It’s all good in the hood, declares Bollywood!
It’s hard to picture an airport image or a red carpet pap shot minus the ubiquitous hoodie. Hoodies and Bollywood stars are like pinstriped suits and Wall Street sharks. One complements the other and also brings out that ‘X’ factor. As we inch closer to 2020, it’s interesting to see the all-pervading and season-less hoodie’s current iterations.
It’s being styled with tailored ensembles and also forms an integral aspect of au courant fusion pieces such as shackets. For instance, a hoodie worn with a long tailored car coat or a sweatshirt layered under a business suit. This fusion of active wear with executive wear makes the styling study all the more fascinating. Recently, actor Ayushmann Khurrana wore a hoodie tailored suit and actor Rajkummar Rao layered his hoodie with a shirt. Actor Arjun Kapoor paired his pink hoodie with a pair of black jeans and actor Ranveer Singh completed his sweatsuit look with a hat and sunnies. Bollywood’s style-savvy girls too haven’t skipped a style beat when it comes to experimenting with this essential. Actor Sonam K Ahuja clubbed her hoodie with a sporty skirt and sneakers and actor Kareena Kapoor Khan offsetted hers with baggy denims. Designer Karrtik D suggests layering the hoodie with a suit or with dad jeans and sneakers. “This season is all about oversized hoodies and I’d recommend making a pick in a solid hue,” he says.
The delightful dichotomy of a classic tailored piece with a hoodie makes it instantly eyecatching. Stylist Divyak D’Souza suggests throwing a hoodie with a casual tailored blazer. “Pick it in a light snugfitting fabric and don’t add on too many layers. The knitted version with zipper detailing complements a tailored jacket. For girls, I’d say, pair a cropped hoodie with a fitted pencil skirt so the clash is more exciting,” he says.
This sporty essential radiates an unmistakable varsity vibe or evokes the quintessential Ivy League preppy style. Remember Chuck Bass’s (played by Ed Westwick) red zipper hoodie in Gossip Girl? Also, Leonard in The Big Bang Theory lets his innate nerd do all the sartorial talking. Stylist Isha Bhansali says, “Leonard in the show layers his blazer with a hoodie, which looks cool and sharp at the same time. My current favourite are the shacket hoodies like the ones Rajkummar Rao wore in the film Stree (2018). Also, with a hoodie addition, you don’t even need a scarf.”
(Clockwise from top left) Actors Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Ranveer Singh and Kareena Kapoor Khan experiment with the all-pervading and season-less hoodie.