It’s all good in the hood, de­clares Bol­ly­wood!

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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.”

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ RAJKUMMAR_RAO PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/AYUSHMANNK

PHO­TOS: YOGEN SHAH

(Clock­wise from top left) Ac­tors Rajkummar Rao, Ayush­mann Khur­rana, Ran­veer Singh and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan ex­per­i­ment with the all-per­vad­ing and sea­son-less hoodie.

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