I am writing this sitting on a bench looking out at West Sands. Dogs run up and down the long, sandy stretch and the waves roll in gently. Today is the first day I haven’t left my house bundled in my scarf and sweaters. Today, the sun beats down gently on my back and I sit, counting the days until I can head away for the spring holidays.
This begs the question: what do we wear now that the weather is getting warmer and that the infamous spring break is almost upon us? I heard a student leaving a seminar today in a puffer coat, exclaiming that he would surely melt in the 12 degree St. Andrews springtime warmth. In fact, spring break gives us so many options for what to wear, no matter where you’re headed: back home, abroad, or simply staying in the sunny bubble with friends.
My first go-to for spring break is loose sweaters, for the sole reason that layering is my best friend during the warmer weather. Though the mornings may be cold, the day tends to warm up; having a comfortable, stylish sweater can make all the difference. Maybe swap the long trench coats of winter for a looser cardigan or lightweight blazer. Morgan Young, a second year IR student, claims her denim jacket to be the perfect spring break accessory. Wear over a t-shirt when it is warm, and over a sweater when the wind brings a slight chill.
I also enjoy wearing ankle length trousers and loafers. It may not be quite warm enough for shorts or skirts just yet, but ankle trousers are the perfect in between while we wait for summer days. The warmer weather means you no longer have to stuff your feet in boots before trekking to class. Pairing some patterned or plain trousers with pumps and a crisp, white shirt makes you look elegant and also keeps you cool.
In terms of accessories, I enjoy lightweight scarves, hats, and sunglasses. Should the day heat up, it’s easy to stuff them in a bag and save them for the evening walk home in the chilly spring dusk. Much to my surprise, I found myself purchasing a new pair of sunglasses recently. Should you be travelling abroad, these are a must, but even in the St. Andrews sun it is a nice feeling to bring out your sunglasses for a relaxed, sophisticated look.
Don’t forget that spring break is the perfect opportunity to change up your style in a more radical way. Why not book an appointment for a new hairdo? Plenty of students choose to get their hair cut for the warmer weather and a new, spring look. I enjoy getting my hair done lighter in the spring as it makes me feel more uplifted and bright!
I asked some students about their spring break plans in terms of travel and fashion. Those heading to Easter get-togethers talked about their favourite floral dresses. Others are travelling far to get back home, so comfort is a big factor in their outfit choices when commutes are over 12 hours long. Some will be in exotic, hot countries, so are spending time shopping for swimsuits and jumpsuits. Overall, the consensus was this: wear something that allows you to embrace the new, much awaited sunshine – something that makes you feel good about yourself.
Spring break creates an excited buzz amongst students every year, whether you are travelling, working, seeing family, or simply relaxing. Make sure to update your wardrobe – we can say goodbye to the dark, chunky winter clothes, and breathe a sigh of relief in heading outside without fear of the cold.