Don’t we love the timeless treasures of the past – be it old songs, family heirlooms, childhood friends or grandma’s place! The fashion fraternity too seems to have found a special love for an era gone by. Revival of past trends, the traditional handloom work, the centuries old craft are all back in limelight and how! Everyone you know seems to have developed an affinity to these fashion elements. Recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week 2017 saw a barrage of designers paying an ode to these time-tested design and flavour.
Bollywood period films have further envisaged the desire to go retro. The lovely, pastel saris worn by Ilena D’Cruz in Rustom, the heavily ornamented costumes by Ashwariya Rai in Jodha Akhbar, the peppy outfits by Anushka Sharma in Bombay Velvet, the flamboyance of Bajirao Mastani – the magnum opus of these movies has instilled in us the desire to go retro. With Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut starrer Rangoon, this new found love has received further propel! High waist trousers, floral print chiffon sarees, bell bottoms are all set to hit the fashion market by storm. Kangana wore floral sarees for her Rangoon promotions. The sensuality captured by this trend is here to stay.
The bold blouses that go with sarees showcase one’s penchant to send an inherent charm. For a true retro look go for boat neck blouses or sleeves with a little frilly work or maybe some lace pattern. Puff sleeves also make a great add on to these classic style. Get nostalgic in hallmark retro blouses with high neck and cap sleeves.
Next comes the accessory to go with these to get into the real feel of the past era. Heavy neckpieces go well with retro styling. Chokers are ‘in’ these days with western outfits too. Try them as a statement accessory. They look good with bare shoulders which were a rage back then. In Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, Alia Bhatt has been channeling the bare shoulder trend when she wore a red cut out shoulder choli with lehenga.
The monochrome magic in sarees has an integral connection with retro feel. The surreal beauty of white and back never fails to amaze. This is a huge rage now, with designers going for monochrome sarees, dresses and even gowns. Sheer marvel also creates a spectacular retro look. Who wasn’t enamoured of the sheer sarees of the Bollywood heroines of black and white era showing off their midriff in style. Even sheer details on shoulders or sleeves or net backs on saree blouses gives an authentic retro touch.
Gift yourself a slice of the past by going retro this season. Revamp your look and wardrobe and put your mystical feminine charm to work. Reminiscent of the royal era of the past sure deserves a colourful, vivid revival. From the team of Sujatra, here’s wishing you happy exploring of our traditional print sarees and handloom magic. Go retro, go beautiful!!