Investing in capes, light trenches and not-so snug suits may be a great idea, going by the trends displayed at the recent Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi. And don't put away the crop tops and sporty tops just yet, as designers feel they'll stay in vogue. Here's our guide to must-have pieces for the season.
Bend the rules by doing away with prim-and-proper suits this season. Makhija explains, "For the next few months, formal fits are going to be a lot more relaxed. It's okay to do away with the shoulder pads on your blazer or not fuss over perfect tapering for your trousers. Put black and navy aside; colours like slate, eggshell, ecru and chocolate brown are in demand."
Left: Sneha Arora creation, Right: Aashish N Soni creation (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
The weather in Mumbai won't exactly make you shiver, but you can still incorporate typical wintry silhouettes in your wardrobe by using lighter fabrics. "Opt for unlined jackets in cotton and cotton-based weaves for day and a jacquard or silk fabric by night. Team a brightly coloured trench with neutral separates or dresses, or vice versa," says stylist Aashna Khurana.
It's not a piece that comes to mind when there's a nip in the air, but Makhija insists that it's all about the styling. "Even curvy girls must pick up a few of these. Team them with a highwaist skirt or palazzos, and show off just an inch of skin, or none at all. Playing with lengths is a key trend this season," she says.
You'll need plenty of traditional outfits for the festive and wedding season, and when there's dancing involved, you surely don't want to manage a dupatta or a sari pallu. "Instead, pick a cape that can be beautifully embroidered, or in a lovely raw silk fabric, embellished and with thick borders. Paired with pencil trousers, it's an impactful yet fuss-free look for all occasions," says stylist Shruti Makhija.
Sporty luxe continues to be a dominant trend for casual wear. And while you'd do well to pick up slouchy joggers, bomber jackets and skorts, invest in funky T-shirts and tops as well. "Nautical stripes as well as embellished motifs are in this season. Look for unique pieces that have a quirky cut, motif or colour combination. They're hard to miss and can make a simple look a memorable one," says Khurana.
Left: Sanchita creation, Right: Reynu Tandon creation (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
It may be a wardrobe staple and a failsafe pick, but a little black dress isn't going to wow anyone. "Instead of a solid dress, pick one that has embroidery or embellishments. This season, bolder colours will make more of an impact. So think bright stones and neon embroidery that will take your basic black dress out of comfortable territory," says Khurana.