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Indian Summer: Designers Surily Goel and Shehla Khan on what makes the perfect Indian ensemble

Designers Surily Goel and Shehla Khan on Indian wear ideas for summer.

Indian wear doesn’t feature too prominently in our summer staples. However, while we love our favourites like flowy dresses and itsy-bitsy shorts, there’s no escaping the occasional wedding or social commitment that’ll have us scrambling for Indian wear. The good news is that, Indian wear needn’t necessarily mean donning traditional heavy garb. We spoke to designers Surily Goel and Shehla Khan whose suggestions are summer-appropriate as well as uber-chic.

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Now trending
Trends in Indian wear at the moment focus mainly on mix and match according to Surily Goel. “One can team a brocade or a chanderi skirt with a shirt or even a pleated top. The trend will focus less on the embroidery and more on how to style the outfit. You can lose the dupatta and replace it with a cape or an overlay kaftan.” Cold shoulder and off-shoulder blouses with high waist lehengas or pants are also among her pick for summer-friendly Indian wear.

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Much ado about materials
The sweltering heat calls for fabrics that are soft and don’t weigh you down. Heavy silks and synthetic materials are avoidable in the sweltering heat. Designer Shehla Khan places the focus on softer fabrics with more dramatic silhouettes. “There is less focus on embroidery and more on draping and fabric manipulation. Softer fabrics that have a character of their own like tulle, organza, mull and denim (as a heavier fabric for jackets, bottoms and dresses) are materials that are trending,” she shares.

Styling tips
A laidback summer feel is what you’re looking for when it comes to wearing Indian clothes during summer. Khan is also for this easy-breezy look. “Indian fashion has become less fussy. It’s all about minimal embroidery and lightweight outfits. Whether it’s Indian or western outfits, everyone is looking at minimalism.” Elements of the ‘90s are also making a comeback. You can do a mix and match with say a sequinned skirt and a plain top or kurti. It’s always a good idea to focus on one element as Goel suggests. So if you’re adding a statement necklace to your ensemble, let it be the only standout piece. And since it’s summer, keep the colour palette vibrant. Think bright hues of citrus green, lemon yellow, hot pink and aqua blue. And remember, there’s no going wrong with minimalism. So keep it simple, keep it classy.

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