Fashion faux pas no more

Oct 14, 2013, 09:04 IST | Sonali Joshi Pitale

While purists believe in going by the book, some in the fashion industry have been playing the rebel card almost always, with their experimentation and rule-bending escapades. Today, fashion is not just about following age-old mantras, but also about making a style statement by twisting trends. The GUIDE decided to look at a few of these tweaked-out looks and designs that have moved from fashion faux pas to fashion statements

Socks with heels
Socks were meant for closed shoes, and this style was considered the last word on footwear fashion. In a turnaround, socks with pumps have been trending big all season.

A model walks the runway at the Bora Aksu show during London Fashion Week, 2013. Pic/ Getty

Overall prints
Overall prints were frowned upon by the fashion police owing to the monotony that they lend to a garment at times. But designers have now realised that intelligent teaming of accessories and shoes can make them look chic.

Fashion designer duo Pragya and Megha’s design using overall prints. Pic/ Satyajit Desai

Red pants for men
The choice of most sartorially-minded men today, red trousers, were a big no-no for men in the past. Regarded as a tad effeminate and not appropriate, red pants weren’t the top pick among males who preferred their understated blacks, browns or blues. Not anymore; today, shades of red rank high in wardrobe picks for dapper men.

A model in a Troy Costa ensemble. Pic/ Nimesh Dave

Print on Print
Considered a fashion disaster a few years ago, print-on-print has gained prominence in recent years, not just on the Indian ramp, but internationally too. However, it is important to be careful while adopting this current fashion fad — both prints should not be bold and one of the two should have a muted colour.

A model walks the ramp in designer Payal Singhal’s design at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive, 2013. Pic/Nimesh Dave 

Anita Dongre
Neon shades in bridal wear: Traditionally, Indian brides were meant to wear reds and maroons on their wedding day. Other colours were regarded as taboo or inauspicious. But today’s brides have embraced the neon trend and are open to experimenting with colours, textures and styles for their ensembles. Lehengas in neon shades, with green and hot pink, are popular.

A neon green lehenga from Anita Dongre’s bridal collection

Black and white: In contrast to the earlier belief that wearing black and white gave one a starched, uniform appeal, today, the combination is regarded as exciting, experimental and yet classic. It could be just an accessory or an entire outfit, yet it manages to exhibit an elegant vibe.

Crop tops: Crop tops were frowned upon and considered as non-classy. Today, they rule the fashion charts and can be worn casually with high-waisted pants or a skirt, or formally with a high-waisted skirt and jacket. This is a young, fun trend that we will see a lot more of this season.

A model walks the runway wearing a cropped top and fitted skirt at the Tabernacle Twins show during the London Fashion Week, 2013. Pic/ Getty

Swapnil Shinde
Colour Blocking: Colour blocking was considered as a major faux pas in minimalistic 90s. But now it’s a major trend irrespective of seasons.

Actress Sandra Bullock at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, Italy. Pic/ Getty

Mixing metals: Gold and silver together were considered a fashion sin. Today, silver and antique gold happily co-exist in both layered jewellery and surface ornamentation.

Faux pas that don’t work
Men usually wear blue jeans with the same shade of the T-shirt or shirt.

Women today are often spotted wearing bra straps that are so bright that they overpower the outfit. Not happening.

Indian women are mostly pear-shaped, so they should avoid wearing balloon dresses that make them look heavier. Women across the world try to look thinner, so why would we want to look fatter?
-Falguni Peacock, designer

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