Overdo it and end up with half your wardrobe on you, under do it and freeze to death. Master the art of chic wrapping
1. RAW KNITS
Go for textured knits and leave the seams unfinished and hanging to create a relaxed look. Heavy knitted covers over an asymmetric full-sleeve shirt and skirt gives a stylish silhouette.
2. LAYERED 9-YARD
Play with the classic ethnic drape. Pair military-style jackets and sheer or silk trench coats with elegant saris or think a heavily embroidered gilet to give it a twist. Decorated epaulets (an ornamental shoulder piece) on your jackets and gilets can help secure the pallu crisply in place. Or just twirl the pallu around the neck as a scarf for the Indian winter.
3. PRINT PLAY
Learn the art of playing with prints and fabrics. Vegetable and fruit prints are in vogue; mix them with classic monochrome or red and white checks to demonstrate innovation. A workwear shirt paired with wide-legged pants and a canvas trench coat is an instant way to uplift your look.
4. COLOURFUL COTTONS
Who says you need to put away your cottons in winter? Create funky boho looks by layering your colourful cottons. You can sport your crushed cotton skirt, palazzo pants, pocketed shirt, A-line kurta, traditional ikat-print dupatta – all at the same time. Just make sure you go for a mix of plains and prints; not just prints.
5. MAXI SKIRT
A black collar-less shirt worn over a maxi keeps you warm during the day. Add a pair of funky black boots and finish with a side-braid for a school-girl appeal.
6. CAPE CALLING
Unfold an earthy palette with pristine white, pink, sand, chartreuse, forest, stripes and neutral black as the background for your garments. Portray a strong, confident, global dresser by sporting a classic, lean silhouette layered with a hand-painted, floral cross-over cape. ‘Control over drama’ is the key to getting this look right.
7. CRAFT A KAFTAN
Have similar stoles or shawls in two colours? Get crafty and convert them into an easy-to-wear kaftan. Stiffen the fabric to give it a distinct shape and an unusual look. You can sport it on almost everything in your wardrobe, plus boast a bit about your designing skills.
1. ZIPPER ZAPPER
Let your layered look deceive the eyes of the spectator. Sport jackets in dapper designs, creating an impression of wearing multiple layers. Solids are trending. Go with a solid ensemble comprising a quirky zippered jacket, slouchy tee and comfortable, well-fitting bottoms in rugged masculine hues of black, grey and charcoal.
2. HIGH ON HYPNOSIS
Create a hypnotic print kaleidoscope and steal the tag of being the most quirky among all. The entire look consisting of floral-printed pants, sharply-cut bib shirt, well-fitted, full-sleeved jacket and printed brogues — without socks — screams for attention. Let a waxed, twirly moustache and a Mohawk hairdo add to the look.
3. CROPPED TOP
Take menswear styling a notch higher and dress up for a European winter. Experiment with cropped pullovers over a bandhgala and a pair of classic chequered pants. The well-balanced blend of dark hues like ox blood and navy blue and a hint of khaki creates a strong impact. Finish with a stand-out pair of shoes.
4. LAD IN LEATHER
This winter, let leather be your prime canvas of communication. Make a sedate entry in a pair of relaxed and roomy pants, wrap skirt, longline shirt and a well-fit, collared waistcoat in leather. The look is both conversation stopping and visually arresting. Leather blousons can also give your winter look an interesting touch.