Modernise your outfits

Deccan Chronicle.  | Pooja Prabbhan

Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty

Fashion stylist Laxmi Krishna believes that when adding a jazz to your festive-wear, going the Bollywood way is a stellar option.

Swap lehengas for bottomwear with heavy drapes

It's that time of the year. With Diwali not too far away, it's unsurprising to see fashion lovers get antsy about their sartorial choices in the weeks to come.  While it's always a nice feeling to soak up all the praises that come your way as you sport a desi ensemble; nothing beats the fun of taking your personal style up a notch–by adding a fusion spin to your attire. A beautiful amalgamation of Indo-western rules the roost this season. City designers and experts tell us why...

City designer Brunda Gowda believes that a cape is this season's staple — festive or otherwise. “ Shop for a plum skirt and pair it with a cape/poncho, preferably embellished with some work. You could do without a dupatta as the cape offers a beautiful modern look with an ethnic touch.”

She adds that jackets paired with traditional attires make for a winning combo. “You can also modernise your old saree with a jacket blouse. Ensure you play around with bold colours to sprinkle some fun into your festive attire!”  

Fashion stylist Laxmi Krishna believes that when adding a jazz to your festive-wear, going the Bollywood way is a stellar option. “If there is anything Bollywood has been constantly reminding us, it is the different ways to work around an Indo western style. There's something for everyone — be it a ruffled saree from 70s or bell bottoms with short kurti from 80s, or even the classic sheer red kurta paired with rugged denims donned by Anushka in ‘the breakup song’. For instance, pick a pair of dhoti pants which happens to be in trend and team it up with a spaghetti top and an ethnic printed jacket. Funky yet fun, we are sure you can easily dance all night in this comfy outfit.  

A fitted silhouette is a winning idea, this festive season

On the other side, if you are planning to flaunt your love for soft flares and romanticised styles opt for a block printed skirt and team it up with a tank top. Complete the ensemble by accessorising the look with an eccentric waist belt.” That said, she sages advice on how Indo-western gowns are perfect for the forthcoming cocktail parties. “You can opt for indo western gowns for a cocktail party, crafted out of traditional Indian textiles like silk, batik or kalamkari. Complement the bohemian look with statement jewellery pieces. To glam up the style quotient, these Indian western fusion dresses are accessorised with traditional neckpieces.” That aside, weddings in India include an array of both day and night functions. Indian western fusion dresses for weddings come as saviour at such times. Ditch those usual ghagra cholis and spruce it up with a dash of western classics. A bright ghagra and a crisp white T-shirt is a winning combo on multiple levels."

For stylist Rhea Khanna, it's only fair if asymmetrical silhouettes are given a chance this festive season. “When in doubt, choose fusion lehengas with asymmetric tops. Fusion gowns with intricate traditional embroidery and sassy western silhouettes can jazz up any reception ensemble with utmost glam.”