Fresher Fashion Staples

AFTER five or six long years in Secondary school, trudging around gloomy halls in a drab uniform complete with matching shoes and socks, the thought of creating an outfit at 8am on Monday morning never crossed your mind. Now that you’re entering the unknown territory of college, for the first time you’re going to have to get a little creative with your ensembles. But fear not this is the time to play around with fashion and kick the uniform to the side.
College is an expensive time, as many of us know a little too well. So the prospect of buying new outfits on a weekly basis is simply not an option. Now is the time to invest in a number of staple pieces, to keep you looking stylish and keeping the money in the bank account for this semester.

The Leather Jacket


This isn’t necessarily a ‘college’ wardrobe staple; it’s a life wardrobe staple. Leather jackets are one of the most versatile aspects of clothing world. Whether you’re throwing it over skinny jeans and Converse on your way to class, or rocking it with your LBD, you can never go wrong with this little gem.

The Little Black Dress


Following on from the previous section, I couldn’t but include the LBD in this list. A black dress is quintessentially one of the key articles of clothing every girl should have hanging in her wardrobe. From day-time, to night-time, to back to day-time, a LBD will see you through just about any occasion. As a wise man once said, “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” Shout out to K-Lagerfield.

The White Shirt

Ultimately, you can never go too wrong with a basic white shirt. Sure, it’s not going to be one of the most exciting elements of your wardrobe, but this one is all about the practicality. Combine with denim jeans and a pair of cute loafers, this look screams sophistication at minimal effort. Looking to kick this look up a notch? Throw on a faux fur gilet for extra credit.

The Skinny


Nothing looks and feels better than the perfect pair of skinny jeans. Although, it can be a nuisance to try and find the right pair for you. I would definitely suggest a darker wash, as it’s more practical and more slimming than lighter washes. Distressed jeans are my go-to, must haves. This simple pair from River Island, clocks in at €50. Not outrageously expensive for great quality jeans.

The Black Boot

Spending money on shoes, heels in particular, is like second nature to me. Unfortunately when I’m in a rush for a 10am lecture, my stunningly and painfully tall stilettos are completely useless to me. Investing in a good pair of black boots will be your saviour this semester. Heeled or flat, you can trust me that you will never regret this purchase. Most leather boots can be expensive, especially if you’re shopping on the high street, so shop around and look out for the best price. Try Forever 21 or wait for the Topshop or Zara sale. It will be key element to any look.

The Bag

A woman can never have enough handbags; however it is important to have one staple bag. The one that we depend on entirely, because we know it’s equipped for every possible situation. I can’t stress enough the importance of a reliable and stylish shoulder bag. I suggest when you’re shopping, look for neutral colours; tans, nudes and blacks. Look for a bag that’s a decent size but not too over-bearing on your shoulder. Tie a print scarf around the handle for added taste. Remember, the high street is your friend. You don’t need to spend a fortune to look chic.

Orlaith Farrell

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