The thought of a gown makes most girls go weak at their knees. And mind you, we are not just talking about wedding gowns. But of gowns that can be worn on all occasions! The silky and flowy fabric in gorgeous colours makes one look like a princess, and after all, who doesn’t want to feel beautiful?
Says popular designer Nimirta Lalwani, who specialises in gowns and evening wear, “Gowns make you look glamourous as they have got length, and with them, there is never a case of the fabric being a little too less.” She notes, “Earlier, it was a big deal in India to wear a gown. But now, it is an ideal wear for any occasion and a lot of people are wearing gowns these days.”
Gowns don’t have to be long always — they can be of varied lengths. A gown can have thin straps or an off shoulder. “A lot can be done with the backs. A gown can have deep or knotted backs or can even be backless.” According to Nimirta, metallic colours and shimmery fabrics are in. “Many people are also opting for Grecian drapes (one pleat over another).”
She adds, “Of late, I have used a lot of lycra georgette as it gives a nice drape and fit. Even thin chiffons are ideal as they look glamourous and are light-weight.”
Are custom-made gowns better than ready-made ones? “It works either way. Custom-made gowns are not available easily here. On the other hand, one may not get the right fit, colour or fabric when it comes to ready-made gowns.”
“Personally, I prefer an off shoulder, tube, corseted type of a gown as it looks glamourous. But those on the heavier side can opt for a gown with tiny sleeves,” says the lady, whose gowns are priced Rs 12,000 onwards. These gowns are also available in and around Commercial Street, and in places like Dubai and Tibetan Plaza on Brigade Road starting Rs 1,000.
Nimirta has an advice for all. “Many people wear gowns, which have too much going on. It’s best to keep a gown simple so that it looks classy and can be worn later on.” She adds, “Play around with accessories. For instance, wear chunky necklaces if you are wearing an off shoulder gown; or carry a clutch which is of a contrasting colour.”