When summer comes, can fun be far behind? -By Asha Chowdary
As summer slips into our lives with its warm winds of promise and cheerful sunshine, a new fashion season dawns, bringing with it the beauty and optimism of new thought and brilliant innovation. This year, it is time to be superexcited as there is a melange of colour, motifs and styles on the fashion scene that will drive you towards a dizzying range of choices, like zany stripes, playful ruffles and enormous earrings. Get ready for a summer that will be coloured with shades of sunny yellow, cool green and soft rose, set against a canvas of stripes, florals and glitzy sparkle.
So, what are the newest trends of the year? Read on...
The bold and the beautiful
Big, bold and beautiful earrings are all set to rule the roost this summer. Over-sized earrings are making a huge fashion statement, and this ‘ear-wear’ could range from chandelier earrings to shoulder dusters to gigantic sparklers, and the mantra seems to be: the bigger, the better. If you want to go a step further, you could wear a ear cuff created out of beautiful crystal or precious stones or opt for over-the-top danglers.
idea is to look cool, hip and quirky, but it is best to tone down the rest of your attire if you choose to sport statement earrings. You can choose from extreme length or large size and you would be completely on-trend.
Colour me bright
Love colour? If so, you have reached the perfect summer of fashion. Though the Pantone colour of 2017 is ‘Greenery’ which captures the gorgeous colours of nature in all its vitality, there are several other colours that are important this year. From primrose yellow, to soft pink to sky blue to flame orange—the hues that we can enjoy this season seem to span every inch of the colour wheel. Most of the colours are a mix of shades and blends. For instance, the flame colour that one sees on cocktail dresses, jumpsuits and gowns this year, is a blend of bright red and fiery orange. Pink is having a moment in the sun too as also yellow in all its myriad shades and colours.
Get sporty with Athleisure
The hottest trend of the year is upgrading your workout wear to make it suitable as everyday wear. And while, you still may not be able to walk from your gym to your office in the same clothes, it is delightful to know that you can enjoy the same level of comfort at work, the bistro, the supermarket and even at a business lunch. Athletic wear like leggings, sports bras, t-shirts, tanks and yoga pants are being worn by women all day long and for every occasion. It is important, however, to remember that though we long to be comfortable all through the day, the Athleisure trend is not about being sloppy, sweaty or careless. It is all about upgrading your active wear clothes to day wear. You will need to add a few elements to make your workout wear look smart and sexy. The upgrade could be as simple as wearing a structured blouse with a pair of yoga pants or as chic as wearing a silk scarf or satin coat over your leggings or tank top.
Dramatic sleeves take centre stage this year and so, it’s time to put away those sleeveless and short sleeved looks that are our summer staples. The range of sleeves that you can choose from is mind boggling. There are bell sleeves, balloon sleeves, flared sleeves, flounce sleeves, extra long sleeves, layered sleeves, puffed sleeves, bishop sleeves and more – so, take your pick. This romantic and bohemian look is here to stay all year as it has been spotted everywhere, right from the runways of international fashion shows to department stores in cities across the world. It is poised to be ultra popular due to its feminine appeal and soft sensuality.
Go back in time
Vintage fashion always brings a hint of nostalgia with it, and this year, the look is making a comeback. Think plaid, wide legged trousers, low rise denim jeans, platform shoes, flouncy ruffles and pretty fringes. It is time to embrace the old to step into the new, but again, each look has been tweaked to make the clothes more contemporary. So, pick up your fix of the 80s and 90s, whether it is off shoulder tops, fishnet stockings, leopard print footwear or leather skirts and wear these trends with new colours and silhouettes, in order to capture the youthful vibe of the season.
And ultimately – have fun!
The mood of this fashion season is light and playful, so while upgrading your wardrobe for summer, don’t forget to keep your choices fun and quirky too. Learn to mix up prints, wear florals from head to toe, swathe yourself in ruffles, embrace the off shoulder trend and play with stripes of every size and shape. Above all, enjoy each moment and let the happy spirit of the summer fashions of 2017 stay with you for many years to come.