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Your New Mid-Year Wardrobe Resolution: Wear More Fun Blouses!

Your New Mid-Year Wardrobe Resolution: Wear More Fun Blouses!

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Say the word ‘blouse’, and one will automatically conjure a garment almost Victorian in nature. A scooped, round neck, sleeves extending from the shoulders right up to the elbow, and fastened in the centre with a series of hook-and-eye clasps. Raunchier, if you’re thinking about a Mills & Boon bodice ripper, instead! Our imagination doesn’t stray from this loose definition when we talk about cholis, either. They, too, are known for their suffocating, if not saucy, nature. In the meantime, sarees and lehengas have undergone makeovers of epic proportions.

Sarees come in pre-draped versions, eliminating the need to pleat, fold or pin them in place. Some are designed in such a way that you can even wear them like gowns. Just step in, zip up, swing the palla over the shoulder, and you are good to go. Bridal lehengas have had major architectural edits to them. Designers like Tarun Tahiliani and Anita Dongre even decided to cut back on the weight of their wedding lehengas after hearing anecdotes of women unable to cope with heavier outfits. Others, too, have supplanted cumbersome fabrics with organza, tulle, and georgette. They’ve swapped zardozi for Swarovski, added pockets (!) and normalised minimum cancan flounces in lehengas to meet the needs of today’s more modern bride (and bridal party).

Which brings us to this pressing question: why are we not changing the game with blouses? Why are we still wearing boring designs in 2021?

A blouse has always played second fiddle to the saree or the lehenga. It is important; just not important enough to be considered a standalone piece. But, in this Zoom era where RSVP-ing to a wedding might mean dressing up for public consumption from the waist-up, can we afford to invest in blouses that are anything short of spectacular?

On that note, here is a round-up of some of the most stylish pieces that have caught our discerning eyes. Think plunging necklines, minimal back designs (or lack thereof!), and a lot of fun.

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Image: Seema Gujral

Bring sexy back (quite literally) with halter-neck blouses that are making a their presence felt this season.

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Image: Anushree Reddy

Think halter-neck blouses are too risque? Blouses that have doris for a back are equal parts new-age and traditional.

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Image: Torani

A barely there blouse that won’t alarm the modesty police with strategically placed embroidery is just right for a wedding guest or a bride.

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Image: Tarun Tahiliani

A midriff-baring blouse that is also off-shoulder is what modern blouse dreams are made of.

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Image: Sabyasachi

You can keep things traditional and still crank the temperature up if you drop the neckline by a couple of inches. Plunging necklines FTW!

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Image: Manish Malhotra

Unafraid to experiment with the neckline of the blouse? Try this one which doesn’t taper!

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Image: Aisha Rao

A vintage bikini top-inspired design is simple but enough to guranatee a second glance as long as you accessorise it right.


Which blouse design is right for you?