The Street Style Summer
by Azkia Aarif
Tropical India does know how to sail through t h o s e s i m m e r i n g months in style. When the sky rocketing mercury gets unbearable, the only way to retain the cool quotient is through fashionable Indian summer wear. Cotton, the popular summer friendly fabric, has a long standing relationship with us. India’s premium cotton fabrics and dyes have historically attracted traders from across the world. Cotton has come a long way from its white kurta, dhoti and saree days as the fabric is now being used in exquisite and stylish creations by fashion designers, world over ! So let’s explore the ever evolving array of Indian summer wear:
Trendy tops and blouses are the most versatile pieces of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe. They offer the advantage of complimenting a plethora of bottoms like pants, dhotis and skirts. You can also bend the rules by pairing the tops with cotton sarees and lehengas for an elevated summer look. The ever popular cotton kurtis, the perfect outfit if you are travelling during the summer or as a cover-up, after a great day spent at the beach. If you are looking for something, that is relaxed and comfortable in the heat, then crop tops offer a stylish look with highwaisted pants or skirts.
The comfortable fit of palazzos is perfect for those relaxed sunny days. You can also pair these wide pants with chic formal blouses for a business look. When paired with a light kurta the versatile palazzo pants transform into an ethnic look. Alternatively, t-shirts, singlets and crop tops create easygoing looks with palazzos..
T-shirts announce summer in a big way. They are a favourite with travellers and rank high on the comfort factor. Comfort can be coupled with style by dressing the T-shirt up with a shrug or a stole. Even simple chic shorts paired with T-shirts offer a fuss free and attractive summer look.
If it’s too hot for long pants, skirts in shorter lengths and light fabric can offer the much needed respite. Well, full skirts are also in vogue this summer!.
Maxi dresses in prints fit in perfectly, both as day wear and evening wear while sprucing up your cool quotient. Shirt dresses are the latest Indian summer wear which can be added to your wardrobe to battle the season in style. The one piece look is carved out for those summery days.
You can always team up your attire with a matching piece of jewellery or a bag OR go with the contrast. A plain outfit will look great with a pair of vintage jhumkas or a tribal neckpiece. Sling bags are pretty much in this summer and you could go with your choice of coloured splash printed bags. Coffee Bytes lists out the top four stylish ‘must-haves’ this summer for your wardrobe.
The A-Line Skirt is one of the classics and probably the best thing a curvy girl can own. It’s fitted at the waist and flares out and doesn’t hug in unflattering spots.
Capris are a bit out of trend these days but happen to be a cool way to dress down in the summers. Get a pair of denim or khaki ones and pair them with either plain or fun printed tees or shirts..
Built in Bra Tops:
Go for tank tops, halters, tubes or Kurtis that have built in bras. You don’t need to worry about those bra straps anymore even as you get the desired support.
The perfect summer wear where it is up to you to decide how short is right for you! You just have to wear the right attitude with it. Another factor is balance. Skimpy tops and little bottoms just don’t work, no matter how hot the weather is. The summer is all about having fun, so forget the restricting outfits and enjoy mixing and matching your tops and bottoms to create your own signature Indian summer wear. Add Indian ethnic jewellery and oversized sunglasses to your carefully crafted summer look to transform it into a one point fashion statement. Copious fashion options is a great reason to look forward to this summer as you go about experimenting with the style that compliments your attitude the best.
Juttis/Mojris—You get them in a variety of colours, embroidery etc. and they can be worn with ethnic skirts, salwar kameez,
kurtas and what not. Wet your feet and slip into them so that they don’t bite. Extremely popular in the whole of North India, the
‘mojari’ has an extended curled toe and is open from the back while the ‘jutti’ has a flat front and is closed from the back.