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Student must-haves

We all know what it’s like, being a student. So many beautiful clothes, so many wonderful events to wear them to but we have no money to buy them with! So, I’ve scoured the shops for bargains and have come up with a few staple items that you can use consistently throughout the term.

1. Thick Jumpers –Many of these are needed to make up for the lack of heating within the accommodation.» >

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London Fashion Week SS14 roundup

It may be winter but that means the fashion forward are already a step ahead, considering what to wear next year for spring/summer 2014.

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead SS14 LFW

Emilia Wickstead SS14 LFW

Ladylike tailoring & pastel hues, neat skirts and 50s dresses in powder pinks and buttercup yellow featured heavily at Samantha Cameron’s favourite. Bold stripes, ladylike pointy shoes and trapeze dresses made a hit on the catwalk at the stylish location of New Bond Street’s Halcyon Gallery. » >

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Essential winter warmers

Winter calls for cold weather and therefore, warm clothes. Do not despair! You may be colder than usual waiting in the club queue line or walking to campus and wondering why you did not wear those thicker socks. However, what is better than snuggling in that comfy winter coat or onesie? This article will take you through essential winter clothing and show what is popular right now.

Not surprisingly, the onesie, perfect for students who cannot afford huge amounts of heating, will head this selection of essential winter clothing for lounging and night-time.» >

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Best style at NYFW

This September, the eyes of the world turned to New York, as NY Fashion Week kicked off once more. As per usual, they predicted and dictated the trends we will be wearing when the sun finally emerges again in spring 2014.

The style sticking around for another season seems to be the highly popular monochrome look, with black and white as permanent a fixture on the runways as it was at NY’s last fashion week.» >

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Having a ball: fashion at freshers

The Fresher’s Ball. What to wear to the biggest event of first term? It’s tricky to decide on that perfect outfit, you’ve spent most of your week in an impressive array of fancy dress: neon, plastered with face paint, sheets fashioned into togas, geek glasses, etc. So the fashion department at Spark* have asked some third years that have previously attended for some advice, and here’s what they said…

Anna Jones, Third Year Archaeology student.» >

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From Salsa to Steampunk: Reading’s most fashionable nightlife

To look for a well dressed, heel-friendly venue in Reading can often be more difficult than it seems. The classiest of which, MIX Cocktail Bar, Pitcher and Piano, Malmaison and the like, will almost certainly never appeal to your student bank balance. And, inevitably, as much as our favourite heels would fit in nicely at the Union, I  feel that Topshop’s finest sling-backs need somewhere a little more welcoming…

Q Bar is up there (especially having held the recent party of the Downton cast), as is Vodka Revs, for our weekly heel-friendly clubbing fix.» >

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Fashion squared: the society meets Spark*

This year Spark*’s Fashion section aims to team up with UoR’s Fashion Society to bring you fantastic in-depth coverage of all things fashion at UoR! What better way to introduce our readers to the society but through interviewing fashion society president and second year law student Hannah Stanford.

Hi Hannah, thanks for agreeing to do this interview! Last year the fashion society ran trips to Birmingham’s Clothes Show Live and the Valentino exhibition at Somerset house.» >

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Advice from RUSU Welfare Officer, Sophie Davies

 “I feel really homesick and no one else seems to be. What do I do?”

Homesickness is incredibly common in the first few weeks of term and there’s certainly no shame in it! I guarantee that as much as they might hide it, even the rowdiest and most confident of your flatmates will have called home at least once this week! Everyone gets homesick at some point but for some people the feeling of uncertainty and anxiety are much more severe and it might not feel like it’s going to get any better.» >

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