I still remember when I was a kid I love to wear sarees but being a small brat I was unable to do so and always wishes to wear sarees and ethnics like my mother use to wear. Thinking of all these old memories makes me nostalgic and it feels like it was yesterday. Grewing up I always drape and style different ethnic pieces in different ways and in my School Farewell’s Party I was able to meet with a newfound fascination with ethnic fashion, I decided to go have a peep at the glittering galaxy of sarees. As I was walking around the store in wide-eyed wonder, I marvelled at all the displays bursting with splashes of bright hues, enclosed elegantly in pretty patterns. And although I walked out carrying only the echoes of my experience, I knew what I’d just witnessed was something magical.
Several years and many changes in fashion preferences later, I now sit reading the articles and blogs related to Ethnic Styling and thought it would be great if I share my views and ideas on how to style your ethnic pieces? And my mind immediately goes back to the memories of my world becoming more colorful, just with a couple of glances at the woman’s ingenuity. Effortless in her originality, and unique in her vision, My Mother transformed the landscape of sarees in India in more ways than one can count. Imploring fashion traditionalists to move beyond the practical notion of a saree, My Mother brought to us innovative uses of different textiles, uncustomary patterns with geometric elements, and a palette of vivid colours and neon shades. Over time, I want to jump into other categories like ties, scarves, handbags and kaftans, but every piece and product had that original touch of his bold approach and surely we will come with these topics in near future.
It’s a big ask to summarize all contributions to the arena of Indian fashion, in one crisp blog. But I’ll give you one better, and tell you how to embrace his avant-garde ideas in your own ethnic ensembles.
1. Go For Eccentric Prints & Patterns
In recent times brand ideas may have diversified to the next level, but mine has always been synonymous with quirky and freaky prints inspired by the elements of life. If you took a glimpse of Indian Heritage and Culture you will got to know how beautiful our culture is and above that its beautiful to apply those to your fashion books, you’ll spot prints and patterns centered around diverse categories from Indian architecture, renowned paintings and forces of nature, to abstract patterns and regular objects like lipsticks. So when you’re trying to embody the iconic designer’s vision in your ethnic fashion sense, the inclusion of unique, bold and larger-than-life prints is a must. Think about styling your kurtis adorned by elements of nature or glances of culture without effecting any sacred beliefs, stoles covered in large geometric patterns, and sarees with vibrant abstract icons.
2. Add Some Retro Styling
Let’s take a flashback to 60’s it is defined by the notion of bending norms and age-old fashion rules. The “trouser saree” at a time when the garment was restricted to traditional drapes. So one of the key ways in which you can adopt his rules of fashion, is by breaking those already instituted. Wear your saree around a pant-suit, or throw a belted longline coat around a Patiala salwar. Mix up two distinct types of print on the top and bottom, or don your saree like a skirt with a crop top for a blouse. In simple words, get out of run-of-the-mill fashion boxes.
3. Let Go For Color Combo
Pick the color combos which enhance your personality and recognize you as the way who you actually are and introduced Indian fashion designing to a bolder, braver color palette dominated by bright, vibrant pop and neon shades. Did you know those custom rules of color styling passed on through generations? Ones like “wear dark shades and steer clear of neons if you have a dusky complexion” or “fair women should pick to pastel shades”? You are the only one to elite your dressing style to challenge these assumptions. So to pay homage to the icon by way of your own fashion choices, try to be equal parts fearless and creative with the color combinations you opt for. We’re talking electric blues, hot pinks, blazing reds and oranges and the likes.
4. Try Blowy Fabrics
Another one of Satya Paul’s tremendous contributions is his innovative use of diverse textiles, fabrics and handlooms, several of which were unheard of at that time. He was the master of unexpected material pairings in traditional ethnic wear such as chiffon and crepe, muga and tussar silks or metallic fibre weaving in handloom fabrics. You can incorporate this strategy in your ethnic wardrobe by moving past typical cotton Kurtas and Banarsi silk sarees. Instead, reach for uniquely constructed apparel like a poly-crepe churidaar, or a silk and chiffon saree with faux gem embellishments.
5. Don’t Forget To Carry Your Sleek Accessories
Last but by no means the least, if you are styling ethnic.Its mandatory for you to pick out your best jewellery. According to the attire that you are carrying, don’t skip this Including accessories that reflect what type of clothing you are wearing as well. Go for handbags in vivid and bright colors but simplistic, classic shapes. Pick jewellery in burnt gold, with metallic or fabric tassel details. Go for a oxidized metal hand-clutch splashed with geometric lines and patterns, or play up your look by wrapping a funky chiffon scarf around your neck.