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Izzi Watkins teaches us how to balance comfort and style when library life gets tough

15th February 2016

With deadlines looming over us like turn-it-in thunder clouds it can be hard to feign any fashion enthusiasm. Have no fear however, there are some really simple things you can do to ensure you knock out those assignments, and maybe even your library boyf too (metaphorically I mean, don’t actually hit him…poor guy).

The serious lack of desks at the Robbo means you’ll have to be there by nine for any chance of nabbing a spot, so the ‘I woke up like this’ look must be taken to a whole new level. Unless you’re one of those mythical creatures that makes a pack up lunch and plans their outfit the night before, it’s likely you’ll need to grab whatever’s closest/cleanest. An oversized jumper teamed with some skinnies is a staple look. You can ensure you’re not dwarfed by it by rolling up the sleeves and tucking in a section. And for those of you feeling slightly risqué, flash some ankle and watch everyone fight to play footsie with you.

Onions have layers, cakes have layers… you should have layers.

The Robbo’s questionable climate has been known to range from tropical jungle to arctic circle, so it’s a good idea to leave yourself with plenty of options.

Boyfriend shirts, camisoles and knitted scarves are all good basics. Take inspiration from Burberry AW14 and wrap yourself up in a cosy cape, which are also handy for sneaky library naps. If you don’t happen to have a spare grand lying around for an exact replica of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s, check out Topshop and Urban Outfitters for some snuggly alternatives.

As far as footwear goes, comfort is key. A decent pair of trainers is a must have, and they will come in useful when there’s a mad sprint to the last desk or for the coveted mozzarella panini. The huge trend for Nikes on campus last year seems to have been overtaken by the classic Adidas styles in the past few months. A pair with brightly coloured detailing, are ideal for tying them in to the rest of your outfit via some clever accessorising.

Although during exam season it can feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, it’s much more practical to carry it around on your back. Rucksacks have been a student staple since forever, and are never more necessary than when you’ve got two tonnes of textbooks to transport. ASOS have a huge selection ranging from bright canvas to chic leather, and consider spending a little more for a bag that will last longer and has that all important space for copious library snacks.

Realistically, if Britney could make it through 2007, shaved head and all, you can make it through the next few weeks. After all, your library boyfriend should love you for you, and if he’s cool with your unwashed jeans, mismatched socks and unflattering eye bags, then at least you know he’s a keeper.

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