Shikha Jain gets designers to share cues on achieving college coolth
There is no individual in the world, who doesn’t like to dress up. And for many of us, Bollywood is a one-stop destination to seek inspiration for every kind of look and occasion. Talking about the most recent release, Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2) it is influencing students’ buying decisions, and also their style factor.
After all, college days are all about looking great and having fun. “College dressing should be fun and effortless. It is during this time that you experiment with trends and understand your style. It is where young women and men consume fashion. Their choices reflect their personalities and they use fashion as their outlet to express,” specifies designer Rocky Star.
Keep it cool
Try something new to give your look the wow factor. Even a normal T-shirt or a dress can be worn in various versions to make it look fun. “Girls can wear dresses and slogan T-shirts with denim and belts while pairing them with accessories like head bands. For boys, it could be comfortable joggers or denim with shirts/ T-shirts pairing them with quirky caps and sunglasses,” suggests designer Vina Ahuja.
The age of campus dressing is all about getting to know your personal style and learning from trial and errors. “Therefore what better way than to experiment with pieces curated from flea markets,” suggests designer Hemant Sagar. He further adds, “For seasoned shoppers, more classic pieces in interesting silhouettes can be added to the wardrobe that will also carry on after college.”
Stylish contemporary outfits that are functional and transitional are the best way to go about. Pleasant hues, floral prints and bright patterns set the definitive mood for college dressing. “Tailored separates, freely mixed and matched can be put together to create an effortless vibe. Dresses should be kept classic with easy-to-wear skirts, high waist and mid length cuts to modern shifts,” recommends Rocky Star.
Cues from SOTY 2
There is always a set of students on campus who dress to stand out. Films certainly play a role in inspiring their wardrobes. In the case of SOTY 2, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is art imitating life, with a touch of Bollywood glamour. “The girls can take cues from Ananya Pandey’s character who has put her own sporty twist to the athleisure trend.
Tara Sutaria’s character provides inspiration for those who love the classic denim on denim look,” says Hemant. Tiger Shroff’s look is a more rounded campus avatar, who can sport a sleek blazer and looks equally comfortable in a hoodie or bomber jacket on campus. These looks are definitely attainable for present day college students.
The ideal college student would opt for something trendy, comfortable and affordable and this season, colours and prints are in. Wearing cotton, sustainable breathing fabric, printed dresses or shirts will keep one at ease. “The 2019 trend is about leisure-wear, sustainable breathy dresses, shirts, denim and tees,” adds Vina. Another trend for the season is luxe high-street wear. “Designer brands are looking at street fashion and curating collections that are easy to wear and fuss-free,” states Rocky Star. So, invest in a few pieces that are functional and can be styled differently to create different looks.
Minimal is key
There are various aspects to be considered while dressing up, from body type to occasion. While styling make sure the choice of colours, the accessories and footwear compliment the overall look because being trendy is not important but how you accessorise yourself matters.
Also, college dressing should be stress-free and simple. “So, do not restrict your wardrobe choices to only a particular pattern or print. Experimenting and comfort is key and accessorising should be kept simple and clean,” recommends Rocky Star. One can opt for a minimalistic approach while dressing for a long day. A statement piece of jewellery – earrings or a chain is the best way to go about.
“Have a good pair of clean footwear. Make sure your hair is done well as it can completely change your look. When dressing up, do not have more than three colours on yourself,” says designer Mussurat Merchant. The most important is the ‘feel good’ factor that a garment can provide you in terms of feeling comfortable and confident in one’s skin according to designer Hemant.