It’s that time of year again – where you swear to your mates you will get  back out of bed for your 9 am lectures, eat fewer takeaways and start a new fitness routine! While you may adamantly protest the ‘bedhead chic’ look is in (having thrown on the first piece of clothing you found on your bedroom floor before rushing out the door) you have to admit we all need a bit of style advice once in a while. There are only so many times you can sit in a lecture hall with the same Calvin Klein t-shirt you’ve been wearing for the past week without people noticing! Students have the most primal need to dress up and what better way to start than with the essentials.

For the lads:

The denim jacket

The denim jacket is the ultimate basic. Invest in a denim jacket and you’ll be getting it out of your wardrobe year after year. Choose one with some faux fur to combine comfort and style in one piece. You will be guaranteed to be kept warm without looking bulky. Add something extra to this classic by pairing it up with a quirky tee. It’s a great way to pay tribute to your favourite cartoon hero and let your inner child loose in some hot-off-the-runway cartoon printed trends.

The comfortable jeans

Belted blues will never go out of style. Denim is here to stay and will always slay (Apologies to all the GAA slim-fitting trackie wearers reading this -Sorry not sorry) ! Get a blast from the past this season  by swapping for a retro denim wash that you can match up with the neutral tones found in your wardrobe. Shredded jeans are also a hot trend this season. Don’t be afraid to put those first-year home economics classes to good use by customising a plain pair in your own style. You’ll definitely stand out from the crowd. Let’s hope for all the right reasons!

The reliable runners

A pair of  good quality, comfortable trainers are a miracle. Runners are in no way boring this season with options ranging from muted navy to metallic grey. Military is a key trend this season with camouflage runners in high demand. Blend in to stand out with this season’s colourful camo ranges from the likes of Adidas and Nike.

For the gals:

The never-ending leggings trend

Listen , ladies: once you discover legging your whole life will change forever!  All of a sudden the only thing you will be wearing is leggings. They are honestly the most comfortable thing ever invented. They’re like the slimmer, more acceptable version of sweatpants!  Inject some life into your outfit with a splash of vibrant colour such as a printed tee or embellished jewellery. Think bright rainbow shades or happy tones to boost not only your mood, but your look as well. You’re guaranteed to be a whole lot comfier for when you take a little siesta halfway through your 9am a lecture!

The ultimate bomber jacket

The bomber is the must-have jacket for 2019. Throw a classic black bomber over any outfit for the ultimate style fix. You’ll be the effortlessly looking da bomb in one of these jackets!  Edge up your look with a pair of cut-out boots and you’ll soon be a cut above the rest this season!

The fuzzy jumper

It’s all about layering up those warm essentials this season, without having to worry about looking like a stuffed peach or a layer onion (There’s a Shrek meme definitely in there somewhere!) . This look is really casual. Be bold and beautiful by choosing a print with thick monochrome stripes to really make a statement.

Final step – strike a pose

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Once you’ve gathered all your essentials from your oh so perfect style guide , then it’s time for pictures. Did you put on‌ ‌those‌ ‌slim jeans ‌for‌ ‌nothing?  Of course not! They’re for Instagram. With a new semester new you vibe  in your snaps  you’re bound to have a sharp increase in likes and followers, but 273 followers are obviously impressive. Not that you care or obsess over such menial numbers, you’re more mature and evolved than that, now where did I put those GAA sweats again?