It’s 2022! New year, new beginnings and new fashion. No wonder, the past two years have been challenging but that does not deter us from experimenting and exploring the fashion bandwagon. During these times, while we are still flitting between staying at home and stepping out sparsely, comfortable yet chic fashion continues to rule the roost. We are talking about oversized tops, comfortable wide legged pants and soft denims.
From casual loungewear to quirky jumpsuits, oversized tops to flared bottoms, fashion never evolved as comfy as it is now. Working from home continues, and so does the inclination towards sustainable fashion. As the fashion industry stands the test of time, many explore the unexpected while others are en route to pause and think.
Care-free casuals, fancy denims, sustainable fabrics, relaxed clothing- these are the cherries topping this year’s fashion list. Let’s find out about what trends make new beginnings and which ones stay another year in your closet revamping your style statement.
We never imagined spending almost two years in our most comfy joggers. And when loungewear met style, there was no going back. Trending today are flashy joggers, solid tracksuits, printed slips and casual tees. The purpose is to stay relaxed yet look fleek. Minimalism is the key to comfortable fashion. More the comfort, the higher the concentration on work. Rule winters with quirky sweatshirts and hoodies, while for summers, pull out oversized shirts with cotton shorts.
Traditional or western, drapes are an affirmative thumbs up. With festivals approaching, draped kurtas are the best choice to walk in vogue. Wedding affair to attend? Rock a semi-draped, A-line kurta with statement jewels or pick a readymade, and layer it with a peplum top. Alternatively, if you have a zoom meeting in minutes, drape around a scarf with a perfect knot and you are ready to present the best version of you, while at home. These classic silhouettes suit any body type and are gender-neutral too. Drapes look stylish with a hint of spunk.
If there's anything that gives life to fashion, it’s none other than colourplay. Be it monochrome magic or burst of quirky hues, colour selection mirrors mood, personality and above all, confidence. Hit the colour combination right and your outfit looks all ramp ready. Pair warm colours like reds, green and blue hues with black or navy. Sunshine spring colours work great when picked in prints, solids and worn as one from top to bottom. Watch out for pastel hues like lilac, blush, powder blue and whites.
For winters, however, keep the tone muted, dark and low-key. Pick formal hues like greys, blues, black and dusky yellow like camel and sand. Always hang a go-to-black dress in your closet, it's essential and ultra glamorous. Tip: keep an eye open for the colour of the year and up your style game high.
Fabrics, Prints and Cuts
Remote working has made us all embrace natural fabrics like cotton. Comfortable cotton kurtas with flared palazzos or breezy kaftan with pencil trousers define sustainable fashion. Cotton tees and leisure pants are a must-have. Prints are all in and never grow old. Besides kurtas and casuals. Watch out for digital prints; these look ultra-classic in kaftans, kurtis, flared palazzos and statement dupattas.
Low-cut tops to asymmetrical kurtas, cuts can turn up the fashion heat. Cuts add an eccentric touch, spice up the outfit. Many designers are bringing in high-low slits as a part of the Indian wear as a strategy to make them more sustainable and reusable. Dresses with side slits are common but the experimentation with slit cut jeans is still a speculative affair . These look super stylish with a touch of modern sexiness. If you are apprehensive of excessive display, layers are your best friend. Smart choice every time!
Festivities, weddings, outings or dates- think no more than layering. Smart layers for formal affairs and quirky ones for casual dates. Jacketed kurtas, top-skirt with long shrugs. Stock up on denims, these are the best ones to wear when you fall short of outfits. Denim kurtas, shirts,trousers, jackets, crops, shrugs, caps and what not. Deconstruct denim this year. Whether at home or outside, these are easy, comfy and totally à la mode.
Change the way you dress up and flare your style statement with these golden fashion nuggets. The key is to focus on the basics - the texture, flare, fabric, and colour and using the combination to create your own unique style and theme.
With Zola, you are spoilt for choices to mix, match and experiment your way to a fashionable ambience, each day, every day.