Fashion refers to the manner of doing something. Fashion also denotes style, a dress and hair and dealings with others. Among students, the word primarily conveys the sense with regard to ‘dress and hair styles.’
These days, students devote more time to fashions than to studies. Educational institutions and, particularly colleges, present the picture of film studios. As soon as a boy or a girl joins a college, there occurs a marvelous change in him or her. Simplicity takes wings and there comes ostentation in its place. Their gait is changed; their way of conversation assumes a different modulation and their behaviour gets stricken with artificiality. They strut like peacocks and fly like butterflies.
Generally, it is the student-community alone leads the fast-changing fashions. Once a thing or style gets in vogue, it is blindly followed by the students, notwithstanding how much inconvenience it entails. These days, boys, who by birth, are expected to be hardy and rough, look pale, tender and delicate. They apply all sorts of cosmetics which were formerly used by the fair-sex alone. The way they dress their hair or the way they get their tight trousers or gaudy shirts stitched, or the way they walk with their necks craned forward appears ridiculous. But they are indifferent to all sense of decency. They must follow the fashions of film actors whether they can afford them or not.
In the race of fashions, girls have not lagged behind. Rather they have gone a step ahead of the boys. They wear ‘sack shirts’ and trousers. Their hair-styles give them an untidy and shabby look. Blindly they indulge in the foot-steps of the film actresses. Every fashion within limits is praise-worthy but when all limits are crossed, it results in many evils. Students should stop such recklessness in imitating fashions. Modesty and simplicity in their dress and habits should be...