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Fasten your waist belts

Ethnic Indian wear gets a modern life with trendy waistbands, belts and sashes.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 11, 2011 00:52 IST
Roma Arora

Belts have caught ethnic fashion by its waist. From sarees to suits, Indian attire is now being paired with trendy belts — be it embellished belts, beaded, or even skinny bands. Actor Shilpa Shetty wore a white stylised Tarun Tahiliani saree paired with a black obi belt at the premiere of her film The Desire at the New York City International Film Festival.

Indian designers such as Neeta Lulla and J J Valaya have also showcased sarees and suits with belts on the runways. “Shilpa looks chic. It’s very classy to wear the obi belt over a saree. It also gives a complete new look to the way traditional sarees are worn otherwise,” says designer Charu Parashar.

The aim of the innovation is to experiment and lend a feel of modernity. Designer Krishna Mehta adds, “Such innovations are frequently required, which apparently enhance the traditional look with a western touch.”

Talking about the belt styles, designer Neeta Lulla says, “Belts paired with sarees in soft fabrics, such as chiffon, crepe and georgette, are a rage these days. Depending on the style of the saree, they can be worn at the waist or even high waist belts look great too.”

However, designer Nida Mahmood says that the style works well for a slender and tall person: “A broad obi belt, like the one Shilpa is wearing is sizable and emphasises the waist prominently, hence it suits slender and tall figures. If the person is short, thin and skinny belts are a better deal.”