Seasons don’t change overnight; neither should your wardrobe. Girls, here’s your guide through the fashion transition.
Now that you’ve read and seen all the Fall-Winter fashion trends (well, we can hope!), we know what you’re thinking. What about all those Spring-Summer pieces we so raucously recommended at the beginning of the year? The full-length maxi skirts, the leather shorts and sheer blousons. Should you give them the back-of-the-closet treatment, or even worse, the Paris Hilton one (for the unaware, she allegedly donates her only-one-time-worn designer duds to her maid)? We recommend neither. Stride confidently into Fall with your Summer closet, with just a few tweaks and tricks. And since we don’t want you to go from bare-armed-beauty to wool-wrapped-polar bear overnight, we tell you how to make it look low fat butter-smooth too.Dresses
Even though stylists of the world were united against the dresses you wore so lovingly this year, there’s no reason why you should listen to them in the Fall when you didn’t in Spring. Thanks to the biggest turnaround trends of the year – pairing thin gauzy fabrics with thicker fabrics like corduroy and tweed – the dress has been elevated from a fashion faux pas to the wintry look of the moment. Don’t ditch the floral in chiffon. Pair it with a tough leather jacket and thigh-high boots for maximum effect. And since the lace dress was the most coveted item of Summer, you can’t ignore it in the Fall either, says Vogue India’s fashion director, Anaita Shroff Adajania. "From the classic black, white and nude to green and red, the lace dress is a must-have," she says. Match it with a thin cardigan in cashmere or fine wool, pull on some tights and make a night of it. Colours
If you went shopping this summer and were not bombarded with the craziest clashes of colour – pinks with yellows, bright greens with reds and indigo blues with mustards – then you visited the wrong malls, vendors and thrift stores. Colour blocking was the mammoth trend for last season, colouring almost every closet with its eclectic brush. So when you have such eye-popping pieces lying around, why not take them out for a spin? The key is to still clash the colours but keep them in the same family.
And as designer Nachiket Barve says, "Pick and choose what you have and augment your existing wardrobe. Match a hot pink with a burgundy, sunny yellow with mustard or add a hint of grey or black to ultra bright colours to tone them down." Pick autumnal hues of tangerine, deep brown, weathered green, greys and rust and whip them into your existing wardrobe.
Maxi skirts and sheer blouses
Full skirts that graze the ankle have always been an Indian wardrobe staple. The good news is that they are now extremely stylish too. Pull on a pair of trusty tights to keep warm underneath and make the ’70s your style decade. A chunky cable knit sweater goes on top, fastened with a belt. Add ankle-length booties, a floppy hat and round sunnies to the equation and you couldn’t have a more perfect Fall formula. Designer Anand Kabra says that separates are a big trend this season and it’s a good idea to mix sheers with it. “Transparency is the key this Fall,” he says. “You can wear a sheer blouse over a printed camisole and a maxi skirt to create a great look. The colour blocking trend can also be achieved by teaming brightly coloured underclothes with a sheer shirt for the lighter days of Fall.”
denim was the hottest-coolest fabric last Summer and we don’t see why it shouldn’t be so for Fall-Winter. Just pair your denim shirts with darker jeans or trousers in shades of burgundy and oxblood and pile on a vest in corduroy or wool. “You can wear a pair of loose fitting or tight trousers and team them with a ribbed top,” says stylist Rashi Verma. “I prefer wearing the denim shirt as an overthrow and slipping into brogues, still hot this Fall.”
A layered look screams incomplete unless accessories play for the same team as well. So keep the thin trinkets and slim chains in your summer box and bring out chunky, embellished metallic and wood baubles. Try darker colours paired with Fall tones and look at some vintage brooches to dress your outfit. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the most important Fall accessory – the scarf. Team it with a tube, with jeans, a summer dress or a maxi skirt. But do remember the thick with the thin rule – chunky warmers go with a slim scarf, and gauzy cardigans with a thick one. Any look can easily be dressed up or down depending on your scarf pattern, when a bright scarf pops the look and a sombre one pitches it down.
"A chic dress with silver flats can go straight from Summer to Fall if it’s paired with heels and a decadent bag with embellishments," says Nachiket Barve. So, don’t forget to pay attention to your handbag. It can instantly bump up your appearance. Fur’s a huge trend, so look for handbags with that texture and other embellishments, such as feathers, studs and buckles.
we are sure you already own this winter staple and in some cases might even live through the entire season in just a single pair (we all know at least one person who does that!). But when it comes to being stylish, just pulling on a Christmas sweater won’t do. So get a well-fitted blazer and then get into a bright tank top and flared jeans to finish the look. But do remember to wear comfortable high heels like platforms or wedges. They are a must for the hem to just about skim the ground. You can try loose, ruffled blouses or buttoned-up shirts with knee-long coats when the chill sets in deeper. “The ’70s staple is still big for Autumn/Winter,” says Anaita Shroff Adajania. “Choose from classic denim, corduroy or silk lounge trousers for the months ahead and match with your favourite blouse.”
If you still don’t feel like giving up your skinny jeans, then wear them with a slouchy cardigan cinched at the waist. Designer Priyanka Modi of am:pm suggests jersey wraps and jackets worn over your daily tee and jeans. “It’ll also keep you extremely comfortable and snug,” she says.
Spotted everywhere from Greater Kailash to Bandra, shorts were seen in every colour, length and on practically every figure this year. And you needn’t drop them just because it’s cooler. Pair your shorts with leggings or tights, not just in boring black now that you have different hues, textures and hosiery materials to choose from. Though do choose darker colours that convey the essence of Fall. If you experimented with leather shorts this summer, team them with a cute Peter Pan collar or a polka dot blouse (loved not just by Minnie Mouse but Marc Jacobs too!) and add a boyfriend blazer on top to provide structure.
Finish the look with ballet flats or high heels.
From HT Brunch, September 25
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