Punjabi youth must look distinct from head to toe, carry a style that screams in the milling crowds of Indian cultures. Their summer fashion got to make them look radiant hot, instead of just ordinary cool.
As with vibrant people with standout, tall personalities, their king-size lifestyle demands high-end apparels and frills, be it the sunglasses or the shirts and shoes. If it isn’t classy, it isn’t Punjabi. On the campus tour of Guru Nanak Dev University, the HT fashion police captured the trend.
Rahi Mehra, 20, likes mixing style and simplicity. “Dress according to age and avoid copying older film stars and fashion icons,” says the dude who wears bright colours in summer to lift the mood when the sun beats down.
Navjot Singh Dhunna defines chic: “If you are confident, you are fashionable.” “Anything that makes me feel comfortable is fashion to me. I believe in experimenting and being decent at the same time. Be yourself, not a brand.
Come out of perceptions and lockins such as chinos and pink are for gays. I go out in bright red or green chinos boldly, and I carry pink shirt with confidence,” he opines. Quite a style statement.
In the views of Sajan Sandhu, in Punjab, the youth follow the style statement of popular Punjabi singers. “If (singer-actor) Diljit Dosanjh wears loud-colour turbans with contrast shirt, the wave will travel to the campus.
If (upcoming singer from Amritsar) Ranjit Bawa buttons up his shirt, even the others will, whatever the result.
You’ll find many with the haircuts of singers Jazzy B and Babbal Rai but I like being in white kurta-pyjama and Jalsa shoes (a type of traditional Punjabi jutti): the real Punjabi summer fashion.”
About his stylish Jalsa, Sajjan says: “I wear black leather but now blue, brown, black and reddish maroon suede are also in vogue.”