With the weather in the city blowing hot and cold every day, summer dressing becomes a tricky rope to walk on. Use smart layering to look fashionable yet keep calm and cool in this unpredictable season
Cotton sari wrap
Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and khadi are the best choices for summer wear. So, stick to these fabrics for your saris as well.
Layering tip: A sleeveless white blouse with a Chinese collar will keep away the heat yet look elegant. Wrap a stole around your sari as a cummerbund. Make sure it’s in the same colour scheme.
A brunch with the girls or a day out with kids — both occasions call for feminine yet comfort dressing.
Layering tip: Pick a loose geometric print dress and throw on a buttonless coat in the same colour scheme with an Oriental or nature-inspired print. For a formal look, use the same idea but avoid prints and loud colours.
Creative layering isn’t only about mix and match. It also gives you scope to play with fabrics and unusual ways of dressing.
Layering tip: Ask your darzi to tailor a formal blazer-inspired blouse in an Indian textile. Team it with a sheer skirt. Add a twist by wrapping a cotton dupatta around your waist as a belt.
Desi silhouettes like dhotis and shararas look unique when teamed with western pieces.
Layering tip: Team an embellished dhoti with a stole and ethnic jacket. Give it a twist by wearing the jacket over
the stole. Keep the shoes heeled. A pair of peep-toe pumps will enhance the surprise fusion effect.
For girls not shy of colour, summer is the time to bare a kaleidoscopic mix and bring out your bohemian side.
Layering tip: Use a multi-coloured crop jacket as a crop top with your printed culottes. Throw on a gauzy long jacket for chilly evenings and tie a bandana for an attitude that screams chilled out yet sophisticated’.