Follow next season's trends without breaking the bank.
Photos: Rex Features
Follow next season's trends without breaking the bank. Photos: Rex Features

The best style steals from the spring/summer 2017 catwalks to suit your student budget

With miserable winter weather in full swing, it is time to turn our attention towards what we will wear this spring when it is time to hang up that winter coat. Here are the ways that you can adopt the trends from the catwalk shows using your existing wardrobe, and still be on trend without splashing your student loan.

Trend 1: Florals

If you can't afford a brand new floral co-ord as seen at Balenciaga (right) then layering a floral dress over a tshirt like Marques' Almeida (left) might work for you. Photos: Rex Features

If you cannot afford a brand new floral co-ord as seen at Balenciaga (right) then layering a floral dress over a tshirt like Marques’ Almeida (left) might work for you
Photos: Rex Features

Florals blossomed across the spring catwalks– incorporate them into your look by layering a floral sundress over your t-shirt to update it, Marques’ Almeida-style. Opt for bright and gaudy or glowing jewel colours if you have it, but otherwise last year’s summer dress will work just fine.

 

Trend 2: Trench coats

Alexander McQueen (left) and Gucci (right) offer some great trench coat inspiration. Photos: Rex Features

Alexander McQueen (left) and Gucci (right) offer some great trench coat inspiration.
Photos: Rex Features

For keeping dry in April showers, choose a trench coat. These Parisian favourites appeared with  fresh styling across the catwalks in shows such as Simone Rocha and Gucci but you could just dig your classic out of your wardrobe.  You do not have buy a whole new coat to adopt the new ‘trench with a twist’ theme either, just switch out the belt that the coat came with for something a little different. A new belt can cost next to nothing but still give a snatch of the catwalk vibe. There are tons of style ideas to choose from, be it pyjama stripes, edgy leather, or glowing jewel brocade.

 

Trend 3: 80s power shoulder

You could just borrow your boyfriend's jacket to get that same, oversized Céline look. Photo: Rex Features

You could just borrow your boyfriend’s jacket to get that same, oversized Céline look.
Photo: Rex Features

Don’t fancy a trench coat? Then opt for something with the 80s power shoulder, an era that is promising to make a comeback in oversized, boxy  jackets as seen at the Céline show. Borrow your boyfriend’s blazer, or have a dig in a local charity shop – you may come across the real 80s deal! It’s surprising what you can find for just a few pounds.

 

Trend 4: Romantic ruffles

Valentino (left) and Gucci (right) might be hard to wear in a lecture theatre, but you can still steal their trends with knock-off looks from the high street. Photos: Rex Features

Valentino (left) and Gucci (right) might be hard to wear in a lecture theatre, but you can still steal their trends with knock-off looks from the high street.
Photos: Rex Features

Ruffles and romance are back once again, good news if you’ve  already been in on this trend.  Valentino and Dior showed long dresses of soft tulle and gauze, whilst Gucci created powerful ruffled shoulders and cascading necklines. Not really practical for sitting in a lecture, but high street stores such as Topshop and River Island offer more wearable pieces, so grab yours quick or add it to your Christmas list.

 

Trend 5: Scarlet woman

Be inspired by the classic Valentino red (left) to add some colour to your outfit. You don't have to go head to toe - Alexander McQueen (right) shows us how to work crimson detailing.

Be inspired by the classic Valentino red (left) to add some colour to your outfit. You don’t have to go head to toe – Alexander McQueen (right) shows us how to work crimson detailing.

Bright, beautiful red appeared in collection after collection, but you don’t have to go for Valentino’s head-to-toe crimson. Pay tribute to the colour by adding some scarlet detailing to your outfit like Alexander McQueen, with jewellery, belts and scarves or even a pair of red shoes, like Simone Rocha, to give your look a bit of a kick.

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