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Oh Ombre!

WATERY COLOURS MERGING into each other for a soft and dreamy effect – ombre is what we are crushing on this summer. The lovely Aditi Rao Hydari wears it to perfection with pink and purple palazzo pants by Nachiket Barve, who is known for using ombre extensively.

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The watercolour like effect of ombre shading reminds us of crushed ice candies and that’s what makes it perfect to chill out in the scorching summer heat.

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Ombre is not limited to women’s fashion; men can wear it too. Your basic t-shirt gets a new look when it has an ombre shading, and is sure to make you stand out as you step out for some weekend fun.

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Palazzo pizzazz

SUMMER FASHION IS synonymous with easy breezy clothes and it’s time to ditch those skinny jeans in favour of lightweight palazzos that let you breathe. Going strong for a couple of seasons, palazzos still remain your best bet to beat the summer heat.

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Those of you who still haven’t got their hands on this must have piece, it’s not too late, as designers have created palazzos in all kinds of fabrics and prints for the coming season. Derek Lam, Dev r Nil, 11.11 and Gaurav Jai Gupta incorporated this silhouette in their summer and resort presentations.

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Sophie Choudry, Freida Pinto, Olivia Wilde and Kajol, all styled these trousers in their own ways. Take inspiration from Sonakshi Sinha and combine the crop top trend with a pair of high waist palazzos. Or add structure to the fluid silhouette with a sharp blazer like Kate Moss.

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Lighter and more flared than wide-legged trousers, palazzo pants can be a little tricky to wear, especially if you are on the shorter side. But you can avoid being drowned by the volume by picking a fitted top and pairing it with bottoms in a similar shade and adding a pair of heels to give the illusion of height. If you have concerns about the loose fitting pants making you look larger, just add a statement belt to cinch your waist and give you an hourglass shape.

Floral printed palazzo pants scream summer and the best way to wear them is with a fitted tank or crop top in a bright colour and a pair of wedge-heeled sandals. Balance out the volume at the bottom with a statement necklace or a scarf.

And if you really want to push the boundaries, wear palazzos with a buttoned shirtdress open from the bottom hem till the waist for an interesting layered look. With so many ways to style palazzos, you have no excuses not to wear them.

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Inspiration: Industrial work wear

IN THE URBAN jungle, you need the right gear to survive, and designers have been taking inspiration from the uniforms of factory workers, hunters, and mountain climbers to create collections that are utilitarian yet luxurious.

Of the lot, Alexander Wang’s industrial look stood out, with tough material, earthy colours and large cargo pockets to hold the urban gear – smartphones, notebooks and lipsticks.

You can create your own work wear inspired look with a heavy duty jacket in a tough material like denim, corduroy or even leather. Make sure it has roomy pockets to hold your essentials. Pair it with slim fit shorts or trousers and add chunky boots to complete the look.

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Chambray Chic

WITH THE DOUBLE denim trend still going strong, how can chambray be left behind? For those of you not so well versed with fashion terminologies, chambray is a cotton fabric with half its yarns white and half coloured, usually blue, that gives it a double shaded effect. While this lightweight fabric is usually a staple for men’s shirts, it also lends itself well to women’s tops and dresses.

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This simple fabric has been spotted on the most glamorous celebs, proving itself as a must-have material for summer. Blue chambray shirts are a classic, as seen on Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Timberlake and Imran Khan, the latter who wore it under a casual blazer. Katie Holmes and Anne Hathaway wore cool summer dresses in chambray, while Deepika Padukone glammed it up in a cut out style shirt paired with a pencil skirt.

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Sweet summer chambray was also presented by Louis Vuitton, Elizabeth and James, Paul Smith and J.Crew in their summer and resort collections.

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There are many ways to wear chambray. While tops and shirts are the most obvious ones, try out a shirt dress and pair it with neutral coloured accessories. Men can try chambray kurtas for a change and pair them with linen trousers and leather sandals for that elegant, casual look.

But to use chambray to its full potential, replace your thick denims with relaxed fit trousers and shorts. We guarantee it will be your saviour during the heat wave. Pair your chambray bottoms with a simple white shirt for the classic look or a bright coloured tee when you are in a fun mood.

To stay cool under the scorching sun, comfy chambray is what you need this summer.

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Bucket Bags

SUMMER IS HERE and it’s time to inject a fresh dose of fun into our wardrobes. We give you the shortcut to update your summer wardrobe with one key accessory – the bucket bag. If you are the kind of girl who likes to just dump her keys, money, lipstick and all other knickknacks into one place and take off, bucket bags are perfect for you.

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Presented at the latest runway shows by design houses like Louis Vuitton, Prada and Saint Laurent, bucket bags are ushering in a fun and hippie chic summer for us.

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A refreshing change from structured, boxy shapes, the bucket bag is on its way to becoming the ‘it’ bag of the season. With a slouchy form and a cute tie-up fastening, often ending with fringed tassles, it has a distinct boho vibe going. For outdoor music festivals or lazy summer brunches, a bright bucket bag will complement your laid-back mood. Reese Witherspoon and Aditi Rao Hydari used bright bucket bags to give a pop of colour to their cool summer tees. You can also pair them with a floral dress and wedge sandals to complete your weekend look.

But while these bags scream casual summer, make them work-appropriate by picking them in neutral colours and larger sizes with shorter straps. They can add interest to your corporate wear without being too jarring. Pick minimal designs as seen on Miranda Kerr, Alassandra Ambrosio and Kirsten Dunst to play it safe at work with bucket bags.

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What we love about bucket bags is that they are like a larger and simpler version of the Indian potli bags and therefore, can be paired with both western and ethnic wear with equal ease. So grab a bucket and play it cool this summer.

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