Knots were used during pre-historic times to secure clothing and is widely used to date . (Image: DC)
The festive parties are in full swing, and it’s hard to miss the resurgence of the artsy knots on trendsetting models and style divas. From evening gowns, dresses, and tops to skirts, the knots are everywhere, and apparently a huge trend for party dresses this season. Seen on the likes of Ananya Panday, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and supermodel Kendall Jenner, the knot-so-obvious trend has always been a favourite among fashionistas and isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon. From being the highlight of the outfit to adding a sultry twist to the outfit, one can find the loopy knots strategically placed at the waist, necklines, and back for a dramatic effect. And, there’s something for everyone — from silhouettes, shapes, and sizes, you just can (knot) escape this!
The trend of knots in outfits has gained popularity this season due to its versatility and unique aesthetic. Knots add a playful and creative element to clothing, whether it’s in gowns, dresses, or skirts. Designer Nupur Kanoi says, "They can be used to cinch and define the waist, create asymmetrical silhouettes, or simply add visual interest to simple outfits. Knots also allow for customization and personalization, as wearers can adjust the tightness and placement to suit their preferences. This trend is popular because it offers a fresh and modern take on classic pieces, making them stand out in a crowd."
Knots and drapes are a fashion classic. It’s hard to go wrong with it. The way the fabric flows and wraps around the body is a great idea for all kinds of body types. "Knots sum up for effortless, elegant, and versatile, and what more does a girl need," says Tanvi Sawlani, designer of the label Zwaan. Speaking of popularity, she explains, "With knots, the fabric drapes around your curves and gives you a sense of confidence while still feeling feminine. The thing about a good draped outfit with an adjustable knot is you can dress it up and dress it down in the best possible manner. Pair them up with polkis and juttis for a festive look and with diamonds or statement jewellery for a cocktail night or a formal dinner."
Drawstring ruching has been very popular for a few seasons and we continue to see this on the runway. According to Meghna Goyal, founder of Summer Somewhere, "Knots are a step up from usual ruching, and it adds a fun element to the garment by enabling a change in the silhouette as per the wearers liking. For our collections, we’re big fans of this detail and you can see it in the dresses and gowns we have designed this season. Style them with some chunky vintage style earrings and strappy shoes, and let the garment be the star of the show."
Knots are not only an evergreen fashion trend, but they are also one of the oldest textile techniques known to mankind. It was used during pre-historic times to secure clothing and is widely used to date. Aparna Thyagarajan, co-founder of the fashion label Shobitam, highlights, "With various forms and detailing it has evolved to become a style statement. They first started to appear prominently in bow tie dresses and wrapped gowns and now have a permanent spot in various styles including Indian wear. From transforming an old T-shirt to giving a trendy appeal to a saree blouse, knots give a definitive form, fit, and flare. Fabrics like silk, chiffon, and georgette in muted colours are perfect for this style as they are fluid and form-flattering. You can style this look with pearls, and chunky statement necklaces. Spiffy sling bags and cool shades are also smart additions to spruce up the knotted look."
Arti stic Appeal
Knots of the 90s are back in fashion with a sexy new twist and they add a playful and stylish element to various types of clothing. Puneet Mangla and Shruti Mangla, co-founders of the fashion label Perona, vouch for the knots and say, "The best thing about a knot is that it allows for a customizable fit. You can adjust the tightness and placement of the knot to suit your body shape and style preferences. They introduce a visually interesting and dynamic element to an outfit by breaking up the monotony of a plain fabric and creating focal points, making your outfit more intriguing and engaging. It is easy to include it in your everyday accessories like a bag, shoes, or even belts. Think sling bags, ruffle and knot-fused footwear and a simple cloth belt knotted like a bow. It’s quite easily adaptable and makes for a refreshing stylish change to your wardrobe."
Divya Aggarwal, creative director at Kazo, believes knots add an element of artistry to any outfit. She says, "They transform a mere piece of fabric into a dynamic, three-dimensional canvas, where each twist and turn creates a visual masterpiece. This season, we have embraced this trend wholeheartedly, infusing our collections with knot details that speak to the heart of fashion-forward individuals. To style these captivating outfits, consider a simple yet elegant cuff bracelet that adds a subtle touch of glamour. For an extra touch of flair, chandelier earrings can bring an element of excitement to your overall look. Further, a layered necklace can be a perfect complement to your knot-detailed outfits."
The best thing about a knot is that it allows for a customizable fit. You can adjust the tightness and placement of the knot to suit your body shape and style preferences. They introduce a visually interesting and dynamic element to an outfit by breaking up the monotony of a plain fabric and creating focal points, making your outfit more intriguing and engaging. — Puneet Mangla and Shruti Mangla