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How to wear white casuals and ethnic wear like your favourite celebrities

No colour is more fresh or crisp than white, so when you wear the hue from head to toe, it results in an exceptionally stylish, high-impact look. Scroll for some fashion inspo.

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 30, 2018 19:22 IST
Priyanka Chopra,Boyfriend jeans,Rahul Mishra
Malaika Arora’s stark white bohemian-inspired lace dress from Swoon is so simple and perfect for wearing all summer long. (Insatgram)

Skirts to sarees, jumpsuits to lehengas, shrugs to business suits, and shirts to sherwanis, white and pastels are acing the race in the fashion world, both in the casual and couture space. Complementing both traditional as well as contemporary designs and patterns, the shade speaks of being crisp, clean and confident.

Be it at fashion galas or as part of popular fashion brands’ collections -- keeping it neutral and classy with white has become the style mantra.

Designer Samant Chauhan, known for the understated elegance that his ensembles exude with white and pastel shades, said: “I personally like light pastel shades and white a lot. But, initially, I started using them because it was difficult to dye fabrics in a different colour.”

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Chauhan says it is challenging for designers to create something interesting with white as people perceive it as a “bare shade”. Nevertheless, right from designers, international stars, royalty, Bollywood’s style divas and fashion bloggers, everyone has been stepping up their fashion game with white.

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has flaunted white several times for promotional events and red carpet galas, chose a crop top and a long shrug - both in white - paired with jeans for her airport look over the weekend. Be it wearing a white shirt with a long ethnic skirt, or teaming it up with casual blue boyfriend jeans, white is never a disappointment.

Malaika Arora, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Shilpa Shetty’s white T-shirt outfits show how the summer staple can be dressed up or dressed down. (Instagram)

A just-concluded India Couture Week 2018 in the capital saw designers like Suneet Varma, Rahul Mishra, Reynu Taandon, Amit Aggarwal and Falguni Shane Peacock play with bespoke embroidery and embellishments over white and pastels. Even at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018, designers like Padmaja Krishnan, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla and Anita Dongre made peace with these subtle and soothing shades.

In 2018, white rocked the wedding scene with former Suits star Meghan Markle flaunting a pristine white House of Givenchy gown as she walked the aisle to marry Prince Harry. Even Bollywood’s fashion diva Sonam Kapoor chose an off-beat ivory lehenga choli for her mehendi and sangeet ceremony, which was themed on “Shades of White”.

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The Aisha actor wore an off-white classic “chikankari” work lehenga-choli, that was delicately designed by the ace designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. Her hair was styled with long beautiful fishtail braids and adorned with strings of white mogra flowers.

Designer Vipul Asija, who works closely with the designer duo, said that young brides have been experimenting and breaking convention.

“Call it the Bollywood effect. Young girls are changing the norms. They want the traditional designs but with contemporary outlines and colours. The concept of a white bride is also new to India. It was not the same as it was 10 years ago,” Asija said.

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“White is a fresh and stylish colour. You can style a white outfit with kundan, emerald, ruby or diamond in terms of jewellery. It is a win-win colour for everyone,” he added.

It’s a trend for street-wear as well. Fashion outlets like Forever 21, H&M and Pantaloons, have been launching collections with white and pastels dominating the colour palette. These are not just fitting for a casual day look, but won’t look jarring at work as well.

Popular designer Varija Bajaj feels people have started accepting new forms of fashion based on their cultural interactions. “It is only when you are well-travelled that you evolve your thoughts and fashion. White colour and contemporary designs being accepted by the Indian fraternity has a lot to do with this factor,” Bajaj said.


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First Published: Jul 30, 2018 19:22 IST