For a chilled out winter look

For a chilled out winter look

That welcome nip in the air makes it official: winter is here! Usually featuring a slew of unprepared, unplanned outfits, dressing for multiple seasons in a day isn't exactly easy. Fashion is all about reinvention, especially during winters. Hence, we give you an exclusive insight on the season's new must-have trends, ranging from party-approved numbers and winter-ready knits to head-turning festive ensembles.

* Asymmetry: Move over straight hemlines! Asymmetry is the simplest shortcut to chic this season. A fishtail, a bias cut flounce, a draped detail or a simple wrap skirt are all small details that can define a new aesthetic - sartorial balance. A handkerchief hem dress is a multitasker, dazzling from brunch to vacations.

* Red alert: This vivid shade is topping charts everywhere. Whether your winter wish list includes a festive anarkali set or street-style inspired active wear, there's a red outfit to suit everyone! If the bright red is not your thing, you can avoid it by wearing burgundy clothes.

* Great jeans: The high waist, light-wash denim and mom jeans are making a comeback now. The style now is to keep it simple. Pair your favourite pair of booty-shaping jeans with a T-shirt, button-down, or sweater, and sleek shoes like flats, booties, or unembellished sneakers. Or there's more to denim than pants. Upgrade with off-shoulder tops, dresses and co-ord sets. A head-to-toe denim look makes a great Instagram-worthy outfit.

* All that glitters: Shine on baby! For a sun downer wear something shimmery that works well when the night falls. Go for a metallic top, statement-pleated skirt, cropped pants, midi skirt or mini skirt. Or indulge in dance-floor-ready metallic and sequinned slips, T-shirt dresses, skirts and accessories. For a subdued effect, give velvet a shot.

* Tartan & plaid: Tartan is once again gracing the runways this season, with everyone sporting checked shirts, plaid coats and tartan trousers. The Scottish-inspired pattern, suits all ages. Sported by the Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson and more, a tartan shirt or dress is a rad choice for Christmas.

* Modern Indian: Channelling desi chic gets easier. The Indo-Western fusion or the Western ethnic fusion has been one of the biggest and most versatile fashion trends, ever since it started ages ago. India-inspired dresses make for a unique style statement while well-tailored Nehru jackets add a dapper edge to menswear.

* Suit up: For all the street wear and  athleisure dominating fashion, tailored suits are also making a strong statement now. Often limited to workspaces, pantsuits made a splash on runways this season. Nail the trend with an off-the-moment grey blazer that goes boardroom-to-bar in an instant! For starters, you can add some playful flair underneath, whether in electric colours or with shiny, punky zips.

* In the pink: From millennial pink to dusty rose, pink is winning winter. Besides from being just another feminine colour, it's also considered a statement. This lush colour to your closet with separates accessories or a fusion ensemble for the festive season.

* Extra cover: Winter without jackets? No way! Choose from bombers, long-line cover-ups, varsity jackets or classic leather. Or pick a printed hoodie and wear your opinion. The street style stars have been styling this season's must-have blazer in a variety of ways, be it with a tee and straight leg jeans or mini dress and knee-high boots.

* As you like knit: With temperatures dipping, this is the best time to show off your knitwear. Knitwear is the must-have this winter; never has it been so popular amongst designers. Not just sweaters, make room in your wardrobe for form-fitting knitted dresses and top
wear.

(The author is vice president, design, Max Fashion)

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