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Your college style guide

As you ditch your school uniform and get ready for college, we get the experts to help you decide on the right look for campus.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 16, 2012 02:08 IST
Geetika Aggarwal

One of the toughest choices for freshers to make, apart from the course over college or college over course dilemma, is planning their campus wardrobe. While some go on a crazy shopping spree, others fish out the best of basics from their old collections.

We make it simpler for you. Here are a few style tips from fashion experts who tell you all that a college-goer must have in his/her wardrobe, and what one must steer clear of. “For boys, shorts and khadi shirts are must-haves. That are comfortable and look cool at the same time,” says fashion designer Rina Dhaka, suggesting that you avoid black and opt for bright colours keeping in mind the blazing sun.

Light Indian fabrics such as khadi are available in abundance in both high-end stores and flea markets such as Sarojini Nagar and Janpath. According to designer Reynu Taandon, college-goers should avoid hot pants, presumably to not appear as if trying too hard to seek attention.

For designer Leena Singh, loose-fitting clothes may just do the trick for you. “Cotton tunics in light colours with stylish cuts, paired with linen trousers, are a must-have for freshers,” she says. If the good-old stuff doesn’t really work for you and you’d rather experiment, designer Gaurav Gupta gives a thumbs-up to unconventional options. “Why not add variety to your wardrobe and wear printed sarees to college?” T-shirts with graphic prints paired with jeans, shorts or capris are also cool.

“Jodhpuri pants are hot for both guys and girls this summer,” he adds. Designer Payal Jain warns against bling and over-the-top fashion. If you still wish to go bold, “roll up your boyfriend jeans a little and pair it with bright coloured tank tops,” she says. Jain also recommends linen and cotton shirts for boys. “Keep the comfort factor in mind. Shorts, capris and T-shirts are the best bet.

” Students who’ve been there done that also have a word of advice: “I shopped a lot initially but eventually, the morning classes and heat didn’t really let mydream of dressing up every day live for long, so I came back to my jeans and tees!” says Charu Datta, a graduate from IP College for Women.

Footwear tips The floaters-with-socks look has been done to death, so it’s time you explored more options, says stylist Rishi Raj. “Leather chappals are an excellent choice,” he says. You can also experiment with gladiator sandals and peep-toe flats in both neon and basic colours.

Bag tips Don’t forget you are going to an institution and not a party, so opt for a decent bag. “A bright coloured roomy bag would be ideal for a college-goer,” says designer Nida Mahmood. Avoid leather bags and go for ones in cotton and canvas. Pastel colours are good; stay away from bling.

Accessory tips It’s summer, so keep the accessories fuss-free and minimal. “Hats are a must have to beat the sun,” says designer Payal Jain. “Multi-coloured beads are an excellent option if you want to pep up your look,” says designer Reynu Taandon. Junk jewellery and statement neckpieces would also spruce up the look.

Things to remember
1) If you’ll be using public transport, avoid wearing revealing clothes and uncomfortable footwear before setting out for college
2) A cotton kurta teamed with a salwar or denims is one of the most comfortable and evergreen styles to sport in Delhi University
3) Avoid gold jewellery. Go for silver or junk jewellery that goes with all kinds of outfits.

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