As the days here in Scotland grow ever colder and darker, there’s truly nothing quite like curling up with a coffee – and your looming deadlines – in your favorite cafe. For me, this snug utopia is St Andrews’s very own Taste; with ambience, a reliably eclectic soundtrack, and the perfect espresso, Taste really is the stuff of cafe-hoppers’ dreams. And the people-watching? Well, if you can snag a seat at the window bar, it’s unmatched. As technology and a pressing need to constantly be doing something have encroached on all our daily lives, I’m often reminded of the simple pleasure of sitting and sipping at this window seat. Forcing myself to put my phone away and stare out the window, I probably look incredibly strange, or like I’m trying way too hard to practice mindfulness with my coffee. However, Taste is actually a prime position to keep tabs on St Andrean street style, and survey says students are loving big scarves, big sunglasses, and even bigger coats.
As I settle in here for about three hours, (my apologies to those in need of a seat, Taste is cozy, not spacious), I note students following trends with their own twists and breaking them at the same time. Kick-flares, black boots, and fur coats are trends we’re all loving, but St Andrews students never fail to show up looking both chic and fashionably courageous, even on a simple coffee outing or as they pass by on the way to the library.
Who says colder months call for exclusively neutrals? Not only does her lilac pop against a gloomy backdrop, but it looks fantastic with the coffee accessory.
Ever been told navy and black don’t go? Brown and black? This age old fashion advice is drifting into obscurity. Black goes with everything.
Animal print is back in (if it was ever out?), and students are loving it. Coats, dresses, shoes – you name it and you’ll probably find it in animal print.
My favorite sightings (not pictured) include velvet sneakers, a breadth of funky pants, and loafers with leopard print detailing. People-watch and outfit-stalk for long enough, and you’ll be overwhelmed with a diversity of style in a town that can sometimes feel oppressively on-brand; St Andrews is a town of vast sartorial knowledge, one whose students capture what it means to effortlessly and artfully follow fashion’s best trends, but also set them. And better yet, sit in a cafe while you witness it.