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comfortable wear For that elegant look
comfortable wear For that elegant look

Girls are going for a changeover from hip-hop jeans to kurtis and skirts

With a simmering summer, when everything seems to be fiery hot, fashion gets hotter bringing in a range that might make you look great and feel cool too.

Though campuses wear a deserted look during vacation time now, the students already seem to be in preparation for the next session, when clearly “comfort” will bag the crown of preferences. Designs too are getting more elegant and catchy and the body-hugging denims are off into hibernation. Slack silhouettes, comfy fabrics and lurid hues of yellow, orange, pink and electric blue are all set to cheer.

Move over, the all time easy and favourite combo of Jeans and T-shirt, for thrilling alternatives like loose-fit knee-length tunics are proving more stylish. “Ethnic wears like kurtis, pyjamas, Indio-western top with funnel-sleeves, bow-belts and puff-shoulders are finding place among the college crowd. These come in cotton-knits and silk-cotton either in polka dots or graphic prints that serve daily wear and party types respectively,” observes a salesman at M-Mart.

Relaxation

Minimal paneling and hip-gathers are the in-things with the women-tunic-tops, allowing lot of relaxation. Empire waistline, freefalling frills and fine embroidery form the highlights in ethnic kurtis. The other sought after thing is the umbrella top which almost is a revival of the chakda-jamas. It is also locally called the ‘Anarkali model'.

“These kinds of tops when worn upon a pair of leggings might impart a perfect girly look, but as a daily wear, it is not very easy to carry. The parallel silhouettes are versatile as they fit anybody, unlike the tucked ones with heavy gathers along the waist,” shares Kalavathy, a Commerce student.

While the tops are back with certain variations, the lowers are completely exciting, with heavy floral and abstract prints on A-line skirts and an entirely angelic thread work upon the crush-look ones. No more solid blocks of murky colours are found in lowers. The two major hype among the city girls seems to be the effervescent baggy ‘patialas' and the scintillating saggy ‘Skirts'.

“Cotton is best to brave the Madurai heat and outfits like Kurti-pyjamas come handy for both easy maintenance and as simple-comfort wear” feels, Shanta kumari, a B.A., History student.

“Patialas are a good substitute to our boring salwars-kameez and are also traditional-looking. It is nice combo between the boyish jeans and the dull churidhar, the colleges want us to wear. Moreover the Patiala pleats make an ornate forming and lends an air of elegance” voices, Lavanya, a B.Sc., Zoology student. Skirts have made a major comeback with chunky layering, frilled and napped hemlines, chamki embroidery, mirror and gota works. Rajasthani tie-and-dye varieties are the other vibrant options available.

“With feminine prints and supple colours, skirts add charm to dressing. You actually sail in a skirt, as it is very gracious, but wearing skirts makes you look short. So, heels are our savers, when it comes to long-skirts” notes, Preethi, M.Sc., student.

Finding a suitable top for skirts seems to demand a sense of smart-style.

“You have to really hunt for the kind of short kurtis in Madurai, which can be worn on skirts as an alternative for the befitting t-shirts in summer. But, we always find our way out when it comes to being trendy” declares, Sindhu, M.Sc. Botany student.

It is clear that this summer, city girls are keen on picking up the girly' tag and flaunt it around.

A .SHRIKUMAR

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