Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:54:03 AM
For those languid early hours when you curl up to enjoy a refreshing cuppa with friends over a chirpy breakfast.
For men (by Mayank Anand)
Try sporting loose drop crotch pants — consider a salwar that lets you breathe. Team it up with a shirt and you are almost formal and yet cool and relaxed.
For women (by Shraddha Nigam)
A short ‘A’ Line loose dress, something that spells comfort and yet is chic. A shift or a tunic, with or without pants would cut it as well.
The Noon (Work) Look
Strive for a well-put together, smart, comfortable look. Work wear should scream of professionalism. No frills, no detail is too small to ignore; no stitch loose, no button hanging and above all a slek fit.
A smart, slim dress or skirt in navy, gray/black or a comfortable trousers with contemporary cut looks stylish. Accessory like a waist clinching belt highlights the shape and transforms a look. Rather than patronising a store or a designer (easiest way to look outdated), discover the look that you want for yourself.
Nikki Kalia suggests that we be careful of the image we want to portray and then strive for simple elegance which provides comfort. Also, a work look that can be ratcheted to an evening look is a bonus especially for late meetings. During summers, go in for cool colours like lime/ orange or watermelon.
Kallol Datta teams up his saris on the runway with jackets or waistcoats that make a statement. He feels that the simplistic column form, formed by the sari allows the wearer to try experimental shapes on top. Those who can dare to carry such a look, certainly possess an evolved sense of style.
Women can go from formal to casual by opting for a longer dress length. Experiment with drapes, silhouettes or uneven cuts and length. Trousers can be in bright colours and more flared than the usual, cut at the hem to lend contemporary chic. These can be paired with formal shirts in solid colour. Stripes are a good option to get a cheerful yet classy look.
Be original to stand out. Interesting jewellery pieces and accessories changes the entire look. Same goes for pretty yet quirky shoes like jutis, mules and designer chappals.
When lounging with friends, comfort should be on top of your list. Mix and match separates like wide leg pants, tanks, waist coats; layer a skirt on a pair of old jeans, throw on a different scarf and you will not feel you are repeating your clothes. You have the option to look different (without spending much) with the same set of friends.
Evenings spells serenity; a time to unwind and de-stress. The choice of attire should help you achieve that. Calculated experimentation and imagination should nail the look.
Really, what better avenue to try new looks. Take a few chances and dress out of the confines of any stereotypes! You can be at your experimental best — or worst!
The luxury is in not neutralising an individual’s personality. What one wears should be a derivative of who he/she is; therefore, follow your philosophy rather than trend. Indigenous choice of wear with patriotic tone is truly high fashion.
Khadi shirt with breeches is formal yet comfortable in our tough weather and if you add colour and print (inspired by your local environment), the look is heightened.
Rahul Mishra suggests that we consider making the rich hand woven Indian fabrics like ‘maheshwaris’, cotton silk’ or ‘chanderi’ silks, with motifs — a part of our wardrobe. These are lightweight, manageable and would prove very comfortable under all circumstances.