“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love.”
Popular French designer Coco Chanel made this statement several years ago. But if the present fashion mood is anything to go by, then one would know why Chanel made this remark.
While body-skimming silhouettes, especially the perennial favourite skinny jeans, have been ruling the style roost for quite a long time now, comfort fits are slowly eating into its universal appeal.
“Skinny pants are definitely losing their charm, and the fashion cycle is quickly moving past them. With ‘comfort’ being the new buzzword these days, silhouettes are gravitating towards such trends,” says Hemant, one half of the designer duo, Hemant and Nandita.
Echoing a similar sentiment, designer Anupama Dayal says, “I think the skinny pant stayed around too long, and it was only natural for the trend to evolve into stiffer textures, just like any silhouette transitions in a fashion cycle.”
While an increasing number of designers are experimenting with loose-fit trousers, both Indian and international celebs have been spotted stepping out in anything from boyfriend jeans to pants with paper-bag waists. We list how you can upgrade to this trend.
Try these out
Try draped pants. However, it’s important to get the fit right for the drapes to be visible. They need to fit perfectly around the hips and ankles, while draping loosely around the leg. These pants are best worn with a feminine blouse or a fitted shirt. Women with heavy lower bodies should choose dark, solid-coloured pants
Dhoti pants can be worn by women with different body types. These pants are available in different cuts and designs. Wear them with fitted tops or tunics.
Pairing plain or printed palazzos with a kurti or tunic is a great idea. You can also try them with a crop top or an asymmetrical cape.
The cardinal rule of wearing boot-cut or flared pants is that everything else that you wear should be well-fitted, or you will end up looking sloppy. You can wear a fitted shirt or a silk blouse with these pants during the day, and an embellished bodysuit or a cape when you’re planning a night out.
Yoga pants are a great alternative to jeans for a party. Just add a top with a colourful jacket or a shrug to complete the look.
Crop-flared jeans look great with oversized shirts and granny sweaters.
Loose boyfriend jeans can be styled with a denim shirt and a cropped jacket.
Classic straight-fit pants look good with any top — from short to long, and boxy to fitted.
Dos and Don’ts
Loose shirts and flared pants might not work as an ensemble for a few body types. So, know yours before experimenting.
Don’t wear pants that are too oversized; this can make you look a few inches shorter.
Avoid wearing flats with loose pants, as the flare won’t be visible when you walk.
If you’re petite, wear palazzo pants, which are slightly fitted, along with heels. This will instantly make you look a few inches taller.
The hem of flared pants should skim the ground and not sweep it, so make sure you buy pants as per your height.
(With inputs from designer Shivani Awasty, and designer duo Shivani and Monica.)
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