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Wearing super bright attires is the latest trend to hit fashionville. Sapna Sarfare speaks to designers on this intense trend

Just a touch of colour can create wonderful emotion. Now let your imaginations run and think of how super bright colours can generate magnificence in your life. Add it to your attire and there is nothing like it. Wearing super bright clothes is the latest trend attracting a lot of attention.

New or borrowed?


Chances are one thinks any trend is either brand new or something that comes out of an older one. Designer Hardika Gulati from Hardika Designs reveals that bright colours are a staple of the 90s and most know that old trends always come back in newer forms. “As for super bright colours, every sphere of fashion currently involves a great deal of it – hair colours, make up and the wardrobe.”

Designer Gautam Gupta meanwhile has seen the last few summers become a sanctuary for subdued pastel tones. “But spring/summer 2017 is about high-octane hues. This trend is inspired by the roaring 80s and the bright and bold colours make a huge fashion statement,” he says.

From the runway

No trend comes on its own. The same goes for super bright fashion trend.  Gautam reveals, “The few things that stood out are combination of bright colours with prints and easy flowing silhouettes. Dramatic silhouettes made a statement not just on the ramp but also donned by lots of people. This trend gives us a lot of room for experimentation, there’s much to play with, from silhouette-enhancing nipped waists fastened with giant belts to flirty hemlines balanced out by big shoulders.”

Go bold with a golden yellow frock

Hardika has seen some too. “Some stunning ensembles were flowy silk slip dresses, single shoulder cut-outs, cold shoulder blouses or peplum tops with skinny jeans, stripes and digital prints with a strong art reference, dresses/skirts with asymmetrical hemlines, strong corsetry influenced outfits and waist clinchers. All these in radiant shades seem to have topped the trend charts of the year so far and are most likely to continue their reign.”

Ways to wear it

With super brights, you need to be on your toes here. Hardika reveals, “It all goes back to the basics of the colour wheel. If you want to make a big fashion statement, choose primary and secondary colours that are opposite of each other on the wheel. Pairing these colours is bold and adventurous, and some shades don’t look as good together as others. Avoid partnering red with green, unless it’s the holiday season. Try experimenting to find which colours work best for you. In general, don’t use more than three colours in your whole ensemble.”

Go floral in vibrant colours

Gautam describes the trend as fun and quirky which can be styled for casual and formal look. “For an easy day look, pair up a bright colour shirt with a pair of breezy palazzo pants. Accessorise this look with gold or silver baubles. For your work look, pair up a bright and fun shirt with high waisted pencil skirt or formal trousers. To up this look, you can carry a contrast colour jacket on top and pair it up with a neutral colour neckpiece like gold or silver. This trend is a great pick for your evening or party look. Experiment with bold prints, contrasting colour combinations and chunky accessories. Asymmetric hemlines in solid bright colours paired with statement jewellery makes for a great look. A combination of bright prints and dramatic silhouettes is a strong fashion statement and will definitely make you stand out.”

Just accessorise

Of course, attire without accessories is just so incomplete. But be careful while dealing with somewhat OTT trend like this. Since the trend means experimenting with colours, Gautam wants the accessories to remain minimal for design sense. “Statement accessories like chunky gold earrings, big single colour neckpieces and delicate bracelets are a great choice to style your look.”

Hardika too feels the scale of the fashion accessories is vital. “Accessories and jewellery that are too busy will make prints look tacky. The same goes for ruffled, sequined, embroidered or otherwise embellished garments. Wear understated accessories to keep the emphasis on your outfit.”

Going overboard

There is no doubt that if given a chance, most of us would go bonkers and never know where to stop. Here, the chances are rather high. Hardika thinks wearing the wrong colours is the most common mistake. “All skin tones are not created equal. The lime green or hot pink that you saw on the runways may look fabulous on the models, but horrible on you. Experiment with different colours and stick with the palettes that look best on you, regardless of what’s au courant. Don’t waste your money on clothes that make you look pale, sallow, jaundiced or washed out. So while the super brights are the currently raving, make sure you pick the right hues that match your skin tone and body type.”

Gautam too agrees and feels that with such bold and statement making trend, minimizing on elements in one’s look is crucial. “Avoid mixing of two or more prints in one look or wearing too many colours together. A balance of colours and appropriate accessories is the key to pull this trend off with panache.”

PHOTO CREDIT:  Hardika Designs