SOME students dress as if they are off to a fashion show or walking down the red carpet - every day. Their parents are paying for their studies through their noses , but these fashion lovers won' t compromise on fashion.
And they look like stars.
"It's a question of taste," says Lomakhosi Zwane, a third-year human resources student at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
"I've always loved fashion, but I told my friend we need to tone down. We can't wear loud colours anymore . We are 22, for heaven's sake."
If they shed the bright gear they bought last season and the season before, for which they spent about "R500 a month", we are looking at clothes worth about R10000.
Zwane's friend Sikhona Cibini, 22, a financial information systems student at UJ, says her shopping spree was fuelled by her recent weight loss .
"I'm not totally skinny yet but I'm already showing it off because I have always dreamt of being totally hot."
Their favourite stores are sales at Young Designers Emporium in downtown Jozi, Meltz and other international sales.
"We also watch the celebs for what's hot. Actress Kim Kardashian and Generations' Ntombi are our fabulous girls."
And honestly, they give Ntombi and Kim a run for their money, considering they are on a student budget. And who can blame them? School uniforms look like butchers' gear after 12 years.
Ondela Tom, 21, who studies politics at Wits, says she spends every bit of her allowance on clothes and accessories.
"My clothes are not expensive but they work. I don't go out to steal the show. I really don't know what you should do to make your money work for you, but I don't spend that much on clothes."
Tom only takes a few items when she goes home to Eastern Cape.
"If they saw my collection, they would throw a fit."
For Gugu "Big Kid" Yengwa, a 20-something producer of a radio show, the love of fashion is huge even though she works hard for her money.
"I've always been a fashion slave. I spend more than R3000 a month on my wardrobe. I'm a brand queen and don't compromise."
Whatever their excuse, they look good. And the students use their fashion savvy to outdo their TV icons. Perhaps there are valuable fashion lessons to learn there.