Even as some universities in the country contemplate slapping a dress code on students, Delhi University is cool about its students being fashion forward. As DU admissions gathered momentum after the first cut-off list was announced on Monday, the hottest fashion trend visible was shorts. With temperatures soaring, denim hot pants, khaki, neon-coloured, and floral shorts seem to be the rage with DU aspirants.
“Nothing is as comfortable as shorts, as we have to run around a lot during admission time. Shorts make you look effortlessly stylish,” says Astha Sharma, a DU aspirant.
Charu Mehra, another admission-hopeful agrees, “Jeans get sticky in this weather, shorts keep you cool. I’ve already bought four pairs.”
College principals, too, give the trend a thumbs up.
“There is no need of a conservative dress code. If the students are happy in shorts, then what’s the harm?” says Dr Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce, adds, “We must keep pace with changing times. If girls are comfortable in shorts, we are cool with it.”
Style gurus see it both as a trend and a necessity, considering Delhi’s weather.
“Shorts are ruling this season. It’s one of the coolest garments a young girl can wear to college,” says Nikhita Tandon, a fashion designer.
“They can also cut their old denims and turn them into shorts,” suggests designer Payal Jain.
Shopkeepers at Janpath’s flea market say that shorts are selling like hot cakes.
“We sell around 40 pieces to young girls every day,” says Babulal, a shopkeeper.
Fashion labels, too, have cash registers ringing.
“Shorts are among the highest selling items this year,” says a spokesperson for Pepe Jeans London.