University shapes you both academically and fashionably into a better person
You come to the university for many reasons, and perhaps one of the main reasons is so you can enjoy a newfound freedom. But have you ever thought about the freedom you have in your fashion choices? You might think that you have always had freedom in what you choose to wear. However, if you really think about it, you haven’t, and you may not have the chance after you graduate to have that same freedom again. University throws people from every background together, and while your degree shapes you academically, you can’t deny that is also helps shape your fashion choices. This can undoubtedly evolve through years of studying!
Starting from a very young age, I’m sure the majority of us all experienced a school system which insisted on some form of uniform. Truthfully, that uniform may have been positive, as it saves hours in front of the mirror every morning picking an outfit in which you would feel accepted (remember the horror of own clothes day?). Then for those of us who continued to wear a uniform into sixth form or college, we were still told on a daily basis what was and wasn’t acceptable to wear. Suddenly university arrives, and the freedom of wearing exactly what you want to wear every day arrives alongside it.
You are quickly thrown into living and working with people from all corners of the country, and you cannot help but begin to adopt some unique fashion quirks which you’ve never been exposed to before. You find that you can borrow your housemates’ clothes, cheaply attend indie gigs and spend every weekend at a vintage fair, all of which might not have been as accessible before uni, consequently contributing to your fashion choices. There’s no such thing as too much denim, no colour which is too colourful, no faux fur coat too big or lipstick too bright. You could wear a vintage shirt with sports leggings and glitter on your face, and you would be applauded for bringing something new to your lecture, all while inspiring somebody else on the other side of the theatre.
Fashion is instant communication. Like it or not, how people dress reveals a lot about their personality and interests before they even say one word.
You can recognise the sporty team players, the music lovers, the exchange students, the edgy party goers and the vintage lovers just from what they are wearing. Unlike school, nobody really cares which category you fall into. If you admire what somebody is wearing, you can just go ahead and create your own fashion sense which is inspired by them. Everybody is free to dress experimentally and spontaneously, and your evolving fashion sense shapes you as an individual to present a little bit of your personality to the rest of the world. You learn that you are successful in your fashion choices when you dress in a way which reflects you; not necessarily complying to the latest trend. Although there is nothing wrong with wearing the most recent trends if you want to!
University is the one chance to change your style and experiment with different fashions in a space where you feel accepted as an individual. Hear me out; when you leave university, your style will have developed into exactly what you want it to be. Of course, you will always still get up and dress in a fashion of your choice. For many people, life after uni becomes business-like and vocational. Yes, you’ll be charge of what you wear, but you cannot help but be influenced by presenting yourself professionally in your fashion choices. And this the best thing, because you have already played with your style in an environment where you are free to mix influences from people you meet to the things you see.