How to be stylishly patriotic without looking like an Indian flag

  • Sanya Panwar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 10:48 IST
What to wear on Independence Day? From all-white dresses to orange accessories, chic orange, white, and green outfit ideas (that aren’t cheesy) to wear this 15 August. (Instagram)

15 August is upon us.

Just like the tri-colour and the Independence Day parades, desi clothing is essential for celebrating the national holiday. But let’s face it, the day and fashion don’t exactly go hand in hand. (Seriously, those cheesy graphic tees are more tacky than cute.)

Although, upon further investigation (thank you Pinterest), it turns out that there are, in fact, ways to rock orange, white, and green in style.

Read: Celebrate Independence Day with these tricolour-themed outfits

If you’re thinking of dressing in patriotic spirit for August 15 but don’t want to be literal about it, we have looked to our fave celebrity style-setters and fashion bloggers to give you some outfit inspiration. We’re pretty sure you’re guaranteed to find at least one look you love. In fact, with so many fashionable options to choose from, you’ll be all set for each day of the long weekend.

Scroll below to see all the outfits: From all-white dresses to orange accessories, we compiled nine ways to wear orange, white, and green in the chicest way possible.

1 Guys: How to wear green without looking like a soldier

Monochrome is always the right choice. But when it’s a touch too sunny for all-black-everything – and it’s monsoon, which means all-white is off the table – green steps in.

“Green is easy to wear and looks great head-to-toe, if you mix different shades,” says fashion designer Abhishek Dutta. Experiment in print and shape, he suggests. Which means the chance to dabble in oversized cuts, or add interesting patterns into the mix.

2 Girls: Integrate the hue through prints

Head-to-toe green can be too much of a commitment. Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Monaghan introduced the leafy hue through leafy prints. Follow suit and do the same.

3 Girls: Go glam with party-ready classic silhouettes

A deep emerald or jade can be just as much neutral as black when worn as a fitted, tailored number, like Claire Danes in her classic sheath (perfect for the day) or Odeya Rush in her corseted dress (perfect for an evening out).

4 Guys: Orange is the new pink in men’s wardrobes: Are you bold enough to try it?

Formerly, the colour of choice for road repair contractors and health and safety inspectors, orange is now available in a wide selection of shades and hues for all of us to enjoy. Burnt orange, citric orange, rust, tangerine, amber, carrot, ginger, pumpkin, apricot, coral, papaya, vermillion, cinnabar and peach. What better colour to inject a bit of warmth and patriotism into a dull, rainy day? (It’s still monsoon.)

5 Girls: Accessorise with orange

Orange is not the easiest colour to wear as it can be quite bright and overpowering. But not when you use it as statement-making jewellery. It is sure to add the perfect pop of colour to any outfit. The key is to choose a simple outfit and you can never go wrong with the classic blue jeans and white button-down combination.

6 Girls: Add an orange purse

This is the perfect way to incorporate orange into your wardrobe in a small dose. “Though an orange purse could be worn with any type of outfit, my personal favourite option is wearing it with a white dress and army green jacket — perfect for a breezy I-Day spent outdoors,” says designer Pali Sachdeva.

7 Guys: It’s not fail safe, but go white on white

What’s the best way to approach all-white dressing? We turn to the runway and high street for inspiration on how to go white-on-white this I-Day.

8 Girls: Keep it minimal. Keep it all-white.

No colour is more fresh or crisp than white; so when you wear the hue from head to toe, it results in an exceptionally stylish, high-impact look. Long white dresses aren’t just for formal events anymore. Master the chic, minimal look in a ladylike dress as demonstrated by Gwyneth Paltrow’s demure style at a movie premiere.

9 Girls: Add some shine with metallics

Because it’s a day of celebration, turn a casual outfit into something party-worthy with shades of metallic, especially silver. Glee star Lea Michele proves no one can wear metallic the way she can in this tucked-in white blouse with a silver and white printed skirt by Jenni Kayne.

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