The Autumn accessories you need for the new semester
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September can be viewed as a time for a fresh start and of course, that doesn't just mean your wardrobe! We've decided to take a look at our favourite accessories that are guaranteed to help you get through the cooler weather and some mighty hangovers. A Water Resistant Backpack The Lismore waxed backpack from MADE.com, £69 is the ideal companion for any student. In practical terms, it's pretty much perfect; it's big enough to hold most laptops and folders, has inner, front, and side pockets for organised storage, is made of 100% hardy cotton, has a wax finish that makes it water resistant to protect all of its important contents, and its backpack style makes it a winner for walkers and cyclists alike. Equally, its all-black colour scheme, clean lines, and unique roll-down outer closure which conceals an inner zip create a sleek accessory and ensure style is never compromised. A Scarf That Doubles As A Blanket For those early mornings when you'd just rather stay in bed but really have to go to that lecture, a large woolly scarf is the answer. Throw it on over your outfit for the journey to class, and once you arrive it can double up as a blanket and you can stay warm and cosy in those freezing lecture halls. The versatile monochrome colour-scheme of this soft-touch checked scarf from Zara, £25.99 is smart enough to appease professors, but also cosy enough to cocoon tired, hungover students when you're in need of a little TLC. A Diary Sometimes uni can be a lot, so anything that helps you to stay on top of things is a much-welcome addition to your packing list. This weekly dateless cactus diary from Skinnydip London, £18 is ideal; free from any specific dates, it can be completely tailored to your schedule and started at any time of the year so that no matter how much you have going on, you can at least appear to have your life together. Plus, it comes with stickers, so I'm sold. A Versatile Oversized Jumper Invest in a good-quality oversized jumper and you can feign effort and style at the earliest of hours and during the longest of days. Throw it on over leggings, jeans, or a skirt, and pair it with trainers, loafers, or boots... it's the wardrobe cheat that every student needs in their life. This colour block chunky sweater from Monki, £25 is not only on trend and super soft, but also forms part of the Monki Cares/Better Cotton Initiative range which "exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity", making it a great guilt-free addition to your wardrobe.
Cup , £14 is one way to make this habit slightly more justifiable; not only do many places discount drinks when you provide your own cup, you're also helping the environment by reducing the energy used and waste created by disposable ones.
A Card Wallet
The Issy cork card holder from Oliver Bonas, £12 means you can keep your bank cards, student cards, and bus passes stashed safely together so that they're ready to grab as and when you need them. As it's small enough to be tucked into pockets, there's no need to waste time rooting about in your bag for it, and it's ideal for a night out when you neither need nor want to take the full contents of your wallet or purse out with you.
A Binder With Compartments
For long days with multiple classes when you don't have the chance to run home and drop things off or pick things up, a compartmentalised binder is much needed. This one from HEMA, £2.50 is ideal; in an on-trend ombre design, it has six sections separated by subject dividers with an elastic fastening to keep everything securely tucked away, even when you're on the go.
A Cable Tidy
Is there anything more annoying than prepping to leave the house and finding your earphones in a tangled mess in the pocket of your bag? For those of us who like to listen to music as we go to and from uni but haven't yet been able to invest in cordless ones, this macaroon earphone cable tidy £3.00 is the solution to our knotted cords. It attaches to the back of your phone, you wrap the cables around it, and then simply pop the cover over to keep them stashed neatly away ready to be quickly unwrapped when next needed.
An Insulated Water Bottle
Whether in the depths of winter or the heat of summer, the best way to save money (and plastic) is by ensuring you always have a cold or hot drink with you, and insulated bottles are a great way to do so. This Emma Bridgewater design for Chillys Bottles, £25 not only looks great, but is also BPA-free and leak proof and can keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24. Tea on tap? Sorted.
Which will you be purchasing this Autumn?
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