Bands of straight lines running across a garment to give it symmetry – that is what stripes and checks can do for your look! Even the most feminine ensembles can get a formal twist with the infusion of something geometrical. Think school girl Scottish plaid from your wardrobe as a child. And what’s more, this classic style can be worn by just about anyone. You need to ensure that you choose the right width of the stripes and checks depending on the length of the garment and your own body type. For example, a pear shaped body would do well to nix the thick horizontal striped tee. Instead a long tunic with slim vertical stripes would be more up your alley!
Plaid or checks, as they are commonly known, have had a long standing influence on street wear and everyday wear. In fact, we have seen stripes and checks making their way into high street fashion and runway couture as well. When it comes to the working lady, nothing says, “I mean business” like a smattering of stripes to match her boardroom confidence. So make this style even as you express yourself at your feminine best.
Designer Basi Gaba for The White Muslin, has created this amazing saree for the working lady. Take it out for brunch with your girlfriends, or use the subtle drama on this piece to flaunt your true feminine style at work – either which ways, it is bound to win you plenty of attention. The soothing mint green of the soft fabric is perfect for a wardrobe that is still busy transitioning from summer to monsoon, while the wide floral border stands out with an ode to the national obsession with all things Sabyasachi. The subtle stripes and checks grab the attention perfectly against the understated colour while the collar adds that defining edge at the workplace.
Now, here is the perfect accessory by designer Ruchi Kocchar for The White Muslin. The soothing blue on this necklace with the robust silver beaten beads and diamante encrusted sapphire like stones, will give this saree just the right pick me up. It matches step with the stripes and checks by rendering some defining touches in silver to the entire piece.
Looking to take this outfit out for the evening straight from work? Think outside the box and drape a dupatta over a side to dress up that saree. Whether it is a party you are throwing at home, or a dinner you are attending with your clique, do not let the day time hue of the saree above deter you. Throw on this bright velvet dupatta by designer Aekta Dhingra to create a look that says – “painting the town pink!” With this velvet dupatta, you can match the floral delights of the saree’s border even as the stripes and checks of the velvet number match the colours of the saree and the necklace with bolder hues in the same colour family.
Word to the fashion wise: when you are clubbing stripes and checks together, you must always remember to keep either the stripes or the checks a bolder colour so that you have a winning combination on your hands. If you had not thought of throwing on a dupatta over a simple mulmul saree, this could be the right time to try!
Ah, and now for the edgy! Add subtle grey, blue and platinum highlights to your look, as per ace stylist Abhishek from Zulf, for that truly trendy look with your stripes and checks inspired ensemble above. Give this look an outing at work or use it for an evening out on town later – you can thank us later!