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College fashion: Be on-trend without exposing!

Last updated on: August 11, 2011 12:28 IST

College fashion: Be on-trend without exposing!

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Here's how you can follow the campus dresscode and still make a style statement!

Colleges across the country have just re-opened post the summer vacation and teenagers are all ready to show off their wardrobes on campus.

Of course, there is a dresscode to follow and that can put a dampener on your plans -- minis, shorts and sleeveless garments are a strict no-no.

But you can still follow some of the latest fads without breaking the rules. We bring you some on-trend tips to look your best this year!

Jump into jeggings

They're definitely one of the hottest must-haves of 2011 -- a cross between jeans and leggings, denim 'jeggings' are being sported by every fashionista worth her salt and that includes Hollywood and B-Town royalty.

So girls, make sure to purchase a pair and team it with a loose-fitting tunic top or long tee. Remember, you don't want to be told off by the faculty for wearing much-too-tight clothing that gives everyone an eyefull!


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Cardigans are fun and feminine

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The cardy is demure and chic. If you need any validation, just look up pictures of style icons like Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy -- if first ladies everywhere swear by it, it's good to go!

Plus, you can carry a cardigan to slip into on campus if you happen to have plans post-college and are wearing a low-necked or sleeveless outfit.


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Jacket up

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The year 2011 is all about androgyny -- masculine cuts for women. So if you think you can carry off the look, go for it with a spiffy jacket. And be sure to choose a nice colour that stands out instead of boring black!


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Blousons for relaxed fits

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Nobody appreciates tightie-wightie clothing in an institution of learning and at the same time, you want to stand out and look stylish.

Your answer is blousons -- loose tees or tops with fitted waistbands. These are also hugely popular at the moment and you can find them everywhere, from streetside stalls to designer stores.


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Ravishing in red pants

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Go couture-cool in straight-cut red pants -- or even better, spring for a pair of red jeans. They're all the rage this season.


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Classic casual: The kurta

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So you're into comfort fashion? A free-flowing kurta with an attractive print is the ideal pull-it-on, good-to-go garment. And you can team it with anything, from churidaar pants or leggings to harems.


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Checkered charm

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Checkered shirts are another big hit this year. You can choose between a fitted cut or then a long, loose one that can be belted up nicely. For the latter look, just borrow one from your boyfriend!


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Maxi it out

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Summery and boho, maxi dresses are the perfect campus wear. Of course, if your college objects to sleeveless outfits, just keep a cardigan or light jacket handy!


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Waistcoats in verve

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Go for preppy but pretty in a waistcoat like you see here, or then get a denim one that will go well with tees.


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Statement accessories

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Accessories are a teenager's best friend -- at least till diamonds take over! Go for chunky neckpieces, bracelets and belts like these. Anything unique will make an impression.


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Glasses can be great

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Glasses don't mean geek. If you have a number, make the most of it by rocking a colourful, retro pair of frames. You're sure to turn a few heads!


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Heavyduty handbags

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And finally, you need a handbag that can accomodate all your books, notes and other college paraphernalia. Big is beautiful, so a nice neutral tote should do the trick.

If you prefer the more sophisticated route, pick out a satchel. But make sure it has a long strap too, so you can carry it like a messenger bag, else you'll have to lug it around on your wrist all day!

Happy shopping!


Photographs: Andreas Rentz (left) and Gareth Cattermole, both Getty Images for IMG
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