It has been too long since DUites were seen on the streets of Sarojni Nagar, Kamala Market and in every other clothing shop in Delhi. Students were dashing around to find the best combination of outfits, for keeping up with the fashion trends. Everyone would search for that perfect Pinterest outfit or the trendy Myntra shirt. All this for looking the best and for the Instagrammable pictures. Well, those days seem long lost, don’t they now?
It has been almost 1.5 years now that the colleges have a new definition. Today, Google Meet and Zoom Meeting Apps are the new college campus. Additionally, the benches are now the beds and the blackboards are the laptop screens. In this situation, do the word ‘fashion’ makes sense? Especially, when you’re tucked in a corner and worrying about the internet bandwidth?
Nowadays, when you hear the word ‘fashion’, what comes first in your mind? Komal Pandey’s aesthetic yet unreal Instagram feed? Or Sejal Kumar’s evolved videos? Or that street vendor who sells ‘100 ka 4’ shirts? Well, fashion is a very subjective topic. Everyone follows fashion in their own way and sense, even the students of ‘online’ Delhi University. Moreover, there are different types of fashion students in an online college.
At first, comes the ‘I don’t care what people think.’ Students falling under this category has officially left hope of #reopeningDU. They have no idea about their clothes or for how long they have been in that pyjamas. Caution – if they are not bought back to reality, they may continue wearing that outfit forever.
In the second place comes, ‘I will wear a decent top over my trousers and comb my hair.’ Students of this category are very courageous to put the effort in making their upper body presentable (so what if they are wearing shorts?). They will turn on their camera to make a good impression in front of the professors.
The third category is ‘I will wash my face to look fresh. Nobody will even notice my same clothes.’ They have the energy of the size of an atom. They will wake up 2 minutes prior to every class and wash their faces to look presentable.
The fourth is ‘It’s my class, I need to study, so let’s first put an effort to get ready.’ These students are usually the toppers of the class. They will wake up early in the morning, bathe and get ready with new clothes. They will revise their notes before every class. To be honest, all of us wanted to be the fourth one at the beginning but gradually, becomes the first one.
Delhi University and DUites have seen fashion travelling through leaps and bounds. However, adjusting to the truth that young students will not be able to experience the actual fashion glam is quite depressing. Instagram and Facebook memories popping up in the phones of pass outs will make them remember their college days and their fashion sense. But once you think of these students, who didn’t attend college the traditional way, thinking of fashion is perhaps the last thing. But never mind, just remember, the world is a fashion show, and you need to put forth your best ramp walk forward, be it online or offline.
Also, read about youth falling into the productivity bandwagon here.