At exactly this time every year, when I go back to uni, I suddenly get a new urge to re-live my schoolgirl styling days. Cue satchels, cute little pinafores, check prints. Tell me I’m not the only one? There’s just something about September, about the brown leaves turning crisp in the transition to autumn (see how I manage the style transition here), that makes me not only want to reach back for my uni textbooks, but to have a wardrobe overhaul.
The first item I always look to is my yellow Cambridge satchel, which is the perfect uni bag. Sometimes I plan whole outfits around this bag, as the bright yellow colour can often clash with items in my wardrobe, particularly pale, subdued tones. So I often pair it with equally bold colours – it looks great with a strong black coat, or bright blue denim. So I paired it with my current favourite pair of jeans, which I’ve been obsessing over on Instagram. They might look like summer staples, but I’m determined to make them work from the start of autumn to the end by pairing them with warmer pieces – my black ankle boots, jumpers, scarves etc.
Here I’ve paired the jeans with another massive trend this autumn – a bomber jacket. With a black jumper underneath, they’re still warm enough to survive the harsh London winds and sudden downpours. The embroidered details have made the jacket a blogger favourite, and I’m not going to let it slip out of my wardrobe anytime soon. It’s a truly unique piece.
For a real autumn twist, I added my new Burberry scarf, which I’ve basically been living in at uni, since the temperatures turned colder. As I explained back in this post, I managed to get it for a third of the usual price at London Fashion Weekend, after having wanted one basically since the dawn of time! The cashmere material makes any outfit feel toasty, and the check print is another ode to the whole “back to uni” idea.
Shop this “back to uni” look…
Bomber Jacket: Zara
Jeans: River Island
Jumper: H&M (similar)
Watch: Abbott Lyon
Let me know how you style the back to uni /school look in the comments!