KATHMANDU, May 2: It is a fact that young people are in constant competition with their own peers, be it within the classroom or concerning one’s appearance.
Young people want to stand out in the group.
Therefore, they create their own style statement. From carrying the accessories of their favorite football team or sporting a Korean movie inspired hairstyle, each one puts an effort to add to their personality.
“I think Korean style has been pretty popular now. I too like Korean dresses, so I own some,” says 23 year old actor, Ashok Rijal. Korean films have not only influenced Asian youths but also youths living in the West. The influence is such that some Nepali youth are also found conversing in Korean language among each other.
Many youth are seen embracing their favorite musical band, football clubs and celebrities. Similarly, Sahansila Bhujel, 19, a student of Kathmandu University opines, “I like casual wear. I often team up converse with jeans and t-shirt. I’ve noticed many metal fans wearing black and some who want to be like Justin Bieber.”
Given such impact of influence and a struggle to establish ones own identity at a young age, many don’t bother about style but just settle with what they own or create personalized accessories.
“I like wearing simple t-shirt with unique quotations. It could be an inspirational or social message. I also own a silver bracelet that my mom gifted me, it’s an addition to my style.”
Similarly, Jon Shrestha, 18, an A Level student says, “Young people get influenced by what they see. I think the Nepali youth are largely influenced by Western and Korean style. I’ve noticed many youth getting tattoos too these days.”
Some also stylize themselves according to the seasons and comfort. Barsha Lekhi, 18, from Patan Multiple Campus adds, “I think that many of us change out hair color or add extensions and do highlights. Shorts and loose t-shirts complement this season very well. Personally, I don’t keep myself updated with the changing style but I wear what I already own and what suits me.”
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