Stock up on everything you need to crunch the new semester in style
Dreams of stylish grandeur that come with the renewed drive for academic excellence never quite make it past week one of the semester, before the deadline struggle and test schedule become real-life factors that reduce them to nothing. And so, for the rest of the time your mission is to exist on campus in as clean comfort as you can manage.
Things don’t have to be that bleak, though...
Why not polish up your style so you can do both? We’ve made a selection of seven pieces that might maintain your aspirations of sophistication while staying cosy and functional.
The clincher? They all come in at less than R350 so that you have more money left over for those other student-life necessities...
An underrated closet MVP, black skinny denims are always ready for work or play. Style them up with a shirt for dressy vibes or opt to keep them casual with a tee or crewneck. Is there even a better canvas to show off your sick collection of kicks?
The only thing better than graphic socks that add slick detail to your get-ups are the styles you wear, but don’t see. Their unmatched versatility has you covered on the daily: sports and exercise, when you need to wear dress shoes, plus the added convenience for sneakerheads.
Another big part of varsity life, that doesn’t get the emphasis it deserves, is networking with professionals in your field and doing lots of internships that aren’t for academic credit, but great CV references. You’ll need smarter pants for those and there is no choice better than chinos; you can obviously wear them with your VANS when you’re not on the hustle.
When in doubt pull your hoodie out: the undisputed transitional champion – and it looks ever chic in black. Coming in at a cool R349, you won’t be too cut up when your winter flame makes off with it after your spring break-up.
Your bath towel set is probably faded or in other kinds of shambles at this stage. Don’t think about it too much, you need this. This type of 100% cotton luxury doesn’t happen at R299 often.
This lamp clips on to the edge of your desk, it comes in very handy when you need to save extra study desk space.
Aside from it making or breaking a bedroom’s stylish aesthetic, the benefits of good bedding are infinite – the key one being a great night’s sleep. The last thing you want to come home to, after a long day on campus or burning the midnight oil at the library, are some raggedy sheets. A cool idea? Mix and match them with a duvet set and pillowcases of similar colours.