Loose your­self

From su­per-flare palaz­zos to baggy pants to blaz­ers that are two sizes too big, over­sized dress­ing is in vogue like never be­fore

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Ruchika Kher ruchika. kher@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

While body-con dresses and fit­ted tops will al­ways mat­ter to the fash­ion folk, of late, loose sil­hou­ettes seem to be the trend. From over­sized blaz­ers to shirts that are two sizes too big, an in­creas­ing num­ber of those clued into the fash­ion scene are ditch­ing their body-hug­ging gar­ments for breezy en­sem­bles.

For de­signer Swap­nil Shinde, this look might have be­come fash­ion­ably ac­cept­able now, but it has been around for a while. “The trend of over­sized clothes started with girls wear­ing boyfriend blaz­ers and shirts. Since these out­fits tend to be big­ger in size, they are more com­fort­able, and make for a more has­sle-free way of dress­ing,” he says, adding that while fit­ted clothes are very much still in vogue, and per­haps, will al­ways be, the trend of “over­sized dress­ing” is here to stay, be­cause it “works for all sizes and shapes, and can prove to be ver­sa­tile”.

Celeb spot­ting

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sonam Kapoor was re­cently seen wear­ing an anti-fit blazer with a midi and a crop top. Amer­i­can model and TV per­son­al­ity Gigi Ha­did is also a ma­jor pro­po­nent of this trend, and of­ten steps out in over­sized shirts and jack­ets. “Look­ing good is no more about body-hug­ging clothes. Ca­sual can be sexy too, whether it’s an over­sized pair of jeans or a T-shirt,” says de­signer Ridhi Mehra, who feels that this trend is the re­sult of a “trickle-up ef­fect”, where street style has inspired high-end fash­ion.

Rules of the game

Ex­perts say most im­por­tant as­pect to keep in mind is lay­er­ing. “Al­ways layer your sep­a­rates. Whether it is an over­shirt, a cover-up boyfriend blazer or a pea coat — ev­ery­thing must be lay­ered,” says Shinde, adding, “The best way to make an over­sized cloth­ing item stand out is to make it the key el­e­ment, and add sup­ple­men­tary items as fillers. Cov­er­ing your­self head to toe in baggy clothes with no pro­por­tion can make one look like a pa­per bag.”

Wear­ing over­sized gar­ments in bold colours can make the look too ca­sual, and can re­sult in shabby dress­ing. Mehra sug­gests ac­ces­soris­ing. “Team it with the right kinds of trousers or jeans, along with smart ac­ces­sories to strike a bal­ance be­tween ca­sual and smart,” she says.

Gigi Ha­did makes a com­fort state­ment in her loose striped shirt

Sonam Kapoor com­bines her jacket with a crop top and

a midi

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