We know this weekend in London has been a warm and sunny one, but we have to be realistic here and be prepared for the change in temperatures when the autumn term starts. Whilst at SSL we abhor the idea of wearing hoodies (other than if you have no other way to represent your university, actually engage in outdoor sports, or bought Louboutin pumps instead of paying the gas meter), we realise that London can be a chilly place between now and winter so think that there are two great ways cover up before the winter coats have to come out.
Sweaters vs. BlazersStudents can make an outfit look casual by switching to hoodies' more stylish cousins; the sweaters. Sweaters are always flattering when worn with your skinniest jeans or jeggings. The khaki studded cropped sweat from Topshop will flatter the figure and can be worn with high-waisted jeans to lengthen the legs. The sweater that has made its way on our wishlist recently is from Boy London (available at Choice in both Westfields). We love that Boy allows you to represent the city and love the idea of supporting a London brand. If you weren't sure how to wear the current baroque trend in a more casual way, the perfect solution is the baroque print sweat from Asos that would look great with leather trousers and chelsea boots. If you're feeling girly, head to Newlook and grab this delicate pink studded sweat to wear with your bluest skinny jeans.
Having to share the tube with professionals on the way to early lectures and seminars, we think all London students should own a few blazers to smarten up any outfit. We know how many times we end up in trendy bars around the city after a long session in the library and know our blazers won't leave us looking out of place. Yellow is one of our favourite colours going into a new season as we hope to cling onto the glow of summer. H&M offer a way to add a pop of colour to even the most mundane outfit at a good price. To stay chic, pair this ivory Dorothy Perkins with all black. We like the royal blue colour of River Island's blazer and think it will be an interesting alternative to black when dressing in a dark colour scheme. If you do want to stick to black, embrace the current stud craze and wear this Newlook studded blazer and work the rock chick look.
N.B. we've found some of our favourite blazers in some of the best charity shops around town. If you're not used to shopping for second hand clothes, blazers are a good place to start and you can really pick up a good deal. We've managed to buy three colourful second hand blazers ranging from £2- £14.