Youngsters have learnt the art of looking super haute within the rules, writes Nivedita Ganguly
A flume ride called life, big doses of fun and splashes of colours! That’s college life, as many would agree. It’s that time of year when the city will be flooded with collegians sporting the hippest clothes and setting the fashion trends for the season. From rainbow coloured capris to short kurtas, trends may emerge on the ramp but college is the place where they actually catch on. Campuses abound with long hair, ‘anti-fit jeans’, tight T-shirts, three-fourth jackets, skullcaps, sporty specs, and sneakers. Youngsters have learnt the art of looking super haute within the rules. A strap-less singlet hugging the contours of a gym-toned body or tattooed abs peeking out of low waist jeans or minis sitting precariously on stiletto stilt legs – the bold and the beautiful have taken it upon themselves to shake the placid mood of the city and send it rocking all over.
It is not always courses, career and clothes - in that order, but more often, the reverse way. Once the admission blues are over, youngsters glide into the ecstasy of campus life with a fashionable ease! Maintaining a hip look on campus is the only mantra and fashion designers have cottoned on to the fact that collegians present a nice chunk of purchasing power.
While the sober style would be a short kurti on tight jeans or chudidar, the traditional ‘patiala’ salwars on brightly coloured kurtas are also quite a rage among the college crowd. “It’s trendy as well as decent and gives a cool look. It is also an accepted mode of dressing in most colleges and institutions,” says Anwesha, a collegian. While dress codes in colleges are quite a dampener for the euphoric collegians, they, however, make up for it during the weekend parties or evening get-togethers when they can flaunt their individual styles.
While kurtis remain the hot favourite among the young crowd, the skirt has whirled into mind-blowing patterns and shapes. Vegetable dye long skirts, wrap-around or pleated skirts of knee length are the flavour of the season. Fashion gurus recommend the use of subtle colours of pastel shades.
In jeans, the flair or boot cut is out and skinny tight fit has entered the fashion arena once again. Lee has introduced a whole new range of skinny jeans for the season.Accessories
Accessories have always been a way of being creative without burning too big a hole in the pocket. Fashion experts in the city suggest that draping a scarf or a stole around the neck is also drop dead stylish and very much in vogue. For boys, sporty wrist watches make a big statement, they say.
And of course, sporting trendy hairstyles has caught the fancy of many. “We can’t do much with our dressing styles in the campus since there are rules and specifications that we need to follow.
So hairstyles and funky hair colours are a great way to make a fashion statement,” says Sakshi, a B.Com student.
Large bags continue to hog the limelight in the fashion scene. Sling bang with mirror work are a common choice of all college goers. Clutch bags with big buckles make a great fashion statement for the evening parties.
If you want to look a bit different, natural fibre mat bags in flashy colours of pinks and reds give a very trendy look.
For a feminine look with a hint of mischief blended with a bohemian look, long bead neckwears touching the belly button are the best. You can double it up or even wear it as a single string to give some variation.
Wrap it up with light weight round or oval metal earrings to give that fresh trendy look, suggest fashion gurus.