A Sartorial Rebellion

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January 5, 2014 by thejalebichronicles

Sartorial Spells: Weaving magic for the fashion conscious

While decoding trends has been a cherished hobby for several years, challenging sartorial norms is a recently discovered one.  This seems easily acceptable; fashion is nothing if not an easel. Hence, it was justified that the recently ignited rebellious streak in me found an appropriate outlet in my sartorial habits.

So, here they are: five trends that epitomize a sartorial rebellion!

Print On Print: A difficult trend to crack, this one has recently been explored by the best-of-the-best designers. Coupling two distinct prints together basically encompasses the technicalities of this trend. However, as fashionably forward as this might seem, print-over-print can go from glamorous to garish in a matter of seconds. While Burberry ruled the runway with its offbeat yet simplistic polka dots over stripes, Masaba’s showcase at the Wills Fashion Week-a medley of various goddess prints was nothing short of disappointing.


Dual Tone Lips: Although visually appealing, dual-toned lips aren’t for the sartorially timid. Replacing the ‘black lips’ that trended last season, the dual-toned lips are all about donning that pop of color, two rather, the right way.

Dual tone lips
Reflected Glares: Enough with the same old boring aviators it’s time to remove the reflected glares from the closet! Blues, greens, yellows…giving importance to your eye-wear can no longer take a back seat

Reflected glares
The White-Black Dilemma: The White-Black dilemma is one known to all ‘white in the morning, black at night’. Having followed this style-thumb-rule for the longest time, it was about time my mindset underwent a change. And, it did. Whoever knew an LWD makes a bigger fashion statement than an LBD!


The New Age:The Indian Fashion scene saw traditional ensembles being spruced up to a whole new level. While Indian ethnic wear has been more or less synonymous with elaborate lehengas, Bollywood-esque chiffon saris, light Patiala salwaars, et al, designers like Payal Singhal and Nikhil Thampi bid adieu to the conventional with their avant-garde prints and awe-inspiring cuts. Jacket blouses, dhoti pants, bikini saris, colour blocked ensembles Indian ensembles with Euro-American influences are slowly taking over the wardrobes of the experimental fashionista. I must admit that these ensembles, as edgy and inciting as they are, are much of an acquired taste; replacing the heavy zardozi and intricate chikan embroidery with t-shirt saris and lipstick prints, although a leap for the traditional-lover, is one worth the risk.

Today, staying ‘on-trend’ and being ‘fashionable’ have become mutually exclusive of each other. We have become so engrossed in staying updated with the newest trends that we fail to realize that innate style gets concealed behind basic trends. Sometimes, rebelling against the norm is the only way to express our individuality. Ironically, a rebellion against these trends ends up becoming a trend in itself. Nevertheless, it is experimentation that leads to the evolution of style.


Shalina Abhale

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