere at the moment, but the most important place to have them is on your feet. Ankle boots are a style essential this season. Not only do they keep your feet warm but they also add style and sophistication. Studded boots are an easy way to follow the punk trend and add new life to so many outfits.

Save: £35 Marks & Spencer
Spend: £80 Topshop
Splurge: £96 Carvela at Debenhams (pictured)

Biker Jacket

It just won’t go away. This year it’s back more than ever and will ensure you cover up in style. Remember the florals you couldn’t get enough of this summer? Team them with a leather jacket and tights and you’ve brought them right into autumn. It’s an edgy take on the ditsy floral look and will save you a lot of money when it comes to adapting to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

Save: £35 New Look
Spend: £45 Miss Selfridge (pictured)
Splurge: £120 Topshop

Old School Satchels

Carry your books in style this term and invest in a satchel. Not only is it highly practical but it adds some vintage style to your look. It’s an easy way to carry what you need for University and is excellent for shopping on days off. Far easier than squeezing your notebook into your handbag. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it!

Save: £10 New Look
Spend: £35 Asos (pictured)
Splurge: £90 Topshop

High Volume Mascara

Throw away your fiddly fake eyelashes: there are a whole host of mascaras on the market right now that will give you the same effect without glueing your eyes shut. Adding length to your lashes will make your eyes stand out and is a quick and easy way to add some edge to any occasion. I’ve picked three of the best, whatever your budget.

Save: £6.49 Rimmel Volume Flash the Max Mascara (pictured)
Spend: £10.99 Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Splurge: £14.50 Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara

Boyfriend Cardigan

There’s no boyfriend necessary for these cardigans as they’re all over high street fashion. Knitwear is back for its usual appearance during the Autumn/Winter months and chunky knits are everywhere. The boyfriend cardigan is long and slightly baggy and is sure to keep you warm. It adds a cute girlie edge to your day dresses and jeans. So soft and comfy, you’ll be reluctant to part with it when the sun returns.

Save: £15 New Look
Spend: £38 Topshop (pictured)
Splurge: £90 Diesel at Asos

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