One of the perks, or worries, of entering college is deciding “the look” you wish to carry to class every day. From trendy designer labels to Sungei Wang bargains, college students can choose from a wide range of attire – depending on their budget – to convey the image they desire.
StarEducation talks to fashion savvy students about their wardrobe.
I’m quite influenced by J.Lo’s style of dressing, which to me is really cool and sexy. I like her sporty look, too. I am very fashion-conscious and usually go to college in jeans and blouses. My favourite fashion outlets are Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop and Morgan, because most of their tops have slit-sleeves, which I think are really chic. I don’t go for skirts that often, though. As I’m really familiar with the shops at KLCC, I go there frequently to get my supply of clothes, earrings, and necklaces. I don’t mind if things are pricey as long as they suit my taste. I absolutely do not believe in dressing for comfort. I’m about five foot and three inches (160cm) and I wear six-inch (15cm) heels, which makes my feet hurt like hell, but I don’t care about that. It’s the price you have to pay to look good. – Sharon Gill, 17
I love shopping at Mid Valley Megamall and Sunway Pyramid and spend about RM300 a month on clothes and accessories. Top Shop, Levi’s and Miss Selfridge sell really cute clothes and I’m usually attracted to pink, blue and red colours as they are bright and cheerful. I match tops with jeans to create a trendy look. I take the trouble to dress up when I go to college because I believe that what you wear reflects your personality and attitude. I think bell-bottoms are really jinjang and students shouldn’t wear shorts or slippers to college. – Jocelyn Goh, 18
I get bored wearing jeans and heels to college all the time, so sometimes having a sporty look can be fun too. I spend at least RM100 a month shopping at Mid Valley, especially Top Shop, because their clothes are nice and simple. However, the maximum I would spend on a top would be RM70. Shoes I have plenty though, two sports shoes and five pairs of heels. – Jane Chai, 18
Dressing smartly to college is really important for me. I spend about RM60 to RM80 month buying short-sleeved shirts and trousers. I don’t choose clothes based on brands though. – Kevin Chin, 19
PDI and Seed are nice brands because their clothes are comfy and come in bright colours. I never go for dull colours but prefer red and yellow as they depict happiness. I like the casual look, which means jeans and three-quarter-sleeved shirts. I try to limit my budget to about RM100 a month although sometimes I spend a tad more. For footwear, I love Nike shoes. Accessories are really important too, such as bracelets and hair clips as they liven up the outfit. I do a lot of mix and match with my clothes to create a different look all the time. – Syahida Mohd Nazri, 18
My monthly budget is RM500 for clothes alone. I like the casual smart style at college, so shirt and jeans really do the trick, and they are comfy too. I have three pairs of shoes to match my outfits and, of course, my different moods every day. Most of my clothes are from Top Shop and Esprit. Although they are expensive brands, I usually buy them at discounted prices thanks to my friends who work there. I even shop in Singapore when there’s a sale. What’s important is to shop wisely. – Adi Farhan, 20
If there’s a presentation at college, I tend to dress smartly in slacks and a shirt. Other days, I’m in my casual, cool look. I go for what suits my personality and what looks best on me, which explains my all-spiked-out hairstyle. I shop only once a year, usually before Chinese New Year, because I don’t enjoy shopping at all. I spend over RM1,000 on clothes from Esprit, Top Shop, U2, Versace, and Armani, shoes from Nike or Adidas, and accessories such as bracelets, rings, and earrings to match my outfits. – Chong Soon Siew, 20
I buy most of my clothes from Australia whenever I get the chance because there is more variety and you can be sure the stuff is not fake. I like baggy pants and shirts that are comfortable, easy to wear. I prefer the sporty look – jersey tops, loose cargo pants and basketball shoes from Nike. I tend to go for the American hip-hop look. I spend about RM300 a month on shopping. – Samuel Kane, 17
I normally just put on what’s available in my closet. Most of my clothes are gifts either from my parents or girlfriend. I like clothes from Dada and Fubu. – Ranjeev Manocha, 17
How you look is very important in college. I always plan what I want to wear the night before. I try to look my best when I go for classes; it just makes me feel good. I like clothes from Top Shop, MNG, Miss Selfridge and other trendy labels because they’ve got the latest designs. College students today can afford to buy the fashionable clothes they want but they still have to abide by dress codes, like nothing too sexy with spaghetti straps. – Tengku Afni Natasha, 18
I usually go for a tank top and jeans and put on a cardigan when it’s cold in class. I prefer the casual look but a lot of other students make an effort to dress up and apply make-up to look good. Being fashionable is part of being in college because it says a lot about your personality. – Bianca Lind, 24
I’m usually a casual-look kinda guy with T-shirt and jeans, but when I go to college, I assume a more mature look by wearing trousers and a collared shirt to class. I’m quite price-conscious when it comes to shopping, but if it’s reasonable, I’ll probably get it. – Mohammed Mustafa, 21
I dress for comfort, which is why I prefer using flats (shoes) for college. I have several pairs of shoes to match what I wear to college. In a month, I can spend up to RM400 on clothes from 1-Utama and Mid Valley Megamall. – Jade Tan, 21
I think everybody is going for a more casual look. I personally prefer a funky look that says something about your personality. I like UK Topman, Nike, Mooks (Australia) and Chargers.– Benedict Tan Heng Yeo, 19
I like shopping at Sungei Wang Plaza because the clothes are cheap but look expensive. It’s not how much your clothes cost, but how good you look in them. – Azlini Suraya, 18
I don’t think you have to spend enormous amounts of money just to achieve a certain look. I usually go to small not-so-glamorous-looking shops where there are lots of mini treasures to be found at affordable prices. As long as you are comfortable and carry yourself well, you can make anything look good on you. – Lydia Lau, 18
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