Are you still opting for those same old, same old blouse designs that you’ve been getting done year after year? The trips to the dressmakers must be in full swing, right Ladies? It’s time to let the sweet heart, the V neck, the rectangle and its likes take a long long break. Oh! And don’t let your tailor play into your comfort zone tactics! Every gorgeous Saree or Lehenga deserves an equal comrade of a blouse. Here are 7 of the hottest blouse designs of 2017 which will completely lock in your look for the festive season, making some heads turn and some hearts burn!
- Let’s get you some wings! (bell sleeves)
If I could give you wings, I definitely would. But for now, you’ll have to do with something equally fabulous- the bell sleeves. These winged wonders can be incorporated in any saree or lehenga blouse design, making your arms look long and lovely. If you want something more dramatic, add on some ruffles to the sleeves giving you an almost medieval European court look. Tres bien!
- Almost cold
Have you been considering a cold- shoulder? Hold that thought right there. Cold shoulder saree and lehenga blouses are absolutely ten minutes ago. This season, revise the idea a little and combine a single sided cold shoulder with something as interesting like a cape. This works best as a lehenga blouse and when colour blocked.
- Peplum perfect
Who would have thought that a design that had surfaced during the 1800’s would be taking the fashion world by storm in this millennia! The peplum bobbed through the Western fashion scene in the 1930’s, 40’s and then again in the 80’s. However it has taken the Indian ethnic market by storm with saree blouses being given the petite peplum. The whole idea of this design is that it gives the illusion of a teeny weeny waist and a curvaceous hip. What’s not to love!
Minimalistic blouses are surprisingly outshining the itsy-bitsy stringy blouse designs. If your blouse material is of a wonderful ikat, bandhej, kalamkari print or even pure silk, it would be a shame to snip off such a gorgeous piece of material. So opt for minimalistic designs like a boat neck coupled with a small cut-out at the shoulder or back and finish it off with 3/4th sleeves.
- Bejeweled at the back
Are you one of those, like me, who gives up when it comes to accessorizing? It almost seems unfair to choose one gorgeous piece over the other when both might go equally well! So ladies, I have a solution to your conundrum. You could accessorize your blouse instead! Incorporate an interesting design with pearls or stone at the back of your blouse, or even the front if you wish and you are good to go.
- Collar couture
One of the most chic designs, collars add that extra androgynous dimension to blouses. You can further experiment with the design to incorporate bell sleeves or cold shoulders. This works great for any saree blouse design and even choli designs.
This list would be incomplete without the classic cape. This Indo-Western incorporation into ethnic blouse designs can make your outfit range from girl-next-door- cute to drop-dead-gorgeous. You can opt for synchronous colours or a complete contrast, depending on whatever takes your fancy. Capes will save your day!
Inspired by these handpicked trends? Stop staring; start shopping!