Dress light and breathe easy

Dress light and breathe easy

Style quotient

Dress light and breathe easy

Fashion is seasonal. Summer is scorching. So is sartorial creativity. The maxim is to dress light, to keep the heat at bay, literally. The idea is to feel as light as possible.
Thin long dresses are in and silk mixed with cotton has become popular. Shoes have given way to sandals and one has started wearing light jewellery.

Metrolife asked designers Jason Cherian and Anshu to suggest the perfect summer wear and how best one can look smart, trendy and chic this summer.Jason observes that short dresses could be worn as a dress or even mixed with pajamas and sandals to give it a casual yet comfortable edge for the summer. He suggests that cottons, linens or even lovely organic cottons and light silk would be perfect for an evening wear.

The dark colours give way to light pastel shades in summer. The idea is to keep away the heat and feel cool, casual and comfortable. “Soft solid colours and splashy prints with an air of lightness work well this season,” he reasons. Jason thinks it’s best to wear colours that work well for you. White is a favourite with most people during summer. “The colours must make you feel good and excited through the day,” he says.

Keep it short, that’s what Jason advises this summer. He points out that the long dresses, especially those in silk would be an ideal evening wear. “Choose light khadi, mul mul and short dresses above the knees. You could choose the cuts and design in keeping with your tastes,” he says.

Jason feels that the cuts and designs largely depend on the shape of the body. He thinks asymmetrical cuts that are airy and fluffy are popular. The balloon like cuts fit best in summer but that again depends on the shape of the body.  
Jason and Anshu experiment a great deal with prints and prefer light work on plain fabrics. “It’s time to have fun with prints and mix and match,” they say.  
 Jewellery, footwear and accessories stand out on the light summer colours. They infuse life into the lifeless and add a whole new character to it. “A fabric tote or some lovely fabric jewellery or sandals would go a long way in dressing up the attire,” he says.

    Mix and match

  Accessorise to feel light.
  You could wear flowers in your hair.
  You can either go in for a rough, crushed look or keep your clothes straight and neat.
  Experiment with footwear and jewellery. Mix and match according to your taste.
  Recycle or transform your old clothing which you are tired of or pull out old favourites and see how you can wear them with a twist.


Nina C George 

 Rohita RambabuCool and comfortable

Rohita Rambabu, a first year communications student, is particular about the clothes she wears during summer. She prefers clothes that breathe and those that are airy and light. Bright yellow, orange and pink excite her and she thinks linen, muslin and cottons are the way to go.
Rohita’s summer wear are simple with great cuts and those that have very little work on them. She believes in matching the footwear to the clothes she wears. “The change in style of clothes require a different style of footwear as well. Gladiators and strappy flats for the day and wedges for the night. Happy coloured beads work great too,” she points out.
Different occasions demand a different kind of outfit. She says a white chikan kurti with linen trousers would be great for work, a bright patterned cotton summer dress or shorts are good casual wear and a white cotton dress makes for a perfect night wear.