Young, wild and free

Summer styles

Young, wild and free

Summer may not be everyone’s favourite given that the heat is unbearable. However, the fashionistas are basking in the latest trends for the season. The time has officially come for you to put away your long sleeves and sweaters, and flaunt the tank-tops, shorts and skirts. Bid goodbye to your shimmering party wear and start thinking big for this season — it’s all about making a statement with what you wear, after all.

Designers Sana and Sulakshana recommend colours like serenity, rose quartz and grey lilac. To add a pop quotient to the summer wardrobe, they say one should avoid bodycon. Instead, they can go for maxis, palazzos and shift dresses which can be worn both formally and informally in a great way without sweating it out.

And if that’s not all, they add, “The materials that are in vogue this season are fabrics like cotton linen and cotton satin because these fabrics work well for the weather and the sheen on it makes the garment look luxurious.”

However, it’s not just women who are playing with the colour palette this year, but also the men. Kunal Anil Tanna is known for his signature texturing style of amalgamating concepts and making it a contemporary piece.

He says, “This year, there’s going to be a lot of concentration on inspiration drawn from various monumental structures of our country — the many prevalent buildings which are not noticed by many. By amalgamating three to four elements from these intricate pieces, we are working on adding an Indian touch to the Western outfit. There’s also going to be a lot of soothing colours like ivory and beige with a bit of metallic to play around with.”

Kunal is also working on a fun collection for men which involve long shorts and tunic shorts, which he says works well as formal attire as well. “Though there’s a notion that summer means you wear shorter clothes, one must be comfortable in their body to be able to carry it off. With the option of having both formal and informal look in the same outfit, the simple colour palette also works well for all genders,” he adds.

With this summer draining us away, fashion experts advise one to stick to ‘khadi’ and cotton to keep yourself cool. The use of organic materials such as the handloom textiles works best in beating the heat.

There is definitely a pop in colours this season, so one can expect everything from bright colours to mild ones. Fun colours like orange, yellow and spicy mustard are also something to look out for.

For that classic look, experts suggest  white and peach as well.

Crop tops are still in vogue  along with shorts and skirts. Designers also recommend  one-shoulder dresses with deep zippers and colour blocking.

Designer Prathiksha Hegde adds, “The long heavy wear of ‘Anarkali’ is slowly reducing and is becoming shorter in length. Western gowns are also becoming old-fashioned right now, but anything from knee-length and regular-lengths is also some of the top trends to look out for this season.”

So step out this summer with some of these trendy outfits and embrace the hot weather with open arms — it’s what fashion calls for, after all!

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