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Make your new festive wardrobe a double-duty one

Repeating clothes is no longer a fashion faux pas. Opt for clothes and styles which can be worn even once the festive season is over

Sari Tuxedo Jacket. Courtesy: Advani London.
Sari Tuxedo Jacket. Courtesy: Advani London.

In the midst of a pandemic, the upcoming festive season calls for clothes that are timeless and classic and will not look out of place on a casual or non-festive occasion.

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So, while curating your festive wardrobe, Lounge suggests some ways in which you can help elevate the simplest of outfits, while keeping them multi-functional:

Seek out separates

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The beauty of separates is that they can assembled with various elaborate outfits. From the traditional salwar kurtas, tunics and shararas to slickly tailored jackets, blouses and palazzos, there’s the freedom to play around with a host of silhouettes, and create a new style each time.

Embroidered short jacket by Jade Closet
Embroidered short jacket by Jade Closet

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Lounge pick: Embroidered short jacket by Jade Closet. Available at Jade by Monica and Karishma, Mumbai; price on request

Sari stories

The length and breadth of the classic unstitched garment allows for it to be worn in numerous ways, and drape every body shape and size. There is also a huge range to choose from, be it the traditional and regional saris or modern ones which come pre-stitched and pleated. This season, opt for lightweight fabrics such as kota and tissue, which are both easy to manage and also look festive.

Printed kota sari by Urvashi Kaur
Printed kota sari by Urvashi Kaur

Lounge pick: Printed kota sari by Urvashi Kaur. Available at Ogaan.com; 18,500

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Enter lightweight embroidery

While some embroidery styles such as zardozi and metallic embellishments can look and feel heavy, threadwork like chikankari and kashidakari can look ornate but are also subtle enough to be worn on less formal occasions. Even shinier styles, such as mirror-work and Rajasthani patchwork, can be rendered in designs that look detailed and intricate, but are convenient to wear.

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Chikankari kurta-sharara set by Anjul Bhandari.
Chikankari kurta-sharara set by Anjul Bhandari.

Lounge pick: Chikankari kurta-sharara set by Anjul Bhandari. Available at AnjulBhandari.in; price on request

Remember to wrap around

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Apart from tailored layers, shawls and dupattas can also make for fluid layers that can be styled in various ways. While fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, georgette and crepe can be used comfortably in warm weather, woollen, velvet or cashmere ones are good options for winter. Buy ones with interesting prints or weaves.

Steel grey velvet kurta set by Label Varsha X Ayush Kejriwal.
Steel grey velvet kurta set by Label Varsha X Ayush Kejriwal.

Lounge pick: Steel grey velvet kurta set by Label Varsha X Ayush Kejriwal. Available at LabelVarsha.com; 11,499

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Acing it with accessories

The simplest way to make any outfit look more put-together is by choosing the right accessories. Your jewellery, watch, belt, pocket square, socks and footwear can make a world of a difference if they are coordinated well enough with your main outfit staples. Besides, it also gives you the freedom to coordinate in various ways—matching colour to colour, tone-on-tone, colour-blocking and print-mixing.

Mard X SKO monochrome mules
Mard X SKO monochrome mules

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Lounge pick: Mard X SKO monochrome mules. Available at Sko-Store.com; 9,500

  • FIRST PUBLISHED
    14.10.2020 | 09:00 AM IST

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