College girls in Gujarat love palazzos and sleeveless tops. Photo credit: Abhishek Bharti
So what do the khakra and thepla-wielding women of Gujarat do when they are not creating gastronomical delights in the kitchen? They are making style statements in their trendy palazzos and crop tops! Fashion101.in gives you a lowdown on the top fashion trends in our Prime Minister’s home state this season.
COLLEGE COUTURE: Young college girls hob-nob with their friends at the myriad roadside eateries in crushed cotton palazzos and sleeveless tops that highlight their svelte figures. Pastel-coloured chiffon shrugs worn over spaghetti tops paired with floral printed cigarette pants are in vogue now. While the monsoons in Gujarat continue to play hide and seek, women of all ages have found the perfect clothing to beat the moisture-laden heat with a pair of comfortable airy palazzos worn over wedges or heels, and a short tank top accessorized with a chunky beaded necklace. (Click here for 4 ways to wear harem pants to college.)
Mid-length skirts are a favourite for kitty parties in Gujarat. Photo credit: Viral Bhayani
WOMEN WHO LUNCH: Women heading out to lunches, kitty parties and cultural events can be seen sporting straight-cut short kurtas or Indo-western tunics over flared palazzos. It appears that ‘Gujju land’ has been ambushed by palazzos of all kinds – flared, straight-cut, crushed and what not! (Click here for ideas on how to wear palazzos to a kitty party.) It makes a perfect outfit given the muggy weather that prevails over this vibrant ‘Modi-land’. Mid-length midi skirts (click here for 9 ways to wear a skirt for a lunch with friends) have made a comeback as they magically hide wide hips and add a touch of grace and sensuousness to the pretty lady especially when worn with chic cotton cowl-neck tops with ethnic prints.
Kurtis of all lengths are popular with Gujarati society women. Photo credit: Viral Bhayani
BOUTIQUE BITES: Reema Shah, the owner of ‘Rangmanch’ a boutique, perks up while talking about fashion. A self-styled ‘fashionista’ and trendsetter in her family, she juggles between managing her home and running a trendy boutique in Ahmedabad. She laments over the fact that a majority of Gujarati women prefer to wear unostentatious outfits (click here for ‘no-bling’ Indianwear ideas for a function); however she is glad that they do follow the latest trends in fashion.
Low-cut necklines are taboo amongst conservative Gujarati families and women who live in extended families tend to make fashion statements with trendy cuts on their kurtas rather than with plunging necklines (here are 7 rules to look slim in a kurti). ‘Uneven cut’, ‘bias cut’ and layered kurtas over leggings are some experimental ensembles that women indulge in these days. Indian outfits with hand work or machine-work remain a perennial favourite amongst women here.
Georgette saris are all the rage at Gujarati weddings, like this one by Rimple and Harpreet Narula. Photo credit: Viral Bhayani
Mismatched blouses with posh saris are a favourite with non-resident Gujaratis, like this Sabyasachi look worn by Kangana Ranaut.
NON-RESIDENT GUJARATIS: The shop-o-holic NRGs have made these ready-to-wear saris popular overseas and in their hometowns too. For Gujaratis, it’s taboo to say ‘matching’ blouse anymore, and if you do, get ready to get looks of disdain from trendsetting women who have made the ‘odd’ combination blouse an absolute showstopper for any occasion. Wearing a blouse that defies the colour code of the sari is trending amongst the uber-cool. If you are a true Gujarati at heart then your wardrobe must teem with Indian and western outfits in an array of fabrics like net, georgette, silk, muls and patolas.
This winter, bring out the glory of Gujarat in vibrant tie-and-dye fabrics accentuated with resham work – let the unique ‘khushboo Gujarat ki’ emanate from you!