When sum­mer comes, can fun be far be­hind? -By Asha Chowdary

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -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.

Sleeve-speak

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.

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