What to Wear

The St. Andrews University Library is far more than a Mecca for procrastinators with looming deadlines — rather, it is also a place in which the style elite of St. Andrews are most apparent. Although the occasional student can be found sporting heels, full-blown eye makeup and a tight outfit, most students manage to tailor their style within the realm of library chic.

This Fashionista appears completely effortless, comfortable and put together. Her camel coat fits perfectly, adding polish and warmth to her ensemble. The paisley scarf adds color and a touch of individuality to her relatively neutral look. The petite print and neutral color of her skirt complements the scarf by adding detail without overwhelming the eye. Her black tights and boots give the look further dimension without straying far from her neutral palette. The black combo also makes this Fashionista’s legs seem miles long. To finish her look, this Fashionista opted for a Barbour shoulder bag that easily fits all of her essentials.

In order to achieve an air of library chic, opting for a plaid skirt and librarian glasses is never the answer. Instead, put together an outfit based upon strategic layers. A wool coat in a versatile color such as hunter green, black or camel will keep the warmth in without sacrificing style — which alpine jackets easily accomplished among other library attendees. Underneath the wool coat, choose a dress in a stretchy material. This option maintains the polish of the ensemble without being too constricting. However, deciding to wear a dress makes wool blend tights an essential. For footwear, short leather boots will complement this look best.

Accessory wise, a sturdy shoulder bag in leather or a tough canvas is the most appropriate carryall for the library. Although leather backpacks can give off the same look, they tend to be smaller, thus constraining the amount of books one can bring to the library. The second most important accessory in this look is the scarf. Fun and cheap scarves are the best option given the likeness of losing the scarf within the library. If one is willing to take the risk, this cashmere scarf from Etro achieves the same look in a more luxurious manner.

One Simple Change: If it were raining en route to the library, layering up with an extra sweater and a beige trench coat would still give off the same look, all the while keeping its wearer dry.


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