Packing for a staycation and wondering what to wear? We bring you some cutting-edge style to amp up your oomph and raise your cool quotient.
What does one wear on a staycation? You obviously want to be comfortable, but you want to dress it up a bit and not be traipsing around in your shorts or shredded joggers like you do at home. And what about those all-important poses and reels you want to make for your social media feed? You certainly need a wardrobe that does justice to the lovely resort you have picked out so carefully. Here’s how to go stylish without coming across as too cheugy. After all, the best fashion looks are the most effortless ones, remember?
Swing that Boho bling
Mood: Designer Payal Singhal calls her latest creations from the Kismet collection “a unique take on Indian wear merged with loungewear”, which she has never done before. According to her, “It is heavily inspired by how I dress – I don’t have separate Indian and western wear wardrobes. My personal style is all about making transitional pieces work together, no matter the occasion.” For you, the reason to pick from this or even her New Normal Spring/Summer 2021 range could be an impromptu photo sesh or your BFF’s intimate wedding where you want to go casual but also get your sparkle on.
Aesthetic: For Kismet, she has collaborated with R-Elan a Reliance Industries Ltd company whose new-age and eco-friendly fabrics include FreeFlow BSY, SuperFeel filament yarn, and GreenGold made from used PET bottles. And for the New Normal line, Singhal has worked with georgettes, crepes, silks, and silkmuls, which give the best fall and drape for maximum grace. She has used Indian dyeing, prints, and embroidery, from bandhani to ikat to mukaish, frills, and fun tassels in a kaleidoscopic burst of cheer that sometimes looks very desi girl and sometimes has touches of the Aztec or the Turkish.
Design: Her silhouettes are on point, with plenty of kaftans, shararas and ghagras, but also a pronounced athleisure vibe with crop tops, co-ords, bomber jackets, joggers, and laidback low-crotch pants added to the mix. She even has some dhoti saris and ribbed crop top-jogger saris that will give you the fashion forward edge. The palette is very pleasant and upbeat – largely bright whites, blushes, creams, purples, and some navy.
Get it: Her designs are available in her stores in Delhi and Mumbai as well as online.
Go with the flow
Mood: We’ve always loved Good Earth’s sensibilities and thrust on sustainability. Flow, their new apparel line that’s made with 100 per cent handloom fabrics such as malkha, kala cotton and linen specially woven by craft clusters in India, is a collection of contemporary ready-to-wear separates designed for comfort, movement, and enduring style. Just right for that relaxed afternoon in the lounge with your Kindle.
Aesthetic: A celebration of mindful consumption and thoughtful dressing, FLOW is crafted with sustainable fabrics such as Malkha, Kala Cotton and Linen, specially woven by craft clusters in India. Each handloom technique used champion’s communities of makers and supports a continued livelihood by upholding traditional knowledge and using locally sourced raw materials. The processes used to develop these textiles are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable. The lack of intense industrial processing results in the garments having beautiful, soft textures that keeps its shape after repeated wearing.
Design: Modern, minimal silhouettes including classic trousers, tailored blouses and shirts, structured dresses and wrap jumpsuits that can be mixed and matched for easy, versatile, and long-lasting ensembles. Designed by Deepshikha Khanna in a complementary palette of dove-grey sufa, hand-dyed indigo blue, neutral grey, black, khaki and earth tones, and offset with the classic Good Earth mogra white, with her love of geometry and earthy tones emblematic of mid-century modern design instantly recognisable in stripes and details that add length, movement and quintessential ‘flow’ to the apparel when worn.
Get it: The Flow collection is available at select Good Earth stores in India and on the web boutique.
Wear it naturally
Mood: A digital detox is great, but you could try going all-out nature goddess with jewellery from a brand like Forêt, whose ethic is all about handmade luxury from nature. The PETA-approved label creates conversation pieces from the outer bark of the cork tree in the Mediterranean. Breathe easy in these on your next trip.
Aesthetic: Not surprisingly, their Isle collection is inspired by the colours and breathtaking moments on a small island in the middle of the ocean. These unique pieces are handcrafted using sustainable materials like stainless steel, 18 karat gold, earth-friendly metal alloys, and porcelain ceramic stones, apart from the bark. While Forêt endorses sustainable philosophies at every stage of production, they also fund outreach programmes in rural Maharashtra out of a portion from every purchase.
Design: Cunningly crafted little details… a tiny palm tree, a bird in flight, a starfish, a cowrie shell, the intense hues of a gleaming stone, they’re all perfect for the light jewellery that spells chilled-out chic whether you’re vacaying at an exotic beach destination or staycaying at a resort in your own city.
Get it: On their website.
Sunshine in your pocket
Mood: Paul Smith’s always been about the stripes. But the Spring-Summer 2022 has a different ethos, one that’s a bit more relaxed. Men can take some pointers from these laidback ensembles that made it to the runway. The collection celebrates the spirit of outdoor adventure, upbeat positivity, and connection to the natural world.
Aesthetic: Elevating the central theme of lightness, fabrics have been chosen for their weight and the way they move through the space. Free-flowing garments for men may seem novel, but they’re really great for relaxed outings. Design details have been inspired by boat sails, specifically a zigzag stitch pattern, while other practical outdoor clothing elements, such as storm cuffs, have been assimilated and refined.
Design: The organic colour palette leads the transition from dawn to dusk, taking in warm orange sunrise hues through to brilliant sky blues and midnight blacks. Looks are tonally coordinated to give these glorious summer colours their moment to shine. Staying with earthly inspirations, the four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire are represented in a series of photo prints that mix natural textures with bold colour washes. Sunflowers sprout throughout the collection as a repeating print motif, an intarsia knit pattern and as tactile embroidery on key separates including a loose linen suit in rust or cream. Adding to the theme of outdoor exploration, footwear is suited to adventures on land and sea: GoreTex trainers provide weather-proof comfort for terrestrial exploration, while deck shoes with suede uppers hint at voyages over the waves. Subtle climbing rope straps are also added to sunglasses.
Get it: In their stores in Delhi and Mumbai as well as online.
Mood: Resortwear isn’t always about summery style, but a beachy vibe can be rather peachy if you’re going somewhere where the poolside temperature hots up in the day. Beachbum has some lovely options that feel breezy and easy. The collection called Dalisay is something any free spirit will respond to, especially as they say they are beyond size and age brackets, with creations that are fun, functional, and timeless.
Aesthetic: The emphasis is on stylish comfort. So, there’s lots of breathable cotton, embellished with lace, crochet, cutwork, and pompoms. Stripes and solids, some embroidery and some fringing.
Design: Crop tops and loose pants, gypsy dresses and free-flowing tunics, kaftans and beach cover-ups, neon co-ords and multi-functional skirts, jute totes and barefoot beaded sandals for some added poolside glam.
Get it: On their website.