Autumn Outfit Ideas For University | TOTUM
Holly BarrowOctober 4th
2022

Autumn is officially here, the leaves are beginning to change, pumpkin spiced lattes are on the go and the weather is getting pretty cold and blustery already. 

While this weather is perfect for a cosy day on the couch binging your favourite series with a cuppa, it can also make walking to and from uni a very… cold, wet experience to say the least.

For this reason, you want to make sure you’re wrapped up without getting a sweat on (the ultimate battle), so it’s time to take a look at some autumn university outfit ideas.

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Autumn fashion is a firm favourite for us; we’re absolutely here for chunky knits, oversized sweaters and earthy tones.

But trying to think of what to wear every day can be a challenge, so we’re diving into some autumn trends and style inspo to make finding the perfect autumn university outfits a doddle…

Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Autumn

When you’re thinking of autumn outfit ideas for university, one of the first things you might want to consider is creating a capsule wardrobe. 

If you’re wondering what a capsule wardrobe is, allow us to give you a quick run down. 

The term was first coined back in the 1970s by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called Wardrobe, and then later brought back into the mainstream by fashion designer Donna Karan in 1985. 

But in recent years it’s really taken off again as a result of renewed efforts to prioritise sustainability. 

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Basically, a capsule wardrobe means purchasing a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other and that will work with existing items in your wardrobe. You want to prioritise basics that you can easily pair with different items. If you’re building an autumn capsule wardrobe this year, this might include a couple of chunky knits, a basic white tee or turtleneck, a black bodysuit, wide fit trousers and a pair of chunky boots. 

You can then easily combine these combinations with some of your wardrobe staples, whether that’s your favourite pair of mom jeans or a well-loved midi skirt.

Being able to mix and match is the key here and will allow you to create countless outfits without splurging on a bunch of pieces that you might wear once or twice. 

For super affordable basics, we’d recommend the likes of ASOS and H&M. Remember to make the most of your 10% ASOS discount with TOTUM. 

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If you’re looking to invest in some high quality basics that will last you a lifetime, we’d recommend browsing Farfetch (make the most of 10% off Farfetch as a TOTUM member) and Ninety Percent (get 25% off full-priced items). 

Top tip: Ninety Percent even has its own ‘Perennial Wardrobe’ edit designed specifically to help you to shop key layering pieces that are responsibly made. 

The Return of Ugg Boots

In case you’ve missed it, Uggs are officially back. Yep, not just Ugg slippers, the actual boots. But this time around, it’s all about the mini boots. 

A-listers such as Kendall Jenner and Em Ratajkowski have been donning the mini Uggs since 2021, so it’s not a brand new trend so to speak but it’s becoming increasingly popular this autumn/winter. 

You’ll likely spot them in abundance on your uni campus paired with leggings and a baggy jumper, and to be honest we can see why they’re such a hit with students. 

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It can be bad enough trying to get out of bed for a 9am lecture, never mind thinking of what to wear. With Ugg boots, you can stay as snUGG (sorry) and cosy as possible to make those dark, early mornings that little bit more bearable.

Best of all, if you have a TOTUM card you can grab yourself 10% Ugg discount so get those adorable mini boots ordered ASAP.

Inspired By TikTok

Finally, TikTok is one of the best places to gain inspo when looking for the best autumn outfit ideas for university. 

From trench coats to relaxed wide fit trousers and V-neck sweaters to turtlenecks, you can find tips on how to style all of these autumn trends on TikTok.

Here are some autumn looks we *love*:

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To achieve Isabella's casual yet stylish university look, shop this grey half zip sweatshirt from Kaiia The Label, pair with a basic white tee underneath and your favourite mom jeans.

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Each of Aleiah's cosy autumn outfits for university are from H&M - don't walk, run!

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Shop Becky's jumper from Boohoo here and enjoy 10% off with TOTUM! Pair with a black midi skirt or satin dress and an oversized blazer.

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Not forgetting the boys! To recreate Garcia's look, wear a basic white tee under a grey sweatshirt and pair with these green trousers from About You.

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Hopefully you have plenty of inspiration to keep you going throughout the autumn season! Remember, comfort is key but you don't have to sacrifice style.

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