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December 01, 2016

The Indie Girl’s Guide To a Winter Wardrobe

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

Strategic layering is key this season. We scouted the coolest pieces from Indian labels…

Graphic vest

This slim fit wool, sleeveless coat from Kanika Goyal is just graphic enough to add interest to any ensemble. It can be worn with cropped tapered pants or flared full length trousers. The olive and light blue combination will make it stand out in a sea of black coats.

Hybrid shawl

Of course you can wrap yourself in luxurious pashminas and cashmeres, but this striped jacket that also works as a shawl from Itr by Khyati Pande is perfect to channel this season’s rustic vibe. From jeans and a top to flowy Indian dresses, this shawl will make any outfit look quaint and cozy.

Winter Coat

Picking a good winter coat is an important decision and while black is always a classic, it can get a little boring. We recommend this deep maroon coat by Anuj Bhutani. It’s at once laidback and luxe, the perfect outer layer to see you through the cold. For a less warm but equally chic option, get this Ikai by Ragini Ahuja trench with leather applique details.

Kurta-dress

Since wearing dresses with trousers is a common occurrence, our favourite kind of kurtas have become those that blur the lines between Indian and western wear. This button down dress by Chola fits the bill perfectly. Wear it with flared trousers or tapered denims, it’s the accessories that’ll determine whether people see it as a kurta or a dress.

Power pantsuit

Do you know why this teal pant suit by Sneha Arora is so perfect? Apart from the pretty side ruffles, it will transition from a casual summer linen suit to winter (and bosslady) appropriate one when paired with with an oxblood lip and dark leather booties or patent loafers.

Boho knitwear

Kanelle’s Autumn Winter collection titled Blue Jean Baby is perfect for all the denim lovers out there. We think their most versatile pieces are the beige knit tee and the blue knit sweater. Perfectly slouchy, with just enough character — they’re great for layering under dresses or wearing as is.

Sweater dress

Enjoy sweater weather with these cozy but chic dresses by Lovebirds. Their use of colour is perfect to brighten the gloomy days.

Midi skirt

Iyla’s contemporary midi-skirts in Indian fabrics like Chanderi and Ikat are cute-as-a-button. If you’re feeling twee, wear them as twinsets for the day. They’ll transition perfectly for the night with a shiny blouse and dangling earrings.

Dinner dress

This whimsical A-line Beetle dress from Nicobar is perfect for dreamy wintry dinners on fairy lit rooftops. We love the tie-up sleeves and can’t wait to wear it with silver boots.

Flared trousers

Since flared trousers and culottes are all the rage, try this pale pink, pleated pair from Lovebirds. For a festive look wear these pants with a slouchy or fitted red jumper. For a more formal occasion, pair them with a crisp shirt. Alternatively, you can get these wide leg denim pants from Bhane, perfect for all your day wear needs.

Shirt dress

We love the trend of layering a sweater or shirt dress with a pinafore or slip on top because it lets us create new outfits with our same old clothes and helps use our summer wardrobe pieces in winter. This crisp white button down shirt dress by Door of Maai is perfect for such layering, because the bell sleeves and sailor collar will peek through any chunky knit you throw on it.

Pinafore

What better way to channel rustic chic than with a pinafore dress? This monochrome Kaleekal version is more polished, while the Runaway Bicycle version is more casual. If you can’t be bothered to layer separates, this dress by Mogachea has the same effect.

Handloom scarf

Snuggle up this winter with these beautiful hand embroidered scarves from Lila. The details will make any monochrome outfit pop.

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