Campus Style: the Looks on Campus this Winter

Esme talks us through this winter's top looks on campus.

Stroll—or speed-walk—through campus and you’re sure to spot some eye-catching and inspiring looks. So what’s the UoN campus fashion looking like this winter? I scanned the crowds and figured out what was most popular amidst the masses.

Puffer jackets – my, my, these are everywhere. I’ve found myself surrounded by them, feeling like I’m about to be suffocated by walking, talking pillows. The best ones are cosy and waterproof as well as effortlessly stylish; they’re definitely a staple this winter.

Flared denim – skinny jeans are still in, but the consensus seems to be that the retro-style denim is back in style. Though there might not be a plethora of massive, pavement-grazing bell-bottoms quite yet, this winter students seem to be looking more towards giving their ankles a breather with wider denim hems.

Non-denim – following on from the flared trend, long gone are the days where every single person wore denim jeans and just denim jeans. The summer popularity of culottes and particularly patterned trousers—check, tartan, houndstooth, corduroy; the list goes on and on—is here to stay. In fact, patterns have been coming back in a huge way, especially animal print.

Turtle necks – made famous by Steve Jobs and worn by arts students with great delight, the turtleneck is a potentially risky item to pull off, sometimes making you look like a bobble-head. But, it’s undeniable that they look seriously high fashion whoever you are, and, as an added bonus, keep your neck warm against the wind. A versatile addition to anyone’s wardrobe, and an essential for layering.

Hoop earrings – believe it or not, hoops are here and they’ve only been getting bigger. No longer reserved for club nights or the 90’s, hoops of all shapes and sizes have been massively popular on campus and are a daring and easy way to make it look like you’ve put some effort and some attitude into your 9am look.

Maxi dresses – no, I’m not talking about summery chiffon numbers, I’m talking about heavy-duty, cosy dresses that reach your ankles. They’re definitely a statement piece, but if worn with confidence, they make everyone look good. There’s no fear of them blowing up in the wind and are a great throw-on-and-go outfit for the upcoming months.

Teddy coats – I had to Google the exact name for these things, and ASOS tells me they’re called teddy coats. You know the kind; soft, often tan-coloured, and ridiculously cosy. They’ve been increasingly popular as the sun has retreated and the clouds have arrived, easy to throw over any item of clothing for warmth and style.

Fleeces – similarly to teddy coats, actual fleeces have been popular too. Fleeces from places like Trespass and Go Outdoors or your brother’s wardrobe are all in, and have the added benefit of making you look like you’re an adventurous outdoorsy type even when you actually spend most of your time huddled in your freezing student digs or a lecture hall.

Esme Johnson

Featured image courtesy of Sophie Hunt.

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