Infuse a bout of freshness into your wardrobe with the latest in fashion. Here’s everything you need to know to stay on trend this summers.
White is right
It’s been a complete white-out on the red carpet off late. From dresses to jackets and gowns – this summer hue has dominated Spring Summer runways. What’s more! Both Bollywood and Hollywood stars are choosing white as their shade of choice.
An easy white shift dress is perfect for a hot summer day especially when you go brunching or for a movie outing with friends. Keep it casual and comfortable with a pair of open toe sandals. Grab a pair of colourful sunglasses to complete the look.
Though florals can be chic all year round nothing says summer like a fresh bout of flowers. Big and bold, small and petite florals are here to stay. “Wear it to a brunch or even to a party by adding a jacket over it. Accessorize with the right amount of jewellery, a sling bag or clutch,” says designer Vidhi Shah, Creative Director at BKind.
This season flowers are everywhere from dresses to smart suits, slinky gowns and retro jumpsuits. Florals in themselves make a strong statement. So go easy on the makeup and keep the hairstyle simple. Just add a pair of sandals. If you’re not ready for the jungle yet, ease in gently with a floral jacket with a plainer outfit. Go ahead – take the plunge before winter kills both the plants and the style!
If in doubt… go for denim
There’s a reason why denim remains a fashion mainstay since its invention. It’s easy, stylish and oh so versatile. This season raise the fun quotient on your denim with dark-wash, low-slung, high-waisted, or even patched or bedazzled denims.
If you are overwhelmed with the variety in terms of styles, washes and rises – here are a few hints. Pair skinny jeans with voluminous tops to balance out the tight fit. Go with white shirt and blue jeans for a preppy look or trendy denim jacket for an easy appeal. Pair your jeans with heels to glam up the look.
Ring in romance into your wardrobe with sheer fabrics. From Rick Owens and Valentino to Corrie Nielsen and Vionnet, sheer rules this season. They are not just feminine but a great way to show off a little flesh without showing off too much. There is a very thin line between sexy and sophisticated. And with sheer it almost diminishes. Smart layering is the way to go.
Feeling adventurous? Team a neutral blouse with a colourful slip. Sexy? Show off a stylish bra or crop top underneath. You could even add a dash of sophistication by throwing on a blazer over a sheer top for some structure or a knit sweater for warmth. The idea is to keep it loose for a relaxed and floaty look. The more fitted the sheer garment, the more risqué your look becomes.
Crop… Crop… Crop
This midriff baring trend is still a hot favourite this season. Pair it with long pencil skirts for an elegant evening or go playful with matching shorts for summer days. A flash of midriff may be difficult to pull off, but it’s not impossible. The operative word here is ‘flash’, not the whole thing. A high-waisted pencil skirt is the best bet. And remember to keep it simple.
Avoid fussy prints and too much detailing. And if you are baring the midriff, spare the cleavage. Go for a high neckline. Whatever you choose – plain and lacy or bold and bright don’t forget to match the top with the bottom. But before that hit the gym!
NIVEDITA JAYARAM PAWAR
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