I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like a little extra oomph in my outfits during the cold winter months. Maybe a statement jewelry piece, or sky-high heels, or even layers can make my outfit interesting, unique, and multi-dimensional. While summers are all about cottons (and lawn!), winters are a lovely time to experiment with fabrics that can add oomph to your looks. As I mentioned in my last post, wintertime is not the season to experiment with fussy prints, but instead, it is the time to bring out volume and shimmer. Variety is the spice of life my friend. I was reading the December 2017 issue of Vogue at home and I couldn’t help notice that the flourishes that can make any outfit idiosyncratic or standout were focused totally on the top half of the body. And those flourishes are the focus of today’s post.
If you followed the Dolce & Gabbana show earlier this month, you could spot how creative and dramatic the designer pair got with their sleeves and necklines. There were pleats, pickups, crochet overlays, and tulle to add to the already fussy gowns. And, guys, those gowns had character (aka modern edge).
Romancing (read borrowing) the Romantic Period of England and France aesthetics, designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Oscar de La Renta, Chanel, and so many more designed their couture in soft, flowy, and voluminous fashion (pardon the pun). And I thought why not do that with our ol’ Eastern wear.
Elaborate Neckline/Shoulder Trends
I am not sure about you guys, but I would not wear a over-the-shoulder or one-shoulder neckline in the winter. And I certainly don’t want to fuss with dupattas when I have layers on (speaking to United States folks here!). It gets too uncomfortable and skin-baring for such cold weather. However, there are other looks you can experiment with that pay homage to the Romantic Era. One trend that I thought would be fun is high necks such as mock turtlenecks or turtle necks. This would be a beautiful trend to do with heavier fabrics such as velvets (Look out on my Instagram page for a picture soon!). Other look is to go for the Spanish matador look and go full on with lapels and collars. It will make you look broad, elegant, and sophisticated like a high-society woman.
Another look for the neck/shoulder area are lighter fabric stoles (See above). Try mixing worked tissue with velvet or lace with silk and attach a brooch for a little glimmer of shimmer. Tie your hair in a low pony tail with some ribbons to give your whole look a whimsical yet sleek and stylish look. You truly will look like Queen Victoria.
Then come the sleeves. Ok, by now, everyone knows what statement sleeves are. Pakistani fashion (and western-wear) have incorporated them for all sorts of occasions. How about giving it a more Victorian touch with pleats, buttons, and pick-ups? Style sleeves with designer watches and layers of bracelets. How about adding brooches to sleeves? It will look tres-chic.
Well, I hope I have given you guys some ideas for the upcoming wedding season. I know many Pakistani-American families will be traveling to Pakistan for weddings so try these two trends and let me know how it goes. Happy Shopping!!!