With the start of the festive season, every Indian woman is scurrying to doll up in the most striking ensemble to look her stylish best this festive season. The festival celebrates all that is happy, bright and colourful, so a glamourous outfit in a bright colour is what is in order for the season. So think rich hues, exquisite designs and heavy jewellery that come together to create an aura of extravagance that reflects the spirit of the festive season.
If you have not yet chosen your festive outfit and are looking for the latest fashion trends in India that will help you wear your most fashion forward look, we’ve put together just what you need.
What’s a festival without bright colours? If online shopping trends in India are an indicator, then bright hues like yellows, reds and pinks are most popular among shoppers - they are the colours to first go out of stock this festive season! Among unconventional colours, marsala, oxblood and navy blue are the colours that have emerged as new favourites with fashionistas. If you want to go the conventional route, choose outfits with two or more festive colours like a combination of red and yellow or blue and green that will make you stand out in a crowd. For women who still want to wear something subdued, go for a dress in gold or silver with delicate embroidery that looks classy and elegant. But, if it is an understated outfit that you are wearing, make sure to add a pop of rich colour via accessories and makeup to celebrate the spirit of the festival.
As per the latest fashion trends in India, more and more fashion conscious people are going in for fabrics that are indigenous and bear a testimony to the rich heritage of Indian handlooms. While colours define an outfit, textures of fabrics like raw silk, tussar silk, khadi and linen add a lot of character to it. Expensive handwoven fabrics in jewel tones like emerald, ruby and sapphire naturally add an opulent touch to any outfit and if they are topped with accents of embroidery or sequin work, there is nothing like it to make your festive outing a memorable one. If the online shopping trends in India are anything to go by, then silk and cotton-silk fabrics have been much more favoured this season both by designers and buyers.
While fabrics and colours are vital to how appealing your outfit looks, the critical factor that ties them together is the drape and the silhouette. Basically, how the outfit is tailored and how it sits on the body. With the festivals falling during the winter months, it becomes essential for the outfit to be warm and comfortable without making you look like a sack. Silhouette trends in winter fashion in India this year are currently predominantly focusing on jazzing up the traditional outfits with an edgy modern accent. So you have pre-stitched dhoti sarees worn with crop tops for an uber-chic appeal. There are also shararas and palazzo pants that are worn with kurtas - either short or long - for a look that is a mix of tradition and modernity. Another interesting trend is to pair fitted sequinned crop tops with voluminous skirts with opulent embroidery - a lavish amalgamation that never fails to impress. But above all this, what’s most important while choosing silhouettes is comfort - pick outfits that you can live in and move about freely in for an entire day.
Winter fashion in India has never been about wearing jackets and sweaters. It has been more about use of warmer fabrics for regular clothing and intelligent use of layering. An anarkali suit in raw silk or a full sleeves raw silk choli with a warm woollen dupatta thrown over it can be a striking fashion statement as well as a practical option when there is a nip in the air. Another interesting trend in winter fashion in India is the use of long embroidered jacket-like tops worn over lehengas, shararas and churidar pyjamas. They are not only unconventional and eye-catching but also keep you warm and cosy when the temperature starts dipping.
Just as with fabrics, designers are going back to the roots while picking embellishments for their outfits this season. You have mirrorwork, gota patti work and zari embroidery making a big comeback this festive season and sharing space with the already popular sequin, swarovski and zardosi embroidery. It is heartening to see that the latest fashion trends in India such as these are not only carving a niche for Indian wear but also working on the revival of forgotten crafts that are a symbol of the country’s rich heritage. As a buyer, purchasing outfits with such rich embellishments and detailing is a way of showing your support to the craft as well as the craftsmen.
Now that we have taken you through the trends in the various aspects that make up an outfit, here is a look at the latest fashion trends in India when it comes to outfit styles.
The saree is an evergreen outfit that will never go out of style. If you are wearing a saree this Diwali, make sure to make subtle changes to the style and try to add a hint of rebellion to your saree to keep it in tune with the latest fashion trends in India.
An edgily cut cropped blouse or a daring drape that hugs all your curves or wearing your saree over a pair of printed tights - the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling a saree. You could choose to wear it normally but like we said, there will be no novelty factor in the outfit if you do so. Push your boundaries and do something different in order to stand out this festive season.
According to online shopping trends in India, the anarkali rage is still going strong and is here to stay for some time. So if it is an anarkali that you want, then go ahead and make that purchase and pick one that suits the festive mood. But wait, how can you make it a departure from the usual style? By picking unusual colours or fabrics that will be conversation starters. Or else, you could even pick anarkali suits styled like a gown - just a hint of modernity to make heads turn. If you are bored of the anarkali silhouette, then go in for the other current trend - the long straight-cut kurta with palazzo pants. They are dressy, chic and classy with just the right traditional appeal that is needed for a festival.
Aside from the saree and the anarkali suit, you have the option of wearing a lehenga choli for Diwali - nothing as opulent as a wedding lehenga but festive nevertheless. A good way to pick your lehenga would be to choose one with about one-third the amount of embellishments as your wedding lehenga - so what we are looking for is essentially a simple and elegant lehenga. If you look at online shopping trends in India, multicolour lehengas with hints of embellishments are extremely popular with women today.
The catch here is to wear a lehenga made of a fabric that is downright gorgeous and is studded with minimal embellishments. This way, the colour and the texture of the fabric are what stand out. The latest fashion trend in India is to wear lehengas with a cropped top and a small dupatta worn like a scarf - more like a cross between a contemporary and traditional outfit.
Last but not the least, what’s any ensemble without gorgeous accessories thrown in to accentuate the look? No festive outfit is complete unless you dress it up with some traditional accessories. We suggest going in for big chandelier earrings or jhumkas that will enhance the traditional appeal of the outfit. If you are wearing a deep-neck dress or blouse, then wear a kundan choker for a fancy touch. Complete the look with chunky studded bangles and a jewelled clutch and you are all set to make a splash this festive season.
Now that you have seen the latest Indian fashion trends, do tell us what do you love the most about this season’s trends. We’d also love to know what you wore to make your festive season more sparkling!
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