From the perennial dilemma of ‘I have nothing to wear’ to the more current ‘I have nowhere to go’, this lockdown has made us all reflect on the wearability factor of our wardrobes. Consequently, a well-curated trans-seasonal wardrobe has become more relevant than ever before. The key is to maintain a mix of versatile basics and statement pieces — ones that can work all year round — to get your knack for styling into play.
Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, essentials that feel easy and look chic should be mainstays. Practical pieces that are easy to dress up or pare down go a long way. One can always trust fuss-free silhouettes irrespective of the weather. A few versatile palazzos, classic kurtas, bright layering-friendly add-ons, and statement dupattas can be the linchpin of your style statement. Designers like AMPM, Heena Kochhar, and Himani and Anjali Shah will do the trick.
Trends to treasure
Designer: Manish Malhotra
Trends may be in a state of constant change but nothing can replace time-honed weaves and exquisite craftsmanship. Thoughtful investment, with an au courant twist, is the name of the game. Whether you want to channel the showstopper within in a cocktail sari by Manish Malhotra or invest in a heritage-inspired masterpiece by Sabyasachi, pick an ensemble that can be styled with a statement blouse or dupatta in the future.
Love for layering
Prefer statement-making to understated? From flowy capes to constructed jackets, layers are not just one-season wonders. Wear-love-reinvent them every time you throw them on. Focus on trans-seasonal prints like florals and antique embroideries that are long-lasting. Evoke drama with styles by Tarun Tahiliani and Torani or switch to boho-chic pieces by Jajaabor and Rajdeep Ranawat. Whether you’re wearing a classic ensemble or pairing a vintage piece with a modern look, layering always works.
Good ol’ classics
It isn’t just the fresh seasonal reiterations of the anarkali that makes it timeless. The breezy silhouette has the flair to swing you through the summer while a handcrafted koti jacket is a perfect update for its transition into winter. Sartorial preferences may evolve and change with time but the allure of a six-yard sari isn’t bound by weather conditions. The bonafide classic can be draped in more than 300 ways too! To switch the look for different seasons, pair your blouse with a cape or jacket to define your winter look or change to a bustier in the summers.
Trends may be short-lived but versatile pieces will tide you through festivities, weddings and everything in between. Style or sustainability, a mindfully maintained wardrobe ticks both boxes.