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Swapping for style

Swapping accessories and clothes has become a popular trend among hostelers and students in PG accommodations

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 22, 2010 21:18 IST
Harsha Bhatnagar

Economic gurus may be predicting that happy days are just around the corner, but fashion and pocket-conscious Delhi youngsters have already found a way of being in the groove. These youngsters, especially those staying in hostels and as paying guests, are turning to accessory and clothes swapping.

How it works
Students create a ‘pool’ of their stylish accessories and clothes, and any of them can pick up whatever they like, at any time. Books, stoles, mufflers, dresses, handbags and jewellery are some of the things that are swapped the most.

Architect Rupinder Kaur, who stays in a rented accommodation, loves this trend.

“I swapped my designer warm kurta and a stylish knitwear for a smart winter coat and a jazzy stole. It was worth it. Those who live in hostels and PG accommodations have limited space and swapping makes space for new and yet allows you to be in sync with the trends,” she says.

Don’t get personal
The best part is that once you take something from the pool it belongs to you till the time you want to pool it in once again. Also, those want to play safe prefer exchanging accessories. Very personal items like undergarments are a big no!

Smita Paliwal works with the K&K firm and resides in Greater Kailash 2 as a paying guest. “As I am a little hygiene conscious, I indulge only in accessory swapping. Also, in accessories, there are very less chances of getting a damaged stuff.

In fact, I got some good jewellery in terracotta and stone in exchange of my stylish handbag,” she says.

More variety, more fun
The chance of getting hold of something really expensive and pretty makes swapping an even better deal.

Aditi Dasgupta, a resident of Lajpat Nagar, finds the trend very cool and is happy with the chic stoles and handbags she got for herself from the pool.

“It is a lot of fun. The more people you have pooling in, the more fun and the more variety,” she says.