White is a perfect pick for a ladies’ lunch in the hot Indian summer. It is elegant, always trendy and keeps you cool as well. Though cotton is ideal, you can also go for other fabrics depending on your personal preference and body type.
Those with curvier bodies can opt for chiffons, georgettes, mulmul or voile in summer. Because of their transparency, these fabrics play hide-and-seek with your curves and give you a slimmer appearance. On the other hand, slimmer ladies can wear organza, linen and other stiffer fabrics to add structure to their shape.
Photograph: Gaurav Gupta for Jabong.com
You can play around with silhouettes and separates this season. Click through the next few slides to see how.
Dhoti pants and salwars are comfortable and airy in the hot summer months, so keep them handy for your lunches. However, style your kurta in a way that is trendy and stylish. Pair a short white kurta with a coloured salwar, and take a similar dupatta. If your kurta has a high-neck or is buttoned up, you could skip the dupatta too.
Don’t bother matching your kurta with your salwar too perfectly – this season, you can mix-and-match completely different tops and lowers, and get away with it! However, bring in some harmony to the look by making sure your accessories (such as bag or shoes) or makeup (such as lipstick or nailpaint) lines up with at least one of the colours on your garments.
Photograph: An outfit by designer Payal Singhal
Click on the next slide for ideas on wearing white separates.
The white shirt is in any case an essential in any woman’s wardrobe. You perhaps have one already. Shirts with Lucknowi chikan-work are especially well-suited to Indian summers. Pair yours with brown or beige pants and a large statement necklace (tuck it under the collar around the back). If your shirt has an open neck, you can also wear it with pearls. Take a large tote or a slouchy bag, and pair it with kitten heels. Sunglasses on top of your head are a must, of course!
A new trend this season is the dhoti-skirt. Made popular by designer Masaba Gupta, these are long skirts inspired by the dhoti, and are very comfortable even if you don’t usually wear skirts. If you have a slim figure, you can pair a printed white dhoti-skirt with a tucked-in cotton ganji (vest) and accessorise with a large necklace. Alternately, wear a full-sleeved T-shirt or a white chiffon or lace shirt, and clasp it at the waist with a wide belt. You can wear flat sandals or low heels with this garment to give your look an element of laidback chic. Pair with a structured boxy bag and a confident attitude!
Photograph: (left) You're On To Something Shirt, Rs 1200; (right) Masaba Gupta Dhoti Skirt, Rs 3500, both @ Stylista.com
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