PATNA: Now that it's time to say bye to boring uniforms, city girls who passed out of schools are spending heavily to sport a new look with trendy dresses and other fashion accessories as they prepare to enjoy "the freedom the colleges offer".
Preparing for their first day in college shortly, girls are busy updating their wardrobes as per the latest fashion. No doubt, branded clothes are the first choice of city's Gen X and they are busy having a 'dekko' at all the stocks available at reputed apparel stores like Levis, Reebok, Wills etc. But those who have got admission in colleges with dress code — suit only — they are opting for mix and match items available at Fab India or Big Bazaar.
In fabrics, cotton rules the buyers' list of preference with no competition. Cotton tunics and capri pants are a hotshot for everyone.
For those who are not so brand-conscious or who have limited budget, Patna Market, Hathwa Market, Boring Road and Maurya Lok markets are trying to serve their best. "Here we get cheap, trendy clothes," said Deepika Verma of Kadamkuan. "Cotton, chiffon and khadi kurtis can be bought for just Rs 150 to 200 here," she added.
Girls are also going for Indo-Western look. Mohita Pandey, who has taken admission in Patna Medical College this year, said, "I am taking fulkari and bandani stoles with Jaipuri prints and pairing them with kurtis, hosiery tops, cotton shirts with legging or skinny jeans." Simple salwar-suit seems to have gone out of demand now.
Well-fitted jeans are a staple in all wardrobes. And this season worn-out jeans are also in demand along with cotton shirts, frocks-tops and tunics. Keeping it more stylish, girls are also buying harems, capri pants and shorts.
Shweta Kumari, fresher of a law college, said, "White shirts and jeans are versatile. But, I have also bought tunics with floral prints."
A lot of side bags, with chain straps, are hot among girls. Bags made of cane, jute and rexine are also in. For hand bags and clutches, Patna Market is the first stop for city chicks, where no deal is done without a hard bargain. Smriti Jha, while out on a shopping spree there said, "Those who know the art of bargaining can buy more stuff with the same amount of money."
"To flaunt stylish sunglasses, aviators and oversized glasses are the must-haves," said Isha Singh, a first-year student of Patna Women's College.
Girls are paying no less attention to buying accessories like a pair of bronze earrings and silver toe rings, bright-coloured wooden bangles, funky rings and long chains, hair bands etc. Though fashion of feathers, hats and caps are trendy in metros, they have not arrived here yet.
The girls are not going for safe colours like black, silver and brown, but are ready to experiment with bright shades. They would also be wearing heels like stilettos, wedges, kitten heels, cone heels. Kolhapuri slippers are now back in fashion.
Not limited to just clothes and accessories, students are also adding a dash of colour to their look by buying bright nail paint with floral prints as nail art is the latest trend. "I have taken French manicure and am buying all sorts of nail accessories," said Ritika Sinha. Besides, bright shades of eyeliners, lipsticks, mascara, blushers etc are also in demand.