Party-ready Winter Styles!

Gone are the days when winter fash­ion was syn­ony­mous with the terms drab and dull. As the de­grees dip this sea­son, the winter style quo­tient in In­dia is height­en­ing and how! Shilpa Chat­ter­jee gives you the low­down on some hot winter trends that you can fl

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If you never gave a thought about merg­ing your winter wardrobe with your party it-list, then now is the time to do so! The In­dian winter fash­ion scene ush­ers in a myr­iad of in­ter­est­ing fall trends this sea­son that will not only leave you feel­ing com­fort­ably snug dur­ing the day but you can also hit the town at night in these winter spe­cials. And cro­chet is def­i­nitely rul­ing the roost here!


Cro­chet is huge this winter. From dresses and tops to cardi­gans, jack­ets, skirts and caps—cro­chet is bring­ing the ‘70s back in a big way this sea­son and the ad­di­tion of pe­plum sil­hou­ettes and ruf­fles help add char­ac­ter to the plain­ness of the fab­ric. “Cro­chet is an ev­er­green trend and now that winter has set in, cro­chet is back on the fash­ion cir­cuit. Known as grandma wear be­fore, today, style ex­perts and de­sign­ers all across the world are let­ting cro­chet gain cen­tre stage in their winter col­lec­tions to add that fem­i­nine touch to the winter look,” says Naushina Shaikh, Mum­baibased fash­ion de­signer, stylist and blog­ger. The rea­son cro­chet can al­ter­nate as winter and party trend is be­cause, “cro­chet can be in­cor­po­rated in any de­sign, style or ap­parel. It can be used in one’s bridal trousseau in

du­pat­tas, lace trim­mings etc. It can be used as western ca­su­als in the form of jack­ets, boleros, dresses, shorts, etc. It can also be used as ac­ces­sories through bags, shoes, caps, muf­flers, jew­ellery, etc. And it can be worn by all age groups,” adds Naushina. So when you are plan­ning to hit the party cir­cuit, add so­phis­ti­ca­tion to your out­fit in the form of cro­chet dresses, or slim-fit­ting cro­chet skirts. While sub­tle colours are great for­mal wear op­tions, brighter hues are an ex­cel­lent choice for par­ties and night outs. The sheer­ness of cro­chet dresses can be cut down with knit struc­tures worn be­neath (in var­i­ous colours), which not only keep one warm, but also an­nounce one’s style state­ment as – bold and sexy, yet el­e­gant and fem­i­nine at the same time! And with cro­chet, it is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for re­tail­ers and gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers as well. “Cro­chet is an ex­pen­sive fab­ric and a lot of skill and time is in­vested to man­u­fac­ture one such item. Hence, by stock­ing cro­chet ap­parel this party sea­son, re­tail­ers will have a lot to cheer about as con­sumers are will­ing to pay any amount of price to make this fash­ion trend a part of their wardrobe,” ex­plains Naushina.


No longer con­sid­ered as a ‘com­fort­ably bor­ing’ op­tion, nor restricted to neu­tral, plain or stripes—knitwear is now truly rul­ing run­ways. Chunky sweaters/pullovers styled fab­u­lously with trousers, den­ims, shorts, skirts or leg­gings; sexy knit dresses com­ple­mented with great ac­ces­sories like belts, stoles, jack­ets, over-coats, etc. are sure to spruce up your glam quo­tient, while at the same time pro­vide the right amount of warmth.


Coats make for the ul­ti­mate party out­er­wear and who says winter coats can’t be stylish? Large coats in bright hues add a dash of colour to a neu­tral­coloured out­fit. Strong-shoul­dered

coats, boyfriend coats, sleeve­less vest-like and biker coats—all em­anate class and style. Bold blaz­ers worn with deep-coloured den­ims, boxy jack­ets given a flat­ter­ing fit with a belt, and denim jack­ets with faux fur trim­mings—are def­i­nite winter party must-haves!


Turtle­necks/roll necks are time­less— none of the un­nec­es­sary bulk and all warmth. Thin-knit, cot­ton or silk roll necks worn un­der heavy coats ooze class. Turtle­necks also make for a great style state­ment as one-piece dresses, and as tops teamed smartly with jeans, skirts, or trousers.


Scarves or stoles can be your best friends through­out the year but more so on a windy day! Tie them class­ily in a num­ber of stylish ways to add that play­ful zing to your party out­fit. From plain to flo­ral to an­i­mal printed scarves and stoles in warm fab­rics— you are surely spoiled for choice this sea­son. Shradha Mu­rarka, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor, Vizyon, says, “Winter wear can be very ex­cit­ing and one can eas­ily dress up or dress down dur­ing this sea­son with printed scarves, by lay­er­ing them onto dresses or for­mal wear.” Heena Mal­ho­tra, De­signer, Ch­habra 555, adds, “Wrap­ping your­self in warmth without los­ing your style is the sea­son’s rage. Stoles in bright

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