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Into the white

As summer nears, the classic pure white is all set to come out of the closet. Dhvani Merchant details the white trends.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2008 15:41 IST
Dhvani Merchant

Come summer and whites come out of the closet. Classic and timeless, pure white is the flavour of the season.
But it's easy to make a fashion faux pas if you don't wear it right. Here's the lowdown on this season's white trends.

While white from head to toe looks cool at times, it's always preferable to pair it with another colour.

Layered whites are in. Says designer Nachiket Barve, "Since we're a country that celebrates colour, white with a hue always looks good. White with a tinge of beige looks great on people with dusky skin. White with a hint of pink or blue looks great on the fair-skinned." As a ground rule, avoid showing black or printed lingerie straps on a white kurti.

Tone on tone
It's known as the San Tropez look, which is more appropriate for the beach than everyday wear. For the most part, it looks rather tacky. While bleaching whites is also rec ommended, warmer whites look much better on the Indian skin tone.

Whites can also be worn in the evening. Designer Vineet Bahl says, "An ivory kalidhaar kurta in crushed cotton worn as a dress, or an Indian outfit paired with a black churidaar and ivory chiffon dupatta, are a perfect outfit for a night out."

Evening look
Opt for softer and flowy fabrics like chiffons and voiles rather than bleached and starched cottons.

Not are they more languid on the body, but they also give you a slimmer silhou ette. Also, opt for white with tex tured details such as chikankari or lace detailing.

For the evening, you could try classic ivory with a gold. Avoid a combination of milky whites and blacks. This looks stark and disconnected.

Layer up
Just opt for layering of white along with colour. This helps in toning down the white and also bring ing the colour into focus. Bahl says, "White is a pure colour. We should celebrate it, no matter what the season is. A white kurta or top is the Indian equivalent of the little black dress. Every woman should own one!"