Saturday, 6 September 2014

Student Style for Vogue


















I can't believe that this time last year I was nervously packing suitcases, trying to enjoy the last few weeks of the holiday and contemplating the books not yet ticked off my reading list. The first year of university has whizzed past, the second looming up ahead.

So it's more than apt timing for something I wrote on student style to have appeared on Vogue.co.uk. You can read the piece, titled 'Student Style: The University of Fashion Life' here. What I assumed would be a straightforward set of observations on outfits slowly became more of a meditation on identity, transitions and the role clothes can play in establishing yourself - or providing some much-needed armour.  

Alongside the writing, I was asked to document some of the outfits of students in Oxford - which I did, enjoying the chance to really focus on whose wardrobe choices I admired most. However, in the end these images weren't actually used, so I'm putting them up here as an addition to the article. Those pictured above are a mixture of friends, acquaintances and one or two individuals I ran up to on the street to ask if I could take a quick snap. Thanks to all of them for giving me their time. 

15 comments:

AVY said...

Pretty people, seems like the place to be.

/Avy

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Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh! Everyone is so stylish! I wish I looked that good when I was in school. But hardly anyone at school dressed nice...yuck!
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Ivana Split said...

I do like every single photo- and they all have such a distinct style...this post makes me almost miss my student days:)

Naturally, I'll check out the article... and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

Melanie said...

Such a pity that they didn't use these photos with your article. These pictures capture so much better what you write than the professional model photos that were used. But that's biz...
Time for me to "snatch a gasp of sunshine" with some "warm stone at my back." Mmm.

Anupriya DG said...

Oh! That's one swanky lot of kids up there!!! <3

This post almost takes me back to my college days (which was almost a decade back)....and ours being a fashion college, well, every day we reinvented ourselves!

OrigamiGirl said...

I can see that your friends really have a similar aesthetic to you! You've managed to meet a lot of people who also love the vintage inspiration. I'm loving the last girl's look especially with the jump suit! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, and the encouragement to write it again as poet piece. I have a growing collection of poems I'm really proud of that need airing to the world one day.

Claire Ferguson said...

Long time reader, but the first time to comment- I had to let you know how annoyed I was that they didn't use your photos in the article! It was a lovely piece and I thought your images would've accompanied it a lot better.

Also, I'm almost not sure if I should tell you this for fear of sounding like a stalker, but... I'm a Canadian university student who just finished a semester abroad in the UK, and on a day-trip to Oxford you stopped across from me at an intersection on your bike. I nearly called out to let you know what I fan I was, but you looked like you were in a hurry and I didn't want to be rude! I felt like I'd been lucky enough to spot a celebrity, and it made my whole day. Thought you might be amused to know that you made one tourist very happy.

So thank you for your writing and your photos. I look forward to every post!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Your wonderful metaphors bring your wardrobe to life. I so enjoyed reading your piece and I'm damn impressed that you've written more for British Vogue! I wonder if we'll see more of your Oxford street style pics? You have yet another talent there! xoxox

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Your wonderful metaphors bring your wardrobe to life. I so enjoyed reading your piece and I'm damn impressed that you've written more for British Vogue! I wonder if we'll see more of your Oxford street style pics? You have yet another talent there! xoxox

Izzy DM said...

Excited to go read the piece! These pics are wonderful. I can't pick a favorite, although I'm partial to the ivory-skinned lass with dark hair and red lips... One of my own favorite looks, although with my wild Jewish hair, I could never pull off hair that short. What a debonair bunch you are! Did you take these pics yourself, too? Another talent of yours. Wonderful!
xx
Izzy
www.brooklynbooksandbabies.com

Izzy DM said...

P.S. 'Twas a great read. I could so vividly see you and the other undergrad in a matching outfit, smiling at each other in recognition. Kindred spirits indeed! You have just the best way of describing clothes; it reminds me of some of my cooking friends with their food porn, the words just trip off the tongue. I can almost taste those sequins and silks :). And you just reminded me what I want my next book to be! Donna Tartt's! I loved The Goldfinch, and I've been meaning to read another of her books.
xx
Izzy
www.brooklynbooksandbabies.com

Elizabeth Victoria Clark said...

I absolutely love the first outfit - vintage inspired but thoroughly modern. x E

Elizabeth Victoria Clark

Willow said...

Your piece for British Vogue was so gorgeous, so many rich lines and descriptions. I loved it. So lovely to see more of your photography on here, it's such a shame it didn't end up getting used. These are all such great photos of such stylish people; it's hard to choose a favourite. Excellent framing of the second shot (and those socks are seriously enviable). The colours in the third and fourth are gorgeous with the black and white ensembles and bright splashes of red. I love the perspective given to the image by all those bikes lined up behind the subject in the fifth photo. Outfit wise, I love the styling by the guy in the burgundy jacket (I need a jacket like that), and I am SO coveting that killer jumpsuit - so striking and elegant (as is she).

...Great post below. Your dad's photography is always stunning and you look so lovely and summery in that glorious dress. Such beautiful reflections on "wild swims" (I love that term).

...And below that: fab. Impractical dressing, ha, I wouldn't know anything about that, would I? I wear the worst things for visiting our horses, which involves walking through long grass and weeds (with sticky and prickly seeds), climbing through a barbed wire fence, sometimes cleaning a water trough, very often getting sneezed on by one of the horses, and occasionally being mistaken for a fence post to rub up against (read: falling over). I've learnt to never wear hats though, as a particular horse has a reputation for snatching them in order to play a very manipulative game...
I adore that playsuit, and actually rather like the effect made by the fading - tied in so well with the colours of your lipstick, bag, hat, and gorgeously impractical shoes.

Lally said...

What a pity they didn't use the photographs; they really are fabulous. Every look is so wonderful although I particularly love the girl in the hat, the girl with the striped yellow trousers and the last girl in a jumpsuit! All three look so effortlessly brilliant. Going to have a look at the article now XX

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