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Getting ready for college? Ace the campus style quotient with these tips

Updated on: 11 June,2024 09:40 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Devanshi Doshi | devanshi.doshi@mid-day.com

As colleges ready to welcome freshers, two students give us a peek into their wardrobes, and suggest new trends. Plus, a complete style manual by a stylist

Getting ready for college? Ace the campus style quotient with these tips

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Minimalism is the way
Dishita Thakkar, 22, FAD International


I often opt for a mix of comfort and style. During the summer months, I particularly enjoy pairing pastel-tops with a bolero (jacket) and a pair of jeans with floral detailing or flowy skirts. This combination is refreshing and helps me beat the heat. The bolero adds a sophisticated element, making this outfit versatile and suitable for both casual and more formal settings. Overall, this look embodies the perfect blend of fashion and practicality for a busy college student like myself.


Basic tank top and flowy skirt
Basic tank top and flowy skirt


On casual days, I opt for a basic combination of a t-shirt, good jeans, and sneakers. To add some flair, I like to layer or accessorise, which allows me to create a stylish look without sacrificing comfort. I believe that accessorising is a crucial aspect of elevating one’s style. For me, must-have accessories include dainty watches and slim gold rings, which add a touch of sophistication without overwhelming the outfit. Sunglasses and bags are also essential for adding a pop of colour. For shoes, I prefer Onitsuka sneakers and kitten heels, which provide both comfort and style.

Add a waist chain to a dress with torn jeans to focus on silhouette
Add a waist chain to a dress with torn jeans to focus on silhouette

I like to add pops of red or maroon throughout my outfit, as it’s a statement shade that adds a bold touch. If you wear glasses like me, I would suggest investing in statement glasses for everyday attire. Not only do they help build an identity, but they also make you stand out even when you aren’t putting a lot of effort into your outfit.

Thakkar in a bolero jacket
Thakkar in a bolero jacket

This year, I am introducing more feminine pieces to my wardrobe. My Pinterest board has been a significant influence on this shift, as I am drawn to pink and butter yellow hues. I am also moving away from bold, cut-out designs and opting for more minimal and sophisticated styles. Additionally, I am investing in higher-quality basics, because I am aware that these staples are essential for building a versatile wardrobe.

My recco uniqlo.com and muji.in for premium basics

Chic and comfortable
Rishabh Sadasivan, 20, Istituto Marangoni

(From left) Sadasivan sports an oversized tee with chunky platform boots; bomber jacket, stone-wash cargo
(From left) Sadasivan sports an oversized tee with chunky platform boots; bomber jacket, stone-wash cargo

My go-to college wear would be a graphic tank top or an oversized tee, paired with cargo pants, and chunky platform boots. I am definitely adding the trendy heavy acid/stone washed cargo pants with extra pockets to my wardrobe this year. While I prefer chic wear, I usually opt for style plus comfort.

Chains thrifted from Hill Road
Chains thrifted from Hill Road

For instance, I enjoy wearing clothes with a cyberpunk edge; I might choose a bomber jacket over a breathable mesh top, combined with cargo pants and boots. I love accessorising with spiga choker chains and layered chains. As for college bags, it is either a messenger bag, or a tote bag, depending on my outfit. I usually thrift my collection from Hill Road in Bandra West, or Sarojini Market in Delhi.

My recco personsoul.com and arcana-archive.com for graphic t-shirts and cargo pants

From the stylist’s desk

Kartik Aaryan’s denim-on-denim look. PIC COURTESY/Instagram
Kartik Aaryan’s denim-on-denim look. PIC COURTESY/Instagram

Baggy jeans, oversized sweatshirts, and flowy skirts are all the rage on college campuses. Not only are loose fits comfortable and easy to wear, but they also exude a sense of effortless cool. Channel your inner skater boy with a pair of relaxed-fit jeans and an oversized hoodie. Girls can opt for a loose-fitting midi skirt paired with a crop top for a relaxed yet stylish look.

One of the easiest ways to elevate your college fashion game is by incorporating solid colours into your wardrobe. They are versatile and can be mixed and matched effortlessly. Denim is another wardrobe essential that never goes out of style. This versatile fabric can be dressed up or down for any occasion, just like Kartik Aaryan dresses up a casual vibe with V-neck or round neck tee and denims, guys can rock a similar look, or a denim-on-denim style by pairing a denim jacket with a pair of black jeans for a rugged, yet fashionable outfit.

Girls can elevate their denim wardrobe with a pair of high-waisted mom jeans paired with a tucked-in shirt to take the retro-inspired route. Sneakers are comfortable for long days of walking around the campus, and add a cool and casual vibe. Guys can rock a pair of trendy white sneakers with a pair of slim-fit jeans and a graphic tee for a laid-back look. Girls can ace their appearance with a pair of platform sneakers paired with a flowy dress for a chic and effortless ensemble. 

Monish Chandan, @rulerofmind, fashion influencer and stylist

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