What your mama gave you

Take out that Banarasi dupatta from your mom’s treasure trove and wear it in style. We tell you how…

This Mother’s Day, flaunt everything your mother gave you. Not just those irreplaceable genes but everything from your mom’s wardrobe – vintage embroidered batwa, a timeless watch, Banarasi sari… But before you sport these nostalgic hand-me-downs, learn the trick of blending the right amount of ‘old’ with contemporary trends.

A SARI FROM BANARAS

Bring the grandeur of your ancestral Banarasi brocade into the limelight. To break the look and give it a voguish appeal, team with a long or short jacket or trench coat. The jacket secures your pallu in place and makes you stand out in a crowd of sari-clad women. To add to the uniqueness, fling the dupatta around your neck like a stole and make a statement. Complete the look with a cool braided updo so that the attention is on the ensemble.

VINTAGE MATHAPATTI

Beautiful heritage pieces like mathapatti and haathphool are often handed down from one generation to the next, but we usually don’t get the chance to wear them. The next time you attend your best friend’s wedding, wear that antique headpiece with pride. It goes fabulously with a zardosi lehenga. Or, be avant-garde by sporting the mathapatti with a gown or a fusion ensemble. Stick to dewy, minimal make-up.

CATHOLIC STAPLE

If your mom is a hoarder of balloon-sleeved tops, powder-pink and white slip dresses and skirts with details of vintage petticoats like small rosettes, crochet lace, tiny polka dots and pinstripes, you must snag her wardrobe right now! With ‘innerwear as outerwear’ being the biggest fashion trend of 2016, these ensembles exude a certain coming-of-age fun and an easygoing vibe. Plus, they add a touch of romanticism. You can always give these timeless pieces your own twist. Wear a white hakoba skirt with a quirky, printed crop top and add a fun factor to that one-piece pinafore dress with a pair of lace-up pumps.

PLEATED-SLEEVED BLOUSE

Do you have a blouse with pleated sleeves in your mom’s vintage trunk? Sport it with a cotton or organza sari, rich with Mughal, floral motifs and Paithani designs. Highlight the rich and vibrant history of Indian craftsmanship while keeping the look fresh and contemporary. A bindi and a pair of Kolhapuri heels, and you’re ready to turn heads.

’70S DENIM MAXI SKIRT

Denim will always be a wardrobe essential though styles may vary from decade to decade. Jump on the denim bandwagon by wearing your mother’s treasured maxi skirt. For a fashion forward appeal, adorn it with flowers intricately rendered in silken thread, accented with traditional ‘badla’ embroidery. The key to pulling off this look is how you style the skirt. Pair it with a classic striped shirt and avoid any extra details like fancy buttons or frays. Give the look a laid-back, sporty vibe with white canvas shoes.Read more at:cheap formal dresses melbourne | plus size evening wear

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