What. A. Year. It's ironic how a single year, correction, nine months, can influence a 360-degree change of lifestyle. But we belong to the glass-half-full club, so we're leaving behind whatever went down; and saying hello to everything that awaits. To speak sartorially, the blazer-PJ combo became our new workwear (day-out wardrobe who?), maxis and kaftans saw a royal rise as loungewear and wedding trousseaus downsized to be on par with the guest-list. It's obvious that dressing-up for some serotonin-boost is the key to survive (along with the obvious customary face masks), and since abiding by latest trends is something that we do best, we're listing some for a pick-me-up, come 2021. Should you want to do the same, by stepping out responsibly for any must-attend ceremony or festivity, we encourage you to build your closet with these styles.
If you don't think new-year-new-me is overrated, then get yourself these trendy pieces that are pre-approved for updated wardrobe resolutions.
Tie-Dyed Traditional Pieces
Since life always seems to go back a full circle, we too, are coming home to tie-dyed numbers. Many designers like Reeti Arneja, Nupur Kanoi and Rajdeep Ranawat are using the traditional bandhani-style print technique. You can witness contemporary designs too, that are either clamp-dyed or have adopted the age-old Indian methods - leheriya and ikat. These dyeing patterns elevate the ethnic side of the outfit, giving it a modern traditionalist vibe. You can experiment and go for tribal/boho-inspired accessories like oxidized chokers and danglers for a youthful effect.
Here are some tie-dyed outfits that you should consider including in your wardrobe.
Sheer Organza Sarees
Sarees are classic. Period. One can never own too many of them, so don't let anyone convince you otherwise. If your mother's heirloom silk saree has already found a place in your closet, it's time to add a modern classic. The diaphanous organza saree is a contemporary-yet-age-old style for the woman of today. These pieces are equal parts failproof and elegant. Pick sheer ones that feature some form of embroidery - be it tonal or floral, or resort to a minimal printed number. Wear these dainty six-yards with kundan chandbaalis or beaded jhumkas for a classy look.
Inspired to try out organza sarees? Here are some of our favourites.
A Dash of Gold
In 2021, gold is the new black. Especially the ones that are doused in metallic highlights, several designers have declared them perennial (as if they weren't already before). For maximalists who believe in the more-is-more mantra, pull out all the stops and be a head-turner (quite literally) in temple gold jewellery paired with these stunning styles. Look for pieces that are inundated with detailed zari and gotta patti embroidery, and let the outfit work its charm. Dusky ladies, these numbers should be your new go-to, and trust us, you can't go wrong with the hue.
Check out these designs that are accentuated by gold highlights.
Technically, this shouldn't be counted in the trend list since it has become imperative to opt for sustainable fabrics. Planet-friendly textiles are an indispensable part of a 'new normal' wardrobe, all thanks to our man-made blunders. Next time you virtual shop, look out for tags such as 'cruelty-free', 'sustainable', 'ethical', 'handmade'; and opt for numbers in pure cotton, linen, handwoven silk. If you don't know where to start, here's our guide of designers you begin your sustainable shopping from.
Meanwhile, pick these environment-loving pieces to kick-start your wardrobe.
Trendy Fusion Co-ords
A modern festive closet calls for fusion separates. These styles are a pleasant change from all run-off-the-mill kurta sets and definitely belong in a wedding scenario. Think crop tops with draped skirts or dhoti pants with capes. These are flattering on both petite and fuller frames, so you can adjust the outfit according to your needs with the help of an embellished waist-belt. Style these contemporary outfits with shoulder-dusters and wedge heels for a peppy vibe.
Take a look at these fusion co-ords that are a must-have in your wardrobe.
Contemporary Sculpted Styles
We talked about more-is-more earlier, and we're sticking by it. 'Tis the season of glorious, OTT ethnic styles that feature 3D structures. We're getting them in all ethnic styles possible - from Amit Aggarwal's signature metallic sculpted bodice to Gaurav Gupta's flamboyant yokes. Rimzim Dadu too has championed drastic traffic-stopping chiselled lehenga skirts and motivating us to revamp our wedding trousseau must-haves. Any shapes and forms are welcome, so go all out for your cocktail or reception. Just make sure that the flamboyant numbers are balanced with dainty modern jewellery, preferably crystal.
Pick these uber-modern outfits by our much-loved designers.
Which style are you eager to try in 2021? Let us know in the comments below!
Image Credits: Devangi Nishar/Amit Aggarwal/Gaurav Gupta/Manish Malhotra/House of Misu/Rimzim Dadu/Ka Sha/Instagram