How To Procrastinate Stylishly

| June 13, 2013

Words by Hannah Rabbitt

It’s that joyous time of year again when assignments start to pile up and exam study becomes a bothersome pain in the backside. All of a sudden, there seems to be an overabundance of other things that need doing first. Certain people choose to cook (some of the world’s finest culinary creations are a result of procrasta-baking); some clean, and then, there’s me. I immerse myself in the shiny, divine world of fashion. And here’s how you can too.

The first step is to go out and purchase all of the latest magazines. You laugh, but I literally just did this. As we speak I have a stack of glossies 20cm high, sitting next to my laptop, staring holes through me. They’re immensely hard to resist and make putting off essay writing oh so easy.

Then there’s Instagram. If you follow all the fashion houses, indie bloggers, editors, and general cool kids, you actually hit a point where every time you refresh your feed, there are at least a good handful of funky fresh photos just waiting to be double tapped. The Man Repeller and Margaret Zhang are two of my personal fave intsagrammers who never fail to impress with their uploads. How could you manage to hit the books when there are so many people just waiting for your love? Tumblr’s good too. You get the pleasure of visual gratification along with the sense of fulfillment that comes with the simple re-blog. Double check.

I firmly believe that online shopping is the cure for almost anything and procrastination is no exception. The fashion universe is at your fingertips when sitting behind the golden glow of you laptop screen, and it’s more than happy to help you waste time. has all the flamboyant and neon-adorned jewellery you need, and if you’re really, truly, dedicated to the study-delaying cause, I double dog dare you to trawl through Asos. A hot pair of flatforms and reflective shades are coming my way kudos to this very cause. So long study, hello new clothes.

Now, with all the new loot that you’ve accumulated, your wardrobe will be in desperate need of a clean out slash re-organise, and there isn’t a better time to do it than in the lead up to exam block. Chuck out all the stuff you no longer wear or doesn’t actually fit you anymore (you’ll be surprised just how much of this there is) and sell it. Or if you’re feeling particularly warm and fuzzy on the inside, donate. Then, order everything by style and colour. Voila! Day gone.

Before you know it, your essay will be due and your exam will be in the morning. Hit the caffeine and feel the exhilaration of the last minute cram session. At least you’ve already aced the fun part.

Note: grades, bank balances and Internet bills may suffer as a consequence of stylish time wasting.

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