With the start of the new session of the Delhi University, fashion-conscious freshers need to experiment and brighten up their looks. They need to look striking and appropriate while enjoying company of their friends in canteen or making notes in classroom.


This season is all about keeping the colour pallet bright and exploring styles which match their personality. The new generation needs to focus on matching attire from top to bottom.


It is officially the dress season where girls are often seen in printed dresses. Sleeveless dresses, shorts, long and short midi, long maxi, cut-out, be it in tops, suits or long skirts are the latest fad. The florals, masaba, polka dot, plaid, paisley and stripes are sought after.


According to Sonal Verma, androgynous look is the in-thing and DU students need to be in sync with the prevailing trend. “Layering is a good option. A shirt or top can be knotted inside or outside to give multiple looks. Young men need to wear an oversized shirt. If it is buttoned up then it would be shirt down. If it is buttoned down then it would be overlay. It is an extension of their personality. Women can wear a gunjee with an overlay shirt.”


Frayed jeans give youngsters the quintessential look. “Jeans work on multiple dresses for men and women. Women can experiment with jeans; it can be worn with eight varied tops. Jeans looks best in neutral colours and need to be boyfriend fitted. This is loose fitting taken from men’s line. For tops and palazzos muted solid like navy blue, deep green.”


Model wearing an outfit created by Sonal Verma.


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Cotton trousers inspired by Italian tailoring is recommended for men. “Now the look and colours have been borrowed from that exclusive kind of tailoring. Men can experiment with cream and pink. It is important to have a sense of dressing and from where to procure them.”


Emphasising the significance of accessories, she says choker needs to be bought. “Good investment as youngsters can also wear them in after college parties.” On the look of freshers, designer Ritu Pandey says, “Wardrobe needs to be practical and trendy because they have to make an impression in a new environment. They need to look attractive but not over the top.”


“They can invest in boutiques for their day-to-day wear but they need to at least invest in a few classic T shirts which are of high quality. It is not like owning outfits created by big designers but modern upcoming ones as they need to stand above the rest.”


College fashion, for Gautam Gupta, is all about style, comfort and carefree spirit. “Be it a casual everyday look or a college fresher’s party, a college student’s enthusiasm comes from dressing up in affordable yet unmatched outfits.” Giving tips to young ladies, he says: “Knee length flowy skirts and dresses are stylish and easy to handle. Great to play around with; style the skirt with a tucked in loose shirt or a fitted tank top; you could carry off shift dress with a light weight shrug.”


Loose pants can be flared, straight, dhoti-style or palazzo. “These are pretty comfortable and easy to style.”


Describing kurta as an evergreen fashion statement, he says comfort factor, manifold style options and androgynous look make them ideal. “Pair them up with leggings, pants or skirts. They can be also paired with classic blue denim, distressed pants and boyfriend jeans.”


Meanwhile, denim shirt continues to be a classic fashion piece as its multiple utility can make a wearer pair it with anything. Gupta suggests, “Shirts in printed or solids are every guy’s favourite. Wear it with jeans, chinos or shorts, they are stylish and manly.”


Over-sized T-shirts are also in vogue. “Funky quoted, printed or plain, there are so many cool T-shirt options for guys available today. Layer it up with light weight shirt this season.”


Girls can switch over to the fusion clothes like wearing palazzos with crop tops. Replace simple kurtas with ghagras and long flared skirts which compliments top.


Moving from common to little uncommon form of styles like including ethnic wear, Ritu says, “What looks lovely and is the in-thing are long or short kurtas teamed with palazzos. Long printed, block printed skirts can be teamed with T-shirt or tan tops and can be combined with ethnic jewellery to give a semi fusion look. It is best to mix and match to get a fusion look.”


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