And now trends for women have taken a new turn. Gone are the days when the sari reigned supreme. Gone are the days when Indian men and women were hesitant to show more than an ankle. Today fashion in India has its definite divisions. Types of fabric ranges from cotton to soft georgette, chiffon and graceful silk to chic look leather and velvet. Cotton is always in demand in summers because it is skin friendly, cool and easy to carry but requires good maintenance. Silk adds glamour and is available in exclusive varieties. Velvet is popular for its soft mushy touch.
Traditional Wear in India
The gamut of ethnic wardrobe encompasses the six yard long graceful Sari, the all time favourite Salwar Kameez and Lehanga Choli, a dress of festivity. Women dress in ethnic styles to embellish their look. Ethnic is classic and maintains the essence of Indian culture. Among women's traditional wear, Sari is the most elegant. Intricate embroideries mainly Chikan, Phulkari, Kantha, Zardosi and Zari work with studded beads adds a sparkling effect to the wardrobe. Young females go in for Sheeshakari, Meenakari, Kundan and beadwork. These embroideries draw attention and add great value to the fabric. For daily wear Bandhani, Batik, Block and handprints are just ideal. For wedding parties and other festivities, Kanjeevaram and Banarsi silk sarees with suitable glittery jewellery can just do wonders.
Popular fashion trends for women in the present 20th century is that of Indo-western, which is a fusion of western, styling with Indian flavour in it. Indo western style is a classic. It basically consists of short Kurta cum Kurti with a trouser. To complement it girls just wrap up a gorgeous bright coloured stole/ scarf around their neck. Kurti is the latest fashion trend of this summer. Salwar Kameez is definitely an all time favourite. It is a dress for all seasons. Simple yet elegant, it can be worn in all occasions. It is actually an origin of Punjab and Kashmir, but everyday some new pattern of suit is hitting the market. Short Kameez with Patiala salwar, Parallels and Churidar and short designer dupattas look absolutely stunning. Another competitor is Chaniya Choli popularly known as Lehanga Choli. New arrivals include Sharara, Garara and Lancha with tight fitting tops rather than usual Choli with deep side cuts, which give a chic look.
Latest fashion trends for women; this season is of classic designer Indo-western apparels. These indo-western fusion wear is a blending concept of western styling with essence of Indian culture. It has become the fashion style of Indian working women. In fact, Indo-Western Lady Garments has gained popularity worldwide. Made up of rich brocades and vibrant rainbow colours it has cast magic on women. It consists of three major elements: the Kurta, Trouser and a short Dupatta. Influenced by Bollywood, new arrivals are hitting the fashion boutiques almost every now and then. New trend for women is of sleeveless tops having deep necks and long slits. This Indo-western style has no fixed shape and size. Kurti / short Kurta look simply fabulous. They come in beautiful pastel shades and exclusive fabrics with intricate embroideries. Silk and Khadi kurta is hot and happening. Traditional beads, Meenakari, Mirror work, Kundan, Resham and Zari embroidery designs are popular among youth. Fashion designers are creating new innovations by using ancient Patola styles of Gujarat, Chikankari of Lucknow, Punjabi Phulkari and Hyderabadi designs. Designer Dupatta is tied around the neck or simply draped around the arms. India is a land, which has a lot of diversities and the same is reflected in clothing styles. The variety of apparels is simply superb ranging from ethnic styles to Indo-western to trendy sexy western styles. There is distinct designer women apparel for every occasion. And now trends for women have taken a new turn. Gone are the days when the sari reigned supreme. Gone are the days when Indian men and women were hesitant to show more than an ankle. Today fashion in India has its definite divisions. Types of fabric ranges from cotton to soft georgette, chiffon and graceful silk to chic look leather and velvet. Cotton is always in demand in summers because it is skin friendly, cool and easy to carry but requires good maintenance. Silk adds glamour and is available in exclusive varieties. Velvet is popular for its soft mushy touch.
Indo-Western Wear in India
Indo-Western is the style statement that often is carried off by the metro sexual women at large. Often the words Fusion and indo western are interchanged though they don't mean the same in the fashion world. Indo western is not just about wearing kurtas and kurti's over jeans. It is a fashion style that is created by fusing western and South Asian sensibilities. Fusion Wear on the other hand, can be described as the amalgamation of any two cultures, fashion movements or sensibilities - for example Indo French, Japanese Goth, Boho chic and is not restricted to India alone.
One it effectively combines the comfort of western wear with the traditional familiarity of Indian wear making it suitable for everybody. It is also not formed around any rules and regulations so it offers space with unending options for change for the wearer. It is sleek, chic and modern enough without appearing dull or getting lost in the background. It is neither too bright nor over the top like ethnic wear. And finally it is easy for a person new to Indian clothes and sensibilities (like experts and NRI's) to take to them for it lets them experiment with it.
Though the most popular Indo western style is to wear kurtas over jeans, leggings or jeggings, western garments like dresses, suits, trousers made from Indian fabrics like silks (brocades) and indigenous cotton are high up on the fashion radar. The Nehru jacket, born in the 1940s is one of the most sought out options for men in semi formal and party attire all over the world. Almost every international brand has embroidered tunics, beaded necklines on dresses and shirts, jewelled handbags in Sari fabrics, reminiscing different characteristics from India in their collections.
(Last Updated on : 18-05-2013)
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