Fashionistas of Exeter rejoice; exam season is upon us, and this year’s trends promise to be big. Literally. Think dark bags under the eyes, expanding waistlines (eating your feelings? You know you want to…), oversized hoodies, 473ml cans of Red Bull and bags so full of unread books that they could burst at the seams as you strut your stuff up Forum Hill and into the library. Crop tops and Jack Wills tees are SO last-term’s-Arena.
The Walking Dead
Mostly likely to be spotted: Crawling out of the library and slinking back down Forum Hill at 6am whilst the gym bunnies parade in the opposite direction.
Key Features: Sports casual meets trainwreck: take inspiration from the popular TV show and channel your inner zombie by cutting sleep down to three hours a night and wearing the dirtiest, baggiest clothes you own. Trackies, hoodies, and trainers all strongly encouraged and the longer your clothes have spent crumpled up on your bedroom floor, the better. Remember, it’s tough to spot a hot outfit in the dark, so if you want to be noticed, you really have to go for it with this one.
Top Tip: Accessorise with last night’s leftovers delicately impressed on your shirt front for that extra special something.
Va Va Vom
Most likely to be spotted: Perched on the kerb outside the Sidwell Street chippie staring vacantly into a polystyrene box of cheesy chips for answers.
The Basics: If there was ever a terrible time for a big night out, it’s early to mid May, and here at Exeposé we’re all for avidly encouraging irresponsible life choices. Monday Moz, Cheesy Tuesdays and Wednesday TP have got this look covered. Turn up in your normal night out gear, and the drunken realisation that you haven’t revised half of the topics for the module you’re being examined in the day after next will do the rest.
Go Pro: Accessorise with an orange and passion fruit VK. Later, replace with a tasteful dab of puke and a few tears.
Most likely to be spotted: Face-planting the kitchen table with a bucket of hot black coffee feebly clutched in trembling hands.
The FROW-down: The most achievable yet effective look you’ll spot in Exe this term. It’s all about the pyjamas and mussed up hair; the more your outfit resembles what your mother dressed your four-year-old self in at night time, the better. Disney PJs come highly recommended, with animal onesies a close runner-up. And backcomb your barnet to achieve maximum fluff-tential.
The Cherry on Top: If you’re a make-up lover, leave your mascara on overnight and sleep face down for dramatic smudges over your lower eyelids. If you prefer to go bare faced, you can substitute a severe lack of sleep, creating a misty, dark-eyed look.