Bangalore: It's that time of the year again when colleges in the city will welcome new batches of students for the academic year.

When it comes to fashion, the transition from school to college brings along lot of changes. The coming-of-age students are finally free to experiment in their sartorial sense.

However, strict dress codes in some of the colleges are playing spoilsports. The 'No-T-shirts-and-no-jeans' rule is a dampener for many youngsters.

Priya Paul of a college vents her feelings, "How can we think of college life without jeans?", while others are devising various plans to play around the rules and still look college fashionista.

Another student Tanuja Barman who comes from Guwahati, Assam to study in a college here says, "You don't need to wear Jeans to stay in vogue. There are many ways to spice up our restricted wardrobe and still add that extra zing to it. For example, we can go for right accessories to suit our look."

While students are refraining from Jeans-T-shirt routine, there are many takers for fusion styled dresses like Tunics and leggings and leggings with short kurta, long tops with three-folds, etc. These are fashionable at the same time does not attract college authorities ire.

For bags and shoes, cloth bags in different hues are a huge rage these days in college campuses. While for shoes, most prefer flats to heels, Ballerinas are still ruling as hot favourite. Boys are making style statements in coloured canvas shoes.

Junk jewellery finds many takers among college goers as they match their jewellery with their outfits. Even on lingerie, students are getting bolder. Most PYTs prefer thongs and coloured and printed bras than dull and drab comfort wear.

While students are upset about the dress code in some city colleges, parents and teachers are supporting it for the sake of decency and safety of the students. 

Pooja Mahesh of Jyoti Nivas College says, "We should be allowed to wear what we feel like wearing, college means freedom from all restrictions of school life, but no longer so."

A concerned mother, Jayanthi Ramesh of J P Nagar says, "My daughter will be commuting to college in public transport, so it's prudent that students should adhere to some dress code. If left to themselves, some fashion victims will turn up in shorts for classes. It is for their own safety. Youngsters are not matured enough to understand that."

Nandini N, director of students welfare, Bangalore University sums up the attitude of the colleges in enforcing dress code. "We do not have a dress code as such, but we expect students to dress decently. Youngsters these days are smart enough to decide how they must dress to college and for other occasions."

(Courtesy: City Plus)