Up till recently, Indian wear was mostly been about the lehenga and sari, with the blouse only playing a supporting act. But the once humble blouse has its eyes on the spotlight now. Here are the trending styles that you need to add to your traditional wardrobe pronto!
The Easy Chic Crop Blouse
There’s no stopping this fashion staple. Fashion-forward women are incorporating these minions in their ethnic closets as they allow a breather from tight, chest squeezing cholis. Whether it’s Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra or Sanjay Garg, there isn’t a single Indian designer who doesn’t love the crop! It helps that it’s easy to pair with lehengas, saris and palazzos alike.
The Flirty Peplum Blouse
The peplum was originally introduced as an overskirt to give the waist a cinched look. In western wear, it’s used to add some flair to an everyday look. Fast forward to 2016 and ethnic designers from Anita Dongre and Monisha Jaisingh to Shantanu & Nikhil are incorporating flirty peplum jacket blouses and simple peplum top blouses to their skirts, lehengas and saris for a polished update.
The Workaholic Jacket Blouse
Indian wear gets a power dressing update with the rise of the structured jacket blouse. These work well with the sari and are an excellent workwear addition. Wear it as a crop jacket or a full sleeved jacket to keep warm on business trips. Alternatively, make it trendy with a bomber jacket—be it a mesh bomber for the beach or a trench coat for that winter wedding. Designers loving the jacket blouse include Anushree Reddy, Monisha Jaising, Rahul Mishra and Payal Khandwala.
The Sexy Cold Shoulder Blouse
Trust these tops to know how to bring out the sexy in the sari. Whether it’s the sheer off-shoulder blouse for the sangeet, an off shoulder bandeau blouse for a Diwali party, or a cold shouldered shirt blouse for an engagement, it’s time to add a dose of sultry appeal to your ethnic closet. Designers giving the trend a nod include everyone from Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Anamika Khanna to Anushree Reddy and Payal Singhal.
The Structured Shirt Blouse
Have a closet bursting with smart shirts? Make them work double duty by teaming them with your lehengas as well. The shirt blouse is being increasingly favoured for the smart yet utterly comfortable repertoire they promise. It’s also a no-brainer when you’re looking to repeat an existing lehenga choli with a quick change of the blouse.