I think I can say that St Andrews has a student body that stays rather up to date on current fashion trends. Walk down Market Street and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Even during the winter season, students’ outerwear tended to be sleek and fashionable, while still protecting one from the wind, rain, and occasional hail. From hats to boots, the outfits that are put together are the products of careful consideration and style pairings that go through each student’s head in the morning. Here are some of the trends that I have noticed popping up more and more recently.
Men’s sweaters: Any girl will tell you that men’s sweatshirts are more comfortable than women’s, but did you know that the same also applies to sweaters? Oversized male cut sweaters are being paired with black leggings and sneakers more and more. And for good reason. For some reason most women’s sweaters that aren’t bulky tend to be quite chilly, while their male counterparts are highly woven and allow for maximum comfort and warmth all day and night long. They can also be dressed up or down depending on how baggy the sweater is, allowing for you to retain the comfort of home while attending a lecture.
Smoking slippers: Also known as loafers, smoking slippers tend to feature a shorter tongue and typically have a satin or velvet exterior. They are easy to slip on and off and they can dress up a simple pair of jeans. They can be a more comfortable alternative to high heels or ballet flats at formal events, and they are light and small enough to be thrown in a purse just in case. Many students throw them on for class, providing comfort while adding style to that 9 am lecture.
Oversized sneakers: This is a trend that has been around for a while, and it doesn’t seem like there is an end in sight. Every brand is coming up with their own version of this shoe, with each going more and more over the top. Students have been pairing them with everything and it looks like they will be sticking around for a bit longer. Many of them come in assorted colours, but most tend to opt for the classic white. They are a way of upgrading your outfit, while allowing the wearer to gain a few inches of height.
Scarves: Now many wouldn’t think that adding a scarf to an outfit would develop into a trend, but I believe that it does. I’m not sure if they are mainly being used as defense against the wind, or if they are there for style reasons, but I have definitely noticed an increase. Scarves allow for a pop of colour or a fresh design to be added to outfit. They come in a variety of lengths and styles, allowing for there to be one for every occasion!
Coats rather than Parkas: Now it may be due to the blast of spring weather that has fallen over our little town, but people seem to be putting down their down parkas in favour of a thick coat with a sweater layered underneath. Layering your warmth — rather than just relying on one main source of heat — allows for one to go throughout the day comfortably, instead of being too hot or too cold for most of the day. This also allows students to get a bit more creative with their outfits, as there tend to be more styling options for coats and sweaters than there are for parkas.
As more and more new collections are released for Spring/Summer 2019, I am sure that we will all be seeing some of the latest pieces as we walk to class. Fashion continues to evolve, grow, and develop each day, as does everyone’s own personal style. Allow for your clothing to be a representation of yourself, so don’t be afraid to be daring or go out on a limb with some choices. I’m sure that next semester there will be a variety of new trends going through our streets, but some pieces are here to stay.