Campus fashion: Keeping warm and getting fit

The second instalment of campus fashion sees this week’s trends focus on keeping warm and getting fit.

Hi, everyone! Thanks again for joining me for another week of Campus Fashion. This week, I’d like to focus less on individual trends, and more on the necessities and whims of January, namely keeping warm and getting fit.

Keeping warm

pic 1Let’s start with keeping warm. This in itself isn’t a trend, as not only do we need to do it but there are so many fashionable ways to do it, and it’s completely down to everyone’s individual style. You can work the layering trend, or simply rely on a great coat to get you through till Spring.

When I saw this girl on campus, I couldn’t help but ask to feature her in this week’s issue of Campus Fashion.

She is perfectly showcasing how to combine the musts of January (a winter coat, boots and scarf) without looking like you’re off to Narnia. Take a leaf out of her book and invest in an Aviator Jacket: I’ve just bought one myself and can honestly say it is the warmest coat I have ever owned.

Another great thing about this coat is that it’s a unisex piece: for guys, I’d suggest looking on Asos or in Topman, and for girls- try Missguided or New Look (all of which accept student discount).

In the same vein, sometimes it takes more than a coat to keep you warm (just check your weather app), so it’s important to have some other garms that will keep you looking and feeling hot.
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Scarves are a great accessory formaking sure you stay toasty, and once again this is something that both guys and gals can partake in.

When I spotted this girl on Campus, it was her scarf that immediately stood out to me. I loved how oversized it is, and couldn’t believe it when she told me it was £4 from Primark, what a steal! Channel this look by wearing a blanket scarf over your outfit, and let it do the work for you.

I wasn’t the only one at the SU sheltering from the cold this week, and I saw so many students looking fabulous despite the cold.

I’ve mentioned previously that layering is a great way to keep cosy, and this applies for guys as well.

I spotted this visiting student from Kansai University who had mastered layering by wearing a cardigan over his slightly oversized shirt, which he had left untucked.
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There is still a stigma around guys wearing cardigans, which I just think is so ridiculous. They’re casual, comfortable and convenient, so if you haven’t got one yourself yet, I’d suggest heading to New Look Men or Burton (with your NUS Card or UNIdays app) where you’re sure to find something that suits your style.

Keeping fit

Now that we’ve seen how you guys have been keeping warm this week, I thought I’d discuss the thing on everybody’s mind right now: losing the Christmas weight. Oh yes, that horrendously boring New Year’s Resolution that we all inevitably set ourselves. And with all the health oriented adverts on TV and around the town at this time of year, promoting gyms and ominous weight-loss products in humungous jars, it can be hard not to get sucked in and end up spending a lot of money. Well, that’s where I come in, to help you save those all-important pennies while achieving your resolution at the same time. Give these tips a go and I’m sure you’ll find yourself gaining £s while losing lbs.

  • Trainers: It’s no secret that trainers can be absolutely extortionate, especially if you’re going for big brand names in sport shops. Personally, I think that there is really no point in investing in super pricey trainers that you may potentially ruin by jogging through the park, so get yourself a bargain pair for working out, and save the pricey pair(s) for when you really need them. I grabbed a crazy bargain in Primark this week, and got myself a pair of trainers for just £12! Not to mention that they match the rest of my lute perfectly. As much as it killed me to be part of the statistic of people buying workout gear in January, I just couldn’t resist! Take a look…

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  • Despite my new hoard of stuff, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to be completely kitted out with brand new exercise outfits, especially if you’re working out from home. You can always wear old leggings/joggers, t-shirts or sweatshirts and you’ll be good to go.
  • As far as workout gadgets like watches go, save your money and download an app like My Fitness Pal, which can do almost everything that the super expensive gadgets can (like count your calories and track your steps). And instead of a Gym Membership, pick up an exercise DVD and workout from home, or go along to some of the classes on offer for CCCU students like Body Pump or Zumba: it’s so much cheaper and just as good.

I hope that these ideas will help some of you out. Keep warm guys, and if you’re in the middle of deadline season like me – good luck!
Until next week,


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