Late-night library style

With exams looming, you're going to be spending a lot of time in the library. And if you want to catch someone's eye, you'll have to look your best. Fashion blogger Alice Tate shows you how.

With January comes students’ least favourite time of year. The time when late nights are obligatory, coffee shakes are commonplace and the library is your home from home. I’m stressed, you’re stressed, its obviously exam time.

When the only time you can spare from revising is given to opening a can of Red Bull, you know times have got tough. It's then when you might be tempted to throw a sweater over your ‘jarmies as you head to the library and think ‘that’ll do’.

Its only when you get to the library, you’re rooting for your books or you’re skipping out for another coffee that you realise you’re in your teddy bear pyjamas, in front of other people, in public. Cue disapparation of any style kudos.

While no one should have the time to primp, groom or add finishing touches to perfect ensembles, exam season doesn’t need to mark the end of reason. Take a five-minute break from the grind to scroll through our options of style solving saviours to see you through these two-weeks of pain, sleet, snow and late nights.

Good luck with exams!



Nike Free Run +3 Liberty Sneakers, £100

Long days and mile hikes to the library calls for comfy footwear. Score style points in the Nike X Liberty collaboration.

ASOS Leather Backpack, £36

Chic, leather and big enough to carry A4.

John Lewis Hear-Muffs (Headphone Earmuffs), £9.95

For warmth, for escapism, for relief to brains numbed by books, these earmuffs come as music to our ears.

Topshop Pipe Panel Leggings, £22

Just as comfy as your pyjama bottoms but far more socially acceptable, leggings make for easy early morning decisions and all-day comfort.

River Island Floral Hair Bun Garland, £6

Scrape your unwashed, unkempt tresses back and decorate with a pretty, polished garland. Ta-da!

Soap & Glory ‘Trick & Treatment’ Dark Circle Concealer, £9

No words needed. Obvious essential


Urban Outfitters Vintage Sequin Bun Sweater, £22

A day of enduring the library is even more unbearable when you’r e soggy and cold. Stay dry and take cover.

Bellfield 3 Way Cagoule, £85

A day of enduring the library is even more unbearable when you’re soggy and cold. Stay dry and take cover.

Sony MDR-V55 Headphones, £47

Cheap, cheerful and the answer to ultimate escapism.  

Herschel Mill Mesenger Bag, £65

Big enough for your books, your gym kit and your giant supply of snacks - probably even space for some self-motivation too.

Gap Contrast Stripe Knit Gloves, £5.99


With a spell of unpleasant weather forecasts, these can come in handy for potential snowballing en route home from the library.

Adidas Ciero Sneakers, £69.99


Plan ahead and remember flip-flops and plimsolls aren’t ideal for January snow showers.

Alice Tate blogs at Find her on Twitter here @ALICETATE