Today, mixing and experimenting with two or more seemingly opposite styles can open up your wardrobe to dozens of new options.
While there are no fixed rules when it comes to merging different patterns, prints, silhouettes or colours, you want to make sure that when you do so, you highlight the USP of each trend, even if it means thinking out of the box and straddling the fashion fence! With a little confidence and a few smart choices, you can transcend your fashion sense to a whole new level.
Patiala & PumpsIf fusion fashion is your calling, take a cue from a leading designer's collection and add a western touch to your traditional patiala salwar, by teaming it with a short jacket kurti and pumps in pastel shades!
Gold & NudeYou can't go wrong with this combination. Pick any shade of nude for your dress and detail it with dainty metallic gold embroidery or embellishments to create a glamourous cocktail dress.
Tribal print & NeonMake tribal prints eye-catching by wearing them in vibrant neon hues of yellow, indigo, orange, pink and electric blue, instead of dull earthy tones, to give a nostalgic yet contemporary touch to your ensemble.
Sports luxe & colour blockingIf loud prints and patterns aren't your thing, don't sweat it. Wear smart colour-blocked sports staples instead, to bring out the best of the sports luxe trend.
Peter pan collar & Polka dotsA Peter pan collar on a polka dot dress is a classic combination the world over. But combine these two hugely popular trends by sporting a polka dot Peter Pan collar on a plain dress. Femininity personified!
Leaf print & Petal skirtIf you want your wardrobe to have a nature-inspired outfit, choose a blouse with a leaf print and team it with a girlie petal skirt. But instead of using the usual shades of green, opt for a monochrome palette.
Dress & ShortsLoose, long shorts over a drop-waist dress sounds like a tricy mix-and-match look to pull off but it can make a drab dress look quirky. Do away with accessories for this one.
Floral & MilitaryWhile wearing a ditzy floral print dress, think out of the box and add an androgynous touch, by carrying a khaki bag. Alternatively, you can wear a well-fitted military jacket.
Sheer & AppliqueStrategically-placed cutwork appliques on a solid-coloured sheer fabric can enhance any dull-looking outfit. The applique can be knit, woven or printed. Make sure the garment is semi-transparent and in the same colour as the applique.
Ombre & PeplumThis unique peplum dress was a winner on the ramp, especially because of the ombre scheme, which is a subtle alternative to colour-blocking.
Handkerchief hem & SheerLooking for an asymmetrical sillhouette? Find a dress with a handkerchief hemline in a sheer fabric. This combo is not for pear-shaped women.
Long jacket & PlaysuitDesigners gave jackets a twist by combining long jackets with playsuits and shorts. You can do the same by opting for sheer fabrics, with embroidery or applique for your jacket.
Garima Saraswat Pandey
Senior Fashion Stylist [IIFA]