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Summer is here and so is your new wardrobe, which can boast of floral prints, polka dots, monochromes, neon & much more. Designers help you make the right choices…


You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it, said costume designer Edith Head; how about dressing for the season of summer? It’s raining florals, prints, polka dots, monochromes and neons, inspirations plenty to pick from runaways around the world. Designers lend a helping hand.  

Monochromatic vibe

Nothing monotonous about monochromatics. In fact, they work very well with Indian summer if you choose the right fabric and cuts.

  • Easy to put together, monochromes rock in layered ensembles.
  • Pick up the shades of ivory, beige and taupe to be in sync with the season.
  • Stay with the same tone from head to toe, top to bottom, shades to shoulder bag.
  • Break the uniformity with cuts and silhouettes that go best with your body type.
  • A pop of colour at the ankle or neckline, if you choose to break away from convention.

— Ujjawal Dubey, designer

Neon takes off 

Neon has made a comeback with a modern twist. We are now seeing the reflective colour scheme in a new, gentler light. This bright and tacky colour is shedding its past tag to take on a sophisticated hue. 

  • Pair a neon trouser with a white shirt and neon jacket; wear high heels and minimal make-up to complete the office look.
  • Go for a jumpsuit or a throw-on-and-go maxi dress in reflective shades. 
  • Neon roll necks under dresses, blazers and other knits give a slight nod to this fluorescent trend.
  • Wear sandals with hints of neon to take spring basics to electric new levels.
  • Add energy with neon top-handle bags, clutches.

— Ashima Sharma, designer

Best foot forward

Traditional or western, juttis are the one versatile piece of footwear that can instantly add some sparkle and shine to one’s overall look.

  • For the ultra-feminine look, printed juttis are perfect; pair these with maxis and skater dresses.
  • With a bright pair combine something sober like a summer pastel dress to  highlight your footwear. 
  • Boxy kurta or crop tops with cigarette pants pair well with pastel undertones of colourful polka dots for Sunday brunches.
  • Ditch your heels for comfort with flower-cut sequins and bright coloured juttis, with lovely dhoti pants and  sarees.

— Neha Sahu, founder, The Haelli

Flaunt floral 

Floral sundresses and summer go hand in hand. Play with floral prints in maxis, skirts, dresses of all kinds.

  • Floral sundresses are perfect bet for beating the heat. Contrast you footwear or heels to add drama.
  • Long, flowing earrings and heels in pastels is all you need to put your pretty printed dress out there.
  • Pair pastel blooms with pieces that keep you feeling cool.
  • Accessories with colourful sunglasses and wide-brimmed sunhats in neutrals. 

— Pooja Shroff, designer

Craft of chikankari 

An elegant piece of chikankari is a must-have Indian staple. A touch of Indian culture, it fits every occasion; casual or special. 

  • Chikankari kurtis with a solid-coloured palazzo or a flared skirt will make sure the focus is on the outfit and still not over-the-top. Pair them with a tan bag and you are good to go. 
  • For a fusion and incredibly stylish look, team your chikankari-wear with Ikat print tops, dhoti pants or flared pants and stand out from the crowd. 

— Vandana Malhotra, designer 

Patch it up

Patchwork, when it comes to clothing, is one of the most eye-catching patterns that you can choose. Made up of blocks of different colours and patterns, it has a chic, relaxed look that is sure to make a statement.

  • Patchwork print dresses tend to have a ‘70s inspired look that makes them perfect for a boho pick. Make a modern statement with a dress. 
  • Pair a floral patchwork dress with sandals or suede boots in a natural colour. Add dangling beaded earrings, a corded necklace and a fringed purse to finish off the look.

— Urvashi Joneja, Agashe, designer

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