Fashion has been evolving very fast these days. There are no set rules now and new and unique combinations of fusion wear looks are being produced by designers each season. Thus last year at Diwali I decided to explore this fusion genre and skip the usual ethnic dressing for something different.
Fusion Wear Looks : Inspiration
The inspiration for this innovation was to win a “best dressed” competition for a party. But unfortunately I couldn’t attend it due to sudden high fever. Nevertheless the outcome was still worth it.
After some thinking and research I decided to use what I already had in my wardrobe and make the best of it without spending any money.
I saw an outfit online worn by the Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh. I found this to be perfect to use as an inspiration and to recreate.
It was simple yet classy with a plain black top and a plain red skirt. The highlight was an amazing statement jadau neckpiece which really added the WOW factor to the whole look.
So I decided to adapt this. I created three different fusion wear looks. For all three looks I used my plain black knitted Zara top as the western element and blended it with different ethnic pieces.
Fusion Wear Look 1
For the first look I teamed up the top with a rani pink Nandita Thirani lehenga with jaal embroidery all over. I have this lehenga from more than ten years and I just love twirling in it. It always makes me feel like a princess.
Along with this I just needed the statement piece but I didn’t have something as heavy and expensive as Chitrangada. So I teamed up two of my mom’s smaller yet chunky jadau and pearl neckpieces and wore them together. This worked well and it seemed like a single piece in itself. Along with this, I wore a chunky jadau ring and small earrings. You may or may not use earrings though.
I matched the outfit with a black sequined clutch from Love To Bag and black wedges. You can see how its looking here.
Fusion Wear Look 2
For the second look I decided to reinvent it a bit. This time I added a beige anarkali style jacket from Radhika Singhi to the black top. The lehenga was by Delhi based designer Swati Lamba. It was a coral coloured plain net lehenga from my brother’s wedding four years back. The colour of this lehenga is beautiful and it complemented well with the black top and the beige jacket which had hints of orangey red in it.
Again I used both the neckpieces to give a statement affect.
For shoes I wore my pretty golden platform wedges with pink, green and gold sequins. They are one of my favourite ethnic sandals in my wardrobe.
Fusion Wear Look 3
And for the third look I decided to use the black top with a really heavy red net lehenga I had, again from brother’s wedding. The lehenga was actually made out of my mother’s old saree which is a classic piece and really stunning. You don’t find such fine material these days.
But this was a very heavy and flowy lehenga. So I decided to use only one of the two neckpieces to balance it. I chose the one with strings of tiny pearls in it. In keeping with the theme, I teamed this with a silver stone cocktail ring.
For the footwear I wore silver platform wedges and used the same black clutch as earlier. This was a mermaid style lehenga at the top and the whole outfit looked absolutely royal.
Fusion Wear Looks Make-up
Along with all the looks I kept minimal makeup with bold statement lips in some of my favourite shades of fuchsia pink, burgundy and bright pink. I used Huda Beauty and Mac lipsticks for these which are my favourite lipstick brands currently.
Fusion Wear Looks Response
I got tons of compliments for all three looks. And family members didn’t realize that these were old clothes and not new ones.
Thus you can see how a simple tweak can make your old outfit look completely fresh without spending a single penny and give your wardrobe a fresh lease of life.
Among the three fusion wear looks, the third one was the most well received. I truly felt like a diva in that look!
It was my favourite from all the three fusion wear looks. What was yours? Do tell me in the comments below!