In this blog I am going to take a fun look at how extreme and crazy fashion can be here at Kingston University. If you think students coming into lectures in their pyjamas was the craziest it gets, well let me tell you that I have seen even more fun crazy fashion styles* (and not just from the Fashion students!!). At Kingston University anything goes, wearing school uniform is a fading blur. Here I am going to show you the craziest outfits that I could possibly wear at different kinds of scenarios and places. Enjoy!
Meeting the girlfriend/boyfriend parents for the first time at dinner:
On a tight budget here, no time, nor money to iron those wrinkling matching trousers! Swimming trunks it is then, and the free glasses I got from Freshers Fayre. Bringing my own cutlery show's the girlfriend's parents that I have a big appetite, imitative and perhaps a groovy unique fashion sense? We shall see..
To avoid a mismatch in clothing perhaps my 'Who's your daddy' Darth Vader shirt will get a laugh or two, or perhaps offend, by cheekily showcasing my authority to the 'daddy'. I am a student that loves taking a risk, who knows we could get off to a great start regardless.
Fancy dress party :
I've never really won any fancy dress parties before, perhaps I never stand out, especially when I am one of the 6 Batman's that turn up. Well time for a change... why not be myself and create something new! I thought I would try and be a colourful fluffy butterfly, all I need now are some wings!
Maybe I should stop being the usual 'Hero' or a colourful butterfly. Instead why not try an evil, menacing Joker inspired look? Although I might need to lose the baseball bat and scissors before I'm going be allowed into any parties or nightclubs!
Going to a 9am lecture:
I'm never one to jump out of bed rearing to go to my 9am class, I've usually got to wake up, eat breakfast, pack a lunch and tediously find something to wear last minute. I would wear pyjamas like some students to save me that hassle but I've outgrown my Bugs Bunny set many years ago. I'll just go in with my summer shorts and vest, at least that will keep me smiling raring to go!
Perhaps I shouldn't worry too much what I wear. As long as I bring a snorkel and goggles I can jump into the River Thames (right by the university) after my lecture to let off some steam... Splash!
Friends birthday party:
Put on my sombrero and grow a moustache (or put one on) and pretend I am my Mexican relative.
A simpler but tasteful £90 teal hat from Joules, might be the killer touch for party, what do you think?
On a serious note - as students we are on a tight budget so make sure you use your student discounts and try not to splash away that huge chunk of loan on clothes! Anything goes at Kingston, be yourself and feel comfortable with whatever it may be that you wear.
* in no way has this blog been endorsed or influenced by the exuberant Lady Gaga.
London is widely regarded as one of the world's fashion capitals, and evidence of that can be found all over Kingston, and not just on our fashion students. As part of the newsletter takeover Adam and myself thought we would share our fashion tips (and faux pas) with you all! So today is all about a sneek peek inside my wardrobe!
This is one of my favourite outfits because it's so easy to wear. Back when I had orange hair I did look like a rainbow had been sick on me but apparently it worked so who am I to argue? I bought the dress for £5 from eBay and that is a top tip for student shopping - get clothes from eBay! Not only can you get really nice vintage clothes but new stuff is often half the price it is in the shops. eBay buyer protection also helps keep you safe from being ripped off by unscrupulous sellers. The cardigan is Primark from about four years ago, but I gave it a new lease of life by making my own fabric buttons (super easy and inexpensive) and sewing them on. I wore this outfit the first time I met my boyfriend's mam and she was very impressed with my dress sense, so I think that's a win ;D
If vintage is something you love (like me) London is overflowing with good vintage shops and markets for you to devour. Closer to home is ‘That Vintage Shop' in Kingston which also offers a student discount. Buying vintage often offers cheap but well-made alternatives to the high street, and there's also less chance that you'll have the same outfit as your BFF.
When it comes to what to wear for lectures, I had a hard time getting used to showing up in something that wasn't school uniform. It felt weird to be learning things in my own clothes, but that just proves that my head teacher lied to me - you don't need a tie to be clever! Anyway, lectures can involve a lot of sitting down and making notes so you want to be comfortable. And wearing layers is advisable as room temperatures con fluctuate wildly - you want to be able to take things off if you get too hot. For practical lessons sometimes you end up rocking the glasses and lab coat look, or in my case - legwarmers and stretchy trousers (FAME got some things right about the performing arts after all.)
This is my ‘festival' look - even though my festival tastes run more to Hay than Glastonbury. Whatever the weather is like when you set off, please take a waterproof coat/jacket. This is England. It snowed in April this year, do not trust the sunshine. I'm also going the full festival route with a pair of wellies, and brightly coloured shorts to stand out in a crowd and make it easier for my friends to find me. Another festival staple seems to be the all-in-one, or as I like to call it - the adult babygro. Why people find listening to music dressed as a toddler fun is beyond me but each to their own I suppose...
Actually, this brings me nicely to my last point - fancy dress.
Now you're a student you can use any excuse you like to get dressed up - Halloween, a friend's birthday or you know... just because it's Wednesday. But a good costume doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. The aforementioned all-in-ones often come in animal designs like Dragons or Monkeys, or superheroes like Superman. As a last minute solution it'll work much better than just sticking a piece of paper to your chest that says ‘COSTUME' - No one wants to be THAT guy. I made this angel outfit from a nightie and cardigan with a halo and a pair of wings that cost me £1.99. Decent disguises don't need to break the bank.
I love fancy dress so this sort of thing is very much my area, and I'm lucky that the Kingston University drama department has a brilliant costume store that I can hole myself up in if my imagination needs some stimulating.
So that's my wardrobe - overflowing with dresses and brightly coloured tights, very handy for a fancy dress party, and a good 85% Primark.
Coming to a new university can be a bit scary, especially if you are living away from home and are new to the area! This can be some students worst fears, but as I have been there (I moved 200 miles from Liverpool!), I can assure you that you will feel at home straight away.
The thing to remember is that every other student feels the same, so you are all on common ground and wanting to make friends. This makes the atmosphere so welcoming and you will have more friends than you can manage after freshers week. I remember meeting people on the first night in the pub and them asking me to go around and play FIFA in their halls flat, I did and got to know many more people in the process!
One of the other things people new to the area worry about is what areas to look at when it comes to finding private accommodation. So I have put together a little map of Kingston with a "Location Location Location" style guide on the 5 main areas nearby that students choose to live in - and the pros and cons of each. I hope it helps and remember to chill out and have fun!
1: Kingston Area
2: Surbiton Area
3: New Malden Area
4: Norbiton Area
5: Roehampton Area
Christmas in Kingston
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Keeping organised at Uni
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Finding private accommodation and university support.
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