Fashion for campus

Back to college? Worried what to wear? Well, we have a few guidelines by fashion gurus just for you

Summer holidays are long over and students around the city are back to college already. While the new academic year brings with it the pressure to do well in studies, there is also the need to make a good impression outside the classroom. And one’s closet definitely has a huge role to play here. If you are still in the process of refurbishing your wardrobe with the season’s top styles, here’s a check-list curated by fashion experts to make your job less cumbersome.

“The way you dress says a lot about your personality, so it is good to find a way to stay unique,” says Khushi Kumar, an ad stylist.

According to fashion designer, Niyati Manoj, “If your college allows Western wear, make sure you invest in few pairs of denims. Skinny jeans would be your go-to option. Remember to accessorise with the right footwear depending on your top. Whether it is strappy flats, tan wedges, or a pair of classic white sneakers, there are many ways to work these denims. Slouchy boyfriend jeans are a comfy option. With colder days ahead, make sure to pick up a smart looking sweatshirt that can be worn over jeans. Ripped denims have been a hit for some time now. While it doesn’t make sense to wear extremely distressed jeans to college, a few nicks and cuts on an acid washed pair, are sure to look trendy. Also, with the pins and patches craze here to stay, you are sure to find a great variety of these kind of denims, especially online.”

As far as top-wear goes, she suggests: “Graphic tees are your best bet, as also are tees with quirky typography. There are interesting prints that are trending at the moment, from tropical to tribal. Ruffles, off-shoulder and cold-shoulder tops are all a rage now, so stock up on those as well. Despite the grey skies, you should experiment with colour.”

As many colleges have made it mandatory for girls to dress in ethnic wear, Khushi says: “You can look just as stylish in Indian wear too. Good styling is the key. Palazzos are trending. Pair your calf-length flowy kurtas with these.

Wear some antique silver jewellery and Kolhapuri chappals and you are sorted. Patiala bottoms with matching dupattas also have a huge fan following. Don’t forget to purchase a good pair of juttis to go with this look.”

As far as accessories go, backpacks have never been more in vogue than they are now, especially the down-sized versions that come in super cute prints and bright colours. Sling bags and totes are great too. Long-line cardigans are chic, so are the light-weight jackets that lend that athleisure appeal. Slim chokers go well with both Indian and Western wear.

Boys are spoilt for choice too. “Graphic print T-shirts are a wardrobe staple. This time around, don’t just go for one of your favourite band, TV series, or movie. Disney inspired apparel is in, even for the men. And of course, since, we are on the cusp of summer and monsoons, nautical prints are popular too. Tees with funny catchphrases on them are hip. Ripped jeans are in but don’t go overboard with the cuts and slashes. It is good to own a few pairs of casual sneakers, loafers in a neutral shades, and of course a pair of sturdy running shoes. If your college expects you to be dressed formally, shop for a few pairs of well-tailored linen trousers or chinos and team them with semi-formal shirts. Alternate among stripes, checks, and solid colours. Make sure to own a good leather belt, a pair of aviators, a digital watch, and either a satchel styled bag or a backpack.” recommends freelance menswear designer, Rakshith Kurien.