Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 and India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 recently concluded leaving us with a broad spectrum of designs to choose from. Among this assortment there were recurring design elements which caught my eye. Based on the Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 which took place last October I have already discussed some of these styles in my Saree Drape Styles post.
The following are 8 trends in sarees that will be big this year. The list includes some continuing styles along with new additions.
1. BELTED SAREE STYLE
The styling of a saree with a belt has been around for two-three years but never omnipresent like this season. Black leather belts were spotted on the ramp in shows by top designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Anju Modi. The use of embroidered belts and metallic belts has been seen in fashion week and online collections by designers JJ Valaya, Iika and Raakesh Agarvwal.
(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more pictures)
2. TOPS & JACKETS AS SAREE BLOUSES
I have started seeing this trend in retail outlets already. The saree can be paired with a peplum top, crop top, short jacket or even long jackets. The options are endless. Abraham & Thakore have styled their sarees with shirts and jackets for both their Summer 2015 and Winter 2015 collections. Amalraj Sengupta, Not Like You, Paromita Banerjee, Aarti Vijay Gupta are few of the designers who showcased their sarees with non-traditional blouse options.
(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more design options)
A piece of jewellery can make or break your outfit. Today I will be talking about fashion jewellery essentials. Fashion jewellery does not have to be cheap looking, brands like Forever New make quality products in medium price ranges. When building your jewellery collection try to purchase items in similar metallic tones (gold,silver or bronze), it helps layer and mix-match the sets. Do keep at-least one piece of accessory in the other colour family too.
Earrings are the go-to accessory. Studs are the most common style. You get a variety of options in it, pick a set of studs with a few style options in it. These can be even be worn to college or office. If you like bigger earrings you could even pick fancier studs in basic colours of no more than three-quarter of an inch big. You should also have a pair of dressy earrings. These drop earring will ease your transition from work to social meets. Pick one neutral earring like these silver colour base stone style and with time purchasethe colourful ones depending on your wardrobe.
Necklaces are an easy way to add elegance to your outfit. There are various styles available making it hard to choose. Start with buying a lightweight neckpiece that goes well with both formal shirts and casual tops. You could go for a single small pendant necklace or a dainty layered style necklace. The second style to have in your accessories case is a set of classic lady-like pearls. This adds instant elan to your ensemble. The two piece set of pearl and diamante neckpiece from Forever New can be worn together or separately , giving you more value for money as well as styling options.
Accessories are an integral part of the wardrobe. I have discussed the essential pieces of clothing in my previous Wardrobe Essentials posts and will be listing the necessary accessories in part 4 & part 5 of the series. I would like to start with the larger sized accessories, i.e. bags, shoes and belt.
The three classic bag styles- tote, handbag and clutch are a necessity. The tote is an all time favourite for runs to the departmental store and even casual meets at your favourite coffee place. The low priced canvas totes can be found in various colours and prints. The most important of these three styles is the handbag. Most of us require a medium to large bag for everyday use to carry our wallets, keys, stationery, makeup kit, et al. This hobo shaped black bag is perfect for it. Pick your regular handbag in either black, tan or nude beige as these look good with most outfit colours. Invest in your everyday bag- it’s better to buy a quality product than having to change it every few weeks of use. After your casual and official bag the third style requirement is of an occasion bag. This black clutch solves a dual purpose, you could use it as a clutch or attach the gold chain and swing it cross-body. The gold plates at the side seam add to it’s face value. First cover your basic needs and then you could purchase multiple styles in either category depending on your usage.
A close friend of mine recently got engaged and we began our long conversations about wedding planning. One of our favorite topics of discussion is the trousseau, from bridal to casual outfits. Having experienced the nightmare of planning a trousseau during a few other close weddings I decided to make a checklist and discuss a few pointers. I believe in being organised in life especially for big events like a wedding, so the original list was too detailed but I cut it down to cover the broader categories. Hope this list helps you plan and budget your ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ trousseau.
Once the wedding date, number of functions and the venues have been decided start by segregating the total budget for the trousseau. Next, decide on what kind of ensemble you need foreach event and their individual budgets. At this stage also dedicate a part of the budget towards beauty and other services. A bride these days carries a mix of Indianwear and westernwear outfits, determine the number for each category. The fashion jewellery, accessories and makeup products are easily found in various price points and can be adjusted within the remaining budget.
In today’s edition of wardrobe essentials I will be discussing a few occasional wear clothes along with the pieces of clothing helpful in creating looks apart from the usual denim and top combinations. The following are indicative of pieces you need and you should purchase designs in each category which suit your body type and you are comfortable in. I would suggest trying out a few styles in a physical store and then purchasing it online once you are sure of which cuts you like.
1. SOFT OUTERWEAR
A soft outerwear like a knitted shrug or woven waterfall lapel jacket is a must in the wardrobe. These can easily change the look of your ensemble and are good for the breezy evening too. Pick a style that is also easier for you to carry around on work days too.
Pick a faux leather jacket for a casual chic look or pick a pastel hued blazer to combine with workwear. You could even invest in a textured jacket to take you from workwear to evening wear. Purchase a good quality jacket as these can last over many seasons.
Today I will be discussing saree draping styles along with styling options. Sarees are usually worn with blouses with different embroideries and variations in necklines and sleeve lengths. I will not be discussing the basic blouses, instead I will talk about uncommon blouse options and how each can be styled in several ways. You can also use layering and accessories to create alluring looks with a saree.
The three common styles of draping the saree is the ulta-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over your shoulder to the back of the body), the wrapped ulta-pallu (after draping the saree in a ulta-pallu wrap the excess across back and take it over the opposite shoulder towards the front) and the seedha-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over the shoulder to the front of the body).
Style 1. In the first section I want to discuss slight variations in the drape of the basic styles. The shoulder pleats in a ulta-pallu are usually 4 to 5 inches wide and changing the width immediately changes the look of the saree. Try seven inches wide pleats at the shoulder along with a lower drape on the right side of the body. In a regular ulta-pallu drape after the waist pleats the saree is wrapped tightly across the hips towards the front and over the left shoulder but to achieve the first style variation after the waist pleats tuck the saree till the left front waist and let the pleats form across the hips and front waist over the left shoulder. You could also try twisting the aanchal of a light weight soft fabric and hold the twists with an embroidered tie up at the shoulder. While using this style make sure your blouse is well fitted, you should go for a thick fabric blouse or a completely embroidered blouse like the Anaikka beaded blouse.
Style 2. The second style is a variation of the seedha-pallu. After draping the aanchal over the right shoulder to the front of the body drape one side around the neck over the left shoulder and leave the other side falling at the front in a diagonal. This drape style is well suited for sarees with aanchal focused prints or embroideries.