2018 Forecast: The Ethnic Wear Trends Our Wardrobes Can Expect!

Sayunkta JainSayunkta Jain  |  Jan 5, 2018
2018 Forecast: The Ethnic Wear Trends Our Wardrobes Can Expect!

From bell sleeves to off-shoulders, from capes to shimmery frills, 2017 has seen it all. Let’s take things up a notch this year, shall we? And believe me, this upgrade is going to be the ‘it’ thing in twenty-eighteen. Here’s a forecast of what the new year might have in store for you in terms of ethnic Indian wear. Get on a call with your tailor, already!

WARNING: You’re going to look like your fave Bollywood celeb.

1. Forget Hem, Floor-Touching Sleeves


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Flared, bell, ruffled – 2017 was the year of sleeves. But that doesn’t end there. The sleeves are reaching new heights (and floor length). You now know how to make a statement this wedding season.

2. After Capes, Ponchos For The Win


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Whether it’s with distressed weaves or distorted symmetry, we think ponchos are going to be the highlight this new year. Trade your capes and crop tops for a poncho, and take your long skirt game to a whole new level.

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3. The Mighty Mulmul


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Once exclusive to Indian royalty, mulmul has gained popularity all over the world for it’s fine, soft cotton muslin. It’s often referred to as ‘woven wind’ for its lightweight quality. Add as many flares as you want without them weighing you down. TV pe breaking news?

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4. Churidar On A Saree?

We’re planning to replace the good ol’ petticoat in 2018 with churidar pants. Walking in a saree is now easy and all the more stylish. Notice the cut-out blouse, belted pallu, and hello, are pre-draped sarees going to be a thing this year? Hint: YES!

5. Ruffled Lehenga Skirts


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We loved ruffles on our sleeves in 2017, so we replicated that on our lehenga skirts. But we think it’s time we add some waves to our ethnic long skirts as well. Pair them with your basic white shirts and statement neckpieces for the perfect fusion outfit.

6. Front-Facing Dupattas

Struggling between a jacket and a dupatta? When Kareena Kapoor walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in late 2017, we knew the side gathered dupatta style was a thing of the past. Opt for a sheer dupatta and let it fall forward from your shoulders.

7. Shararas To Replace Palazzos


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Collect all your ethnic palazzos and pack them in a trunk. Shararas are back and here to stay. Take your kurtas for a fashionable spin with a pretty sharara and a pair of juttis this year.

8. Power Shoulders FTW!


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Off shoulders on our blouses are just so 2017! Instead of baring them, add some volume with shoulder pads or fur like Kriti here. They’ll give you a feel of royalty and power.

Ode to the 2017 trends!