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The eternal summer favourite, white trousers get a Seventies swing this season. Here’s getting it right.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 17, 2011 15:04 IST
Priyanka Monga

Apair of white pants is every fashionista’s summer favourite, and this year, catwalk trends in Paris and London indicate a 70s-style swing for the staple.

There was a time when the wardrobe basic was seen as resort wear, but today, the chic number is as as versatile as the Holy Grail denims and as stylish as the LBD (Little black dress). “A pair of white trousers can add volume to a skinny structure and look great on women with long legs,” says stylist Aakanksha Jain.

“This summer, we will see a lot of flared-bottom pants and wide-legged trousers. Women can team the wide-legged pants with tops in vibrant colours, prints and stripes,” says Tiziana Dominguez, creative director of fashion house Adolfo Dominguez.

We tell you how to dress up your white pants for a chic casual or evening look.

Carefree casual: Keep the look effortless by teaming your white pants with bright spaghettis, tank tops, skin-hugging tees and tucked-in sheer shirts or those with cheerful flower prints. Wear comfortable footwear like flats or ballerinas if you’re blessed with a good height, or go for smart wedges, if you like to walk tall. Thin belts in bright or neutral shades will go with the look.

Dressy evenings: Turn them into party attire with lace tops, strappy embellished camisoles, one-shoulder tops and satin off-shoulders. Slip on those sky-scraping heels or peep-toes to add length to your pants. A thin bow belt or a chunky, broad belt is good, too.

Selection Notes

Fabric first: The key is to concentrate on the fabric while selecting your pants. In summer, linen and cotton are most suitable, as they are airy and soak in the perspiration. Go for fabrics such as chiffon silk, cotton silk or cotton satins for evening wear.

Right fit: Wide-legged styles must be chosen with care, as you carry the risk of looking too bulky at the bottom. The trick is to find a pair that supports your bodyline well, without it being too tight or loose.

Occasion wise:“Cotton pallazzos look good in the day, and a heavier fabric with embellishments is good for evenings,” says model Laxmi Rana.