University Apparel: Brighton Trends
The cold months are upon us and we wanted to find out what Brighton’s locals are wearing this season. Everybody’s seen the trends in fashion magazines but how does our street styles match up to this season’s catwalk pieces? We took to the North Laines to find Brighton’s most fashionable, what they’re wearing, where they got it from and most importantly how much it was.
The retro styles have been a high priority for the last few seasons and this time it’s all about the 40’s. Tea dresses were the main style we spotted, straight from the decade one girl brought a black dress with a white flower print from a local vintage shop for only £5! As a modern alternative, someone else found a tea dress for £15 in high street shop New Look; whereas looking around some of the more expensive, branded shops in the lanes we noticed dresses of a similar 40’s style for around £180!
As the winter weather starts to draw in, there’s never been a better time to invest in some fur (faux fur of course- cheaper and kinder to animals). This season it’s all about the fur collar, the perfect way to inject some old school Hollywood glamour into your look whilst keeping the chill at bay. Many coats currently in the shops and market stalls come with this attached, like this camel coat from Topshop for £100. Alternatively, buying a separate fur collar is a more versatile (and often cheaper) option, allowing you to update any outfit into this season. We spotted one from Beyond Retro for just £10.
For shoes to protect you from the usual British weather a lot of people are wearing ankle boots, often with a lace up brogue style to them and from the people we asked, the high street seems to be the place to buy them. A few people got leather lace up boots and Chelsea boots from Topshop for around £30-£50; and another girl had a pair of suede wedges in the same ankle boot style from New Look for £22. High heeled versions of tradition style shoes are all over the high street in fact, we found a rather expensive but lovely pair of black patent loafer heels for £175 in Russell&Bromely. If you’re looking for a pair of shoes with a more unique style, Dr Marten boots and shoes are back in fashion, you can buy them online in every colour, one girl we spoke to got a white pair with a red flower pattern for £80.
Another big trend currently propping up around the streets of Brighton is printed knitwear. From Aztec print cardigans to thick knit Christmas jumpers, looking stylish has never been so comfortable. Layer one over a skirt or dress for the in-between weather in autumn. This is a perfect cover-up for when digging up the winter coat doesn’t feel quite right just yet. To make the most of the print, wear it as an accented piece to your outfit, keeping the rest of your look simple. There were a constant stream of knitted jumpers in the vintage shops of the North Laines and we spotted plenty of on-trend passersby, we saw one Vintage jumper for only £10, a great example of affordable style.