Sizzling swimwear

WITH THE WINTER clothes now safely tucked away into the deepest corner of your wardrobes, it’s time to show off that nicely bronzed skin. What better way to do that than to slip into your sexy, sizzling swimwear and make merry while the sun shines.


Celebrities abroad have often dropped their inhibitions and their clothes while taking a plunge in the deep azure of the high seas. Miranda Kerr showed off her perfect 10 figure in her printed bikini. Cara Delevingne took a break from her cheeky posing to the shutterbugs to enjoy some downtime in a monochromatic two-piece. Rock chick Rihanna took a daring plunge (literally!) in her blue one-piece with thread details on the back.


The runways for Spring Summer and Summer Resort were dotted with some of the hottest swimwear of this season. It was a riot of colours with Aqua Bandita’s bikinis complemented by billowing sheer wraps while Michael Kors showed cutesy prints on the label’s two-pieces. Nicolita had a tribal inspiration for their bandeaux top-high-waist bottom two-pieces. Paul and Joe’s halter-neck monokinis were accompanied by trench coat-styled cover-ups in lighter fabrics. Chloe borrowed nautical inspirations for the label’s line of swimwear.


The Indian ramps too saw a mix of designs meant for the tropical climes with designers like Asmita Marwa and Suman Nathwani ruling the runways with their creations. While Suman’s pieces were a loud pop of colour on the stark white runway, Asmita’s neutral shades were complemented with sheer covers in gossamer fabrics.

Wearing a swimsuit in public is no mean feat. For those who are proud owners of washboard-flat abs, slip into a sexy two-piece. If you have a slight paunch, opt for a one-piece or a tankini. Also remember to wrap your lustrous mane into a swimming cap. Now, who would want post-swim limp hair from all the chlorine in the pool? If you love to experiment with your style, go for swimsuits with surface ornamentation to see you through all your summer blues. Don’t forget to step into the sunshine armed with enough SPF coverage and go enjoy a healthy tan.

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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.


Go short with crop tops

RESTRICTED TO BEING just a fad last year, it has now turned into a perpetual summer favourite. Yes, we are talking about the crop tops. And surprisingly, this midriff-showing trend is not only restricted to lean frames, crop tops are now being worn by voluptuous women too. They have taken on a completely new persona with oversized and high-low choices that look several times chicer than the fitted ones.


Not only the front row regulars and street style bloggers, even celebrities including Masaba, Alia Bhatt, Kangna Ranaut, Amrita Puri, Neha Dhupia, Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra have also been spotted donning the trend. Did you notice how Masaba wears her striped crop top? It does bare her midriff, yet her look is understated and chic. She wisely added a high-waisted skirt to the look. We give Masaba full marks for styling her crop top so stylishly.


Cropped tops go well with everything from pencil fit as well as A-line silhouettes. Just the right styling can make you nail this uber-cool trend. Here’s how you can style crop tops.


Those who are yet to try the crop top trend should first invest in an oversized cropped T-shirt. Team it with high-waisted pants or denims to break the silhouette. Add strappy sandals or sneakers to complete the look. This look is great for college or casual dates in the city.


If you are the experimental kinds then try wearing a fitted crop top and layer it under a shirt or a summer jacket. The peek-a-boo effect created by layering will add character to your outfit and give the whole look a very ’90s appeal. It’s a good option for both day and evening wear. You just need to swap flats with heels or vice versa.

Street style: Printed leggings

LEGGINGS HAVE COME a long way from being the mono-colour mate of kurtas to becoming the colourful hero of your ensemble. More and more fashion forward folks are being drawn to the lure of leggings with some character. And, printed leggings are thus a roar currently.

The attendees at the country’s top fashion events — Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai and Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week in Delhi — sported this trend with gusto. While floral prints seemed to be a hot trend this season, other patterns inspired by the animal kingdom and stripes and checks also soared on the popularity scale.

A tip to wear the printed legging right is to avoid the print-on-print trend if you are not absolutely sure that it’ll work for you. Use a mono-coloured top and let all eyes set on the stylish leggings.

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.


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.


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


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.