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Fashion at Melbourne Uni

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

Fashion–everyone has an opinion.

Where better to investigate the different styles than at Melbourne Uni, where a diverse metropolitan setting promises a melting pot of fashion trends?

We thought we’d chat to some students around campus who each represent different styles. We talked pearls, sports gear, frilly socks and Ugg boots, quizzing them about their do’s and don’t’s of uni fashion.

Meet Eunice, Elijah, Ellen, Vera and Luke.

Eunice

‘My fascination with all things black and white started with the Derby Day last year.’

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Describe your style in three words.

Sophisticated, classy and simple.

Who are your style icons?

Amal Clooney and Olivia Pope.

Elijah

‘I would never steal someone else’s style!’

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Describe your style in three words.

Casual, comfy and practical.

What are your uni essentials?

Jeans. I wear them almost every day to uni. They look good with anything!

Ellen

‘I’ve been told my style is basic, although I would just call it comfortable.’

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How would you describe your style?

Basic B*tch.

Where is your outfit from?

Vest: Uniqlo; Hoodie: Bonds; Leggings: Lorna Jane; Shoes: Nike

Vera

I have a penchant for frilly novelty socks, pretty dresses, high-waisted skirts and cute ear studs.’

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Describe your style in three words.

Girly, bright and colourful.

Who do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from actresses, models and even fictional characters in books and movies, like Cassie Ainsworth from Skins.

Luke

‘My ultimate goal is to be as close to bed as I can… so basically I dress like I’m still in bed.’

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How would you describe your style?

Rough on the outside, warm on the inside.

What about the Ugg boots?

Ummm yeah, they’re the most expensive part.

The key questions

Style or comfort?

Eunice and Vera argue in favour of style—bold enough to wear bright red lipstick and classic cuts, it’s all about looking like the models and celebrities for them. On the contrary, neither Ellen nor Luke feel the need to dress to impress at uni, preferring a laid-back look. They emphasise comfort and practicality; Luke is happy to stroll around uni in his trusty thongs and Ellen stays cosy with a wardrobe full of jumpers. Elijah also likes to keep it understated, but always tries to look his best, opting for a smart casual look, colour-coordinated of course, with a nice pair of shoes.

Thoughts on the recently-dubbed sports apparel uniformof Melbourne Uni?

Coming from Singapore, Eunice finds the obsession with sports clothes unusual, however, you won’t find Ellen or Elijah without their beloved Nikes. Ellen explains that aside from comfort, it’s all about pretending to go to the gym, as looking fit is the new black. Vera notes, however, that perhaps there is a difference between looking athletic and looking sluggish. Some sportswear can be just as expensive as designer labels, making executing athletic chic a definite art form. While some people poke fun at the so-called sports apparel ‘uniform’ seen on campus, it is a trend that cannot be ignored.

What do you think is the worst fashion faux pas at uni?

Eunice: ‘I hate it when jeans don’t fit and you can see someone’s butt when they sit down. Say no to crack and wear pants that fit!’

Elijah: ‘I don’t like seeing pattern on pattern or when people wear over the top clothes just to make a statement.’

Ellen: ‘Beanies in the shape of animals kill me.’

Vera: ‘Sweatpants and t-shirts are acceptable during exam period, but not on a daily basis.’

Luke: ‘It grinds my gears when people dress too smart for uni. They’ll look back one day and wish they could wear their Ugg boots to work.’

What is your fashion motto?

Eunice: ‘BE FABULOUS!’

Elijah: ‘KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.’

Ellen: ‘Comfort is key.’

Luke: ‘My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.’

Vera: ‘Life’s too short, so wear what you feel like wearing.’