University can be tough at the best of times without having to find something to wear each morning, so I’ve taken it upon myself to put together a list of five staple pieces to get you through university this winter. From good quality and guaranteed to last, to cheap and fun, I’ve documented some of this seasons trends that are sure to inspire your university wardrobe this winter.



A good old faithful COAT – You simply can’t go wrong in winter with a staple coat that can get you anywhere. Whether it be running out the door to class on a frosty Monday morning, or meeting friends for coffee, a coat that is warm and versatile is a must. Be sure to find one that is tailored to your everyday style; one that can be worn over dresses, pants or a casual pair jeans. For those with a few extra pennies, a good quality coat that will last a few seasons is well worth the investment, but bargain woolies are also sure to do the job.


My suggestions: Princess Highway ‘Central Park Duffel’ ($198); H&M ‘Textured Coat’ ($59.95); Boohoo ‘Kate Belted Shawl Collar Coat’ ($40)


Photo: Dangerfield


Photo: Boohoo



High wasted JEANS – A pair of well-fitting, high-wasted jeans are a godsend on a mid-winters day. They keep your lower back warm, you can tuck your shirt in to them and they give you  just that little bit of extra confidence. If you find the right pair they can get you through a day of lectures and dinner reservations for two in one day – it’s all in the make.


My suggestions: Jag ‘The Rosie – High Rise Skinny’ ($109.95); Sportsgirl ‘High Waist Full Length Jean’ ($89.95); Topshop ‘MOTO Patchwork Mom Jeans’ ($42)


Photo: Jag



Sturdy ankle BOOTS – Ankle boots are not only always ‘in’ season, but are a timeless wardrobe must-have on a cold and wet winters day. They can tread through puddles and make it – in the rain – from the tram stop to class, all the while keeping your toes dry. And the best bit about them is that quality made ones with last you a lifetime, but a pair of cheap ones will also do just the trick. Put away your canvas shoes and replace them with comfort and classic winter style this season.


My suggestions: Jo Mercer ‘Wally Ankle Boots’ ($149.95); Novo ‘Diesel Flat Ankle Boot’ ($59.95); Rubi Shoes ‘Tina Lace Up’ ($49.95)


Photo: Novo



Casual TEE’s – For the days when effort is in the all-too-hard basket, why not lounge back, feel comfy and maintain a neat and causal look with an effortless tee. It’s hard to look out of place in at uni in a tee-shirt, so embrace the laid back and easy style.


My suggestions: General Pants, Lee ‘No Brainer T-Shirt’ ($49.95); Myer, Miss Shop ‘Essential Tee’ Range (varying prices, $20+); Cotton On ‘Winnie Ringer Tee’ ($19.95 OR two for $30)


Photo: General Pants Co/Lee



A nice KNIT – It really isn’t winter until you’ve pulled out your favourite knit and rugged up for the day. It’s one that can be worn whenever, to wherever, it’s warm and can be dressed up or dressed down, it adds colour to the dark blue and grey colour of the sky (and your jeans) and above all else, it’s comfier than anything you own – if you haven’t got one, you’re missing out.


My suggestions: Sportsgirl ‘Cable Knit Pullover’ ($62.97); JayJay’s ‘Wide Rib Oversized Cardi’ ($49.95); Myer, Miss Shop ‘Textured Stripe Knit Jumper’ ($40);


Photo: JayJays


Photo: Myer


By Alanah Frost

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