Little alterations can do wonders

Little alterations can do wonders

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Little alterations can do wonders

Indian clothes and me? No way!’ This is the opinion of most urban youngsters in the country. However, contemporary ethnic wear is totally in right now. Take a look around the City and you will find most youngsters wearing kurtas and jeans or long T-shirts and leggings. A little bit of creativity and you can look as stylish in Indian wear as you look in Western. Designer David Abraham of the designer duo Abraham and Thakore offers some tips on how to look trendy in Indian clothes. 

David has designed contemporary Indian clothes for his latest autumn/winter collection. “Our interpretation of the season is a different take on traditional clothes, especially the salwar kameez,” he says. As all know, most salwar kameezes are either two or three piece garments depending on whether they come with a dupatta. However, David alters these salwars, kameezes and dupattas to give them a contemporary and modern touch. “The top doesn’t need to include just kurtas and kameezes. It can also consist of tunics and dresses. Similarly, the bottom can have tailored trousers of different lengths instead of the usual pajamas or churidaars,” he says.

“Dupatta can be long or short. You can experiment with a two-metre-long piece of chiffon or silk. Basically, it’s a traditional ensemble presented in a contemporary manner.” David says one can also wear a sari in a modern way.

“You can wear it with a top, T-shirt or jacket. This can keep you warm especially during winters.”

David has reinterpreted the ghagra as well. “One version is the slim ghagra which is easier to wear and the other version is designed out of industrial/raincoat nylon.

Trendy: A sari with a top, tailored pants and kurta and a cocktail dress. Then there is one version in silk with all panels held together so when you walk, these panels open up.” According to David, deep and rich colours are in vogue.

“Go for chocolate brown, bright pink, sapphire blue, bronze gold or a black and white contrast.” When it comes to accessories, the mojaris (similar to the Kolhapuri chappals) are an ideal choice, says David.

“Mix your accessories in a fairly contemporary way. Things like belts and bags are a must. However, keep everything modern and minimal. Try bringing in elements that make your look contemporary,” he advices.

“A full silhouette may make you look shapeless at times. So wear a belt around your kurta to give yourself a good shape.”

The most important thing to keep in mind while opting for these clothes is to know your body type.

“Opt for silhouettes that are flattering,” he says. In Bangalore, David says the clothing options are huge. “Since the weather of Bangalore is quite pleasant, one has the choice of wearing silk throughout the year. You can even wear layers if possible. But go for light layers and avoid heavy woollen garments.”

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