Student Saviour: Summer sequins
This week’s student saviour is summer sequins. Finally, after years of hoping and praying, it is now acceptable to wear sequins not just outside of the holiday season but also during the day, and just in time for festival season. As well as glittering your face and body this summer, you can also cover your clothes with sparkles to really take your festival look to the next level. This makes all those summer ball outfits several thousand times more glamourous and fun, and the reflections of the evening sun on your dress will make for the best Instagram shots of your life.
To make this work for both your student lifestyle and the summer season, the trick is to keep it light. Sequins are notoriously heavy with very little breathability, so try and keep your sparkles to a cute crop top or statement shorts for daytime looks, and a strappy shift dress for your evening looks. A little bit of sequin added into any outfit gives it just a bit of playfulness for the day, and a bit of glamour for the evening, meaning you can wear the same thing from a picnic to the club without any worries. Also, on a more practical note, the glistening of your outfit will hopefully distract from the terrible sunburn you are bound to have developed within two hours of summer actually starting.
At the end of the day, addition of sequins into any area of your life is essentially a cheat code for happiness, so go ahead and sparkle your way through this summer.
Student Sabotage: Patterned patchwork
This week’s student sabotage is patterned patchwork. In what I assume is an attempt to use up the scrap fabric they had lying around, the fashion gods have decided that this is now a ‘look’ and therefore everyone is expected to spend the next three months parading around looking like they’ve dressed in several different rolls of their grandmother’s wallpaper and passing it off as ‘fashion’. Spring and summer are enough of a struggle to get through without looking somewhat worryingly obsessed with floral prints without the powers that be encouraging you to throw them all together to look like a walking quilt.
I understand that festival fashion is supposed to be quirky and over the top, which is all well and good, but it is supposed to be an organised chaos. With three or more different coloured patterns creeping into just one garment there is no hope of coordinating with accessories, makeup and body glitter, completely ruining your chances of a new festival themed profile picture to show off your amazing summer. Also, more seams means more weaknesses, and with running around the beach, dancing at festivals and going on summer hikes these patchwork clothes will never survive.
I understand that festival fashion is supposed to be quirky and over the top, which is all well and good, but it is supposed to be an organised chaos.
This is the perfect example of a trend that is introduced mid festival season in the hopes that the summer heat and the festival fashion craze will hide how ridiculous it truly is. Stick to garments with just the one print and save the patchwork for your quilt, I am begging you.