For those who are familiar with the vibrant energy of Shillong, a big part of its charm comes from the young folks that flock its streets. And almost unmissable is the fashion landscape of the town, represented mainly by the student crowd gathered from across the North East of India – which is undeniably the country’s hotspot for all the movers and shakers in Fashion.
Our contributor Arepla Jamir from Nagaland, currently a student in Shillong herself, introduces us to some of her fashionable friends to give us a sense of what’s trending in the local fashion scene in Shillong.
“Trendspotting can be a tough job in today’s world because fashion trends are constantly changing; and with individual style gaining popularity, tracing a trend in a particular place is not so simple. So the best way to gauge the local fashion scene is to walk down the streets – especially here in Shillong, which can give you a pretty good view of what’s trending – all in one place” ~ Arep, Student, Shillong
Hakani Sungoh, 21, Political Science Student is all about comfort. After all, fashion cannot survive on the streets if there is no comfort. Hakani loves mixing her looks with comfortable high necks, sweatpants and white sneakers for everyday style.
Hakani here rocking her long-sleeved white sweatshirt with fitted black pants and white sneakers. [Shop White Sweatshirt HERE]
“Fashion can be defined in so many terms – being trendy, stylish, classy, up-to-date, and the list goes on. But for me, it’s all about comfort. Because no matter how stylish you are, if you don’t feel comfortable then you can’t make a statement that people would notice and admire. If comfy is coupled with trendy, believe me you can make a statement anywhere and anytime :)” ~Hakani Sungoh from Shillong
Kihitoli Chophi, 21, a Sociology student, has made herself quite recognizable in the fashion world of Nagaland, Shillong and beyond, because of her understated sense of style and an amazing talent in embroidering. Showcasing her own embroidered tote bag, she completes her look with a floral collared shirt and minimal slim pants. [Shop Tote Bags HERE]
“I always plan each season what I would love to wear or kind of keep it all planned. Since it’s summer and it’s bright, I want to bring out the feeling of freshness through lively florals in my clothes to compliment the season” ~ Kihi from Nagaland
The retro floral trend is here to stay and florals can never go out of style. Our next stylish trendsetter says floral can be minimal, comfortable and always a safe choice. Lukter Lombi perfecting the floral wear look by matching it up with a pair of glasses and a fanny bag.
“Retro florals are trending in Shillong this summer. A trend that will never go out of style, a trusty pillar in your eardrobe for the season.” ~ Lukter Lombi from Mizoram
Alongsenla Jamir, 21, MSW student, St Edmunds Shillong, showing us how to look chic and professional with a smart blazer. She accessorizes her blazer look with a pair of big dangle hoop earrings – because accessories are like the perfect spices, it complements what is already there. [Shop Earrings HERE]
“Power dressing has evolved so much and has helped shaped a woman’s confidence in a lot of ways. Not only does it make you look good, but it can make you feel good and confident from within.” ~ Alongsenla Jamir from Nagaland
Limasunep Jamir, 20, Literature student and social media influencer is a strong believer of individual style and classic looks. A trend that has wrapped its arms around Shillong for a long time, vintage and indie fashion will never run out of style. Lima is currently loving his white tees [Shop White Tees HERE] and ivy cap.
Photo: Limasunep Jamir
Lima here dons an ivy cap, our forever favorite – white tee and pegged trousers, and completes his standout look with a black converse, and leather backpack.
“Fashion is all about self-expression where our body is the canvas and clothes are the paint.” ~ Lima from Nagaland. A true literature student indeed
Sushita,19, Fashion Student. An army kid and all the way from Nepal now studying in Shillong, fashion has become her daily cup of tea. Currently rocking her favorite trends from the 80’s, her style, she says, is inspired by our forever beloved Archies comic characters like Betty and Veronica. [Check out some Betty & Veronica artwork HERE]
“ Fashion revolves around and comes back. It’s never the same though, each time it comes back, it’s unique and beautiful in it’s own way. Fashion all over from the 80’s are in trend right now.” She further says “most of the present trend has been inspired by vintage comics like Betty and Veronica. It gives you a very cool look yet very stylish. It’s more like a very typical high school wear.” ~ Sushita from Nepal
Lee Middleton, Student, Makeup Artist and Fashion Stylist Lee is loves spicing up his outfit mainly comprising of basic items, with some bold pieces like a metallic jacket, a pair of tinted glasses or colorful striped pants.
Watch this space for more trend updates from streets across the world. Check out what’s Trending in Nagaland.