The fashion week is over. You’re spoilt for choice – fashion trend reports suggest all sorts of looks to wear in the season to come. But, as a fashion follower, you know how hard it is to constantly keep your wardrobe in sync with the latest trends. Each season, you’re only burning a hole in your pocket, just to keep up with the trends. What’s a greater challenge – to decipher the designer’s language into an actual perfect buy for yourself. So, certainly a mere trend report is not enough.
This year is different though. Feel free to take everything you want from this year’s Lakmé Fashion Week Collection. We’re making it easier for you to track what’s trending this fall and how to keep yourself updated. The good news is – you’ll find most of it in your wardrobe. While last year was all about the revival of Indian craftsmanship and their intricate designs, this year, Indian textiles are proving that fashion is not just about structures and silhouettes. It’s more about comfort, fluidity and drapes – most of which, are elements of garments that are already sitting somewhere in your closet.
All you have to do, is pick out what you already have and discover what can you do with them to get that runway look.
This year, Lakmé Fashion Week was all about reusing your existing closet, to get a look you never thought of before. Don’t discard dupattas that you no more use, or even saris and blouses. Repurpose them as newer pieces of garment.
You can play safe and tie it around your waist. Or, you could be a little experimental and drape it around your shoulders like a cape. Another interesting way to carry a dupattas, especially khadi, cotton or silk ones, is to combine them with flared bottoms and cropped tops.
WM Tip: If your outfit is subtle, go for printed dupattas. Otherwise, stick with sheer dupattas.
First things first – get the blouse altered as per your comfort and body type. Then pair it up with patiyala pants, long skirt or khadi trousers.
WM Tip: Don’t want your waist to show? Use a dupatta or a floor length outerwear to cover it.
The lehenga is one piece of garment that isn’t worn very often, and so, sits in the closet for ages. Don’t wait for another wedding invitation, take it out of your wardrobe, pair it up with a well-contrasted mid-length skirt, and a kurti, for a perfectly layered look.
WM Tip: Tone down lehengas in loud colours by smartly adding more layers.
While most women in India are still comfortable wearing leggings and a kurta, there are those who would often be heard complaining, “I can’t carry ethnic”. Thankfully, the trends this festive season are pretty versatile – you do not need to go all-out traditional, just, bring out the right amount of Indianness with the fabric – khadi.
Pair asymmetrical khaki tunics with culottes or straight-fit capri pants. Go creative with long tunics and tie a knot to make the look unconventional.
WM Tip: Add a western twist to ethnic tunics by pairing them up with oxfords.
Spruce up your cropped tops and blouses by giving them a flirty touch. Cut the sleeves from the shoulders to give it an edgy look.
WM Tip: Turn any pain top into an ethnic piece by stitching chunky jewellery along its neckline.
Take a plain kurta with pants or even salwar, and team it up with a scarf, instead of dupatta. The scarf will complete the look, yet, take away the traditional feel.
WM Tip: Don’t just leave your scarf hanging on your shoulders, when wearing a kurta. Tie a knot, braid it into a neckpiece, or around your wrist.
Between Indo and Western
If not ethnic and western, there’s always middle ground. Fuse the two sensibilities together to create an edgy look.
Combine a well-tailored jacket with dhoti (or dhoti pants, if you’re not too experimental), and give a taste of androgyny to your look.
WM Tip: Jackets over dhotis, lehengas, or any loose-fitting bottoms, must be fitted, and short.
Team up your plain khadi shirts with interesting mid-length kurtas and pleated trousers.
Mid-Slit or Asymmetrical Kurti
Balance out an ethnic-looking asymmetrical kurti with a simple long skirt or palazzo pants. Don’t have asymmetrical kurtas? Extend the slit on your long kurtas to mid-waist and wear them over fitted demins and pencil heels.
Putting together looks can always get tricky. Keep in mind your figure and what looks best on you. Stick to silhouettes that enhance your figure and you’ll never go wrong.