* Swap your plain-Jane blue denims for pop colours like peach, green, orange and red. Wear these with dark colours for a ‘colour blocking’ effect.
* Mustard and mint are colours to work with, say fashion designstudents. Also experiment with bolder splashes of fuschia pink, mango orange or lilac.
* Wear long shirts over leggings, or knee-length tops with structured shoulders and engineered prints.
* Mullet dresses — tops and dresses that are short at the front, but long at the back — are big this season.
* Pair colourful tops with neutral A-line skirts.
* Instead of formal pants, wear soft-coloured casual, tailored trousers in linens and cottons with floral print tops or casual shirts. Roll them up to go for a more casual look.
* Taller girls can wear fitted T-shirts with Palazzo pants, which flare dramatically towards the bottom. These ‘pajama pants’ can be rolled up in the rains too.
* Use pretty lace and crochet tops for a layered look, or try wearing feminine day dresses that use those fabrics.
Cotton shirts in soft colours paired with loose, straight-fit pants will keep boys looking sharp in class.
Printed shirts in comfortable fabrics are also in this season.
You can bid adieu to your favourite blue denims and give tailored trousers in balmy hues a try.
Throw a sling bag across your shoulder, keep your hair short or spiked, toss on those aviators and you’re ready for college.
The rain does strange things to hair, so keep it in control with a Victorian braid-meets-street-style messy updo, accentuated with coloured ribbons. A ballerina-like bun on the top of your head will pair well with a day dress. For the more experimental, try getting coloured low-lights on the bottom ends of your hair, as opposed to highlights.
* The buzzword is bohemian, so think chunky accessories in dull gold and brass metals, or jewellery that is embellished with feathers or coloured beads.
* Add some eye-candy with wayfarers or clubmaster-style sunglasses, in sharp colours if you are experimental.
* Sling bags are in this season, with long straps, coloured prints and spunky tassels.
* Since the rains will play party pooper, you’ll need to trade in those stilettos for footwear that can combat slushy Mumbai streets and make for comfortable commutes.
* Slip your feet into ankle-length rubber boots in bright colours to create a statement, or even knee-length boots if you’re wearing a dress.
* Alternatively, trudge around in laced-up army combat boots on tight leggings or skinny jeans for a comfortable yet rugged look.