Summer is officially here, and it’s time to bring out those sunnies and bohemian dresses and flaunt them in full aplomb
If you’re a high-end, brand-wearing, couture-loving fashionista who swears by her brands, fret not. “Summer fashion is casual and comfortable, one only needs to look for inspiration from the ramp and find similar fashion right under their noses on the streets at unbelievable prices,” says designer Sonia Mehra. We give you a lowdown of some of the hottest summer trends that we spotted in Tinsel town, and how to get a similar look in a much feasible price for a hot (albeit cheap) off-the-runway look.
Long, flowy and comfortable, palazzos are an ideal addition to your summer wardrobe. Take a cue from actress Anushka Sharma and go for a simple yet chic look.
Pic/ Sameer Abedi
“Incredibly comfortable, they can be casual or elegant. Wear floral prints in the day to achieve the former and a lovely white combined with a fitted shirt or summer corset and bright heels to achieve the latter,” says designer Sonu Dharnidharka.
How to wear: Palazzos by nature are extremely versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways.
>> Pair your palazzos with a simple white or black tee and add a statement necklace to jazz up the look.
>> If you want a slightly more feminine look, wear your palazzos with a lace top and stilettos.
>> For a more formal look, add a jacket or light blazer to your look with wedges or pumps. You’d be surprised how well the two blend.
>> For a casual, laidback look on the other hand, team your palazzos with a hat or a crop top. A funky, loose muscle tee is comfortable and trendy too.
Find them at: Hill road and Linking road in Bandra
Priced between: Rs 350-500.
Pic/ Sameer Abedi
The jumpsuit is proving to be quite a dominant trend in the markets. From denim rompers to floral onesies, they’re comfortable and stylish. A popular trend in the 70’s, jumpsuits have made quite a big comeback
How to wear: This is how you can wear a jumpsuit and make it work.
>> Layering a jumpsuit can jazz up your look quite a bit. Add a jacket on your jumpsuit and it’ll help break the monotony of your look.
>> Go all-black or all-white with heels for a party-ready look.
>> If your jumpsuit is printed, keep the accessorizing low and vice versa. Avoid cluttering the look.
>> Go for a jumpsuit that flatters your body.
Find them at: Colaba Causeway and Hill Road, Bandra.
Priced between: Rs 300-700
Bring some bling and volume to your outfit by adding some chunky jewelry. A statement neckpiece or headgear can elevate your outfit and give it an elegant look without much effort.
How to wear: This is how you can team up your chunky jewelry with your outfit.
>> The neckline of your outfit is important, if you are wearing a buttoned-up shirt or dress, a statement neckpiece can be your go-to accessory.
>> If you want to go for a more minimalist look, add a single cuff or bracelet to your look.
>> Wear big, heavy jewelry with neutral, understated colours.
>> Avoid too many patterns and prints. Let the jewellery do the talking.
Pic/ Sameer Abedi
Find them at: Manish Market, Fashion street, Hill road and Linking road, Colaba Causeway.
Priced between: Rs 150-300.
This is possibly that one summer trend that can work both for better or for worse depending on how you style it. This risqué yet oh-so chic look has taken over both the runways and streets.
How to wear: This is how you can style your crop top.
>> Go for a high waisted look. A high waist skirt or pair of pants will only show a bit of skin.
>> Opt for a vivid shade of skirt or pants to balance out the look.
>> If you’re not confident enough, start off with a looser crop top for a more comfortable and baggier fit.
>> The addition of a shrug, can give your look a more formal no-nonsense feel.
Find them at: Manish Market, Andheri and Hill road, Bandra.
Priced between: Rs 300-450
Chambray or denim is possibly the most timeless trend as can be. Be it denim on denim, denim crop tops or denim shirts, the variety is diverse and won’t disappoint. Over the years several new and creative interpretations of wearing denims have also come about.
Denim shirts were spotted on the streets of Mumbai Pic/ Sameer Abedi
How to wear: Nothing beats the trendy skinnies or boyfriend jeans when it comes to both comfort and style. Here’s how you can team up those denims.
>> For a chic, summer appropriate look, team a pair of loose boyfriend jeans with a well fitting top.
>> If you want to add some jazz to your look, add some stylish heels or wedges with a white top and blazer.
>> Bring back the ’70s by tucking in a loose blouse with a pair of flared jeans and heels.
>> Go for the all denim look. Denims paired with a chambray shirt are enjoying quite a moment on the fashion radar.
Find them at: Any local shopping market in the city.
Priced between: Rs 600-800 depending on the fabric.
Pic/ Sameer Abedi
Headgear and hats
Hats can be a great summer accessory. Apart from giving you a chic, outdoor look, they combine functionality with style by keeping the heat at bay and also giving you a stylish look. “It can be tricky wearing head gear. Don’t make the look overpowering. Go for a western or indo-western look,” says designer Shilpa Reddy.
How to wear: This is how you can ensure that head accessories compliment your overall look.
>> Go for safe colours. Gold, bronze and silver blend well with outfits.
>> If your head accessory is too big, loosen a few stray strands of hair for a subtler look.
>> Keep the ensemble understated to avoid a cluttered, trying-too-hard look.
>> If the headgear is chunky, go for a solid, muted colour.
Find them at: Lokhandwala, Linking Road, Bandra.
Priced between: Rs 150-300
Maxis are an essential wardrobe addition. Not only do they easily transition from a day to night wear, but they are also incredibly comfortable and stylish. Even though, essentially considered a summer wear, they can also be a winter or spring staple. Feminine and flattering, it can give just the right shape to your silhouette, and depending on the fabric, can heavily beat the heat.
Shibani Dandekar’s off-shoulder dress can work well for both a formal evening or a red-carpet event.
How to wear: Here’s how you can wear a maxi skirt
>> If you want to break the oh so girly look, add a slightly sporty looking top to your look, like a leather jacket or boots.
>> Crop tops and maxi skirts are old lovers. Wear the skirt higher around your waist to show just the right amount of skin.
>> Add a jacket to your maxi skirt for a formal look. If you want an official look, keep it simple.
>> You can add the glamour quotient of your look by adding heels and accessories to your overall outfit.
Find them at: Lokhandwala, Linking Road
Priced between: Rs 450-850