Fashion for the season


The season of festivals and weddings is upon us. Let your clothes reflect the cheer in the air, says Shaili Dagat.

There is a nip in the air in the mornings and evenings, although afternoons are still warm. A slight variation in temperature needs changes in your wardrobe too. The buzzing bazaars of Delhi and Bangalore have been flooded with shoppers this festive season. Everything from gift-items, jewellery to attires and sweets...are on the shelves like never before. A stroll through the bazaars will prove this and more. Fashion savvy people are busy-bees, engrossed in winter shopping, so beautifully combined with the wedding season and festivals.

Fashion adds on more glamour, style and variety each year whether summer, spring or winter. Shopping-malls promise a complete shopping experience for the entire family. Glamorous malls, shopping arcades and bazaars are showcasing traditional, contemporary, and at the same time, stunningly beautiful collections of saris and dress materials with vibrant hues and creative designs, for the women-folk, while an equally stylish range of ethnic wear, western wear, suitings and shirtings for the men-folk, are available too. Not to speak of kids-wear collections of local and international brands. Many sales and discount offers are also on and one could pick up stuff to suit every budget. In short, there is something for everyone this season.

New designs

Says Vinita Chugh, a fashion designer from South Delhi, “As this beautiful season unfolds, new fabrics and new designs have taken over. Thicker fabrics like cotton brocade, chanderi silk and chanderi cotton are doing the rounds. So are raw silks and heavy silks. The floor-length anarkali dress with broad and heavy gold or silver borders and knee-length jackets with lots of shimmer, have also become very popular this festive season. This attire is being adorned by many celebs like Sonakshi Sinha, Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Katrina Kaif . The churidar along with this attire is purely optional.
Full-sleeves and elbow-length sleeves, are extremely comfortable as the climate is comparatively cool. While the traditional lehenga-choli and silk saris with digital and gota borders have an everlasting charm, newer cuts and patterns give an interesting change to your wardrobe. For men, ethnic stuff like kurta-pyjamas and churidaars are popular. In Western wear, denim fabric is an all time hit, especially during this season.”

So, heavier fabrics with exquisite designs are a must-have in your wardrobe this autumn. You might be attending lots of weddings and festivities and the pleasantly cool evenings can be brightened with festival wear. Ladies can flaunt their exotic silks and brocades, while men can dress themselves up in such fabrics too and denim again is a good option.
Says Ashok Srivastava, an engineer, “I love the slight nip in the air these days! Many festivals are also celebrated during these months, so it is a good idea to bring a new addition into one’s wardrobe in terms of both fabric and pattern. I think that apart from the ethnic festival wear, denim jackets, both sleeveless and full-sleeves with jeans are the popular choice for youngsters. Branded jackets would cost anywhere between Rs.1500 to Rs. 5000, while a local brand could be picked up for Rs. 500 or so. Due to practical reasons, the Western wear becomes more popular in winters, but one could experiment with a wider range of fabrics during the autumn.”

Well, enjoy the chill in the air that brings with it a certain cheer in the atmosphere. While winters are all about packing yourself up and soaking up the sun, the pre-winter season calls for stylish and creative innovations as regards dressing up. As festivities light up this month, dress- up, and have a stylish season.

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