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Ethnic wear for a stylish summer

We tend to think of ethnic wear as being compartmentalised in two brackets, band-baaja elaborate or everyday casual. We tell you how to pick up your ethnic for summer, and do the look right. So pin up that pallu and strike a pose!

fashion and trends Updated: May 22, 2013 02:40 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times

While these categories might suffice if you are not the style crazy type, but, if you are fashion freaks like us, opt for the middle path. In this season of macaroon pastels and constant current of vintage vibe, make a statement with traditional wear. We tell you how to pick up your ethnic for summer, and do the look right. So pin up that pallu and strike a pose!

Out for a brunch
While we run the risk of getting toasted in the heat, it hardly keeps us away from a dressed-up brunch date with our buddies. A cute midi and Lennon glasses will obviously work, but there’s no reason you can’t go the breezy ethnic way. Like model Dipannita Sharma, pick a drape that speaks in colour. Coral, raspberry red, aqua blue or deep tangerine can lift your look instantly. Do a basic blouse, with a keyhole cut on the back, and statement ear cuffs.

The neo-boho chic
Gone are the days of staple churidars, kurtas and jholas, if you want boho to resonate in your look without looking dated, pick up light-weight fabrics and style them right. Replace your Patiala salwar with a dhoti bottom or mono-coloured farshi which don’t incorporate embellishments. Like TV anchor Maria Goretti, compliment your look with a single piece of jewellery. Beads are a no-no, do bold, parandi-inspired tassel earrings.

White, Vintage valour
With 100 years of Indian Cinema being the flavour around the globe, there’s no getting away from retro-inspired ethnic wear. If Sonam Kapoor can look classy in a simple white sari, so can you. Nothing spells romance like a dewy-hued drape. From a big family dinner to your best friend’s engagement, be armed to look stunning. Let your sari and blouse be of the same colour, with the latter being full-sleeved. You can also do full-fledged, clashing print.

Bold and Bridal
There is no denying that bridal wear in the country encapsulates a wide range of styles, with many to-be brides experimenting much more than before. If you too want your D-Day to be picture perfect, dare to be different. Pack a punch with ombre, soft hues and layering. Cut the volume, and think of an outfit from designer Anupama Dayal’s collection, Ishq-e-Dilli. The hair and makeup here should be in tandem with your summer wedding look. So, go for gilded head bands and haath-phools with a soft side-braid studded with flowers.

First Published: May 21, 2013 18:47 IST