BEST SUMMER FASH­ION TRENDS

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY AN­TARA BOSE

From body­suits and puffed sleeves to flo­ral prints and shades of pink, this is the time to look cool when it’s toasty out­side.

Though we are al­ways in awe of mod­els as they pa­rade down the cat­walk in ex­quis­ite de­signer wear, let’s face it, not all those sar­to­rial pieces can be worn at typ­i­cal brunch in­vi­ta­tions, the boss’ par­ties or even when you’re try­ing to beat your girl­friends as best dressed. The fash­ion run­way is pretty dif­fer­ent from street style. So we’ve nar­rowed down on some summer fash­ion trends that def­i­nitely made head­lines at ma­jor fash­ion shows round the world, but look just as glam­orously wear­able off the ramp too. Cou­ple them with your own style or follow in the foot­steps of your favourite de­signer; our 7 trend­ing style el­e­ments will en­sure you have some­thing new to show off ev­ery day of the week. Apart from your gor­geous self, of course!

BODY­SUITS

As out­ra­geous (but we’d like to call it clev­erly in­no­va­tive) as these new en­tries may look hang­ing out on their own, body­suits can com­ple­ment pretty much any of your bot­toms – a pair of high­waisted trousers, a flow­ing skirt, and even denim shorts. The design al­lows for a rum­ple-free, smooth and seam­less fit with­out mak­ing your waist look bulky. Com­fort­able, ca­sual and stylish, all you need to do is pick your favourite fab­ric, colour and style and let this piece work its way to a perfect fit.

PUFFED SLEEVES

You know, the ones that look like you’ve breathed a gal­lon of air into. Though you might want to take it easy on the ‘gal­lon of air’, the run­ways didn’t shy away from some pretty vo­lu­mi­nous puffed sleeves. Vol­ume around the arms and shoul­ders draw at­ten­tion to the torso, en­abling you to ditch wor­ry­ing too much about the bot­toms. A trend that has eas­ily found its way into a myr­iad of styles, cuts and de­signs, the puffed sleeve fash­ion ex­hibits it­self in off-shoul­der tops, closed-neck dresses and even jack­ets.

FLO­RALS

It’s summer, so we ob­vi­ously couldn’t let this pass by could we? In fact, flo­rals have man­i­fested it­self in some form or the other through the years. Flow-y, long, breeze-kissed gowns or short, sum­mery dresses, the print is ev­ery­where. Tak­ing these blooms to a whole new level, de­sign­ers went all out in dresses that wear flo­ral from col­lar to toes (or should we say shoes). This year we also saw a lot of flo­rals that took on a darker turn (and on some oc­ca­sions, even a lit­tle Gothic). Set against blacks, ma­roons and even deep browns, these flow­ery prints have gone from just flirty to sen­sual.

STRIPES

From bright, bold, colour-block­ing stripes to the clas­sic pin­stripes, we saw most high street fash­ion brands show­cas­ing an ar­ray of their favourite vari­ant of stripes. Whether a pin­striped jump­suit or one with a dash of vi­brant stripes across the mid­dle, they are all the rage. The ver­sa­til­ity of this pat­tern makes them in­cred­i­bly fash­ion­able — whether as pin­striped for­mals or rad­i­cally coloured beach wear. Re­mem­ber, hor­i­zon­tal stripes make you broader and ver­ti­cals give the il­lu­sion of a longer sil­hou­ette; so pair wisely.

PINK

Is the new black. And we don’t mean just Bar­bie-pinks and pas­tel peaches; we’re talk­ing fuch­sias, ama­ranths and any­thing that shouts a bril­liant hue of pink. In­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers have show­cased the most stun­ning col­lec­tions of pinks in shades we’re prob­a­bly still look­ing up the dic­tio­nary for. What’s our ad­vice to stay in trend with the colour? Find a shade that matches your com­plex­ion and just flaunt that pink. And if you can still not make up your mind, try a pale dog­wood or a mil­len­nial; that’s once you’ve fig­ured out what that is (wink).

FLATFORMS

Though sky-high flatforms have ac­counted for some ma­jor mishaps, in mod­er­ate inches, these shoes have been de­light­fully wel­comed and have our feet scream­ing with joy. Prob­a­bly a more com­fort­able way to add height with­out killing our feet, flatforms (not to be con­fused with plat­forms) made their big ap­pear­ance as mod­els strut­ted this style on cat­walks. Now shoe-mak­ers are in­cor­po­rat­ing them in colours, fab­rics and de­signs that make them stylish and dif­fer­ent from their boxy former ver­sion. Aren’t we glad not every­thing fash­ion­able is painful!

LONG CHAINS AND BIG PEN­DANTS

Those chunky, over­sized pieces that reach all the way to your belly­but­ton are the new state­ment pieces in town. There’s noth­ing min­i­mal­is­tic about these eye-catch­ing, navel-graz­ing neck­pieces. Charms and beads, a single mas­sive stone or even a set of keys - as long as it is bold, big and bois­ter­ous, you’re fol­low­ing the trend per­fectly well. These ac­ces­sories don’t just ac­cen­tu­ate your dress, they be­come the main el­e­ment.

An­tara Bose is a model turned fash­ion and beauty con­sul­tant. A pop­u­lar blog­ger, an­chor, and voice over artist, she main­tains a deep con­nec­tion with the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try and is pas­sion­ate about dis­cov­er­ing and cel­e­brat­ing as­pir­ing tal­ent as well as pro­mot­ing an­i­mal rights. For fash­ion up­dates with a side of hu­mour and sar­casm follow An­tara on in­sta­gram @ an­tara­bose and on Face­book (An­tara Bose)

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