Fashion’s most loved era, the 70s is back on the streets with wide-legged pants conquering wardrobes of every fashionista. From denims, to satin and khadi, this long, slender, flared up garment is here to stay and how! One could wear this with delicate sheers, crop tops, cropped jackets, etc; also, these pants work with everything from heels to oxfords. Wide-legged trousers can be gracefully paired with a button-up shirt or a short kurta. Pick a pant that sits well on the hips. The length of the pants is very important; let them just about skim the ground, with the front of your shoe showing.
Look and feel:
These days, flowy palazzo pants and well cut tunics are quite popular in the fashion circuit. Light-weight fabrics like sheer chiffons, georgettes, crepes go well for this style. Monochrome palazzos work best but sometimes playing around with small prints on satins also gives a nice edgy silhouette. The current fashion weeks saw various versions of the wide-legged pants making a comeback. Designers like Krishna Mehta and Manish Malhotra introduced sharara pants, ghagra pants and palazzos in ethnic printed silks. It did not take long for these to hit the regular market. There is a wide range to choose from. Pick between slightly fitted at the hips to flaring at the bottom.
P.S–depending on the occasion, select the fabrics. For formal occasions, stiff fabrics like suiting materials and woolen fabrics like tweed and hound’s-tooth should be adorned. If you are styling a more casual or informal look, flowy fabrics like georgette, cotton, cotton blends and lighter silks work best. Also, keeping in mind your body type, you must select the style of wide-legged pants. For pear shaped bodies, it’s best to stick to pants, which have more flair at the bottom, so that it creates an illusion of a slimmer waist. The flair can be achieved with a bias cut, or with box pleats (which have to be shaped at the hips). For very slim bodies, pants should be better shaped and the flair should be minimum.
The ‘top’ department:
For a casual chic look, a basic tank top tucked in with a waist belt over it, looks fabulous. These pants are very versatile, depending on your body type you could choose from fitted tops and ganjis, to wrap tops, which flatter all body types, or layer with cropped jackets. If you are blessed with a flat tummy, try a crop top. Avoid oversized tops, so you don’t look like you stepped out of bed! Nonetheless, fitted tops look best if the flair is wide. Razor backs and fitted three quarter sleeved tops suit the look. In case of slimmer pants, you can pair them with waistcoats and tank tops, which needn’t be too fitted.
Accentuate with accessories:
Depending on the occasion, zero down upon the accessories. It’s best to underplay the jewellery if it’s a formal setup. Wear a chunky ring or a pair of blobby earrings with a waistcoat to look sophisticated; also, try a flat gold choker with a kurta. For casual occasions, scarves are an amazing option. Also, thin silver bangles in a cluster would brighten up a casual look. but, I would suggest, this season go electric with chunky neck pieces and oversized bracelets. Contrast jewellery in pastels and gold will look very modern and classy. If you want the pants to be the statement, keep the accessories delicate and minimal. Pick between an oversized clutch for the evening or a sling/messenger bag for the day.
Of trending prints:
Prints are always fun to play with. Picking the right cuts and prints according to the body structure can make all the difference. Floral, geometric and small vintage prints are currently in vogue. Also, lay your hands on Aztec prints, animal prints and floral patterns! For the longest time, we have been seeing our traditional prints like kalamkari, block prints, etc in full-flared pants. Apart from this, even the hound’s-tooth print in woolen, silk, cotton and satin suits various looks. A quirky print like the moustache and camera on brighter bases works magically for someone who wants to make a statement. However, for someone looking to cover their extra pounds, geometric patterns works wonders! Apart from prints, even dip-dye pants look very appealing, but remember it should be a soft colour merge, to add some height; also, it can be a solid colour block for someone taller.