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summer sparkles

Come summer time, you chill, relax, unwind and slow down. We like to take some time off, go on a holiday. The clothes too should reflect easy styles and comfort. The key to dressing this summer should be free and liberating; flowing but not voluminous like last year but rather slightly understated styles that work as great combinations.

Trends Prints
Layers of prints. Cartoon, calligraphy, iconic images, heritage graphics, and illustration all rolled into one or more representation. This summer, try to pick up clothes that are graphically conversation. We don't have the movie industry to inspire us with motifs, but we could pick up ideas and impressions from our pop-rock music culture. Graffiti on to your shirts, kurtas, blouses and so on.

The colors in layers, dyed in shades of two three or more hues to give depth and impressionable texture. Batik in block or free hand with further application of embroidery or clean applique will look fresh on our clothes. Look out for this on your clothes it will be a right on and novel as the new trend.

This summer the colors that will set you apart are buttercup, balloon red, deep sea blue, and azure, Combine earth tones such as sand, walnut, khaki, coral, and tan with clean bright colors. Try to avoid going all bright or all neutral. The formula to dress dynamic this season would be to balance the two opposite chromes with equal intensity. Candy colors are also back as an all time favorite, although it is not recommended that these be worn all at the same time. Use them on your accessories or as accent and keep the overall look neutral.


This season, look at very feminine shapes. In keeping with the holiday mood fashion is inspired by the play of fun and frolics. Under the dark monsoon skies you are going to look cheery; the idea would be to chase the clouds away. The cuts are going to be retro with vintage feel making a big come back. The tops are fitted forms with ruffled, pleated or puffed sleeves. Kimono or pagoda sleeves are also going to remain hot with wrapped or pinafore blouses. You can easily transfer these shapely ideas on to your kameez or saree blouses. The emphasis will be on breezy billowy patiala, bloomer shalwars, or harem pants. Pleats, volumes of gather on these pairs cut a very feminine look and flirts with your girlish notions. The look that really floats this summer for you probably cannot be summarized in a single style. Go for spaghetti or a sleeveless camisole kameez or just a short tunic. Use pin tucks, pleats, bias ruffles, as trimmings, and simple embellishment in button, coins, and shells around your neckline or sleeves. Go light with your fabrics. Voile, cotton georgettes, and fine khadi are good for summer, as are soft flowing duppattas, or wrinkled scarves. Pick a fabric that breathes well. Comfort should be on the top of your list, but don't be a bore. Spellbound, dazzle and bewitch your entire audience.

By Maheen Khan
Model Emi, Photo: Zahedul I Khan



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