For any guy or girl entering DU, a fashion faux pas can be costy. First impressions are last impressions and unfortunately, that's not a myth. There's a thin line separating you and the wannabes. Here are a few tips to help you land up on the right side of the style divide.
For the girls Keep the sun away: Wear shades and strut carefree around the campus. There are various chic glasses available in the market, and you don't have to pay a bomb for them. You can go for Idee or Fastrack sunglasses (Rs 500 to 1000) or go to Sarojini Nagar and Janpath, where you will find many stylish sunglasses at dirt-cheap prices.
Basic blue jeans:
Every college-goer needs to own at least one great pair of well-fitting, basic blue denims. Take your body shape into consideration while opting for that perfect pair - it'll be your best friend for the next three years.
Black tee or Cotton kurta:
Move beyond the conventional blue jeans-white tee shirt dictum and don the color of evil. Invest in a comfortable black tee, plain or printed. Bash up the summer blues with a cool cotton kurta in pastel hues. Team it up with jeans, a churidar or a salwar.
For that comfy walk, buy a pair of Osho chappals or invest in a pair of sturdy floaters. They'll help you sail through rain and shine.
Carry a spacious bag to stuff all your notebooks, stationary, deodorants, pepper spray, umbrella, mints, etc.
Accessories: Spruce up a plain Jane look by wearing a pair of chunky silver earrings, rings and multicoloured beads. Best buys - Silver Market (Dariba kalan), Chandni Chowk and Silofer, GK M-block market. Price range - Rs 120 onwards.
Do up your hair in bands, scarves, and pins. Best buys People Tree, Janpath and Sarojini Nagar market. Price range - Rs 20 to 50.
Slide on colorful thread and wooden bangles for that chic look. Best buys - Janpath, Sarojini Nagar market and People Tree. Price range Rs 5 to 30.
For the guys
They say there is just one pair of jeans made for everyone on earth. Okay, maybe not but it's undoubtedly the most important part of your attire. Unless you really are 50 Cent, leave those baggy lowers to the rappers. Get a pair that fits well, try not to experiment with the colour too much, and for heaven's sake, avoid stripes.
Not everybody can carry off shirts, so a casual tee is your safest bet. Before you go in for something overtly tight, ask yourself - ‘Do I have a body like John Abraham?' Plain T-shirts are always cooler than those with lame messages like ‘My dad is an ATM' printed across the front.
Most of us underestimate the power of what we dress our feet in.
Gaudy suede or flashy leather isn't best suited for college but if you like shoes, go in for a pair of Converse shoes. Slippers can do wonders for your cool quotient, even if you wear them with socks during winters.
Tattoos and piercings are in. If you're feeling adventurous, apply a dash of kajal. It's best to avoid scorpions or skulls hanging off a chain on your neck. As for the bags, go simple - a run-of-the mill backpack or a jhola from People Tree is a lot sexier than you think.