Style dilemma: How to update your wardrobe on a student budget
I start college this month. I have jeans in various colours and styles, but I need to update my wardrobe with some key pieces such as tops, jackets, day dresses and accessories -- all on a student budget. I'm 5ft 8in and a size 10/12. - Ellie (18), Kilkenny
ou're off to a great start, as a few good pairs of well-fitted jeans are the foundations of every student's wardrobe. A versatile coat is another essential.
Heatons' quilted biker jacket is a stylish cropped design that will keep you warm during the transitional months. With a pocket-friendly price tag (1 €35), it's perfect for throwing on over a jeans and sweater combo, or a printed day dress with some chunky boots.
For the cooler months, Penneys' blush-pink boucle coat (€40) with subtle tailoring and gently rounded shoulders ticks all the boxes for this season's effortlessly chic outerwear trend.
Alwear is hot on the heels of Burberry Prorsum with its heart-print shirt in burgundy (2 €35). Wear loosely over slim-fit jeans or print leggings, such as the monochrome pair by Label Lab (3 €38, House of Fraser).
Get in on the tartan takeover with Penneys' Highland-inspired day dress (4 €17).
Florals are another key staple for autumn, but blooms take a darker, more dramatic turn with bold black accents. Style River Island's vintage-inspired tapestry floral dress (5 €67) with an oversized grey cardigan and brogues.
Another must-have is a bag with enough space to hold everything, including your laptop. For a daily holdall that's practical and cool, go for a backpack.
Dunnes Stores has a black faux-leather one for €15 (6). Or for a colour pop, try the 'Rosalyn' bag with plaited handle (7 €38, Boohoo.com).