Much of the Indianwear I own and wear is centered around the blouse. Last year, while navigating Delhi's 'wedding season', my favourite was a red, foil-print blouse by designer Manika Nanda, which I wore with two different saris, and one flared skirt. Circa 2019, I focused my outfit around a pink Abhishek Mishra blouse, with golden scallops decorating its edges (I teamed it with an incomplex, black skirt). I enjoy the versatility that comes with a beautifully constructed blouse; and along with it, an opportunity to partake in the 'repeat-chic' movement (one, I hope, will stay with us forever).
And so, it is with indubitable enthusiasm that I encourage friends to spend a little extra time and effort on finding the perfect blouse. One that sits beautifully on the shoulders and lifts the bust. One that hugs the curves, without drawing emphasis to a stomach that may have over-indulged in gulab jamuns.
A delightfully designed blouse—my personal preference is one that also comes in a striking print or carefully placed embellishments—doesn't need much else to make it work. If you opt for a patterned piece, such as the ones seen at Payal Singhal and Jayanti Reddy, you'll find that a plain lehenga-skirt or sari makes for a very effective pairing. Similarly, simpler blouses such as the (very sexy) ones by Reynu Taandon work as an eager canvas, waiting to be introduced to a heavily embellished partner. I'd also like to make a case for teaming a sexy blouse with a blazer—a chic, modern take on festive dressing. My prized team, however, is a V-neck blouse—austere or not—worn with a striking choker. The perfect way to pull together a special-day outfit, you'll agree.
Whatever your leaning, I'm certain you'll find a blouse to fall in love with—these runway pieces have been hand-picked for every occasion and style inclination."