I never got the memo that girls don’t wear salwar suits anymore. The trend is still kurti and slacks, that started 3 years ago. And now there is the kurti and planko…oops plazo…what the heck! It’s this really just old fashioned pajamas. The kurtis on it are really really long, and the pajamas are really really wide! One looks like they are wearing a sack. It can be a good look for really tall and thin girls. I don’t think its for me at all.
And then there is the “lowers” – again pajama! No girl wears a gown anymore. All these “lowers” are not in sync with the “uppers”. So T-shirts are really popular now. This is the normal nightwear and casual wear. Girls wear this all the time.
I think being in Dev Sanskriti Vishv Vidyalay really protected me from all this fashion. All girls were always wearing suits/uniforms when outside hostel. But in Subharti, everything is allowed. The girls here are quite different – jeans and capris are all worn here. It’s a different atmosphere. I never got to see all these fashion trends in so much detail before.
The party wear is wearing kurti and lehnga/skirt – really long kurti. Which looks good only in a party. I see that the long kurtis are quite in fashion. On the other hand, all the uniforms the girls wear have such short kurtis on salwars. Go figure…the old normal is gone.
The guys are usually the worst dressed. They don’t even look good in uniforms sometimes. The non uniform clothes that men wear are just strange looking pants and shirts. They also have the sweat pants/tracksuit kind of pants, which is good when you are actually on the track. But young men here wear anything. The colors are dull and just not attractive. There are some professors I have seen who wear somewhat smart clothes but otherwise – not really.
And then there is the beard! What is with this new unshaven look in young men. So uncivilized or so lazy?
I sometimes feel that I am from some foregone era…there is no place for me in this new India.