Freshers night out styling

Hello once again good readers! Today I’m back with the 5th segment of my Back To Uni series, which also means that it’s the final blog post of this series. Although I’ve had a great time writing, photographing, and general blogging over the past five days, I thought it was rightfully time to finish off this series with a well suited freshers night out styling post.

These outfits feature only 6 items and are an example of how many different looks you can get when interpreting each item differently (a dress can be a top if you try hard enough… at tucking it in without the bunching). These pieces were picked as examples as they all follow a similar colour scheme or tone, and are easy to interpret into your own wardrobe which you can obviously add in different elements into these outfits by mixing in layers, textures and colours. So, without any further rambling, here are some freshers week night out styling ideas.

Smart casual / last minute pub trip outfits

Kicking things off with some easy to create laid back outfits, here are a few examples of some quick and simple last minute ideas. Mainly consisting of t-shirts for versatility and trousers for the potential hairy legs or patchy tan if you’re conscious of that type of thing, simple pieces can go a long way with some added accessories like a mini bag or a chunky belt. If you’ve got some time to spare, you could even attempt to master ‘the tuck’ in which I glorify as the achievement of tucking in a long t-shirt, shirt or dress without that unflattering bunching that really kills the moment.

Something a bit more fancy

Feeling like you need a bit of TLC, maybe a dressed up cocktail night after a crying session over a tough day at uni? Here’s a few examples of some still chill yet slightly more dressed up looks that can be suited for a last minute girls night that has the potential to turn into a not-coming-home-until-the-morning night. A mesh top and jeans pairing is great for if you’re not feeling like showing any skin but you still want to look a bit fun, or alternatively you could opt for a classic t-shirt and dress combo for that extra 90’s look.

If it’s a big occasion or you just want to go full on

For if you’re feeling a bit more fancy, you’re going out out, or you’ve suddenly been invited to the same event as the lad you’ve been in love with for a whole 3 days, this is your solution. Like I said previously, any dress can be a top if you try hard enough, and if you’ve got a non figure-hugging skirt on top then it’s completely foolproof. Yet if you’re feeling like being a bit more bold and eye-catching, why not try mixing some prints? Sticking to the same colour palette always makes this process easier, and the smaller the print the simpler it is to intertwine with another.

So here you have it, this is the final segment of my Back To Uni series. It’s been a hell of a lot of writing and honestly I’m quite excited to have some time out for a whole week whilst I move to Leeds tomorrow and get settled into uni, but I’ll be back next Saturday with another fun blog post!

See you soon,

Sophie x

Formal flat shoes for any occasion

Hello again lovely people! As it’s now day 4 of my back to uni series, and we’ve explored everything from styling tips to figuring out what you even like in the first place, I thought we’d take it easy today with some fun and fancy flat shoes on ASOS that are minimal in any uncomfortable heels, yet still look super suitable for any formal occasion. I’ve tried to select a variety of different styles and colours, textures and materials, just in the hopes that you reading might find even just that one perfect pair that you could see yourself in.

ASOS Design Snaffle Loafer

Starting off with a classic black loafer, these babies are a must have for practically anyone on the planet. If you don’t already own a pair then this faux leather horse bit pair are the all round great option to add to your wardrobe. Wear them with jeans and a t-shirt for a slightly more put together look, or a matching suit to complete an already formal outfit. (£25)

ASOS Design Mae Western Shoes

These western style shoes were one of the first pairs I considered to add into this post, I mean just look at them! Suitable for either day or night wear, these shoes not only feel fancy, but also don’t include a huge heel like most traditional western style boots have. Comfort and style came together and made this pair you see right before your eyes. (£32)

ASOS Design Ludo Bow Ballet Flats

Ah yes now we’re all familiar with a simply ballet flat, however this particular pair are good for a super chic yet comfortable footwear choice. The patent material means that any rainy wedding won’t ruin these babies, yet they’re so well balanced with the textured bow on top without being too childish. (£18)

ASOS Design Bow Slingback Flats

Now for the more experimental cousin of the previous pair, we have these beautiful pink velvet sling backs. If you’re looking for a statement shoe to compliment a more laid back outfit, then this is the answer to your prayers. It would be super interesting to see these paired with a plain black midi dress or maybe even a full black suit, if that’s more to your taste. (£22)

ASOS Design Malta Mule Beige Croc

Now for my personal FAVOURITE pair which I’m most definitely contemplating buying for myself, we have these beige coloured faux croc mules with a super elegant tortoise shell buckle. This is the pair that would most definitely suit any colour palette, any outfit and any occasion, rain or shine, full day event or just there for the buffet kind of trip. (£22)

ASOS Design Sochi Slingback Mid Heels

If you’re a fan of Chanel’s more recent summer shows than this is the type of shoe that you might be interested in. This woven texture with the classic black toe and detailing is so reminiscent of some current Chanel pieces out right now, yet for a fraction of the price. These shoes would be a great late summer addition that you know will be still in style to wear for many summers to come! (£32)

ASOS Design Chunky Brogue In Green

Saving potentially the best for last, we have these Dr Marten-esque bottle green brogues that were way too good of a find to not include in this post. Suitable for any masculine or feminine taste, these shoes are a super great choice for any occasion you might have coming up. Even besides any formal events, these shoes are also a perfect pair for everyday use if you fancy something a bit more cool looking. (£30)

So there we have some of my top picked flat shoes for any formal occasion, or even just for some extra fancy day to day wear. I hope that you’ve found at least that one perfect pair that you might consider investing in, especially as party season is coming closer and closer!

Sophie x

5 jean-less smart casual uni outfits

Hello again lovely people, today I’m back with another uni post that was very recommended from my recent poll. A few of you were suggesting that I do an autumnal, comfy yet ‘put together’ look-book that would be suitable for university days and maybe even a cheeky bite to eat afterwards. So, here’s an attempt at some formal yet practical outfits that can be taken with a pinch of salt to work for your own taste and style.

1. 60’s meets Chef Ramsay

The t-shirt and trousers combo: a classic. Any structured trousers give off the illusion of being wide awake when you got dressed that morning, whilst also remaining quite comfortable and warm for the more windy days. A t-shirt keeps it casual and relaxed, yet this particular pairing keeps the whole look balanced and doesn’t give off the idea that you tried to hard (even though you probs did for the first day and never to be repeated for your entire academic year). Gingham is optional, cute t-shirt is compulsory.

2. Don’t forget your ID with this youthful outfit

Although it’s undeniable that you’ll look at least 7 years younger in this outfit, I’d say a pinafore is definitely a student essential. When you’re too tired to think of a cohesive outfit, put a pinafore over any jumper for a quick and easy outfit without any fancy stuff, whilst also keeping warm and practical.

3. Turtleneck for added Autumn

Now it wouldn’t be autumn if I didn’t chuck in a turtleneck here and there now would it? This calls for the perfect time to grab your summer dresses that you’ve been clenching into for these past few breezy weeks. Any neckline of dress could work for this combo, but I’d particularly recommend something strappy so that you don’t end up sweating to death in your first lecture, gotta keep all potential dilemmas to a minimum.

4. The Doctor tribute act

Is this an interpretation of Jodie Whittaker’s role as The Doctor? Am I trying to get in the tutors good books by literally copying her wardrobe? It’s debatable, but one thing that’s for sure is that you can’t go wrong with a shirt and skirt combo. Minus the patent coat and the ridiculously tiny bag in comparison to your stash of brand new stationery, this is completely a wearable look that could be suited to anyone. Switch the corduroy midi skirt for a denim skirt, tuck in a shirt of your choice and you’re good to go.

5. Business at the top, party at the bottom

A polo or button up shirt is a must have in every wardrobe as it’s suitable for any occasion, yet paired with an item that you might consider to be ‘not dressy enough’ and you’ve got the perfect balance of comfy yet formal. These flared trousers, although hella cute, do in fact resemble a pair of pyjama bottoms (and if it’s a hungover morning, that will most definitely add to the ‘just rolled out of bed’ look). However, this combo creates a super wearable yet chic look.

A pro tip, monochrome of any colour always looks put together, so if you’re struggling to piece an outfit together by item, try mixing it up with colours from a similar colour palette.

Well this was my 5 back to uni styling ideas that I hope you’ve enjoyed! These outfits can be translated into your own wardrobe to suit your own pieces and taste, so I hope you’ve got some ideas brewing for what to wear for your first week!

Sophie x

Autumn pieces you might just need

Back so soon I see? Ha ha ha. Anyway, today brings part 2 of my Back To Uni series, following on from yesterday’s ‘How to find your style’ post. So if you’ve figured out what types of pieces you’d like to bring into your new wardrobe, here are some Autumn transitional pieces that I thought would be a mixture of different tastes, whilst all remaining stylish and suitable for this time of the year, as well as any and every freshers plans that you might stumble across at the last minute.

ASOS

Topshop

Nastygal

So this was a selection of different items from a variety of different sites that I thought were some great autumn winter pieces to share with you. If you’ve fallen in love with even just one of these pieces and you’ve decided to buy it, do let me know and we can be equally as excited about it haha.

See you again tomorrow for some smart casual uni outfit styling ideas!

Sophie x