As the winter marks its presence, the street markets are in full bloom

With the mercury going downhill, you can no longer deny your winter wear a chance to embrace you. But with winters proving to be a short affair in this part of the world, youngsters no longer like to invest too much in winter fashion. This makes street wear an affordable option. And when the trend pundits have predicted it is the season of mix and match, the lanes of Janpath and Sarojini Nagar market can easily solve the jigsaw puzzle of style in a reasonable price. Unlike metrological department, fashion gurus don’t easily go wrong.

“Long coats, long flowing dresses, kaftans, layered skirts and fluid pants shall reign supreme this season. Colours are minimal and monochromatic with splashes of red, orange, fuchsia and aborigine,” says seasoned designer Payal Jain.

“Streetwear is more about modifying the latest design and trying it out with unconventional combinations. I am looking for a plaid pattern khadi waistcoat to try it out with a pair of jeans and boots this season,” says Majid Jalil, a third year student who was in Dilli Haat for his search. After speaking to a cross-section of youngsters, it becomes clear that street wear provides them plenty of options to sport in college within their budget but by no means it is just for youngsters looking for quantity. A look at Bhikaiji Cama Place can dispel these notions as quality seeking senior citizens could be seen bargaining for a Nehru jacket. “There is a huge demand of reverse jacket,” says a shopkeeper who has no time to take questions.

The days of sweaters and cardigans are far from over. With the infusion of a wide spectrum of shades and design, they have got a new lease of life. Apart from these sweatshirts with a half jacket is also going well with the crowd this time. Dark high-collar jackets touching just the waistline in length too can be seen as a common pick.

“It’s not that everyone is following any particular style or trend anymore now. I am not out for any particular thing, anything that catches my eye, I’ll go for it!” says Aayush, a first year student on a different note.

“The best part about street wear is that it does not follow a particular dress code. I can relate to this kind of clothing, it’s casual yet trendy,” says M. Lavanyaa, a second year English (Hons) student, on a shopping spree in Lajpat Nagar.

“This winter long coat is my pick. It fits both on my Indian and western attires. It looks nice over kurtis and smart over shirts too!” exclaims Himani Rautela, a young student from Bangalore who has recently shifted back to Delhi.

Winters without boots are unimaginable. The stores are all flooded with boots of all shades and style. From high heels to flat ones, there are plenty of options in length too. Some rise up to the knees, some stop short of calves. And of course they come without or with laces. “Winters without boots is so not happening,” adds Himani.

“A medley of wool and silk shawls, scarves and adventurous tops or tunics adds an element of fun to your wardrobe,” suggests Payal.

It is still time for the bone chilling winter to set in. So blazers and other heavy gearings may remain off till a couple of days but the stores are flooded with them and they are expected on the streets soon.