This is a particularly great time for Indian wear. Whether you are a blushing bride putting together your trousseau or just someone curating a wardrobe to get through the wedding season, there is so much more on offer than just the conventional lehenga or simple sari.
Stylist Kushal Parmanand feels, “Designers are now viewing on Indian silhouettes glocally. Increased awareness among shoppers has made innovation a necessity.” Designer Payal Singhal calls this revolution the “new normal”, saying that modern styles are gaining popularity, as women are tired of heavy embroidery and over the top outfits. “They would rather go for something more stylish and innovative,” she explains. Here are some unconventional styles for you to try.
Designer Nikhil Thampi is of the opinion that capes increase the style quotient of an outfit. “They are perfect to add volume to a structured outfit. Bright colours, patterns and embellishments work best.” For a traditional soirée, capes are best paired with dhoti pants, jodhpuris, fishtail lehengas or leggings.
They’re not just a menswear staple and were revived in a big way this season. “Its beauty is in its ease. The drama and voluptuousness come from the silhouette’s length. It works perfectly for functions where you want something that looks spectacular but allows you to move too,” believe veteran designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
Dhoti pants and shararas
Dhoti pants and shararas are great ways to update one’s look. Singhal says, “They have replaced the traditional bottoms in a contemporary and funky way. Team them with a short kurta, tunic or long choli.”
Another go-to option is the popular sari-gown or the pre-pleated sari. Swimwear designer duo, Shivan & Narresh, have even introduced the bikini sari (a must for a beach wedding). Singhal explains, “We are the jeans and T-shirt generation and relate more to international styles. So it’s only natural that Indian wear now boasts of a contemporary spin.”
Parmanand stresses on quick styling tweaks that can give your Indian wear an edgy spin. “You can add a shrug to a lehenga choli or sari. A fascinator or an interesting headpiece works for a cocktail party. Experiment with interesting layering too — like wearing your dupatta or pallu under a jacket or a sheer tunic. The idea is for the pieces to blend and complement each other rather than have a single piece overpowering the look,” he suggests.