12/09/2018 13:46 BST | Updated 12/09/2018 16:09 BST

Heading Off To Uni? Student Fashion Essentials That Won't Break The Bank

Because student living is about more than just wearing PJs.

With a fresh term on the horizon, it’s only right that our new wardrobe matches our new outlook on the academic year. If we’re allowed new stationery for the autumn term, why can’t we have a new uniform to go with it? 

Dressing well on a budget can be tough, however, whether that’s for jumpers warm enough for a house with no heating or easy one pieces for running to the local shop to pick up emergency milk.

Here are a few ways to amp up the academic side of your autumnal wardrobe. 

  • Don't Dodge The Dungaree
    Don't Dodge The Dungaree
    Dungarees are a great practical investment when you head back into education. You can choose to layer underneath with a thick knitted jumper or t-shirt depending on your mood or the climate. It’s also a great way to remember what you have in your wardrobe as you usually have to wear something underneath. No forgotten clothes here. (Monki, size S-L available, £50).
  • Face That
    Face That
    Matisse inspired prints have been a key trend in summer 2018 and we don't want them to stop. Good on anyone, these shirts will be the life of the party, exam hall and cafeteria. (ASOS, size XS-L available, £35)
  • The Necessary Thick Knit
    The Necessary Thick Knit
    A thick sweatshirt is just a necessity in the cooler months. Did we mention it's Vimto coloured, which when you consider that lilac is Pantone's colour of the year means this jumper is a must. (Weekday, size XS-L available, £20)
  • The Forever Trending Skirt
    The Forever Trending Skirt
    A-line skirts are always a dynamic piece to have in your wardrobe. They look great with tights and flats or can be worn on a night out. Its flattering shape will be something you reach towards again and again. (H&M, size 4-22 available, £17.99)
  • The New Jeans
    The New Jeans
    Native Youth
    The 2018 alternative to noughties skinny jeans, culottes or straight trousers will keep you feeling put together while retaining that level of comfort. You cannot go wrong with a pair of smart culottes. The only problem being that you might never go back to jeans. (Native Youth, size XS-L available, £22.80)
  • Turtlenecks: Our Autumnal Friends
    Turtlenecks: Our Autumnal Friends
    With roll neck or high neck tops it’s difficult to think of things you cannot wear them with. As the silhouette is forever 1990s chic, the turtleneck is not going anywhere other than accompanying you at least twice a week to your seminars. (Monki, size XXS-XL available, £15)
  • Keep Me In Check
    Keep Me In Check
    Throughout the past few seasons co-ordinated1980s inspired oversized blazers have been consistently current. They're apt for throwing over a shirt and even a hoodie. This checkered option will keep you looking cool as well as feeling warm; a keeper for your back to school wardrobe. (ASOS, various chest sizes available, £28)
  • That One Good Blouse
    That One Good Blouse
    Delicate buttoned down blouses have become cool again; the kind that showcase feminine features such as the collar bone and look like a French fashion campaign.

    A staple blouse like this is good to whip out at any networking events or just on the days you feel like looking smarter when your nose is stuck inside a textbook. (Stradivarius, size M-L available, £19.99)
  • Back To Black
    Back To Black
    Simply Be
    A smock dress is the definition of smart casual. The loose structure is great for layering as by placing a shirt over, your dress becomes a skirt.  It is also the easiest of dresses to style, looking aesthetically pleasing with a pair of trainers or boots. (Simply Be, size 12-26, £35)