Fusion and festive are our favourite "F" words when it comes to fashion. Soon shops will be decked up in pretty dangling lights luring you into entering them and compelling you to shop till you drop. Fusion wear is taking the fashion scene by storm and to say it is effortlessly chic at the same time is an understatement. Fusion wear outfits are so easy to carry and recreate that if we were given an opportunity to wear something other than PJs at home, we'd probably only be seen in Indo-Western wear. Since the festive season will soon begin to dance on our heads, make fusion wear your go-to style this festive time for a fuss-free celebration. When we see palazzos and blouses being paired with sarees, we think it's the ultimate style trend to look out for. Thankfully, we've also seen capes, dhoti pants and asymmetrical hem lengths that have made their way into the festive wear trend and there is no stopping just yet.
The trick to nail a fusion wear outfit this season is to go the "less is more" route. With many home weddings and smaller intimate parties taking place, the way to go is to opt for more neutral and muted tones with minimalistic designs. These outfits can be used multiple times and in multiple ways and never having you worried whether you'll end up repeating your outfit or not. We got in touch with Shristi Chetani who has her own label that looks at fusion wear with a minimalistic approach.
The Scope Of Fusion Wear For The Festive Season
Srishti Chetani says, "Fusion wear has a great scope in India specially in the given current scenario. No one wants to invest into something that is a one-time wear. For all the upcoming events and house parties, everybody is looking out for comfortable yet stylish clothing and the most important point being something that they can wear time and again or maybe style it in a new way each time they wear it. Hence, be it casual like work from home or any other function, fusion wear is at its peak right now, being the most trendy style for the season."
The Return Of The Kaftans
Kaftans are loved by women all across the globe because it is carefree and free-flowing. During this pandemic we've seen our very own celebrities like Kareena Kapoor who've rocked working from home in kaftans like it is nobody else's business. This super casual and comfortable dressing however is also making its way to the festive scene and we can't be happier. One shoulder kaftans and toga dresses are being given an Indian spins by pairing them with beautiful prints that can be worn for the festive season as well.
We asked Shristi Chetani of Label Shristi Chetani, how can we style a kaftan for a dressier occasion like a mehendi function or a Diwali party?
"Kaftans are the hot cake for the season! For festive occasions we can style them with embroidered belts to define and highlight the waistline as well give it a trendy look. Jewellery is the rescue point. Proper collection of accessories is perfect to make them ready for any Diwali party or Mehendi functions. The very trending belt bags are a perfect match for Mehendi functions, making the look quirky as well as stylish," says Shristi Chetani.
Ladies, you know exactly what you need to wear for the festive season this year and if you're still confused then just head to your wardrobe and mix and match your favourite Western and Indian wear classics and merge them to make one gorgeous outfit.
Sustainability Of Fusion Wear
According to Shristi Chetani, fusion wear can be long lasting and can be worn over time if paired/styled correctly; depending on personal style. She further adds that fusion wear is not a seasonal trend and can be used and adapted depending on the fabrics and the style of the season which can last years.
"The best way to look at fusion wear is to invest in one statement piece that can be worn in different ways and occasions. A saree, for instance, can be worn over trousers or with a jacket easily. Take it a few steps further and opt for a ruffle saree to add that extra drama. Accessories too play a very important role. A one-shoulder fusion jumpsuit can be worn with juttis for a Diwali party as easily as it can be worn with heels for a cocktail dinner party," says Shristi.
In fact the theme of sustainability is rather farfetched and many a times one doesn't have to go beyond your own closets. When asked that how can we mix and match fusion wear to create outfits for the upcoming festive season with basics from our wardrobe, here's what Srishti Chetani added.
"Basics from our closet can definitely be paired with a lot of fusion wear separates to create the best mix and match looks. Sarees, our evergreen piece of clothing can be styled with pants and skirts in many different styles of various drapes for all our age groups. We can also pair them with basic shirts instead of blouses to make the perfect fusion look. We also have a lot more options of basics to pair with different wears like shararas with shirts, skirts with saree to give a look as a heavy lehenga drape etc."