Flowing gowns on the red carpet are clearly passé. To change the tempo a bit, celebrities ranging from Deepika Padukone to Sonam Kapoor and Monica Bellucci have dug into a more masculine style, opting for power suits over pretty dresses.
Padukone showed off her slim arms and athletic figure in a halter-neck tuxedo, while Sonam Kapoor went all purple in a classic, conservative two-piece.
Says fashion designer Swapnil Shinde, “Women in the west have been wearing the masculine trend for many season, and finally female actors here too are willing to experiment and break the gown and sari barrier.”
He adds that the most practical way to adopt the trend would be to mix feminine colours and prints with masculine silhouettes or fabrics. “The idea is to keep a balance, and you can easily achieve that with a boyfriend jacket or a man’s watch,” he reveals.
Stylist Tania Fadte, however, warns that this style isn’t for everyone, saying, “It’s better suited to women who are tall and slim, and Indian women with curvy hips and chests can’t carry it off so well.”
For the few willing to give androgyny a shot anyway, she recommends, “Keep it simple. Wear a suit with flats or brogues, rather than heels. Also, If you’re curvy, then keep the pants slim-fitted, not skinny.”
Get the look
If you are heavy-chested, avoid wearing shirts with detailing on the front as it will only draw attention. Lower necklines also help balance the look. Casual open jackets work well for day events, while a fitted buttoned-up version adds elegance to a dinner party. If the whole look put together seems to be over-whelming, try incorporating little details like a watch or two-tones brogues into your natural style.