JULY 2020
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HERE IS SOME ADVICE TO WEAR ONE-COLOR, ALL-LIGHT OUTFITS!

Kiran Bahl

By KIRAN BAHL

Summer’s in full swing. It’s hot and the last thing on many of our minds is wearing heavy saris and lenghas. Time for some Indian fashion inspiration! Monochromatic ensembles and color schemes are trending, mostly because of their clean minimalistic feel and no-frills look.

A side note, some will argue that wearing all black constitutes as being monochromatic. And it is. But where’s the fun in that? Here are some tips and tricks of wearing all one color, light and bright (not just black), top to bottom.

LIGHT SOOTHING SHADES

Light colors are the chosen ones for summertime. White and pastels take the lead in daywear especially, but we usually want to balance the look with a black/brown neutral or a contrasting accent. This summer, stick with an all-light outfit.

A sky blue sari with matching blouse and cute kitten heels for polish is perfect. Same with sky blue bangles too. An all-baby pink churidaar with matching accessories is oh-so-sweet. An overall rule of thumb though is to skimp on wearing too much jewelry. It literally can weigh you down besides weighing your look down too. And keep hair and makeup minimal for an effortless look and feel that’ll stand out.

BRIGHT POPPING HUES

You’re finally going back out to small (and safe!) gatherings around you. For evening events especially, you want to dress up even more than usual; after all, you were in hiding too long! Wear monochromatic looks in deep and dark hues.

An all red lengha with self-sequins or embroidery and coordinating accessories is bold. Add a red lip too for the ultimate in a truly sophisticated look. A salwar kameez in deep plum with matching jewelry and shoes is beautiful and neat. Remember, hair should be easy, up or down.

A UNITED COLOR SCHEME

A fashion’s monochromatic color scheme involves you dressing in all one color and its coordinating shades on the color wheel. Luckily, much of our Indian wear already incorporates this trend with our mixed designs, patterns and embroidery.

Look and feel like a tropical paradise in all green. An all-dark green sari with sea green blouse or stonework and teal accessories is romantic and pretty. Or ocean out in an all turquoise blue palazzo suit with navy accessories and a midnight blue clutch. It is all intricate but also simply put together.

We’re all trying to accept these strange times, unsure what remains permanent and what remains temporary. But one thing that we can guarantee to ourselves is our permanent happiness. Create your own sunshine and even your darkest memories and moments become just a little brighter, lighter. Love and laugh, as always, remember to ‘gro with style’!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.grostyles.com

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