The blouse- an ethnic staple for Indian sarees and lehengas has undergone umpteen transformations in the last decade. Many Indian women, who previously donned the bodice as an essential layered with a dupatta or the sari pallu, have stepped out of their comfort zone and have started experimenting with blouse designs. More than an ethnic-wear element, the blouse can be a deciding factor for your overall look, and that means, its impact is indisputable!
Many designers today are going all the way to out to recreate saree blouses and the typical choli into statement pieces of clothing, while many of them have been tracing back to the roots of traditional aesthetics. While fitted corset-like tops carry an inherently sensuous feel, loose and baggy ones can appeal with their conspicuous attention-grabbing details. So whether you prefer staying with classics, or exploring the contemporary vibes of trendy cuts and styles, picking a beautiful blouse design is a fashion imperative.
This season’s trends signal a cocktail of eras- and that means there’s something in store for each one’s style preferences. Here’s a trend compilation for blouse designs that will lead you on to nailing the festive look this year. Take a look!
With subdued boldness, cut-outs are a favorite detail for festive and wedding wear season this year. Key-hole necklines and sleeves and back windows keep a check on Indian modesty with carefully dimensioned skin –show. And if the idea of diverting from your conservative choices in apparel sounds too far-fetched, you can give this style a try with cut-out sleeves.
Plunging necklines are another detail that has taken the fancy of women, especially brides. Inspired from the traditional choli, tight-fitted deep neck blouses score a ten-on-ten for curve accentuation. India’s leading fashion designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukerjee have placed deep-necked blouses under the spotlight through their couture bridal wear and party-wear collections, while Bollywood fashionistas like Kareena Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Tara Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, and Deepika Padukone are some of the top celebrity endorsers of this super-sensuous style.
Sleeve styles this year have graduated to over-the-top and dramatic cuts and flares that carry a chic contemporary feel. Given the yesteryear impact on today’s fashion, bell-sleeves are one of the reigning styles. Exquisitely charming with their retro feel, blouse designs with such flouncy details are smart upward dressing options for plain or printed sarees and all sorts of skirts and lehengas.
The off-shoulder is a style worth banking on to elevate your youthfulness. The collar-highlighting sleeve style made a comeback in the middle of the last decade and is a statement of modern elegance. A little on the bolder side, off-shoulder styles have an uber-chic feel- charming enough to raise your style bar, especially when paired with a mesmerizing choker.
Another trend that is non-negotiable this year is- ruffles, tiers, and frills. Voluminous with a whimsical feel, these zestful details have become the epicenter of experimentation for many designers. Indeed a trend that every bridesmaid must sport this year!
Coming to the basics- it’s the classics that never go out of style! A simple embroidered choli and a half-sleeved or cut-sleeve blouse can surely work well for the times when you want to play safe with your styling or have another component like a sequin saree or a fun-print lehenga to highlight.
While these traditional to modern and fusion styles are quite a trend comprehension, one cannot deny the aesthetic impact of art and embroideries. Zardozi work, cut-dana beads, power prints, thread work intricacies, and 3 D embellishments work out on beautifying the blouse, and one should give these details their due attention.
A well-designed blouse can smartly amp your look. So while you may pay heed to get the prettiest lehenga, the right dupatta, and the best designer saree, make sure you work out your focus in favor of the bodice- the blouse can that alone change your wardrobe game!