Move over monochromes and experiment with colours and bold prints; give the little black dress a miss for skirts and crop tops – and emphasise on bold and beautiful accessories to put your best fashion foot forward in the New Year, Indian designers suggest.
Skimpy dresses went passe from red carpet events in the latter half of 2014, paving way for skirts in all forms, as well as sassy crop tops. Designers say the trend will continue to rule in 2015, as much for celebrities as for common fashion-conscious girls.
From the city streets to the international runway shows of Jill Stuart and Michael Kors – crop tops have been making a splash of sorts.
Back home, it was actresses like Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Malaika Arora Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt who flaunted the trend during movie promotions and award nights.
"Skirts will make a big trend in 2015. The ones with long slits, wrap skirts and pretty much all kinds of skirts are going to be hot in 2015. Crop tops will also make it for big trend this year, and they work both for relaxed casual looks and for cocktail wear," designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh told IANS.
But before opting for this look, make sure you’re toned enough!
If you wish to steer clear of a sensuous and feminine look, try casual maxi t-shirt dresses and denims.
"A maxi t-shirt dress is best for the lazy girls as it is a one stop for comfort and style. Also, denims in all forms will be huge along with sneakers, that were earlier restricted to gymwear.
"Running shoes are now being paired with the most chic outfits. I often wear my sneakers with my dresses," said Ghosh.
Bohemian glamour is also knocking at the doors of the fashion world once again, thanks to foreign celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones, Nicole Richie and Emma Stone, who have lately been seen experimenting with this style.
For designers, fringes and florals will add some spunk to this look in 2015.
"Fringes add a bohemian charm to an outfit with an understated flamboyance. The trend is going to be seen on everything – dresses, skirts, jackets, bags, shoes, scarves and pretty much everything in your wardrobe.
"Florals are also making its way in 2015 like never before. From large and loud to minute, it’s all about going floral this year," said Ghosh.
The choices of out-of-the-box fabrics and colours will also play a huge role in boosting the glamour quotient in you.
"Bold African geometric prints, fluffy clouds prints, artistic ink splatters and over scaled blurred imagery are all huge trends in terms of printed fabric for 2015. Tartans and houndstooth will be a big trend too along with faux leather, textured cottons, taffeta and organza," designer Swapnil Shinde told IANS.
The colours that are likely to rule the palette are shades of green — olive, leaf and emerald, along with amethyst, deep purple, mauve and pink.
According to Shinde, such colours and fabrics will look good on "clean lines, cocoon silhouettes for an androgynous look."
What about footwear and accessories?
"Chunky bibs in copper and handcuffs with interesting animal or reptile motifs will steal the show. Boots are also a huge trend for the season, closely followed by ankle strap heels," said Shinde.
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