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Put your trendiest foot forward

This festive season, put your trendiest self forward with these must-have fall festive styles.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 28, 2011 19:07 IST

This festive season, put your trendiest self forward with these must-have fall festive styles.

Sathya Saran
Unlike in the West, where the entire region experiences similar weather, the autumn and winter season in India varies from region to region. Hence, the fall/winter fashion trends also vary.

However, winter also being a festival time, and a wedding season, spins a common thread in dressing festive ethnic wear. But there is more to fall fashion. Looking at what fashion designers are busy creating for the upcoming months, here are some trends that will make your rule the roost in a stylish way.

Red romance
Come winter, when the sky turns grey, colour makes a statement. Avoid greys and browns. Opt for red, turquoise or blue. Red is also a festive colour, and suits Indian skin tones. Invest in a red shift dress, a red skirt, or pick red jeans. If nothing else, a red scarf or shoes, teamed with a white or beige dress will get you noticed and admired.

Layering wise
Winter hauls back this international trend. With layered styles you can regulate your comfort as you move from cold outdoors to warmer indoors, without sacrificing on fashion. When choosing layers, blend in complimentary colours, muted shades and thin fabrics. You can top the look with a bulky cardigan or an overcoat to create a neat look.

Ethnic elegance
With festive season round the corner, it's time to flaunt beautiful Indian attire with all its variations. Go fusion team a silk sari with a smart long jacket, or a gauzy lehenga with a slim Chinese jacket. The fusion adds an edge to ethnic wear. Moreover you can create your own style. For example, you can also wear a sari with an Oriental style blouse.

Mughal magic
Mughal-styled clothing is always in vogue. It adds flounce, mystery, romance and suits Indian bodies wonderfully. So do invest in Anarkali style kurtas and panelled kalidars. Wear them with contrasting churidars, or with skin-coloured ones. Match the look with mojaris and one striking piece of jewellery. Replace the dupatta with a crystal embellished stole.

Bling factor
Winter and festival season in India allows you to wear bling with impunity. However, be judicious! A zardosi choli asks for a gently sparkling sari, a crystal embellished kurta demands less jewellery maybe a sparkling crystal clutch or purse. Diamonds are in, and gold reflects that you are in touch with the current trends. Wear them with elan!