Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Spice up festive ethnic wear, add hints of neon

Pop in a hint of fluorescent green, shocking pink or coral blue to pep up traditional and ethnic silhouettes in your festive wardrobe


Spice up festive ethnic wear, add hints of neon (© Varinder Chawla)

Designers believe in vogue neon palette lends energy, beauty and aura to the wearer, but don't go overboard as they don't blend too well with the Indian complexion.

A range of designers, both established and young up-and-coming ones, have unleashed a variety of ethnic wear - suits, saris, lehengas, shararas and ghararas for the fashion-conscious women, and jodhpurs, trousers, shirts, kurtas and sherwanis for experimental men.

"The bright and effervescent character that neon adds to a person's look appeals to most eyes - be it in the form of prints or as solids. Not only is this eclectic palette being used for street style, it is also being used in a big way in couture and Indian festive wear," designer Pam Mehta told IANS.

The neon colour palette is not only restricted to shades of yellow and green but it goes beyond them beautifully with blue, coral and red. The trick lies in pairing the apparels well.

"One needs to be careful while picking up a neon colour as these hues are not very flattering to the Indian complexion. An overdose can hurt the eyes and cause a big fashion faux pas. If you want to mix different shades of neon, do it stringently," designer Anjalee Kapoor told IANS.

"A neon yellow or a neon pink would look great with a grey or black. Keep the ensemble predominantly neutral and add pops of neon colours in the form of borders and detailing," added Kapoor, who believes the neon touch looks best when used in anarkalis, cocktail saris and Punjabi suits.

Remember not to mix too many neon colours together, advise the designers.

Spice up festive ethnic wear, add hints of neon (© Varinder Chawla)

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