They actually managed to look a bit boring, despite being in the full bloom of their womanhood age-wise.
I felt a bit robbed. I thought it a waste of youth, both theirs and mine.
Shortly after I left uni, the Australian fashion designer Alannah Hill rose to prominence. She was the exact opposite, style-wise, of the campus women. She was almost improbably feminine. I was mightily impressed, having been starved of the sight of a feminine woman for so long.
Earlier this year, Alannah Hill was interviewed for The Age newspaper. True to form, she described her fashion philosophy as follows:
I spend most days designing the most romantic clothes so that girls when they wear them will evoke some gush of love from the opposite sex.
Now, I am not suggesting that Alannah Hill is a conservative role model, or that women should aim to dress in quite the full-blown feminine way that she does.
Even so, it's a refreshing change for a woman to admit to wanting to inspire love in a man, and to do so by appearing feminine and romantically attractive. It sure beats campus grunge.