There was a time when a dupatta, in its diverse forms, was the most important accompaniment when it came to Indian wear. A lehenga was incomplete without this flow-y addition, and the salwar kameez could not be imagined without one.
But over the years, the supremacy enjoyed by dupattas has started fading. An increasing number of designers are experimenting with Indian wear, especially wedding collections. The new garment that has almost pushed the dupatta out of the window is the long coat — an intricately designed outwear, which has become the perfect alternative.
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“Long jackets and coats bring a sense of elegance and sophistication. They will surely make a splash this wedding season,” says designer Leena Singh of designer duo Ashima & Leena. She adds that these coats particularly go well with voluminous skirts and lehengas. “Coats with high slits and long sleeves make a great statement and look royal,” she adds.
Several designers, including Rahul Mishra, Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal, among others, have included coats in their collections in the recent past. In fact, designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, whose new line, which was launched on Instagram last month, featured hand-embroidered coats in silks and velvets, showcasing generous amounts of applique work. “I’ve always liked long coats for Indian women, as they flatter the Indian woman’s body type. If you’re wearing one colour from top to toe, it gives you that linear look. It also offers a slimming effect, as it stretches your frame,” he says.
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The designer adds that with several brides opting for destination weddings, throwing on a coat even on trousers makes perfect sense. “Women don’t want to fill up their suitcases with an entire lehenga. The can-can (a skirt worn inside the lehenga to give it more volume and a smooth fall) takes a lot of space, but a coat with a pair of trousers is perfect for wedding celebrations. Post the wedding, the bride could wear one of these coats with an Indian choker, tucked-in shirt, skinny jeans or even leather pants,” says Mukherjee.
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However, there are some fashion rules that need to be followed. Singh suggests never wearing long coats with churidars or dhoti pants. “In fact, they would look elegant when worn with farshi pyjamas and sharara pants,” she says.
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