Campus colour code

The sessions are all set to begin in Delhi University and fashion on campus goes hand in hand with cut-off lists. With the merciless Delhi sun beating down - what does the dress code look like?

‘Colors showcase a range of different styles. Students look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and promise of a brighter day.The colors for this season are: tints and shades of orange, purples [deep purple, violet], reds [crimson red, poppy red, maroon], blues [electric blue, ink blue, tiffany blue), greens [emerald green, grass green, mint green], pinks [hues of soft pink, fuchsia pink, carnation pink] and yellows [bright yellow, dull yellow, canary yellow], nude tones like honey and sandstone’, says  fashion designer Gautam Gupta.

‘Yellow is big this season. Shades of peach, cream and white will also be flaunted with multicoloured, bold and contrasting accessories,’ says designer Roy Mitra.

‘Students feel the need to express themselves, particularly because they are still discovering themselves, so naturally they are pulled towards statement t-shirts. I think the style will become more personalised this season and the students will come up with hats, wristbands and shoes,’ asserts designer Anupamaa Dayal.

‘T-shirts with animal prints still make an impact, polka dots will still be in vogue. For example in daytime one can wear feminine, low-cut or high-cut necklines complimented with flutter sleeves, draped neckline,’ says Gupta.

‘A lot of cotton and soft chiffons in ethnic fabrics will be seen on campus. There is an interesting trend of mixing Indian styles with Pakistani look. Salwars will be seen with a lot of volume and laces, trimmings, edgings. Long skirts in bright colours and crushed fabric are always popular with students. Brightly coloured kurtis with light tones of patiala salwar and a jhola are a very south Delhi look and will always be part of the mainstream fashion for students,’ adds Mitra.

‘Tight skirts will not be in fashion. Knee length voluminous skirts, balloon skirts will be in vogue,’ says Leena Singh.

On the other hand Gupta feels, ‘Pencil skirts, shorts skirts teamed with trimmed tee and a sleek belt at waist will be seen on campus. High-waist shorts with smart lines and cuts will be a big hit amongst students.’ Lehenga, ghaghra, sharara, divided pants, toned down version of wide pants with ethnic prints teemed with tank tops or short kurtis will be flaunted by students, explained Dayal.

‘People have become brand conscious. Popular brands are Zara, Esprit, United Colors of Benetton, S. Oliver, Mango and Promod. New brands can change the fashion, if they come up with an exclusive style statement,’ feels Gupta.

The designers added a few guidelines. ‘Be in touch with your moods before you pick out clothes, don’t copy, wear what makes you feel good about yourself and suits your body type,’ advises Mitra.
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