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Hoods are back in fashion

Covering up was never this cool. Hoods are no longer just a winter staple, but have evolved to symbolise a relaxed fashion.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 05, 2012 00:27 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Mallika Sherawat

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Covering up was never this cool. Hoods are no longer just a winter staple, but have evolved to symbolise a relaxed fashion.

Actor Mallika Sherawat wore a hooded dress to Cannes this year and international artists Lady Gaga and Shakira also made statements in hooded avatars recently. The latest to join this bandwagon is actor-turned-rockstar Priyanka Chopra, who has been flaunting this style at many social dos lately.

Designer Anupama Dayal says this fashion trend puts the ‘street’ element into style. “Celebrities incorporating hoods in their style represents casual fashion, and makes them more relatable. I would like to see it become a more frequent part of dresses and even saris!” she says.

Hot on PeeCee’s tracks, fashion lovers are lapping up this style. Step into Sarojini or Janpath street shops and it’s easy to spot embroidered hoodie shirts and shrugs. “It’s becoming a global trend as youngsters love buying this stuff,” says Shilpi Dhir, owner, Giovani. Nikhil Mehra, from designer duo Shantanu Nikhil, says, “The hip-hop music culture and luxurious capes and veils sported by women in the 1920s-30s, gave birth to hoods. Pair a sexy satin-hooded blouse with a pencil skirt and pumps for a stylish look.”

Rock the trend Hoodies are not necessarily a utility wear for winter. Team up a cut-off hoodie with a maxi dress or with a peter pan collar shirt and high waist shorts to look super stylish

__ Lesly Lobeni, fashion blogger