Fashion blogger and former UCL student, Stella Kattermann, gives tips on how to develop a sense of style at university.
- Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd. With your chino-wearing Rugby dudes, designer-clad foreign students and oh-so-bohemian-looking English Lit students, we can all feel pressure to dress to fit in. I may have had some very strange looks during my time at UCL from a few lecturers and fellow students, but fashion is about having fun and expressing yourself. Your uni years are a great time to do exactly that!
- Don’t stop making an effort. It might be tempting to rock up to your 9 am lecture in joggers and a sweatshirt, (especially if you no longer have a mother giving you a judgmental up-and-down look before you leave the house), but taking pride in your appearance is important and hey, if you bump into the love of your life on campus, you sure don’t want to be in your JD Sport best.
- Use your money wisely. Instead of wasting any spare cash on nights out and booze, invest in some nice quality basics (Cos, & Other Stories and the like) which will last, even once you’ve graduated and have to face balancing a low salary with horrid adult things, like council tax.
- Find friends. Ideally with the same dress size as you. My flatmate and I basically share wardrobes, which not only saves a tonne of money, but is perfect for pushing you a little bit out of your style comfort zone, as you can try a totally different look without having to part with any cash!
- It’s ok to make mistakes. I donned some rather ridiculous outfits over the last few years - including an awful lot of sequins and feathers - but that was all part of finding the (slightly scaled back) sense of style I have now. As with everything at university, it’s all part of growing up and becoming a ‘proper’ adult. Plus, you can always untag the worst of your fashion mistakes or, as I do, use them for hilarious #TBT!
Read Stella's blog here