Being a student fashionista is hard. The beautifully designed catwalks of LFW seem a million miles away from my £4 Primark top (deal!) with the hints of coffee sprayed down it. You will usually see me around campus dressed in the same trackies (yes, I do occasionally wash them) with a hoodie and a ‘don’t talk to me, I’m hungover’ look. However once in a blue moon, I wake up with a killer outfit in mind. I get dressed, waltz my way to campus, sashay through the library and strut into the lecture hall past all my peers, finally settling down in the middle rows. It’s at this point that every tired head has turned and glared giving me the ‘you’re such a try-hard’ look.

It’s true. Some days I just want to get those compliments about my new trainers. But on a student budget, being fashionable and up-to-date with all the trends is just plain hard. New trainers come once a year and my bi-weekly ASOS haul is mostly all returned. However investing in the right trends in each season means you don’t have to break the bank every time the new season rolls around. Just for reference, I spent a total of £63 to create three very on trend outfits. Admittedly I didn’t buy every piece that I’m wearing but the outfits I’ve styled up, I’ve styled up with basic staple wardrobe items so hopefully you will be able to wear them too!


Trend 1 – Leopard print

Having been so lucky to be able to attend the AW18 LFW in February, it was incredibly obvious that leopard print was going to be a massive thing for this season. Almost every catwalk show I saw featured leopard print of some kind. Leopard print is sometimes a tricky one as it is so easy for it to look tacky. I chose some £18 flared legging trousers from ASOS and paired it with a black bardot crop top and black trainers for ease. This is perfect for those cloudy days coming up when the weather can’t decide if it wants to be warm or cold. The trousers themselves are incredibly comfy and such great value for money. ASOS in my mind, never fail me as they always give me amazing quality at an amazing price (Please sponsor us ASOS!).


Trend 2 – Padded jackets



I have been a massive fan of the trend for years and so I’m so happy it’s coming back into style. Padded jackets are such a great thing to wear in this transitional season as you can wrap up in them when you’re cold and wear them off the shoulder when you are warm (as shown in the edit). Either way, you look pretty fashionable. The bold colours are great to piece together with a monochrome outfit and it’s a fabulous way to add a pop of colour into a seemly dull winter wardrobe. Now padded jackets are good and all but they can be very expensive! I’ve tried to recommend you guys some cheaper version as I know the student struggle. Also don’t forget to use your student discount!


Trend 3 – Colour Block


Probably my favourite trend this autumn/winter is the colour block trend. It perfectly ties in with the sport luxe trends from summer and brands are now showcasing cool colour block outfits for this season. I chose this colour block bomber jacket from Beshka as I love the colours and the way the jacket fits. The colours are autumnal and the jacket is loose and lightweight, perfect for the autumn time. This jacket can be paired with a basic all black outfit which makes it great for students on a budget. At £25 it’s not too expensive either!


Text by Emma Goudge

Find Emma on Instagram: @emmagoudgeuk and her blog

Photography and post-production by Jordan Bravery (@jordan_bravery)

Picture research by Juliéy Pham; featured image from