What’s in, what’s out

WIDE COLLECTION: Choosing the best fit. Photo:R. Ashok   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

Come June and its back to campus for college-goers in the city. Soon campuses will be a riot of colours with the new batch trying to make that elusive perfect first impression.

Love it or loathe it, campus fashion is something you can’t to ignore. And city’s fashion stores are gearing up to meet the expectations.

For gals

Cotton remains the queen of fabrics with cotton kurtis, salwar kameez and shirts moving off the racks fast. Knee- length kurtis with Chinese collars are the rage this season and so are leggings that come in vivid shades.

Ruffles, crinkles and crushed materials are also hip this season. Crinkled skirts and crinkled duppattas with kalamkari designs line the shelves at ‘Fab India’ on Salai Road. The white duppatas with intricate organdie embroidery can give you that ‘wow’ look while the cotton salwar kameez and kurtis with pockets might be the perfect answer to many a frantic young women’s fervent prayer. For, that’s fashion with utility for you!

The good old salwar kameez is never out of fashion with ‘masakali’ and ‘sania’ models being the fad now and available at most stores.

Capris are taking the town by storm with affordable denim and cotton capris available at Waves and Fashion Bug in Cantonmemt.

“Funky tops and pencil fit jeans are new arrivals”, points out Trisha at Waves. “They can be paired with the netted scarves and printed shawls that help you make a fashion statement.”

For a great evening out, Waves has knee- length satin frocks in rich tints coupled with leggings that come with a touch of lace.

Benetton on Shastri Road offers combination dresses for girls – shirts with three- fourth sleeves paired with sleeveless black or grey cotton jackets.


But what are good clothes without the right accessories? It’s back to basics with stone and wood jewellery on sale at Fab India. Black thread chains with stone and wood pendants carrying inlaid work and lightweight wood bangles are the latest craze to hit the market.

Bling is in as far as bags are concerned with jute bags, purses and pouches with sequins and embellishments flooding the stores.

Can we afford to forget styling our tresses? Feather cuts and layer cuts are the most preferred hairstyles according to Surya Vadham, Franchisee of the Cantonment Naturals Family Salon.

For guys

Boys have reason to celebrate with college wear taking a trendy turn. Official- checks are back in season.

“Most students prefer low waist jeans”, says Balaji, salesperson at Benetton. “Stone-washed jeans and frayed jeans are in vogue now,” he informs.

Benetton has stocked up linen and cotton slim fit shirts to help you make an enviable first impression. White tricot T-shirts that are sweat-absorbent and fit at the waist also make for comfortable wear. Plain collars have taken a new avatar with stripes and patterns giving a chic look.

“Cuffs and folded sleeves with flaps are the latest thing now,” declares Franklin from Waves. “Pencil fit jeans and stretch jeans which were earlier favored by girls are fast becoming popular among guys.”

So, what are you waiting for? Get dressed, go out and paint the streets red. Or wait…perhaps turquoise, cos it’s ‘in’ this season too!

What’s New: Masakali salwars, striped collars, slim fit shirts, stone and wood jewellery.

What’s Hot: Chinese collars, leggings, low- waist jeans, pencil fit jeans, checks

What’s In: Small prints, slits, sequins, gathering pants, printed tees, sandals.

What’s Out: Large prints, heavy work, round necks, striped shirts, full-length sleeves

Cool Colours: Turquoise, red, green, pink, brown, grey, black, white.

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