2016 Summer Indian Fashion Trends

Posted July 10, 2016

Manish Malhota Off the Shoulder

If you kept a close eye on the runway you'll have seen everything you need to wear to be on trend this summer. Sure, you’d think, ‘hey, it’s summer, I’ll wear some flowers and bright colours, and I’ll be fine!” But there’s so much more to it! And we've done the hard work for you, breaking down the hottest trends spotted on the Lakmé Fashion Week and Amazon India Fashion Week S/S16 runways – so you know what’s in and how to wear it.


1. Cold-Shoulders

High street, wedding or catwalk. The off-shoulder or 'cold-shoulder' is easily the hottest trend this season. Not only are all the celebrities wearing it, they picked it right off the runway from Manish Malhotra and Anushree Reddy to Shivan & Narresh and Neeta Lulla.


Neeta Lulla Cold Shoulder
Neeta Lulla's Cold Shoulder 

Manish Malhotra Cold Shoulder
Manish Malhotra Cold Shoulder 

2. Layered Whites


One colour that’s always synonymous with summer is white. And you can trust that it looks even better layered on. Check out Aiman, Anita Dongre, 11:11 and Rohit Bal for styling tips.

 Anita Dongre Whites
Anita Dongre Whites
1111 Layered Whites
11:11 Layered Whites

3. Summer Metallics

What seems like it would be a winter trend has seeped its way into spring. Designers showcased metallic fabrics in pretty much all the colours of the rainbow and yes, they’re all seasonally wearable.


 Shriya Som - Metallics
Shriya Som - Metallics

Amit Aggarwal - Metallics
Amit Aggarwal Metallics 

Monisha Jaising Metallics
Monisha Jaising Metallics


 4. Innovative Drapes 

Bored of your regular dupatta? Let Debashree Samanta, Anita Dongre, Anamika Khanna and Rahul Mishra show you how to reinvent them completely.

Mrinalini - Drapes
Mrinalini Reinvents the Drape

Debashri Samanta Use of Innovative Drapes
Innovative Draping by Debashri Samanta


5. Floral Embroidery

Florals? For spring? Cliché, but necessary. A spring/summer wardrobe would be incomplete without a sprinkling of floral embroideries for your Indian as well as fusion-wear.

 Rohit Bal
Rohit Bal Florals
Vineet Bahl
Vineet Bahl Florals 
 Rahul Mishra Florals
Rahul Mishra Florals

6. All kinds of sleeves


Caped sleeves, bat sleeves, kimono sleeves – you name it and we spotted it. Everyone from Wendell Rodricks and Huemn to Archana Rao and Debarun mixed it up with their sleeves and we can’t get enough!

 Wendell Rodricks - Sleeves
Wendell Rodricks Big Sleeves

Swati Vijaivargie - Sleeves
Swati Vijaivargie Funnel Sleeves


Archana Rao Cape

Archana Rao Cape Sleeves


7. Sheer & Sexy

A sheer panel instantly adds some sexiness to an outfit. For summer, it’s cool (literally) as well as high on style. Designers Monisha Jaising, Archana Rao and Sanchita definitely thought so.

 Archana Rao - Sheer
Archana Rao Sheer Panels

Monisha Jaising Cut Away
Monisha Jaising Cut Away 


8. Stripes

Striped trousers, blouses, dresses and tees – no matter where you add them, they’re hot right now - even striped sarees! If you’re bold enough, you could even try some stripe on stripe.


Three - Stripes 
Three Shows it's Stripes 

Swati Vijaivargie - Stripes
Swati Vijaivargie Double Striped it.

9. Jumpsuits

Sure you’ve seen these jumpsuits before and maybe even worn some. But if you thought they were over, think again.


 Manish Malhotra Jumpsuit
Manish Malhotra Jumpsuit x Big Sleeve Trend

Shweta Kapur - jumpsuit
A Shweta Kapur Jumpsuit

10. Words That Work

Why say it when you can wear it, right? This season, designers put everything from titles, motivational quotes and just words in general on their clothes and hey, it totally works!


Sneha Arora Shows Her Wild Side

Meraki is the Boss Lady ;)