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Seven stand out style must-haves for this term

How to be an attention-seeker in style

Maximalism is the new minimalism. And it doesn’t need to eat up your entire student loan. If you want to make heads turn on King’s Parade, make a dramatic entrance at your next 9am, and be the best-dressed attention-seeker on campus, look no further than these seven affordable, on-trend looks.

Statement trench coats

The long coat is a wardrobe essential this autumn/winter. Everyone seems to own one – in a single visit to Sidgwick site this week, I spotted approximately ten of them (no exaggeration). But the trench coat doesn’t need to be generic or understated.

Nor does it have to drain your bank account. Every high street brand is currently selling them: you can find classic wool maxi coats in Zara for £29.99, and dramatic sweeping trench coats on ASOS for under £50 (use that student discount!!!)

Whether it’s an eye-catching camel trench coat you’re looking for, or a thick, patterned number, here’s some style inspo for you to stand out among the many long coats in Cambridge this term.

Thick scarves

What better way to brace the Michaelmas temperatures AND attract attention than investing in a huge woollen scarf?


You can rarely go wrong with stripes. Especially when they’re this stylish.

Puffy Sleeves
The Jane Austen regency sleeves have FINALLY made a comeback. Puffy sleeves are everywhere now – ASOS, Zara, Boohoo, Topshop, Missguided, you name it. From sheer organza to inflated velvet, huge sleeves are the perfect centrepiece to any striking outfit.

Big sleeve energy is the new BDE.

Bold trainers

The first step towards looking like an #edgy arts and humanities student? Buying a pair of stand-out trainers.

Striking dresses and funky shirts

Black Tie doesn’t have to mean drab black dress. Nor does formal hall necessarily call for a plain white shirt under your gown. Add some colour to your Michaelmas wardrobe with a dazzling patterned dress or a dramatic shirt, perfect for formal dinners or everyday wear.

Conversation-starting earrings

A pair of oversized, colourful earrings has the power to bring even the dullest of outfits to life.

So forget your essay, head to the Lion Yard and treat yo-self to some of these gorgeous seasonal trends. Go hard or go home is a Michaelmas mood.