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Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide

While we never have trouble making the most of that sheath dress or styling a peplum blouse differently every time, squeezing versatility out of our Indian wear leaves us in a fix. So in a bid to play your sartorial saviors, Luxemi has put together a fun guide for you – one that allows you to wear the same traditional ensembles in utterly distinct ways every single time. Trust us when we say that these easy tips will instantly catapult your outfit into a brand new one and allow you to stand out in a crowd of run-of-the-mill ensembles. After all, we do believe in twice as nice!

Parallel lines/Sharara Pants

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sonam Kapoor does ample justice to these Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary's Summer/Resort 2013 collection

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary’s Summer/Resort 13 collection showcased at LFW

Yes, we all love a pretty anarkali, but we believe in changing it up every once in a while. There’s no better way to do that than by jumping onto the latest bandwagon in fashiondom – sharara pants over churidars.

Tangerine anarkali worn with Kisneel sharara pants

Pair our tangerine anarkali with these sharara pants from Kisneel

While you can definitely wear our tangerine salwar with aqua embellishments in the conventional way, don’t be afraid of trying something different for a fresh new look. Swap the churidars for these blush blue sharara pants by Kisneel which will complement the vibrant anarkali beautifully. You can even skip the dupatta and go OTT with the accessories instead. Flaunt this accentuated style at a mehndi, dinner party or even a sangeet!

Jacket up

Manish Malhotra's lehenga with jacket outfit at WIFW AW'13

Jacqueline Fernandez in a Manish Malhotra lehenga paired with a jacket at WIFW AW ’13

The hottest trend to have sealed its fate on fashion’s wall of fame is pairing lehengas with jackets for a more structured look.

Laila Motwane neon lehenga worn with an angarakha

Pair Laila Motwane’s neon lehenga with an angarakha from Luxemi’s collection

Wear our neon gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane but with an unexpected twist. Pair it with this coral angrakha with velvet and gota embellishments for a look that will instantly give you the reputation of a sartorial risk taker. You can go sans the dupatta with this one, and elevate the attire with a charming head piece and statement earrings. The fresh colors make it perfect for a day time or afternoon function. Go a step further and have some fun with your hair-do as well, a fish tail braid might just do the trick!

Buck the blouse

Katrina Kaif in a Manish Malhotra anarklai with lehenga

How many times have you worn a lehenga the regular way? More than you can remember, right? Luxemi has a fresh new style you can try out. When you’re bored of the usual style, skip the cropped blouse and opt for a long anarkali-esque top instead with your lehenga.

Madhuri Dixit at IIFA green carpet in Manish Malhotra

Madhuri Dixit looks splendid in this Manish Malhotra creation

Try out this trend with our scarlet and purple gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane which can be teamed with our sequined gold anarkali for an unusual spin. Throw on a simple red dupatta for a casual event or dress up the look with the heavily embellished dupatta. A beautiful kundan set is the only finishing flourish the look needs. This look is ornate enough for even the bride to wear for one of her wedding functions.

So go on, embrace Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide and be the belle of the next ball you attend!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi guide: How to wear clashing prints

 

Sonam Kapoor wears clashing prints by Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

While your closet may boast an overdose of statement prints, it’s no longer enough to grab eyeballs and move to the top of fashion charts. So what’s guaranteed to get you noticed? Pairing clashing prints together. We’ve been crushing on this fashion forward style for a few seasons now, which is a great way to inject some spunk to your Indian wear.

Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

This Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga mixes two kinds of florals

We love teaming a sari or lehenga with a contrasting print blouse. Throwing on a clashing dupatta over that salwar or lehenga gets our vote too. Go a step further and opt for accessories, especially clutches in prints that will stand out.

Sari with clashing print blouse by Aarti Vijay Gupta LFW SR '13

Aarti Vijay Gupta shows you how to work a sari with a clashing print blouse at her Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’13 show

But the trend is not for the fashionably faint-hearted and can be tricky to say the least. So to help you get it right, we roped in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013’sGen-Next designers to dish out the ultimate tips.

Aimen Agha & Armaan Randhawa:

  •   “Mix black and white Madhubani hand prints with colorful bandhej for a stunning look.
  •  Kalamkari intricate paisley prints mixed with geometric stripes, checks and Aztec prints of similar tones look gorgeous together.
  • Never use big polka dots or bold big motifs with intricate smaller prints.
  • Don’t mix different base fabrics like silks with cottons. Together they don’t give a smooth look.”               

 Rixi Bhatia & Jayesh Sachdeva:

  • “Mix prints, but always offset it with solid colored tones. The prints should work well together in terms of a story. Different kinds of floral prints go together and geometric works with abstract.
  • Keep the accessories subtle and minimal. Your prints are the key element and too many accessories will clash with it, leading to a messy look.
  • Don’t buy a garment just because you like the print. The silhouette is equally important.
  • Don’t match your clothes and accessories with the same print. Wear printed accessories with solid colour outfits and vice-versa.”

Aditi Holani:

  • “Don’t be afraid to combine an eccentric mix of prints from different families like floral, abstract and stripes.
  • If the print is elaborate, use subtle colors. Keep the prints simpler with loud neon colors.
  • Don’t combine two big prints, it looks very busy.”
Blake Lively wearing stripes and florals together in an episode for Gossip Girl

Aditi Holani advises mixing prints from different families. Blake Lively owns the look in a Gossip Girl episode.

 Nitin Chawla:

  • Mix prints of same color family (for e.g. grey and black, yellow and orange) and combine patterns of different densities and sizes. While one can become the focus point, the other can complement it.
  • Balance and scale is the key. Small prints are a better option for those who are petite. Whereas for larger body frames, both small and big prints work well.
  • Mixing too many prints at the same time is a no-no. Not more than two prints should be mixed at one time.”

Pronoy Kapoor:

  • “Pair geometric and abstract prints together. For this, one must choose neutral and earthy tones. Add a hint of glitter for a festive vibe.
  • Since neon colors are in, one could mix traditional prints available in these hues. Also try and throw in some solid block colors for the perfect look.”

So go on, embrace this trend and work it at your next traditional do. With Luxemi’s fail proof guide, this one is bound to be a breeze!

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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