Summer is here to present the best of ourselves, taking cues from Lakmé Fashion Week and International Awards, dapper this season.
Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.” These lines by Oprah Winfrey perfectly describe the vibe of summer. This serene season brings freshness to our lives and is the best time to experiment with fashion.
Isn’t summer the most beautiful with its colourful kicks after the dark-hued fall season? When nature smiles wide and the sky changes from shades of blue to pink, it’s a delight and inspiration. Exclusive fashion trends emerge from both the runways and ever-shifting social media platforms. Marking a fresh start with high spirits, dominate the season ahead with your added magnificence.
Sheer, No Fear!
Transparent clothing continues to gracefully mark its way from the runway to the red carpet. Celebs made stunning appearances in this naked dress trend with see-through fabrics. This fascinating piece of attire is perfect for hot and humid summer days. You can experience this sheer delight in the forms of organza, mesh and tulle.
This season, several fashion designers showcased sheer dresses exuberating the bold and free-spirited era. These ensembles had ruffle trims and black lace details. Sheer tops and mesh dresses perfectly match the vibe of parties and date nights. While risque dressing is in style, having some sheer drama in your closet is essential.
WA recommends: Adorn a bralette with a mesh bodysuit and a comfy pair of jeans for a casual, laid-back look. Get chic by elevating your sheer dress with lingerie of the same colour.
Caught In The Capes
One emerging trend that couldn’t go unnoticed was the dramatic capes. Capes offer an unmatched level of sophistication to the whole look. You can keep your base outfit effortless while the flowy capes do all the talking. Capes have never wavered as a wardrobe staple; they were explored with florals, ruffles and feminine frills by the fashionistas on the runway. Capes are lovely to flaunt at beaches, pool parties or even to complement your Indo-western look.
These are add-ons to flourish your subtle look. Capes come in a variety of fabrics, patterns and colours. Accentuating dupattas with lehenga is old-school. For a fashion-forwarded touch, dupattas are attached with pins to form a cape. It evokes a much more structured and chic look.
WA recommends: The easiest way to enjoy this trend is to be the Indo-western muse. Wear a tank top with baggy jeans, loads of chunky silver jewellery and outright the look with a sheer cape.
The Timeless Denim
Denim is a quintessential piece in everybody’s wardrobe, irrespective of style, aesthetics, age or gender. This versatile clothing has marked its significance in the sartorial realm yet again. Denim has effortlessly incorporated itself into street style, high-end fashion and trending Y2K’s aesthetics and made some casual-comfort appearances on the runway. A gamut of printed, distressed, studded and patchworked denim took the spring-summer fashion mantle. This season, low-waisted, flared, baggy, dual-toned denim looks will be pulled up exponentially by the Gen-Z. This gender-fluid clothing is loved and appreciated by everyone.
WA recommends: Invest in patchwork or dual-toned denim elements to pair with tank tops, bustiers or crop tops for the perfect girl-next-door vibes.
The Captivating Corsets
Rolling back from the Victorian Era, the corsets are cruising fast in 2023. The stern piece of clothing works wonders in enhancing all the right places. This year, fashion trends are raving about waist-accentuating ensembles. Designed and showcased in magnificent fabrics, intricate embroidery and chic hues, this versatile piece was the essence of Tarun Tahiliani’s Spring/Summer collection. His showstopper, Sobhita Dhulipala, presented a red saree gown with a corset attaining the spotlight. We could also spot some startling corset appearances at the Oscars by Lady Gaga and Halle Bailey. These corsets can be styled solo or accompanied by pantsuits, lehenga or ballroom gowns. From the bride’s attire to slaying the red carpet, these corset pieces are elite of the fashion quotient.
WA recommends: Add a touch of sophistication to your outfit by either pairing a corset with a slit skirt or layering it with a blazer to infuse structure into your style.
Shimmer For The Season
Glitz, glam and glitter was the fashion mantra of the season. After Lakmé Fashion Week and global award red carpets, shimmery dresses have become all the rage among fashion enthusiasts. Resurging ‘maximalism’, this element exudes elegance and glamour. Featuring dazzling looks with blazers, capes, modern sarees and most stunning back cuts, shimmer empowered the feminine enigma. Apart from classic silver and gold sequins, chrome and molten metallic shimmer dresses became trendsetting as they took it up a notch. This attire is perfect for a wedding on a tropical island, reflecting sunshine, beachside, poolside and resort glam.
WA recommends: Highlight the bling of shimmer dresses with minimal makeup. Going overboard with maximalism can break down your look.
The Vibrant Hues
This season is all about bright colours and fun patterns, celebrating loud hues and vibrant prints. We could not witness a dull moment on the runway. Brighter than the sun, neon hues are slowly paving their way back to the fashion module. After Valentino pink took centre stage, the Pantone Color Institute named Viva Magenta as the official colour of the year 2023, a colour powerful in itself. Bold hues like orange, hot pink, ravishing red and yellow were donned on the fashion trail. An affluent combination of colours and patterns brought life to the runway. Tuning with the summer season, heavy prints also made a quick peek-a-boo at the extravaganza.
WA recommends: Try experimenting with colour blocking or incorporating a neon shade accessory to your neutral ensemble to enhance your look.