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Steps to take care of cotton garments
We’re at the peak of summer and there’s no fabric that can save us, except cotton. Did you know that cotton is the most widely used natural fabric in the world? Be it summer or rain, no other fabric suits the tropical weather in India better than cotton. We’ve handpicked some useful and important tips to take care of your cotton sarees, kurtis and salwar suits.
Washing cotton sarees is a simple process. It is better to hand-wash them so that you don’t wear them out. However if the saree you’re washing is a dark coloured cotton saree you need to take a few extra steps. Dark coloured cotton sarees tend to bleed and lose colour. So make sure you wash them separately. Doing this will ensure that you don’t stain your other light coloured clothes. Also to retain the colour of the fabric add salt to the bucket you’re soaking it in. Air-dry the saree in shade, this will help prevent the fabric from bleeding. Wash in cold (30°C or below) water, whether using a washing machine or washing by hand.
Always wash white coloured cotton kurtis, sarees, salwar suits and other white ensembles separately. Cotton tends to soak stains faster and more easily than other fabrics. Minor stains are more visible on white so it is doubly important to avoid staining. With every wash, add a cup of distilled vinegar or any store bought whitener to fight stubborn stains. This should be followed by a fabric softener. As cotton is a woven fabric its threads tend to loosen with every wash, hence it is important to add a fabric softener to it.
Cotton is a fairly tough fabric and doesn’t wear out despite high ironing temperatures. However, it is better to iron the fabric inside out in order to reduce the creases on the outside. Since it is a stubborn fabric, you will need to iron it both ways. Cotton also tends to crease easily after ironing, so it’s important you buy sturdy and dense hangers that prevent this.
Don’t use more than the recommended quantity of bleach on cotton garments. Using excessive bleach can damage cotton fibres and cause the garment to age prematurely.
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Choose to wear leggings with different outfits
No doubt, leggings are versatile and they are always in style. They provide perfect coverage than tights and are more comfortable than jeans and trousers. These are now becoming a preferred part of every girl’s wardrobe and are perfect for every occasion. Lot of people get confused on what to wear and how to wear leggings. And the reason for this confusion is due to less information about the concept of legging. Actually they don’t fit the definition of tights and pants. Thus, it creates confusion to what to wear with leggings.
Below mentioned are some of the types of leggings which can be paired with different styles.
- Denim shirts paired with black leggings is every girl’s first choice. This will look best and you can put on when travelling or when just loitering around the society. To look little more stylish, one can try loosely wrapped white or black scarf around your neck. This adds more dimension to your look and you look more bright and attractive.
- Dresses extend a girlish look to every girl. The length of the dress affects the look of the leggings which you are going to wear with it. Among different length size dress, short dress makes a perfect combo with the leggings. Also, dresses with mini-skirts go great with leggings and be a great choice when going for special date.
- One of the most preferred ways to wear leggings is by mixing it with tops as a casual wear. Leggings can be worn with casual and formal wear but the way you look with leggings mainly depends on what you are combining them with.
- Long tops also go well with leggings. Mostly women prefer to wear leggings with long tops and the reason is, long tops cover most of the body parts without giving much exposure. Also, it gives more streamlined and advanced look. Hence, leggings goes perfect when paired with long tops.
- Ever tried wearing crop tops with leggings? This combination took over the world within a short span of time. Most of the yoga students and dancers use this combination during their session. Well, wearing it in public can be quite revealing as crop tops are usually skin fit and small in length thus reveal all your curves. Thus, if willing to wear it in public, you can choose wearing with shrug over it.
Indian Shawls And Stoles For Winter Warmth
Indian shawls are a loose rectangular shaped piece of fabric that is draped over the shoulders or head. These garments are mostly used in order to keep warm during the winter months however, with contemporary styles in mind, they can be used to drape over a dress if wearing a jacket is inappropriate at that time.
As the name suggests, this garment originates from India, predominantly from Kashmir. Interestingly, the Indian shawl, when worn in Western Europe, was considered to be a high fashion garment which was worn by society’s elite in the 1800s.
Styling and Trends of Indian Shawls
One of the best things about shawls is their versatility. These garments can be thrown on over practically anything and it will jazz up you look. For casual lunches with friends, women prefer throwing on an embroidered shawl over an elegant salwar kameez.
For a similar moment, wearing indo western clothing with shawls is also perfectly acceptable. Women looking to heighten their fashion-quotient tend to make the shawl the centerpiece of the attraction of their ensemble as opposed to treating it as an accessory. For this, heavily embroidered shawls are ideal.
For formal occasions, a shawl can also be thrown on over a saree. A saree made from silk, georgette, chanderi, velvet or any other material is an ideal companion to these shawls. A light gauzy shawl can be draped over an anarkali suit instead of the dupatta that comes with it to create an interesting look.
When wearing a saree, it is ideal to wear high heeled shoes because they add to the fall of the saree and also to the height to the woman wearing them. They can also be worn with anarkali suits although flat V shaped footwear usually looks better with this.
Simple Ways To Style Your Traditional Indian Wear
Traditional Indian wear needs styling and the right layering. The most popular traditional outfits include lehenga choli combos, salwar kameez, kurta pajamas and sherwanis. Nowadays, traditional Indian wear also includes Indo-western styles and patterns. Women have several outfits to choose from but styling an outfit requires focus. An Indian wedding dress is meant to look heavy but with the addition of a few unique elements, you can transform the look effortlessly. Dupatta plays a very crucial role in styling for women. The fashion industry has lately witnessed a drastic change in terms of colors, sleeve patterns, fabrics, etc. Drifting away from the mundane styles, designers are now coming up with new and updated patterns which are both stylish and comfortable. These days most people prefer to wear outfits which are comfortable and easy to wear. Even when it comes to wedding dresses, brides prefer to go subtle. The unique color combinations and use of different fabrics have now given rise to several new styles. Even lehenga choli combos now have different styles like jacket style lehenga choli, cape style lehenga choli, side slit lehenga choli, etc. Even the lehengas these days are now available in different cuts like mermaid style lehenga, straight cut lehenga, flared lehenga, etc. Likewise, salwar kameez is no longer the boring traditional outfit. You can opt for stylish salwar kameez patterns like Anarkali style salwar kameez, dhoti style salwar kameez, Patiala style salwar kameez, etc. The selection of the outfit should be done on the basis of the occasion. Make sure you take into consideration the nature of the event and then decide. Right from the fabric to the overall work, every single element influences the look. Here are some simple ways to style your lehenga and salwar kameez.
- Experiment with Fabrics
Most of us are very conscious when it comes to trying a new fabric. Every Indian wedding dress is now available in different fabrics. If you want to change your look it is best to opt for a unique material. Choose the material based on the season so that you are comfortable in your outfit. Some of the most popular fabrics for Indian wear are georgette, silk and chiffon. For winters, you can also go for velvet.
- Try a Different Bottom Style
Indian outfits can be teamed up with several different bottom styles. A different bottom style can enhance the look drastically. Opt for palazzo pants, dhoti pants or cigarette pants to give your kurta a new look. Make sure the fabric and the colour of the bottoms are in sync with the kurta. In the case of lehengas, you can go for a different cut!
- Go for a Unique Dupatta
Dupatta is the most important element of a traditional outfit. You can give your outfit a new look by simply trying a new draping style too. Additionally, opting for a contrast coloured dupatta will make you look glamorous. Choose the colour of the dupatta carefully so that it complements the attire. When wearing a lehenga choli you can also try a unique draping style. If your outfit is simple you can add embellishments on the dupatta to get a heavier look.
- Beautify your Outfit with Tassels
Adding tassels to your dupatta or kurta can make your attire look very attractive. Tassels are available in several colours and sizes so choose them carefully. Tassels can be added to any Indian outfit. Even blouses can have tassels at the back!
- Opt for a Unique Back and Sleeve Pattern
We usually only focus on the colour of the outfit and its overall pattern but it is necessary to select the right sleeve and back pattern too. Be it a lehenga, salwar kameez or a unique Indian wedding dress, make sure you experiment with the sleeves and back. Cape sleeves are very much in trend these days! For the back you can go for a halter neck and backless design or a tie-able bow pattern! The fabric plays a very important role in selecting the pattern because not all styles are possible in all materials.
- Ditch the Common Embellishments for Something more Unique
These days both lehengas and salwar kameez combos are available in unique works. Though most heavy looking outfits are embellished, you can try to go for something different too like thread work, mirror work, zari work, etc.
- Add a Contemporary Element to the Outfit
Traditional clothes can look common but with the addition of some modern element, you can better the look of the outfit. Try and use unique colour combinations like grey and pink, silver and navy blue, green and beige, etc. Additionally, you can also add a jacket to the outfit or go for a crop top instead of a blouse.
- Complete the Look with Right Accessories and Footwear
Indian dresses are usually worn for festivals and weddings. Wear statement earrings or go for a neck piece to complete the overall look. Wearing the right footwear with the outfit also impacts the look. See to it that the accessories and the footwear are in sync with the dress.
- Opt for Glamorous Clutches and Handbags
If you are not very fond of accessories you can team up your look with a glamorous clutch or handbag too. These days you can get clutches of all sizes, shapes and colours. A shimmery clutch can work well for both salwar kameez and lehenga whereas a simple handbag can blend well with a kurta pajama combo or a salwar kameez.
BRINGING SEXY BACK: LATEST BACK DESIGNS TO TRY THIS SEASON
Gone are the days when your clothing was all you could see on the front. Now there is just as much craze for back detailing as the front. Necklines have been an important part of the outfit especially in Indian dresses as half the detailing of the dress is done on the neck. With new trends being introduced every day, there is a certain liking towards creative back designs seen by many women out there.
Top 7 Party Wear Sarees for Wedding Celebrations
Weddings are important. Food is important but also, what matters is what you’re going to wear.
Allow us to enlighten you about the top sarees designs that are trending.
1. Designer party wear sarees
Gone are the days when just a heavy saree would work for an occasion as big as a wedding. People are getting brand conscious and your local shop just wouldn’t give you the status you deserve. You need to put your hands on the designer wear even when you have always been a shopper for affordable products.
2. Drape it to show your blouse
The way you drape a saree completely changes the look of the outfit. You can literally use the same outfit and create tens of different looks just by changing the draping styles.
But what’s trending for this wedding season?
Focus on showing off your blouse because most of the designers are focusing on the designs of the blouse. Intricate embroidery, costly embellishments, and fine thread work is all showcased on the blouse. What’s the point of it if you’re going to cover it up? SHOW it off!
3. The colors of the sarees
The biggest and probably our favorite, change in sarees trends is the switch from rich colors to subtle and sophisticated colors.
The concept of party wear sarees for wedding has gone through such a big change that instead of colors like red, maroon, pink and orange, colors like champagne, wine, peach and beige are being preferred.
However, you must understand that the trend is the impact of the shifted focus on the blouse designs. Sarees with great blouse designs always look good with the new popular colors.
4. Saree Gowns aka Lehenga Sarees
Lehenga sarees are truly a savior for women who love the idea of a saree but just can’t handle all those drapes or get mortified with the fear of those drapes falling off. Just pick up a lehenga saree for yourself, put it on like a lehenga/skirt and rock the saree look.
5. Choose the net fabric
If you’re looking for party wear sarees for wedding that would look extremely graceful, try out the net sarees. The fabric is the most preferred one for sarees and with work of resham, zari and gota, they just look adorable.
6. A newer style of wearing old sarees
We have been through the time when people skipped the Kanchipuram silk saree, banarasi saree or any sort of silk saree because they were too old fashioned. It’s the time for a change. The same fabrics and designs are being updated to match the latest trends and new designs with the old fabrics are being promoted.
7. Zari embroidery is going nowhere
Zardosi work is still the most reliable design you can opt for. The sarees with zari embroidery are timeless pieces that can stay in your cupboard completely safe from the quickly changing trends. You can pull out an old zari embroidered saree and wear it like you just bought it from the top runway pieces on sale. Or you can buy a new one, wear it once and stay prepared to bring it out whenever you need a safe risk-free option.
INDIAN ETHNIC WEAR – CULTURAL ROOTS India is a country globally associated with opulence and regality. When it comes to lavish weddings and ceremonial celebrations, Indian Ethnic wear has always been the favorite across the world.
In today’s time of turbulence when everything is undergoing transformation, Indian fashion façade is undergoing a shift too. But one thing that remains perennial is our love for Indian Ethnic Wear. Though we have embraced the changing style sensibilities of the world with wide arms, we have been successful in keeping our traditional roots and regal inheritance of style intact.
That said, we do see a change in the preferences of people these days as against what they used to wear a decade back. Gone are the days when there was just one shop in your locality from where your mother along with all other aunties residing in the neighbourhood went to buy that single outfit which you wore to your cousin’s wedding, festivities with friends and maybe even Diwali.
What has changed in present times is that we have myriad of options available – options as to color and cut, fabric and style. Just think of the array of illustrious fabrics available to us like brocade, silk, taffeta, crepe de chine, and chiffons. The multitudinous embroidery and embellishment on these fabrics add to the royalty of an outfit and the style makes dressing in Indian Ethnic Wear all the more fun.
What has also changed is the perception of men towards dressing. Men aren’t far behind when embracing or keeping up with the latest styles and trends. During festivities, it’s not just the women but also the men vying to grab the eyeballs of everyone around. And what better than Indian Ethnic Wear to turn the heads…
The change is visible not just in the outfits but also the accessories segment. Men and women are increasingly going for accessories that serve to make style statements. The accessories for women ranging from jewelry to bridal bags are currently in vogue while men prefer mojaris and stole to go with their traditional outfits.
All in all, nothing could make you appear more regal than Indian Ethnic wear. The wedding season is here heralding the excitement of the bride and groom eager to tie the knot and the family equally eager to shower blessings.
So all you beautiful ladies and gentlemen out there-flatter yourself with Indian Ethnic Wear.