BOOKS TO BARS: A student’s guide for day-to-night dressing

Trend - Winter Florals

Student friendly style on a student friendly budget anchored with jeans, leggings, boots, sweaters, jackets and T’s – the trick is versatile pieces to take your wardrobe from casual to glam (without breaking the bank).

We asked Westfield Garden City Stylist Sara Hatten-Masterson to help balance the books with easy day to night key trends and budget buys that will see you through the cooler season.

TREND ALERT – Six student styles to scout for…

  • Leather – anything from head to toe and accessories in-between;
  • Baroque – luxurious fabrics and metallic threads
  • Minimalist – fabric and shape are key, space age fabrics and unusual misshapen forms are integral to this trend
  • Print on Print – dramatic or feminine prints combined
  • Hero Pant – tapered, wide, cropped, patterned or plain this is the must-have item for the season;
  • Winter Floral – darker, richer tones of flowers warm up this popular summer trend

Take heed of Sara’s top tips for transforming effortless book-worm into bar-hopping elegance below…


  1. A fabulous slick of a red lipstick adds instant evening appeal to any look and dress up those leather pants with a metallic knit. The versatile Bett’s Pandora ankle boot, a Westfield exclusive, oozes street style by day and killer heel after-dark.
  2. Re-use summer florals by adding a winter floral or rich jewel tone to complement, think plum, navy or emerald green.
  3. For the more feminine and fun, a print on print dress captures the runway trend and flatters the figure with tights and flats by day, add a heel and jacket for night.


  1. Swap leggings for leather tights or pants (tracksuit style) for a quick change for the bar scene, pair with a statement shoe and T, alternatively introduce some lace or metallic up top for a touch of opulence.
  2. Trade your favourite jeans for any kind of pant, for the same tutorial comfort but more fashion credibility.
  3. Comfort stakes – minimalist is huge this autumn winter, pair oversized knits and textured, space age fabrics with an ankle boot. Comfy for long lectures but easily amped up for night

Trend - Hero Pant

Trend - Baroque

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