From part-time shifts to work placements, finding a job at uni is a clever way to keep you topped up until your next student loan – and it’ll look pretty great on your CV too. To save you from blowing your hard-earned cash on pricey nine-to-five essentials, we've teamed up with Accessorize to show you how to do workwear fashion on a budget – easy, affordable style is all yours.

Swish Shoes

Whether you’re working in a high street store or a cool café, chances are you’re going to be on your feet all day. Save the heels for the night out – flats are going to be your BFF right now…

Black flat shoes


Olivia Elasticated Suede Bow Ballerina Flats – £35

Classic black flats are one of the ultimate wardrobe must-haves. Versatile enough to be worn with jeans or a dress and tights, these suede ballerina flats are the perfect pair for your shifts – especially if you’re running late! Simple and stylish, they’re a workwear essential.

Black flat shoes



Blake Loafer Flats – £29

Wanna up the fashion stakes? Designed with gold-tone metal buckles, these Blake loafers are smart and stylish, making them an all-round winners for your next work placement. The best bit? You can wear them with your skinnies straight after!

Best-Ever Bags

Going straight from lectures or seminars to work? If you find yourself rushing from A to B, you’ll want a bag that is versatile but that looks great too.

Brown purse


Colour Block Work Bag – £45

When you’re dashing from your classes or the library to work, there’s often no time to drop your text books and run. If this sounds like you, this colour block work bag has plenty of space for all your textbooks, lunch work uniform and everything else in between. As well as keeping your laptop safely inside, its square shape will keep your books from getting crumpled up too.

Black backpack


Tilly Backpack – £32

Minimal, cool and so right for the new season, the Tilly backpack is the ever-reliable alternative. Roomy enough for all your essentials, its minimal chic aesthetic is the perfect blend of style and practicality. It’s another addition to your wardrobe that you’ll find yourself pairing with almost any outfit.


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