Beating the heat in style

Summer trends
Last Updated : 28 April 2015, 14:10 IST

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Summer is here again, and it’s time to freshen up your style to beat the heat. So put those winter clothes away and make space for the summer ones you haven’t had a chance to wear yet.

Youngsters are of the opinion that the length of an outfit doesn’t make a difference, but the colour and fabric of your clothes matter a lot.

Roshini Kumar, a student, says, “I’ve completely stopped wearing anything body-hugging. I stole a few of my dad’s shirts, which I paired with a tank top and shorts. They are perfect for the heat.”  Fashion blogger Sayesha Sachdev recommends sticking to whites and light fabrics. Her favourite pieces this summer include floral prints, rompers, crop tops, strappy blouses, shirt dresses, and wide-legged pants.

When it comes to accessories, youngsters are attempting to mix and match. Malavika Nandakumar, a student of Mount Carmel College, says, “I love playing around with nail-paint in bright colours and glitter, wearing comfortable flats, hats, and shades.” Shades have become an essential accessory too. Chahat and Dhwani Kathotia, bloggers of ‘My Little Cupboard’, say, “Do not leave your house without shades!” They advise one to vary their shades – classics, funky ones or reflectives.

This summer is all about bright colours, and blue is the trendiest one, along with fabrics like linen and denim. According to Riaan George, a luxury fashion blogger, “The denim shirt is the trendiest thing you can sport right now.” Easy-to-wear separates that can be paired with different silhouettes like ‘dhoti’ pants, tunics and asymmetrical hemlines are also in this season, says designer Tarun Tahiliani.

People seem to be choosing comfort over style, but keeping a balance between the two could earn you brownie points. Designs are moving  towards looser silhouettes. “Why torture yourself for hours with six-inch-high stilettos when you can get the same look with a pair of wedges,” says Sowmini Suresh, a student of MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, who picks comfort over style. “Fashion isn’t constant and anything you wear can be considered fashionable if it’s carried off well, for which you need to be comfortable.”

While trying to be as comfortable as possible in the summer heat, Riaan says, “Outfits can easily spill over into being shabby and sloppy so a balance between style and comfort is important.” While Tarun emphasises that style is not just what one wears but how one wears it, Karnika Behl, a journalism student at MS Ramaiah College and Nairika Bharucha, a student of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, say, “If you’re not comfortable in an outfit then it’s probably not for you. To look good, you need to feel good.”

Published 28 April 2015, 14:10 IST

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