Owing to its knack for adding a layer of feminine drama with a sense of comfort has led to the cape garnering cult status in wardrobes the world over. The Indian hybrid too is serving versatility and practicality with a traditional twist. The cape is the trans-seasonal layering piece you absolutely need to invest in. With interpretations in the finest of embroideries, cuts and pairing, Aashni + Co presents a mix of standout and easygoing styles to up your layering game this upcoming festive season.
A pioneer of capes with concept saris and lehengas, Anamika Khanna are a permanent fixture on the red carpet and wedding dance floor. Cape-clad lehenga ensembles (no dupattas, please!) have become a micro-trend over the past few years. Easy-breezy renditions by Ridhi Mehra are a firm favourite—thanks to the wispy fabric and ruffled accents.
The reason why capes amassed such a large fanbase is that you can avoid lugging around a heavy dupatta when dressed in one. Besides, it adds contemporary flair to your classic look with ease. The short asymmetric cape by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor resembles a super-light stole that you’ll love to include in your rotational wardrobe, while Esha Koul’s floor-length version offers an instant update to an understated bustier.
Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor
Soup by Sougat Paul proves that capes can have staying power in your transitional wardrobe. Boasting a luxe and laidback appeal, a flattering net cape is a safe bet whether you are attending a resort party or summer wedding. Sana Barreja’s monotone cape adds a statement-maker to an old-school sharara. Masaba’s textured capes also have an all-rounder appeal if you’re building a capsule festive wardrobe.
Soup by Sougat Paul
Torani adds a free-flowing cape to the printed sari creating an outfit that perfectly exhibits both drama and wearability. Here’s a concept sari update that you’ll appreciate during last-minute RSVPs!
Those with a penchant for minimalism will appreciate the tailored simplicity rendered by Tarun Tahiliani. Besides, the sleeve-slit cape can serve an alternate look when styled as an open front with a camisole and slim pants.
Maximum impact and minimum effort is the key to wear this power dresser. Take cues from Sonakshi Sinha in this all-black floor-grazing cape by Gaurav Gupta that appears to be inspired by Maleficent.
Sonakshi Sinha in Gaurav Gupta
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