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A to Z of summer style

Summers have arrived and so has the time to revamp your wardrobe. Rochelle Pinto suggests how to up your style quotient this season.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2009 15:44 IST
Rochelle Pinto

Summers have arrived and so has the time to revamp your wardrobe.

Rochelle Pinto

suggests how to up your style quotient this season.



Aviators:

The grand daddy of all sunglasses, guys and girls alike look hot trotting in a pair of dark aviators.



Bandanas:

Get your boho vibe on with scarves and bandanas in bright florals or cartoon prints.



Cutouts:

Take a subtle approach to skin show by wearing stealthy cutouts in unexpected places. Hemlines, waists and sleeves lend themselves to some fancy cutwork



Drapes:

since it’s too hot to wear body-hugging fabrics, create different silhouettes by draping soft fabrics like chiffons and georgettes.



Epaulets:

The military look is back and epaulets are dressing up shirts, dresses.. even summer jackets like never before.



Fringe:

Have fun with those tassles whether you chose to wear them all over like in the 1920s flapper or as a trim on jeans and bags.



Gladiators:

Try them in practical flats or chunky cage heels, every fashionista is working this trend.



Hats:

A good excuse to have some fun, swing from the classic fedora to a wide-brimmed wonder.



Ikat:

A popular summer print, the ikat weave has regularly shown up in spring- summer collections from John Galliano to Anupama Dayal.



Junk jewellery:

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but how about being recession-friendly and opting for some funky crystals or enamel instead.



Kaleidoscopic colours:

Dressing up for summer should be as riotous as the season itself. Try shades of citrus, grape, peach and electric blue if you’re brave enough.



Leggings:

Seen on every runway from Jason and Anshu to Gaurav Gupta, these come in handy when your mini-skirt is dangerously short.



Mousse:

For maximum volume and super soft waves, use a dollop of mousse before blowdrying.



Nail care:

Buff and file for maximum shine and paint them in bright shades of orange and pink. Don’t forget to moisturise regularly to keep the skin looking fresh.



Organic:

Why mistreat your skin with chemical products when you can opt for natural treatments? Buy organic grooming products and let Mother Nature work her magic.



Pyjamas:

An interesting trend started by Dolce and Gabbana was the outdoor pyjama. Pair a slinky camisole with skinny jeans.. do you dare?



Quirky:

This is the season that allows you to get hippie chic. Try feathered headbands, printed kaftans and hair extensions.. all paired with a confident attitude.



Retro:

An eternal trend, bring back the shoulder pads and distressed jeans, but add a modern edge with chunky heels and classy jewellery.



Studs:

The ’90s grunge is back with a bang. Studs can be used on belts, shoes or even on the pockets of your jeans.



Texturing:

Take a note from young designers like Nachiket Barve and Rimzim Dadu and create interesting textures on your clothes. Try pin-tucks, smocking and pleats for an uncomplicated look.



Unisex:

Flirt with the androgynous look by trying on the boyfriend’s jeans or a man’s shirt with subtle make-up. Balance the look with some delicate jewellery.



Nests:

The classic wife-beater makes a comeback. Layer it under a simple waistcoat or on top of a bright tank top. Steal one from your brother’s closet if you want the authentic look.



Waves:

Easy maintenance is your safest bet in the summer. Just scrunch up your hair’s natural waves and let your inner diva shine through.



X-rated:

Scared of slipping into a bikini or a mini-skirt? It’s time to put your insecurities behind you. Dare to bare with plunging backs or a stealthy slit and watch all eyes turn towards you.



Yoga:

For a perfectly balanced mind and body, turn to what stars like Kareena Kapoor and Madonna swear by. Don’t forget your surya namaskar..



Zippers:

For that punk edge, let the zippers on your clothes speak as accessories. Have them run across your dress bondage-style or create a thigh-high slit.