Keeping cool with cotton sarees

WHEN IT COMES to sarees, look no further than Vidya Balan for inspiration. Among her bodycon clad peers, she has made the saree her own and has become the ambassador of this six yard wonder, even internationally.


There are sarees, and there are crisp, cotton sarees that are so earthy and elegant that they look great on women of all ages. This summer, ditch those synthetic ones in favour of cotton sarees and give them your own special touch. Instead of a regular blouse, wear the saree with a crop top, a button down shirt or even a light jacket.


Cotton sarees are great to experiment with, since they don’t slip and slide like chiffon and silks, and the fabric keeps you cool in summer. You can wear them all day long. So refresh your office wear and sport a saree today.


Tall order with maxi skirts

WHILE MAXI DRESSES have been a roar for some time, it is the moment of the maxi skirt now.

This close cousin of the maxi dress has climbed the sartorial style ladder real quick to become a hot favourite this summer. They are your best buddies this season simply because of the comfort and style quotient they provide without much thought required for styling them.


Needless to say, the runways are agog with the maxi skirt buzz. While international designers like Alice+Olivia and Milly have experimented with abstract prints and stripes, restricting the colour palette to minimal hues, designers back home, like Abraham and Thakore and Payal Khandwala, have used tribal patterns and bright colours in their versions of the maxi skirt. Anita Dongre has kept it rather simple and flowy in basic white.


In the celebrity circles, the trend was sported recently by Bollywood’s favourite Kareena Kapoor. Hollywood siren Natalie Portman was a picture of poise in her silver flared maxi skirt while style diva Sarah Jessica Parker looked stunning in her nautical-inspired stripped maxi skirt.


Style maxis skirts with short kurtas or fitted mono-colour tops and you are set to turn some heads. If your fancy permits, do try out a chunky neckpiece or stacked bangles. In footwear, stick to wedges instead of stilettos to prevent an odd fall.

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IMAGE CREDITS:,,,, Lakme Fashion Week, Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week

Floral fix on flower clips

USING FLOWERS TO decorate hair is an ancient fashion obsession. The style has, however, continued to trickle its way through time and reinvented itself in the form of flower clips.

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The appeal of this trend lies in the multiple dimensions that it can offer. It can be used to accentuate Western attire as well as ethnic clothes. Whether you embrace your girly self in flower clips teamed with dresses or pin them on a bun and paint a picture of elegance in a saree, flower clips help you look a class apart.

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Vidya was seen posing pretty in a pink flower clip at a film promotion event recently. Do note, her lip colour agreed with her hair accessory while the rest of her look reflected a rather contrasting monochromatic play of stripes.


What to wear to a summer wedding

INDIAN WEDDINGS are known to be over-the-top with resplendent looks, jewellery and unavoidable need for multiple outfits. Summer weddings are all but a rage and putting together looks centres around looking effortless yet glamorous.


Recent fashion weeks witnessed bridal collections for the warm months. Falguni and Shane Peacock showcased a canvas of chiffon, georgette and tulle embellished with embroidery. The colour palette had everything from pistachio to ivory, black, gold and coral. Tarun Tahiliani created magic with the use of light fabrics, shimmer and soft shades like champagne, cream and white, although there were occasional pops of red! Rohit Bal on the other hand worked with deeper shades like maroons and midnight blue.

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Get hitched in summer looking gorgeous and without sweating it out in light fabrics like net, georgette and chiffon.