Mario Testino for Mate t-shirt, £77.50 from NET-A-PORTER.com
Let’s be realistic. As much as the fashion pages of Vogue and Elle are able to entice us with their refined clothing silhouettes and riveting detail, nothing beats a jeans and t-shirt day, and as a library-hibernating student, we know these days only too well. As much as we’d all like to wander around campus in Jimmy Choo heels and Dior jackets, it’s just not practical, not to mention all the funny looks you’d get. Besides, if Vogue editors can get away with turning up to work in Nikes and boyfriend jeans, then we’re more than happy to effortlessly throw on a t-shirt and still look chic.
Master the season’s composed and carefree style à la Kate Moss with a few cotton essentials. A great companion to your trusty skinny jeans is a colourful printed t-shirt, which still manages to tick all the boxes for tasteful apparel, but doesn’t look like you’ve tried too hard. This Mario Testino number brings out the best of the Fashion photographer’s work: simple but effective, swapping fiddly embellishment for photos of rich jewels. Team with your vintage Levi’s and heels for daytime cool or doll up with a flirtatious skirt for evening escapades.
Designer clobber too much for your student budget? You can get great quality t-shirts from H&M and even eBay, mimicking designer styles for pennies.