A cocktail sari from Pallavi Mohan's SS 2015 collection
India is a colour-happy country, but in summer, when the sun beats its harsh rays down on us, it is difficult to be comfortable in bright reds, greens and blues. To keep cool, we switch to lighter versions of our favourite colours. Butter yellow, lime green, soft turquoise, breezy teal, baby pink and peach are top of the charts. Working women and college students choose chikankari suits, sleeveless tops or cotton saris. Ladies who lunch will also wear chiffon and georgette outfits with their day bags and sunglasses.
This summer, too, pastels are designer favourites. They are pleasant and peppy to wear, and are available in trendy new shapes and styles. We present 10 ideas for wearing your pastels to your kitty parties or ladies' lunches this season.
Photo credit: Yogen Shah
PINK PALETTE: Take a cue from Mumbai stylistas who have been spotted around town wearing pastel pink. Pair a straight-fit kurta with slim pants, a long necklace and a large bag for an elegant day look. Else, choose a sleeveless, form-fitting floor-length anarkali like actress and emcee Rashmi Nigam. She has paired them with pointy pumps, which are the current rage this season.
PASTEL PRINTS: Transparent, printed fabrics make for a great complement to the pastel palette this summer. They are lightweight, cool and a great way to look effortlessly chic. Wear a floral printed top with plan white or beige lowers such as pants or a skirt. If you prefer the Indian or fusion look, go for an asymmetrical tunic over tights or a churidaar.
THE LACE SPACE: Lace is always a winner for kitty parties. It is versatile and comes in a variety of colours, shapes and budgets. Try a pastel-coloured lace dress or a jumpsuit if you are adventurous. Make sure it is well-fitted around the hips – too loose and it will look shabby, and too tight runs the risk of a rip when you sit down!
L-R: Here’s The Love Top, Rs 599 @ StalkBuyLove.com; Anouk Green Cotton Traditional Saree, Rs 1609 @ Myntra.com
AQUA DREAMS: Shades of the sea are lovely for summer lunches – reminding you of beaches and poolsides. If you prefer western outfits, pair a colour-block top with a printed lower such as a skirt or palazzos. If you are in the mood for a sari, wear a cotton or chanderi one with a light gold border and pair it with a smart sleeveless or cap-sleeved blouse and a chunky necklace.
DRESS TO IMPRESS: If you have the legs, don’t be shy of wearing a dress this summer. Pick one with a buttoned-down front to create a slimming effect on your bust and tummy. If you prefer a fusion or more conservative look, go for a longer knee-length tunic in summery yellow. Asymmetrical shapes and chiffon go perfectly well together. (You can wear a churidaar underneath in case your mother-in-law is coming along for lunch too!)
How do you wear pastels in summer? Share your tips and feedback in the comment box below.