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Student fashion for summer

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Are you bikini ready? Nope, neither am I. Luckily the summertime welcomes the possibility to don much more interesting outfits than a bikini, and the clothes shops are stuffed with florals, lace and bright colours.

Unfortunately for us students, our income doesn’t really allow for much more than our weekly shop of Tesco value pasta and Dolmio, so compromises have to be made. Here are some tips to update your look for summer, without having to dip too far into your overdraft.

Reuse those trends

Luckily, many of the trends of the AW/15 have carried over to the summertime, and re-wearing the same clothes really isn’t the fashion sin The Lizzie McGuire Movie made it out to be. Those high waisted skinny jeans you invested in? Yep, those are still completely on point. The key is to be clever about what to wear them with. The 90s trend is really in this summer, so pick yourself up some basic high-neck camis from any high street clothing shop for under £10.

Grab the basics

The key is to pick up lots of basic pieces and accessorise in different ways. With just one pair of black jeans or denim shorts, you can create several different outfits with plain coloured tops in different styles – an oversized white shirt, a casual black cotton t-shirt, or a floral crop top can all be bought on the high street for around the £10 mark. The beauty of basics is that you could get them from Matalan and no one would know the difference.


To spruce up your basic outfit, you’re going to want to accessorise well. This summer the boho vibe is very popular. So pack on those cheap silver rings like you’re at Coachella (which, of course, you’ll never afford to be able to do) and make good use of your student discount to pick up a few statement necklaces. Topshop have the most beautiful jewellery to add a bohemian touch to any simple outfit – think chunky embellished bangles and long layered necklaces with chunky stones. If there were ever a time to splash out a little, surely it’s on some good statement jewellery.

Hate jewellery?

If necklaces always get in the way and rings fall off your fingers, don’t fret, there are other ways to make your basic outfit suitable for summer. Just one scroll through Instagram will show you how fashionable hats are this summer – throw on one of these, along with tousled hair, a pair of ripped denim shorts and a slouchy black t-shirt, and you will 100 percent be mistaken for an off-duty Victoria’s Secret model. I can guarantee it.

Whether you splurge on a summer dress or stick to a casual look, the summertime is arguably the most beautiful time of the year, so make sure to pay more attention to the world around you than what you’re wearing. The most important thing is to get outside and enjoy the sun, spend time with your friends, and not to think about the amount of money you just spent on a hat because some stupid girl in an article told you to.

Do you want to know anything else about student fashion for summer? Ask Bethan for more advice below!

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Bethan McGrathStudent fashion for summer

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