Fashion staples for university students

When you’re a student on a budget, it can be challenging to stay up-to-date with the latest trends.

Wardrobe must-haves
College girl

We’ve put together a few of the must-have items you need in your wardrobe which will allow you to look chic without blowing your budget.

A tote bag

Just because you are running to and from lectures or spending hours at the library doesn’t mean you have to carry around an unsightly backpack.

A black jacket

A wardrobe is not a wardrobe unless you have a black jacket. It’s great for those cooler spring evenings and black goes with practically anything.

A button-up white blouse

If you’re wearing black, white is a good way to break the black up with contrast. Add a printed scarf to dress it up.

A printed scarf

Animal print or any other style print scarf is an effortless way to add a little class to whatever you are wearing. Prints are in this spring.

Basic black pants

You can wear them on weekends, to lectures or dress them up. Pick a durable fabric so they withstand a lot of washing. You don’t want to get a pair you have to dry-clean so check the label carefully.

Nude pumps

If you’re going to spend money on high heels, get a pair of nude pumps. They will match whatever you’re wearing, whether it’s a pair of dark denim jeans or brightly coloured trousers.

Dark wash jeans

Dark blue jeans with straight legs are extremely flattering and can be casual or dressed up.

A plain white t-shirt

A simple tee is essential in every college student’s wardrobe. Accessorise to dress it up.

A black clutch

Pump up the dress code with a black clutch bag.

A blazer

Pair a blazer with pants, jeans or a skirt for a more tailored look.


Never leave the house without your favourite pair of oversized sunnies.

A little black dress

A must-have for any girl — when all else fails you can turn to your LBD.

Quick tip

When you are shopping for staple pieces that you will wear season after season, it’s worth splurging a little bit extra. For trendy pieces that you might only wear a few times, don’t overspend.

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