AW16 Student Wardrobe Essentials

Freshers week is nearly over and it’s time to buckle down to some serious study – in serious style of course! We know well just how fashion-conscious student life can be, and rightly so – this is your time to express yourself, have fun and of course, flex that student discount!

All of that said, our entire ethos is affordability and we do believe that a great wardrobe can be achieved on a budget for those willing to hold out for the right pieces. Instead of buying cheap and often, we’re all about investing in well-made vintage that will look unique and see you through your undergrad years. Whether it’s an all-nighter in the library, a bar crawl or a lazy sunday in student halls, here are the vital vintage pieces that will see you through your degree years…

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Flannel Shirt
Our fairs and kilos are positively teaming with these beauties – pick your colour and fit and you’re good to go! Chuck on over a t shirt, jeans and converse for lectures, wear to bed or tuck into a skirt for casual drinks – or that inevitable cowboy-themed fancy dress night. Get a few of these beauties in your arsenal and the possibilities are endless.

969328_10151465924653737_1412864589_nThe Classic Band Tee/Jacket
The first few weeks at Uni can be a little intimidating when it comes to making friends, which is why the classic band tee is such a perfection addition to our wardrobe – hello instant conversation starter! Whether you’re a pop fan or a heavy metaller, a cool tee is sure to see you getting a nod of appreciation from a likeminded fan on campus – just make sure that you’ve actually heard of the band you’re wearing!

Parka or Duffel Coat

No matter which part of the country you’ve decided to study in, chances are you’ll probably be in need of a practical coat (alright Mum). Say hello to the humble parka or duffel coat – practical in all weather, these classic designs go with everything and will keep you snug on those long walks to lectures when you’ve run out of bus fare. Patch yours up or add badges to make it super on-trend for AW16.

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Well-fitted Jeans
For days where you just can’t be bothered or days where you really can (we’re looking at that cutie in your 9am lecture), a well-fitting pair of jeans are the best place to start any uni outfit. Mom, Skinny, Bell-bottom…shop around until you find the fit that best suits you and run with it.

Party Dress/Outfit 
Whether you’re after an LBD or a more statement look, it’s so important to have an amazing out-out outfit that you feel great and confident in. A great party dress doesn’t have to be skintight and tiny – lots of vintage day dresses look fab when cinched in with a belt and paired with a statement shoe.

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Silk Scarf
For unwashed hair days or when your look needs a pop of colour, a jazzy scarf can elevate a boring outfit to a stylish one. Play about with patterns and colours – this is one shopping addiction that won’t take up too much room!

Need a bit of help with your capsule wardrobe? Check out our upcoming autumn events below where we will have all this stock and more…

 

AW15 Vintage Essentials

Autumn is here – are we the only ones who are sneakily a bit pleased? We love summer as much as the next person, but there’s something about layers and snuggly fabrics that get us a little bit excited. Plus of course, autumn marks the return of fair, flea AND kilo season – result!

When it comes to decking out your wardrobe for AW15, it can be easy to get swept up in new trends you’ll only wear once or rely on tatty favourites that are falling apart at the seams. Wearing vintage is all about quality and finding style over fad trends, which is why it’s such a great investment for colder months. To avoid a room full of clobber or regret purchases, here is our checklist of the key items to look out for at our upcoming events –

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.27.08Warm Coat
A good coat is a winter essential. While a Princess or Pea shape might be desirable for formal events, we recommend a strong sheepskin or faux fur/fur trimmedpiece of outerwear for true warmth that will last you seasons to come. If you’re partial to a trend, look out for a leather or suede trench – these can also be deceptively cosy if layered well with a good knit.

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The pussybow is a classic vintage style – dress up with a smart skirt or down under dungarees or a pinafore. Bonus points for busy patterns and prints – the more fun the better!

Check Skirt

Tartan or Woolen Skirt
You simply can’t go wrong with a good tartan or check print skirt – look out for wool or thick woven fabrics to keep yourself cosy. These look great with blouses, tightly fitted jumpers and brogues.

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Speaking of jumpers, we love a statement sweater! These always room in a wardrobe for a few plain numbers, but we’re a fan of the quirkier prints…just remember to keep an eye out for those bobbles!

Doc Martens

Brogues or Doc Martens
We at Judy’s love a good heel or mule, but there’s nothing worse than cold feet in the autumn. Spare yourself the heartache by investing in a sturdy pair of brogues or doc martens – they may take some wearing in but will keep out any adverse weather with ease. Even better – they go with everything!

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For days where you want to look effortlessly retro, a good skirt suit can save you plenty of dressing-up time in the morning. Wear yours with a simple plain top underneath instead of a blouse – it will stop things looking too formal. Keep an open mind when shopping for your skirt suit – some simple and affordable tailoring can turn a great fabric into a showstopper.

Sturdy luggage

Versatile Handbag or Case
for travel, for the office, for sneaky shopping trips…a good-sized bag is an essential. We love doctor, trunk and hardcase styles, but feel free to experiment – as long as it’s big enough to fit the kitchen sink, it’s probably a keeper!

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.32.35Coloured and thick knit tights
Available from very low prices and in a multitide of patterns and finishes, a good set of tights can elevate a plain outfit. Opt for ones with plenty of stretch and be sure to follow the proper washing instructions – nobody likes baggy elastic!Emily Party Dress

Party Dress
The pièce de résistance of any Autumn Winter wardrobe, the party dress is a must. For Halloween, Christmas and New Years, you need sparkles, embellishments and most of all, a good fit. Our events offer a multitude of opportunities to pick up your sartorial soulmate – just check out fair manager Emily in her array of Judy’s festive frocks!

Fancy doing some shopping? Check out our ‘events’ tab here for a fair, flea or kilo near you!