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Fitted is passé, anti-fit clothing is in. Here’s the lowdown on this comfy trend

Why torture yourself in super-tight jeans or that suffocating bodycon dress when it’s possible to be both relaxed and stylish? Anti-fit clothing, so perfect for tropical climes, is the flavour of the season.

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 26, 2017 12:20 IST
Prerna Gauba
Prerna Gauba
Hindustan Times
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Bollywood actors Aditi Rao Hydari (left) and Neha Dhupia rock anti-fit clothing.

Call it relaxed fit, slouchy clothing, or simply drowning into your clothes, anti-fit has many names and many lovers. These clothes don’t divulge your body shape, and are super-comfortable and stylish. Trickling down from the international ramps, the anti-fit wave has taken over Indian runways and celebrity closets at the same time. Bollywood actors such as Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Neha Dhupia have given the style a thumbs up.

So, what is it about anti-fit that has given it space in every fashion-conscious woman’s closet? Designer Amit Aggarwal says that he loves it because it is for all. “For me, anti- fit clothing is comfort wear and is made for all sizes. I love how it is for one and all,” he says. However, designer Anavila Misra doesn’t like to call it anti-fit, and says, “I’d like to call it comfort fit. It’s a good fit that’s loose and allows easy movement.”

How to style it right

If not worn well, this trend can look unflattering. “I would say, pick silhouettes that sit close enough to the body to give you room between the fabric and your skin, that allow you to breathe and be comfortable, but that make you feel luxurious and empowered,” recommends designer Payal Khandwala, who thinks the silhouette is not for everyone. “I’m petite and I feel like I would drown in such silhouettes. I’d imagine if you are tall, you can get away with it. Make sure you pick clothes that are easy, not fitted but not ill-fitting either,” adds Khandwala.

Fabrics and cuts

Anti-fit clothing looks best in solid colours. It enhances the overall look, and if it has handwoven details, then it stands out. These clothes are loose, but there’s a thin line when it comes to anti-fit and ill-fitted clothing that shouldn’t be crossed. “Technically, an anti-fit garment has to be cut well and the pattern has to be right. A lot of fabric is involved, so the proportions have to be perfect. There shouldn’t be a lot of creases and the garment should be finished well,” adds designer Nishka Lulla.

Talking of fabrics, cotton and khadi work best as they are comfortable and summery silhouettes. “I love chanderi, khadi and my new-found love, vintage patolas,” adds Amit Aggarwal.

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First Published: Jul 26, 2017 12:18 IST