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When comeback worth reports and passionate speeches marry the DU aesthetic, what consummates is a jugaad style that could put a seasoned stylist to shame. 


When they aren’t busy being unapologetically themselves, they’re secretly knocking some much-needed sense into those bull-headed skulls. Whether it’s gatekeeping the truth and defending themselves from pesky politicians or inspiring and influencing a whole generation with their style, these fiery women journalists and their proverbial capes are at the forefront of a revolution!

An eye for an I

Do you know what’s the fastest way to coax out those deep dark secrets? (No, ‘Truth or Dare’ is a scam) A hypnotising kohl-rimmed smoky eye works better than a Truth Serum. Make up for the lack of drama in your life by lining your eyes with Kohl and finishing the look with a sizzling palette of brown shades. Emulate the style of the newsroom greats like Shaili Chopra and Barkha Dutt with the stroke of a brush and a steady hand (along with a fleeting attention span). Be it complementing it with an LBD or elegant Indian wear from your local street market, a smoky eye never fails to impress!

When it Rains Janpath Jewellery

One look at their feed, and it would appear that the oxidised silver gods have blessed them with a ceaseless supply of silver embellishments. Repeat after me: ‘Go big, or go home’. Yes, the DU aesthetic demands it (even if they are ear-tearingly big). Legend has it that resident DU alumn, Nidhi Razdan, often the dinghy brown streets of Lajpat Nagar to hone her oratorial prowess while bargaining cutting silver jhumka prices with an equally obstinate bhaiya there! Look no further than Arfa Khanum Sherwani if you want to spruce up that drab white shirt and straight fit denim. No one does big bold quirky neckpieces better than her. Pair a chunky silver choker with a colour block kurta and say goodbye to haters.

Suit up!

If there’s one thing that’s more reliable than DU’s notices, then it’s undoubtedly a power blazer! To make a structured blazer your best friend, throw it over a pair of sweatpants and hoodie for a barely-made-the-assignment-deadline-but-looking-fab look or over your favourite turtleneck like Rana Ayyub. For the times when it seems like all the world’s weight is on your shoulder, rest assured, opt for a padded shoulder jacket. Want to look sharp (for once)? Take style notes from Shweta Singh and her bevy of tailored jackets that she wears over virtually anything. From shrugging it over a plain white kurta and lace hemmed pants to a crisp white oxford shirt, her undying love for all things power blazer knows no bounds. 

The OG Desi Girl Fit

Let’s bust this myth once and for all: no, you don’t have to speak fluent Fabindia to be a journalist. Since the perpetual cycle of brokenness is a part of being a student in Delhi (walking is good for your health and pocket), mixing and matching your crop tops with sarees shouldn’t come as a surprise. College fest fashion crisis? Fret not! Raid your mom’s closet for a saree and pair it with an unintentionally intentional (Read: broke) mismatched top from yours like Sharda Ugra. For extra oomph, style your favourite kurta (yes, the one you spent 15 minutes haggling) with the style hacks mentioned above and slay all day!

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Tanvi Varigala
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Tanvi is a compulsive window-shopper stuck in the body of a happy-endings-only enthusiast who eats art-history podcasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The girl with(out) a plan has a penchant for unfunny puns and thinks (rather, hopes) she is relatably hilarious.