Amid the increasing influx of international brands and fast fashion trends, there has been a disadvantage. Everything looks and feels the same, no matter what the brand. I feel the need for something refreshing in my wardrobe.
On some of my previous blog posts, I have talked about my preference for fusion Indian wear: a wonderful amalgamation of international design silhouettes and rich Indian craftsmanship. I always had this idea when I went fabric shopping with my mom, to turn these gorgeous Indian fabrics (block print, embroidery, tie & dye, etc.) into dresses. I have worn my kurtas and Anarkalis as dresses here in the US and received so many compliments, which goes to show how popular this idea can be.
So when I found out that a mainstream Indian fashion brand BIBA has implemented this concept, I was beyond pleased. As a BIBA girl myself, I really like the bright colors and myriad of prints in their ethnic Indian collection, so I could imagine those fabrics being made into beautiful dresses. I feel BIBA’s collection of dresses caters to all ages of Indian women who appreciate the fine blend of modernity and Indian heritage. Shop BIBA’s dress collection online (free delivery within India).
TRANQUIL IN INDIGO
I love the color Indigo because it is surprisingly tranquil for a bold color, not to forget that it traces its roots to India. Consider a cotton kalidar dress in a traditional tie and dye print. Kalidar is similar to a frock with many panels. The silhouette can be styled with leggings or straight/cigarette pants or simply be worn as a dress. If you are looking for a modern print, I suggest the polka dot flared cotton dress in blue which is smart and minimalistic.
Shop – White Kalidar Cotton Dress
Shop – Indigo Kalidar Viscose Dress
Shop – Blue Flared Cotton Dress
Nothing exudes grace and elegance than an all-white ensemble. As much as I love vibrant colors, white is a classic. If a complete head to toe white outfit is too much to handle, try something with a hint of color and print. Dressing for a summer party or weekend outings, these dresses spell out casual and chic, not to forget super comfortable and flattering.
Shop – White Cotton Flared Dress
Shop – White Straight Modal Dress
Take the white ensemble little further, add a touch of gold and you are all set for festive occasions. The tier style bottom adds structure while the fuller gathered skirt is perfect for twirling or dancing. Add an embroidered jacket and it takes the look a whole notch further. Personally, I like to keep the accessories simple in terms of either bangles or just earrings. Remember, the idea is to keep it a mix of modern and ethnic.
Shop – Off White Coton Flared Dress
PRETTY IN PASTELS
Pretty pinks and minty blues are a crowd pleaser. This turquoise and pink dress is the kind of fusion I was talking about. While the strappy number is modern in its design, the block printing gives it an ethnic touch. Then you have this other dress from BIBA with their signature stamp of intricate print and a georgette bottom. I love the print which features colorful ‘hamsa’ hand motif all over the front.
Asymmetric hemlines are a great way to amp your style. Because of its versatility, this high-low design works well with different styles. Giving it an Indian makeover with minimalistic embroidery, this black asymmetric dress is the Indian version of the classic black dress. It is a perfect attire for formal events.
Shop – Black Modal Asymmetric Dress
The floral trend is never fading. Be it in soft pastel colors or vibrant hues, you will look blooming marvelous. Although floral is a common print in Indian wear there is room to play with the design of the outfit. A head to toe floral dress with a stylish flared cowl hemline gives the outfit a new dimension.
Another way to elevate the floral dress is by mixing prints. You can go for the same pattern in small and large scales. Like this blue dress with the big floral print over the bodice and the small flower print on the waistline and hemline. To add a quirky touch go for a mix of different patterns like stripes and geometric print with flowers.
Shop – Blue Flared Viscose Dress
Shop – Blue Straight Viscose Dress
*In collaboration with BIBA. All pictures from BIBA.