Over the past few years, the humble blouse has evolved from being a supporting act to the spotlight-stealing star. Every season, designers now serve us a platter of their iterations of the statement blouse — a winning choice to refresh a traditional look. Be it the backless choli, the bustier, the corset or the wrap-around crop, they all add a definition to the overall look. Don’t write it off as a fleeting trend. The staying power of these statement blouses have made them a smart investment. Aashni + Co rounds up its favourite styles for the year ahead.
The barely-there-back promises to add glamour to your festive wardrobe. No wonder it’s a red carpet celebrity favourite. While blouses with cut-outs and drawstrings are risqué, a sheer panel on the bare back is a more modest take on the style.
A + Co Recommends: Manish Malhotra‘s backless blouses are cult Bollywood favourites, best paired with his sequinned saris. Sabyasachi’s repertoire includes the iconic Chaand blouse with a bare back and deep V-neck.
The New & Now Crop Tops
The staple partner for high-waisted pants and skirts, the crop top blouses of this season are anything but basic. Switch it up with meticulous drapes for a refined take. One-shoulder styles, wrap tops and overlapping necklines are the updates of the moment.
A + Co Recommends: Jade by Monica and Karishma presents a off-shoulder drape style that you’ll love wearing with lehengas and concept saris alike. Accentuate the neckline with a statement choker.
Jade by Monica and Karishma
Cinched & Sculpted Silhouettes
Sculpted blouses and boned corsets offer Victorian charm to your repertoire. Dramatic as ever, the neo-corsets don’t compromise on comfort either.
A + Co Recommends: Tarun Tahiliani gives the construction an instant look-at-me update with the sheer panels. To ease into the trend, we found a winner in the signature Gaurav Gupta sculpted blouse. Vvani by Vani Vats offers a colourful look for the bridesmaid to bookmark.
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Vvani by Vani Vats
Following the suit of structured shapes, the peplum blouse offers an effortless look. The fit and flare silhouette is a noteworthy experimental piece to team with Indian ensembles.
A + Co Recommends: Tarun Tahiliani’s peplum-cut bridal number is for one who wants to experiment. RAR Studio makes a case with detailed panels and a V-neck to complement an opulent choker.
Bold sleeves are back, and how! Whether you like them puffed or fluttery, standout sleeves are your bid at winning the #OOTD game.
Aashni + Co Recommends: Aisha Rao puts the spotlight on voluminous off-shoulder sleeves. If you fancy a flirty look, these ruffled sleeves on the Ritu Kumar blouse are sure-fire conversation starters.
Westernised tops have come into their own as a new Indian blouse hybrid. A perfect pick to channel your nonchalant style, these statement tops can also be reworn with denims.
A + Co Recommends: This turtleneck top by Rajdeep Ranawat will easily transition from resort wedding to vacation. The painterly blazer will make you a power-dresser whether you wear it with a lehenga or slim pants. Hemang Agarwal’s brocade top will pair equally well with a flouncy skirt and a pre-draped sari.
Explore the statement blouse trend at Aashni + Co.