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Thursday, December 07, 2017

With wedding season around the corner, Pearl Mathias & Gurjyot Kaur tell you how to mix, style and conquer fashion with Indo-Western fashion trends and bring you a few styling tips on how to look dapper

Fusion fashion always seems to be trending, and even many celebrities are often seen flaunting Indo-western outfits. But, this fashion trend can also be worn on an everyday basis, simply by mixing and matching different outfits. Consider an adorable sundress with leggings, a saree paired with a cropped top or a floral kurta as a summer dress with high heels. If you aren’t a fan of Indian attire, pair capes and chic jackets with lehengas for a modern traditional twist. Here’s how you can ace this fusion trend, just by blending your outfits correctly!

Fusion wear trends are taking hold and are here to stay. Here are a few tips by Ritika Taneja, senior director – categories at ShopClues, to incorporate the raging trend by smartly mixing the fashion options you have in your wardrobe, rather than splurging on new clothes this season.

Mix & match
For a chic look pair Afghani pants with an off-shoulder top, but for a statement look wear chunky silver and black oxidized jewellery pieces. For a boho-chic look put on a frill poncho.

Play with patterns
Colours and patterns work well for Indo-western attire, but getting it right is an art. Geometric patterns mixed with floral or Indian motifs, such as elephants or peacocks, are trending. Long, flowy kurtas paired with palazzos, and long skirts clubbed with halter tops, are your options for an easy breezy Indo-western outfit.

Wing it with denim
A denim kurta stitched in an A-line or anarkali style is another option to integrate the look into your outfit. Pair them with embroidered jutis for an adorable look.

The beautiful and artistic amalgamation of eastern and western influences is instantly eye-catching and different from heavy, fussy traditional ethnic wear. From western jackets with patch and mirror work to Patiala pants, from cold shoulder crop tops to embroidered maxi tunics, the time for mixing and matching striking separates is here! Tanvi Malik, co-founder of FabAlley, gives us a few tips on how to rock the fusion trend this festive season.

Crop top & pants 
If you’re looking for something comfy yet fashionable, pair a crop top with wide-legged pants or palazzos. This look is unique, quirky and arresting.

Skirt & shirt combo
Take a cue from celebrities like Alia Bhatt and Aditi Hydari and pair your lehengas with a formal button-down shirt; accessorise with statement jewellery.

Tunic-style dress
Tunic-style dresses have become the ‘it’ outfit this year. Be it a simple, long tunic worn as a maxi dress or an elaborate, embellished anarkali-style tunic, this look works well for smaller soirees and events that aren’t very grand.

Cape top with maxi skirt
Capes are all the rage this season! For a glamorous look, pair an embellished cape top with a long, voluminous skirt. 

Bare shoulder crop tops 
Whether you want to spice up a traditional sari or are bored with the same choli, the cold shoulder or off-shoulder crop top will come in handy. An instant look-elevator, this is a must-try fusion trend for fashion-forward women.

“Indo-western dresses this season are definitely a statement-maker. They exemplify a modern girl’s attitude and make for an ideal choice when it comes to weddings and parties,” say designers Drishti Thakker and Zahabia Calcuttawala of the brand Drishti Zahabia.

High-low kurta with dhoti pants
The asymmetric kurta brings a high-low kurta trend and can be paired with dhoti pants, cigarette pants and loose salwars. It can be worn at any small wedding function, mehendi or sangeet.

Draped saree with an off-shoulder blouse 
Wearing a stitched saree with a shirt blouse gives your traditional look a modern twist. If you’re not comfortable with a regular saree, opt for a pre-draped one instead.

Saree gown 
Saree gowns are the perfect combination of an Indian and a western outfit, mixing the elegance of a saree with the richness of a gown. This makes it perfect to wear at an engagement party, cocktail bash or even at a wedding reception.

Anarkali with cropped pants
Cropped pants are a hot trend this season. Pair them with kurtas or anarkalis for a trendy look. This is an ideal choice for festivals and wedding functions. 

Crop top, palazzo pants and long jackets 
Crop tops and skirts are classics! To give your look a twist, pair them with palazzos and a jacket. The best part is that this is an easy outfit to pull off. 

Glam up your look this season by stepping away from the tried-and-tested styles and designs, and opt for something more fabulous. Designer Shubhika Davda from Papa Don’t Preach brings us some adorable looks that are sure to make your outfit the talk of the town.

High-waist skirts with a twist
High-waist skirts that highlight the tiny Indian waist, worn with belts or pockets and a playful hemline, make for very fun and easy-to-wear mehendi or sangeet looks. When done in fun colours, it’s a winner all the way.

Interestingly draped dupattas
Pick dupattas that come with attached chokers which can be hooked around your neck, or embroidered harness dupattas that sit pretty on your shoulders.

Fusion wear is a saviour, especially when you are stuck in a fashion rut and need a touch of that ‘extra something’ with simple outfits. The Indo-western fusion or the western ethnic fusion has been one of the biggest and most versatile fashion trends ever since it started. Here are some fashion trends to follow this festive season, according to Kamakshi Kaul, vice president of design at Max Fashion.

Kurta dresses 
Kurta dresses became the newest ‘in thing’ this year — be it a simple, long kurta worn as a maxi dress or just an elaborate, embellished anarkali-style kurta that looks fab sans the churidaar. Alternatively, short western gowns embellished with Indian motifs and embroidery can be worn if you’re looking for a more western look. 

Jumpsuit and colourful dupattas
A jumpsuit is a versatile piece of clothing; wearing it as a suit is one of the most innovative ways to style it. You get the comfort of a jumpsuit and the style of a suit all rolled into one. Find a matching dupatta and jewellery, and voila! It’s that easy!

Quick style tip
Natascha Tate, in-house stylist at LIMEROAD, says, “Chanderi is the ‘go-to’ fabric this festive season. Wear a pastel chanderi saree with a vintage floral blouse, or a jewel tone chanderi anarkali enhanced by a matching phulkari dupatta. That’s how you play pretty at a function. With ditsy floral lehengas ruling the radar, you know what to wear on your ethnic outings this year. Traditional Rajasthani jewellery will complement the attire perfectly.”

Other looks to try
The festive season is an exciting time to delve into the latest trends to add excitement to your wardrobe and designer Nachiket Barve gives us some trendy tips.

  • Layering: A jacket worn with a lehenga or a pair of wide-leg trousers is a modern addition to the style game.
  • Delicate embroidery: The season calls for intricate and beautifully embroidery rendered in gold and silver, pieces that are lightweight and easy to wear.
  • Colour-blocking: Strong contrasts or even tonal variations in colour-blocking are a key element in this style.
  • Transparency: Sheer is a huge trend to add delicacy and sensuality to your ensemble.
  • Black: As a style revolution, black is being added to festive dressing with metallic accents.
  • Asymmetry: High-low silhouettes and interesting blouses with one-shoulder detailing  or even a toga are big!
  • Jackets: A jacket is a key element for winter weddings and it eliminates the need for a dupatta.

Stylish footprints
Here are a few tips on picking the right shoes when you opt for an Indo-western blend

  • I’m loaf-ing it: Loafers are comfy and stylish shoes and can be paired with almost everything! However, for a dapper look, wear them with traditional kurtas or monochrome dresses.
  • Traditional blend: Juttis can add a dash of colour to a simple outfit. Pair the traditional footwear with chic skirts and dresses for a semi-formal and elegant look.
  • Indian flip flops: Give your casual palazzo pants a touch of the ethnic by pairing them with Indian flat pom-poms or any glittery flip-flops and you’re ready for the day.
  • Black mules: These were traditionally worn as indoor shoes back in the 18th century. Pair them with an ethnic Indian saree and up your fashion game for any occasion.

Indo-western jewellery

  • Sparkling ears: Make your jumpsuit or floral summer dress stand out by pairing it with dangler earrings. Long dangling earrings make you look smart and stylish, giving an edge to your western outfit.
  • Jhumkas for the day: Heavy traditional jhumkas aren’t just meant to be flaunted with traditional attire. Pair them with your long dress or gowns for an ethnic feel.
  • Go bold with gold: Adorn your formal western wear with big finger rings to add an ethic and royal feel.
  • Go boho: Layer heavy silver neck pieces over a skater dress for a boho chic look! Or, spice up your plain crop tops and palazzos with chunky neckpieces for a hippy look.
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