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A White Wave In Ethnic Fashion

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Colours- a prominent detail that play a significant role in one’s wardrobe! Hues speak about individual style. They have the power to affect one’s mind and mood and make a center-point for designer collections. Fashion seasons usually revolve around a specific set of hues.  In India, the world of ethnic fashion has usually been characterized by bright and vibrant colours, shimmers and glitters. However over the years with the influence of globalization there has been a rising preference for softer and muted tones that have a contemporary appeal. While red, coral, neon green, pink and black have had their share of over-attention for a number of seasons, these days the spin-wheel of Indian fashion seems to be pointing towards the pristine colour of white. Whether it’s the effect of the ruthless heat or just another trend; but Indian beauties these days seem to be inclined towards the subtleness and unmatched elegance of this beautiful colour.

Simply gorgeous!


White- a colour that sparks a feeling of peace, the hue that sums up the bands of the spectrum- white radiates extreme purity. This ‘colourless colour’ carries an aura of heavenly beauty and has the power to captivate with all its simplicity. One of the most elegant hues that spell understated glamour the versatility of white accentuates the gracefulness of a woman.

White and the changing fashion scenario in India

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In India, especially in the Hindu community white outfits for centuries were confined to rituals surrounding death and were strongly associated with the wardrobe of widows.  Wearing white outfits otherwise was considered inauspicious. However today, the once forbidden colour has now become a trending style statement and has been fondly embraced by women, especially among the youth and urban Indians. Breaking free from age-old cultural norms and religious beliefs, these days a lot of weddings too follow a white dress code.

The recently held big fat Indian wedding of actress and fashion empress Sonam Kapoor with Anand Ahuja witnessed the presence of a number of tinsel-town divas like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and many more decked up in gorgeous white designer Anarkali suits, lehengas and sarees.

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Apart from weddings, a lot of celebrities are also often spotted in causal white tunics, palazzo suits, sarees and other offbeat designer silhouettes in white thus making white a trending Bollywood favourite!

White everywhere!

As versatile as it can get, you can wear white outfits anytime and anywhere! When combined with comfortable ensembles like sarees, flared palazzos, oversized kurtis and indo-western lehenga suits, white garments become a stylishly breathable wardrobe for summers and outdoor get-togethers.

Here are some trendy white outfits that can be carried off as a style statement for different occasions:

A crisp white trouser suit or kurti worn with white leggings and styled with pearl studs is a trendy office wardrobe for a boss lady! Choose comfortable fabrics like cotton, cotton silk and linen that will stay firm for your formal attire as well as keep you cool.

If ethnicity and traditions define your style, then a white art silk saree or one made with fabrics that are easy to pleat will make a lovely addition to your office as well as casual wardrobe.  Choose off-white or pale tones of white to keep your attire subtle for work-wear since pure white tones generally go better for party drapes.

Talking out party wear saris, this detailed floral appliqué drape made with net fabric stands out with its glamorous and sensual appeal. You can accessorize this white net saree with pearls for a resort wedding happening during the day or with dazzling diamond earrings for an evening ball!

Colorful flowers over a white base make a vivid ensemble. For Indian weddings, a white floral lehenga choli having a hint of shimmers can make a captivating wardrobe for the bride for her pre-wedding functions. To style such outfits, you can either pick a set of pearls or adds more colors with beaded jewellery, tassels and statement baubles!

Explore the versatility of white and bold florals over a rich silk lehenga choli. Trendy details like cold shoulder sleeves over this garment make it a breather for modern divas who are inclined towards contemporary fashion.

From dignified social conventions to kitty parties to your everyday chores, white coloured outfits can be your best wardrobe friend. Play around with traditional forms or experiment with innovative fusion wear like palazzo-crop top sets, ponchos and jacket suits; with white you can never go wrong!

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