Aces up your sleeve

Last Updated 16 January 2018, 19:09 IST

From bell sleeves to off-shoulders, from capes to shimmery frills, 2017 has seen it all. It's time to take it up a notch this year. This upgrade to your ethnic closet is going to  be the 'it' thing in 2018.
Here's a forecast of what the new year has in store  for you in terms of ethnic Indian wear.  

Sweeping, floor-touching sleeves

Flared, bell, ruffled - 2017 was the year of sleeves. But it doesn't end there.
Sleeves  are reaching new heights (and floor length). You now know how to make a  statement this wedding season. Now you can basically mix sleeve designs,  from puffed, belled to flared all the way to the floor.  

Last year's cape is this year's poncho.

Whether it's with distressed weaves or distorted symmetry, we think ponchos are  going to be the highlight this new year. Trade your capes and crop tops for a poncho,  and take your long skirt game to a whole new level.

'Mulmul'- the fabric of the season

Once exclusive to Indian royalty, 'mulmul' has gained popularity all over the world for  its fine qualities. It's often referred to as 'woven wind' for its lightweight quality.  Add as many flares as you want without them weighing you down.  

Empowered saris

We're planning to replace the good ol' petticoat in 2018 with 'churidar' pants. Walking  in a sari now is easy and all the more stylish. Pant saris can be the ethnic 'pant suit'  when done well.  You can pair a sari and a pant with a belt and you are good to go.

Ruffled 'lehenga' skirts

We loved ruffles on our sleeves in 2017, so we replicated that on our  'lehenga' skirts.  But we think it's time we add some waves to our ethnic long skirts as well. Pair them  with your basic white shirts and statement neckpieces for the perfect fusion outfit.  

Front-facing dupattas

Struggling between a jacket and a dupatta? Opt for a sheer dupatta and let it fall  forward from your shoulders.

'Shararas' replace palazzos

Collect all your ethnic palazzos and pack them in a trunk.  'Shararas' are back and here  to stay. Take your 'kurtas' for a fashionable spin with a pretty 'sharara' and a pair of   'juttis' this year.

Power shoulders (super size)

Off-shoulders on our blouses are just so 2017! Instead of baring them, add some  volume with shoulder pads or fur. They'll give you a feel of royalty and power.  

Colours of 2018

The colour of the year for 2018 is a vivid purple, according to Pantone, much in line with other  vibrant hues that make up this summer's bright palette. Unique shades convey themes of energy, sophistication and serenity. While some are multi-dimensional and grounded, others exude a vibrant breath of fresh air. Pinks, purples, lime green, ultra violet, spiced apple, cherry tomato, palace blue are all colours to go for this  season.

(Published 16 January 2018, 11:40 IST)

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