The Secret to Adapting Global Fashion Trends to Your SouthAsian Style

Each year, a particular fashion trend may either excite us (“I just  love balloon sleeves, so happy they’re trending right now”, “ I’m so glad off-shoulder tops are back, they make my collar bones really pop”) or incite dismay (“The 70s cant be back in trend, I just gave away all my bellbottoms!”, “Ankle length cropped pants look terribly unflattering on me”).

Whether you choose to follow the latest trend or not, there is always that trendy something that trickles its way into your wardrobe.

South Asians abroad might often wonder how international trends affect their wardrobes – Do desi designers even consider these trends when designing their collections? The answer is yes, an ever-growing list of designers from the subcontinent incorporates global trends into their collections to keep up with our quickly globalizing lifestyles.

What are Spring’s trends and how do I incorporate them into my wardrobe?

We’re going to do a series of blog posts to highlight this Spring’s International trends and show you how YOU can adapt them into your wardrobe.

Global trend: Ultraviolet

According to the Pantone Color Institute, the color of the year for 2018 is Ultraviolet.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” – Pantone Color Institute

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With the color that’s rocking international runways and definitely exploding everywhere this spring, one wonders how we can style it. Get a jump start on the purple trend with these statement pieces:

For those choosing to make bold sartorial statements, a purple outfit can look uber chic. The Farah Talib Aziz “Deep Scarlet” tunic has purple in ombre tones only, yet fits in to the trend factor. There are also various silhouettes of this colour in the designers Spring collection. view collection here

You can wear a bright purple Saree to dinner, combining an otherwise old world and classic look with the most current fad.

Note : When wearing purple clothes, it is best to keep accessories neutral, so the purple can pop without going OTT.

The more safe dressers can take it into soft pastel hues to tone it down, and go into shades of lavender and lilac.

The printed tunic or kurti is always going to be a staple in our desi Spring/Summer wardrobes, why not add an element of Ultraviolet to get noticed? As seen on Farah Talib Aziz’s printed silk collection.

If you’re still not looking to go all out purple with your clothing just yet, there’s always the option of accessorizing with the trendy color. An accent clutch bag worn with a neutral outfit in Nude or Beige.

This range of purple shoes from popular Pakistani shoe company Chapter 13, can make you feel trendy without going out of your comfort zone. From the classic khussa shape to the more trending slides, there’s a purple for everyone!

Theres always the option of adding the color via beauty accents as well. We recommend Huda Beauty Lip strobes in Mystical to wear this season’s purple lip, reviewed by beauty blogger Naima Zahin here. Or Essie nail color in Merino cool is recommend for hands with our darker skin tones

Remember that historically, there has been a mystical quality attached to Ultra Violet, it is often associated with mindfulness practices, so the color embodies not just a fashion trend but a lifestyle choice which can give you higher ground over today’s over-stimulated world. Incorporate this trend into your lifestyle and home, so you can stay tuned to your inner peace and feel confident at all times!

Let us know in the comments what you think of this trend xx

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