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Choli ke peeche

NEETI SARKAR
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TRENDS A lot of thought needs to go into that small bit of blouse you wear

ALL PUFFED UP Bollywood shows you how to wear it
ALL PUFFED UP Bollywood shows you how to wear it

W hether you are the type that swears by a sheer chiffon sari for a cocktail party or your everyday work wear is a starched cotton sari, one thing remains — Indian women are obsessed with the six-yard wonder. And while too much attention has been paid to the sari for as long as one can recall, most of us seem to be rather slapdash about the blouses we match our saris with.

Mix 'n' match

For starters, have you given a thought to contrasting your outfit? This season is all about mixing n' matching. So don't hesitate to give your favourite black 2x2 blouse a break. If you've got some blinding-yellow embroidery on your otherwise black sari, dare to get an iridescent yellow blouse stitched to go with it.

It's important to know what fabrics are hot and what're not! For everyday wear, go in for cotton-based materials such as terry-cot and silk cotton. Busy Lizzy is also a regular choice. Chiffon, silk and satin are best suited for an evening do. Velvet and suede blouses are the deadliest faux pas, to say the least. Sheer might be in but make sure your lacy blouses come with a lining in the right places. Come summer and sleeveless blouses receive a thumbs-up. There are of course variants here. You could go the Mandira Bedi way with the noodle-strap blouse or traverse Piggy Chops' path with a la Dostana bikini-styled blouse, both of which are best reserved for parties and weddings.

The halter has a huge fan following. So also the tube-choli. Tie-up blouses are oh-so-happening and the stringed-backs epitomise feminineness. Hooks at the back instead of on the front is another fad.

Plunging necklines and super-deep backs are in like never before. But if you drape a sari to work, it's wiser to experiment with the sleeves and the back instead of the neckline. V-necks are hugely popular and the round-neck is more like a norm. Bold midriff-baring blouses are all the rage.

Puff sleeves made a comeback sometime ago. Many of our B-town actors prefer more voluminous balloony sleeves. Sari blouses always call for a fitted silhouette. It is important to wear a blouse that complements your body shape. Women with broad arms and shoulders should avoid wearing three-fourth and full-sleeved blouses. Extremely thin women could reinvent the puff.

Shades n' Shapes

Where the colour palette is concerned, black, white, navy blue, deep purple, crimson red, lemony yellow, hot pink and sea green have a huge fan following.

Prints are cool too. While paisley prints invariably find their way onto most of our clothes, tribal and animal prints are catching up too. Embroidery on blouses that use threads of contrasting shades is considered hip. Other embellishments that could make an appearance on your blouse include sequins, kundan work and crystals.

NEETI SARKAR

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