Freshers’ Fashion Tips

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There’s more to life than clothes – but they are good to place to start. So as you get set to embark on your university journey we share with you some of our top fashion tips from our resident experts.

Comfy is good – Nicole Odofin, Social Media Officer of the Fashion and Style Society says “I would go for trainers, leggings or jeans, loose tops or cardigans, and play around with layering and colours as the weather hopefully should still be nice.”

Never go shopping alone – Sam Faulkner, Film Studies student says “When getting your Freshers’ wardrobe never go shopping alone. Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion.I usually take my girlfriend or rather she takes me.”

Too comfy is bad – Yeah, okay, so comfy is good, but you don’t want to be that one student walking around campus in a devil onesie. No, it’s really not cool

Wash and go

Former DJ at SUSU’s student radio station, Surge, Jonny Vaughan says, “Not strictly a style tip, but for the love of all that is holy don’t plan on just working your way through all your clothes before you discover the laundry room at your halls.  There’s nothing sadder than watching someone get gradually less and less fashionable over a fortnight because their choice of garments is dwindling.”

Be creative with fancy dress – If you forgot to pack a fancy dress costume, well then that’s kind of great. Everything’s fair game for costume-making, and the more creative, the more kudos.

Invest in good staples – Good quality basics mean you won’t need to keep running to the local shopping centre, WestQuay. Better to spend money on flats or trainers that won’t fall apart quickly! A super-snug jumper or hoodie, and some comfortable but durable jeans are also a good idea.

New shoes – Dan Dordan Pike, Science student says, “I don’t know why but If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new. Maybe it’s because we normally forget our shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.”

However in some cases clubbing shoes are a   good idea – We can’t tell you what that black liquid swilling around a certain club in Southampton’s floor is. We can tell you that your white Converse will never be the same after a night there. In this case, cheap and cheerful is the way forward.

 come in, WestQuay likes to offer a late-night discounted shopping experience for students. It’s easy to go nuts, so pick what you want to buy beforehand, so you don’t end up splurging all your grocery money on never-to-be worn things. (psst your student ID entitles you to a discount at many stores anyway)

Get a good bag – President of the Fashion and Style Society, Mehreen Hashmi says “I find that tote bags are great for throwing in everything you need especially when you are in a rush. Backpacks are also a good purchase as they are easy to carry and are very fashionable at the moment with many different styles to choose from.”


Don’t be afraid to experiment with your style – So you’ve always thought of trying a certain haircut… A lot of uni is discovering yourself as a person. Sure, you’ll make mistakes, but you’re lucky enough to be at a stage in life where they’ll be forgiven.