College fashion is bright, fresh and affordably priced, keeping you comfortable during class hours and beyond, as you hang out with your new friends. In the earlier decades, sensible clothing ruled, and sometimes even shoddy wear was acceptable, without much emphasis on accessories, but now it is important to be fashioned well groomed and accessorized, for college goers of both sexes.
College Wear for Women
In the earlier decades, sarees and salwar kameez were the most usual college wear for young women. Today, trends have evolved and Indo-Western outfits as well as casual wear are very popular.
Jeans: Skinny jeans in bright colours like pink, red and green are trendy and bold college wear. You can also choose more subtle styles like slim fit jeans or those with torn edges at the bottom.
T-shirts:Tees in bright pastel shades come with witty sayings or phrases, making them great for college. Lightweight thin tees with large rounded necks look great layered with a cotton jacket.
Salwar Kameez: Churidar and kameez, as well as short regular fit kameez with dupatta are classic college wear. A-line designs and different necklines in decorative motifs, are common. Go for cotton kameez in bright patterns for a breezy and comfortable summer look.
Kurtis with Leggings: As a fashionable Indo-Western outfit, medium length kurtis with leggings are great. Bright coloured leggings give you a slim silhouette while the embroidered or patterned kurti balances the look on top.
Kurti: The kurti is one such garment, which can be worn on many occasions, as it can be styled in various ways. For those who prefer to shop, while sitting in the comfort of their homes. The choice depends on the occasion, where you are wearing it to. If you are a college-goer, you can pair up a waist length kurti with shorts,jeans or skirts for a casual evening with friends. For office goers chicken shirt or linen tunics would be the best choice .There is a range of kurtis for Kitty party or formal wear.
Long Flowy Skirts: Peasant skirts in ethnic patterns make for a colourful and bright fashion statement in college. Long and flowy, skirts are roomy, ultra feminine and often come in paisley design or block print.
Blouses: Short sleeve plain blouses in a solid colour complete the look with patterned flowy skirts. Wear these in lightweight cotton or linen, to keep your skin breathing. Alternatively, pair colourful floral blouses with plain skirts.
Knee-length Dress: A summer fresh option, knee-length dresses are girly, and great for showing off your leggy silhouette. You can wear A-line cut or cotton pleated knee-length dresses.
Cropped Jackets: Layering your blouse, tee or even kameez with a cropped jacket is the latest trend. You get these jackets in dark colours, that go with many outfits. Denim material cropped jackets are also popular. Sleeveless, short sleeve and three quarter jackets ending at the bust look trendy.
Trousers: Slim fit trousers in bright colours are ruling the college wear scene. Tucked in shirts or blouses look cute and vibrant with skinny trousers.
Capris: For monsoons in college, three fourths work well. They come in checks, linen material, denim, and roomy cargo options, with an emphasis on slim fits.
Dhoti Pants: Billowing in the middle and tapering at the bottom, dhoti pants in different cuts are popular in college wear today. Versatile and available in solid colours or patterns, they team brilliantly with everything from cotton tees, slim fit kurtis and blouses to tank tops worn with jackets.
Accessories: With ethnic Indian wear, pair chappals in different patterns and styles, while keep the sneakers, loafers and bright coloured slippers for your casual wear. Layered haircuts look great in college, and if you have long hair, wear it in a loose bun for a casually ethnic look with your kurtis. Ponytails are both practical and cute in summer. Touch on the kajal and stock up on junk jewellery such as strings of colourful beads or a pretty big stone pendant. Oxidised earrings look good with ethnic wear, and wooden colourful bangles work well with both tees and Indian clothes. Throw on colourfully patterned scarves or stoles, and use a sling bag, in embroidered cotton, or handy backpacks. Wear sunshades in summer. Retro style chunky eyewear is trendy.
College Wear For Men
For men too, college wear now encompasses the colourful worlds of kurtas and tees with equal flair.
Trousers: Straight cuts and slim fit jeans in greys, blues and black look great in college. Team these with check shirts or tees. Wear season-appropriate trousers, such as cotton for summer and corduroy for winter.
Top-wear: Cotton kurtas in block prints or solid earthy colours look good. Pair these with neutral coloured jackets or blazers as a layering option in winter.
Tees: If your tee has text, see that they are just fun and not anything provocative.?
Accessories: ?Sneakers and loafers are cool as college wear, and you can style your hair in cuts that are tapered on the sides for a neat look. Get textured haircuts and add more mileage to your outfit with shaded chunky glares and a nice sporty wristwatch.
College is the best place to experiment with street fashion, but remember not to be over-the-top or extra dressed. Keep it sensible and classy, without cutting down on fashion.