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Ethnic Fashion Trends Of Spring Summer 2021

Indian ethnic fashion trends

I have told you a lot about trends of spring summer 2021 in my last few blogs. And after reading this tittle I know you must be wondering is there more to the trend list for 2021?

Well till now I have only told you’ll about western trends and what trends were showcased on the Milan, Paris runways. I hope those blogs were of some help to you when you were adding things to your cart considering you could not go for a shopping spree because of the whole pandemic.

In this blog I would like to tell you’ll about the trends which have been showcased closer home. Yes I am talking about ethnic trends showcased at Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW)

The Dynamics for Indian ethnic wear has changed. People are getting attracted to classic silhouettes with minimalistic embellishment. After the 2020 lockdown people have got so use to being in their pajamas at home that comfort clothing is a big hit with masses and seems to be the talk of the town.

  • The spot light is going to be on hand made outfits in 2021

I hope you have incorporated the pantone color of the year that is –

Illuminating – A hue of bright yellow – Pantone 13-0647

Ultimate grey - Pantone 17-5104

Choosing soothing and bright colors that have taken inspiration from the natural elements, these two colors are going to be the biggest color trend of this season. Both the colors represent hope, stability and unity, conveying a message of strength and being optimistic across the globe.

  • Let’s celebrate the Locals

Local artisans and handicrafts has gained a lot of traction during the lockdown and is back with a bang.

India has a rich cultural heritage and they are quintessential to us and are deep rooted in our culture and tradition.

Various states have various craft clusters spread, that produces some of the finest embroideries, weaves and embellishments. Garments made out of theses local weaves and embroidery are unique in their own way and bring out a rich heritage in to our garments.

embroidery work saree design

People love to experiment with these weaves and embroideries and place them into modern silhouettes. These two combined with pantone colours like ultimate grey and hue of yellow, fits right into the trend forecast of 2021

To make this an indo-western outfits adapt elements of traditional weaves and embellishments and mix them with western fashion. This will surely be a head turner for you at your next event.

  • Mix and match

While wearing an ethnic outfit be conscious of the fact that you can switch individual pieces from different outfits and create an entirely different outfit.

You can experiment with colour blocking and create fun combos with different silhouettes and different garments and even try out prints on prints.

Style a lehanga with a long kurta and belt around your natural waist to show those curves and creating a chic silhouette.

You could also style a short peplum kurta with dhoti pants and colour block them.

Mix and match Saree Blouse Designs

Switch the dupattas of your suit and experiment with traditional weaves to your dupattas to add the touch of luxury.

You could also wear a short kurta instead of the blouse with a saree, Sounds Interesting right?

Lastly style your saree with a large sleeved blouse and then wear a belt around your waist keeping the drapes tucked in or out which ever you prefer and you shall look stunning. We know our favorite celebrities and designers are dawning this look at the events and the runway.

This year is all about experimenting so wear your outfits with a twist and surprise yourself with merging western and Indian wear. Add some trendy chunky accessories to spice things up.

  • Bring some royalty in with velvet

Velvet is the kind of fabric associated with royalty, originally this fabric is made out of silk. This is a luxurious fabric. It has a unique shiny and soft appearance due to the soft dense pile of fibers that are evenly cut.

It is the best luxurious fabric which can add a little drama to your ethnic outfits. It blends very well with your traditional lehengas and sarees and elevates your look to the next level.

You can create unique and impressive silhouettes and some glitz and glamour to your look with velvet dupatta and bodice.

velvet lehenga

Do some intricate embroidery with traditional motif in contrasting colours and hues to break the solid tones.

Pair your simple chiffon sarees with a velvet blouse to add the touch of royalty to our ensemble.

You can also pair a lehenga with a velvet dupatta to accentuate your outfit.

  • Pantone path all the way

I know I have written this earlier up in the post, but I cannot stress this enough always go with the pantone colors of the seasons. Ultimate grey and illuminating the colors of 2021 will surely spread the much needed positiveness amidst this pandemic.

Illuminating is a shade which is already very popular in ethnic wear and ultimate grey is the perfect chic choice for the choice for the evening outfit and when these two are combined it will surely give you a head turning outfit.

  • Mughal era with modern silhouette

Mughal prints have been with us from a very long time. Mughals would have a theme or a story in their outfits depicting their era beautifully with motifs of flowers, animals, trees, paisley and birds in a colourful manner.

These outfits are a symbol of style combined with regal looks. Mughal work generally looks like a floral prints with intricate designs. This is too much in trend to be avoided.

mughal print lehenga

When these outfits are stylised well they can enhance your looks and give you an extra ordinary feel about yourself. Get these prints embroidered on your lehangas as it is the perfect time to opt for Mughal work.

Style these outfits well with chunky choker neckpieces or mang tikkas.

  • Structures and Frills

Frills and ruffles combined with structured silhouette are huge this season. You could opt for an extravagant ruffled Lehenga choli or a nicely structural blouse and believe me these outfits look graceful and elegant.

structures and frills lehenga

Designers like Manish Malhotra and Amit Agarwal have done a beautiful craftsmanship on these outfits and kudos to them for bringing back these magnificent designs with prominent details keeping a balance between traditional patterns with a modern approach.  

  • Layer it up

This is probably also adapted from the Mughal era as jackets were a big part of their garments back then. Well this trend is the most interesting one as you get to experiment a lot in this.

Layer your lehanga choli with an interesting colour block jacket.

You could also go a little bold in your styling by layering a beautifully draped saree with a sheer embellished jacket.

layer lehenga design

The best part about this trend is it will keep you warm even in cold weather as you adding an extra layer.

If you have a special love for layering all your outfits and are bored of only layering your western outfits, this trend is definitely for you.

  • Don’t ignore your trims

You must be thinking why are trims so important when you buying an outfit that has good amount of embellishments.

Well trims can make or break an outfit. Trims can glam up your outfit and turn up your style game up a notch.

Choose from a wide variety of ostrich feathered trims or beaded trim. You can also opt for scallop cut trim detailing or a ruffled trim. Even though agree a scallop trim has been in style for quite some while I am telling you it is here to stay.

Bridal lehenga

You can also just add a nice scallop trimmed dupatta to a basic kurta set and it will instantly change the look of the outfit.

You could also have feather trim detailing on your lehanga blouse or a saree blouse and I know no one can beat Falguni and Shane peacock in the feather detailing outfits. Do check out their latest collection for some inspiration.

Grab on these stunning trends and I am sure you will slay the look like a queen.

  • Over the top sleeves and plunging necklines

Who does not love an experimental element with a dramatic style to your ethnic outfit? Well this trend has got you covered. This season bold sleeves like leg of mutton and bell sleeves are making a come back in a huge way along with plunging necklines. This probably one of the trendiest feature of this season.

Todays modern bride are not shy and hesitant to flaunt their famine side, by making empowering and bold statements through their outfits.

off shoulder lehenga

If you think this over the top trend is not for you think again. I must say you should definitely give this one a try.

You can incorporate this designs in your lehenga or the saree blouse or even an anarkali.

  • Leave the cliché Lehengas for the main events

I know we have been forever wear a saree or a lehanga choli for a wedding function. While they will stay evergreen, why not step away from the clichés and opt for pant sarees or skirt saree?

Designer sarees online

Well these beautiful outfits are a game changer. Opt for a beautifully ruffled blouse with a pre stitched pant saree for you cocktails and after parties and you will surely be the talk of the town

  • Can’t go wrong with Chevron

Chevron pattern lehengas have been finally given the attention they have always deserved from our favorite iconic designer Sabyasachi. These lehenga paired with some hot plunging necklines this ethnic style has been recreated for our modern bride.

There are multiple chevron patterned lehengas available to choose from my favorite will always remain the Sabyasachi one. Do have a look.

This year let’s leave all the negativity behind and go big and bold in our choice of outfits. I am so excited to see these latest trend on our brides and looking their fabulous self.

My favorite trend this season is exaggerated sleeves and plunging necklines

Tell me which one is yours in the comments below.



shalini gupta - August 12, 2021

wow, I just read your blog on S/S 2021 it was amazingly explained ,and off course it helped me a lot!!!!

sandra - August 12, 2021

Thanks for the tips! I love your site

Asmita - March 4, 2021

Wow!! My sister’s wedding is in next month but I’m more confused about what to wear? How to wear it? What will suit me? But yes after reading your blog now I can select and wear the right dresses for different ceremonies.

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