The good old pair of blue jeans remains a staple for most boys and girls this year, but a lot of them are vouching for airy and comfortable shorts for the sultry summer.
“Shorts are the best to beat this heat. Colours like yellow, lime green and electric pink are my favourites. Shorts when worn with a well-fitted tee or a balloon top can lend you a very trendy style statement,” said Malvika Khanduja, an English honours student at Kirori Mal college, who was clad in a white T-shirt and yellow shorts.
Apart from colourful cotton shorts, checked knee-length shorts teamed with billabong style T-shirts or spaghettis are what most girls are choosing for college wear.
Mostly inspired by Bollywood star Katrina Kaif’s look in her latest release “New York”, these shorts are readily available in markets like Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, Greater Kailash M-Block, Kamla Nagar and Lajpat Nagar for about Rs.200-350.
“I find the checkered shorts really comfortable and stylish. I have bought almost all colours in them and will be wearing them to college. The best thing about them is that they aren’t very costly,” said Shivangi Sharma, a student of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam college.
The harem pants have finally made their way out, paving the way for a more Indianised stitched dhoti, which a lot of people are flaunting with fitted t-shirts for the Indo-western look.
Even the guys are going for the casual look with striped, checked or printed bermudas teamed up with loose T-shirts that have bold statements or motifs on them.
“Wearing jeans or cargos all the time can be very boring. So why not try something different? I prefer wearing striped shorts with a a worn-out tee. I think it can set a very different and rugged style statement,” said Deepak Kumar, a fresher at Ramjas College.
Those who prefer the ethnic look can make a style statement with loose kurtas in colourful patterns with baggy salwars or even lycra leggings that are taking over from traditional cotton churidaars.
Said Raghu Raman, a shopkeeper at the Kamla Nagar market near the Delhi University north campus: “I have both western and Indian clothes in my shop and both sell equally. Traditional kurtas and lycra leggings are very popular amongst the girls.”
Clothes apart, youngsters are also purchasing over-sized glares, chunky bracelets, trendy watches and beads integrated with chokers to be the perfect style diva on campus.
On the foot front, casual and sporty slippers in bright colours with motifs are in vogue.
Students are also flaunting branded footwear from stores like Puma and Adidas unlike the past few years when Osho chappals, ballerina shoes and stuffy sneakers were a hit. While the boys are also developing a similar taste for footwear, some of them are now looking at stores like Fabindia for traditional wear like kolhapuri chappals.
But most say durability and comfort will remain the keywords for footwear this season.