Crop-tops for brunch
Brunch! The meal of the new urban woman. And what a meal it has become. From simple cocktails to elaborate outfits, from an intimate group of friends to the entire brood, the meal has really grown in size and importance. It’s become some kind of a Sunday ritual. Or even a weekday ritual for that matter. Much like the evolution of the meal, the outfits worn to the meal have evolved, much of that having to do with the people attending the brunch. Once upon a time occupied by the ‘matrons’ of society out for an afternoon of gossip, now brunches are run by the lady yuppies and college goers. And thus with them came the crop top.
There is no right outfit for brunch. And this logic makes playing around with the clothes you wear that much more fun. Play can come in the form of fabrics, cuts and colours. No more does the crop top have to be the only one flowing. A flowy skirt with a stretchy tight bandeau, skinny jeans with a spider-web strapped top, all are fair game. Compliment that with a chiffon or lace over-top, delicately draping over the stretch to add contrast. Transparent or netted, they allow for the perfect opportunity to add colour in layers. And the best part is, you can create your own version.
Low back at your best friend’s wedding
When at a wedding, you have the girl who is most likely to get married next, the girls who are actually getting married next and of course the ones looking for a husband in the crowd. But lately, the outfit seems to be taking the forefront. The brightest at the wedding is the one with the sexiest back. The blouse can show off your cleavage, your perfect midriff or even you collar bones but what it does best is highlight the back you have. So this wedding season, how about you do your back some justice and go low. How you ask?
Apart from the typical wide U blouse styles that were making the rounds last year, you have the wide V, the oval and the backless. Browse our various design options and pick a pattern that matches your saree pallu. Looking carefully at the pallu, you can spot a pattern that is worked into the zari or thread work. Now all you need to do is simplify that pattern and turn it into the back of your blouse. The lotus is our personal favourite here at HOB. You can even take it one step ahead and DIY your own pattern with all the design permutations and combinations available, but remember to borrow focus from your best friend, not steal! It is her day after all.
Going traditional for your favourite festival
Ah, Indian festivals. The food, the lights, the decorations, the ceremonies, all since 5 am in the morning. The smells wafting through the house urging you to get ready. And as a good daughter, how about you pop on over to your mother’s closet and steal one of her best sarees? Traditional is back and you know it. Festivals this year aren’t about that lovely suit you got stitched or those brand new heeled sandals. It is about how well you can accessorise your mother’s lovely, rich silk saree.
Well, with a lovely traditional silk blouse. The immediate reaction to a traditional silk blouse is usually a sigh followed by eyeballs rolling. However, the reality is that silk is the perfect fabric to play up the lusciousness that gave birth to the saree. The beauty of culture, captured in the perfect low set back patti, the curve of the embroidery worked perfectly into the sleeve shape, the traditional blouse allows us to experiment in many ways. From the zari strip at the back to the traditional round neckline, add a little flavour by choosing a cap sleeve. You could choose the traditional sleeve length and add a little poof (especially if you have narrow, delicate shoulders). Better still, you could match the saree and blouse together thereby highlighting the jewellery you wear. Nothing highlights a blouse more than a complimentary neckpiece. Try rubies and gold, pulled out again from your mother’s closet. But all of this starts with the saree. Steal the right one and you are all set!