Cover up in silk

Who says dressing light for winter won't keep you feeling snug? Ditch heavy layering for sensual silk jackets

If runway trends are any indication, winter coats must always be big and fuzzy. But barring a few parts of the country where temperatures drop significantly enough to merit winter shopping, winter is a fleeting affair.

Androgynous blazers look better with a bright pop of colour, like this golden Blazé Milano jacket crafted from 100% silk.
Androgynous blazers look better with a bright pop of colour, like this golden Blazé Milano jacket crafted from 100% silk.

Autumn/Winter 2018’s haute puffer jackets and duster coats may look seductively cosy, but these warm layers are useful to only a few. For those of us craving warmth through these months, this season’s chic silk jackets provide ample coverage. Not to mention oodles of style.

Mumbai-based designer Urvashi Joneja spruces up the classic black pantsuit with embellished bird motifs. For a fresh spin on the jacket, layer over a sari. Photo courtesy: Modaoperandi.com
Mumbai-based designer Urvashi Joneja spruces up the classic black pantsuit with embellished bird motifs. For a fresh spin on the jacket, layer over a sari. Photo courtesy: Modaoperandi.com

Winter cover-ups are conventionally dark, but this winter calls for a heady dose of maximalism. Jackets with bold floral, abstract and animal prints will add a bright topping to your winter neutrals.

Textures and accents can go a long way in updating the basic black jacket. This lace-trimmed jacket from Cami NYC is a fine example. Photo courtesy: Netaporter.com
Textures and accents can go a long way in updating the basic black jacket. This lace-trimmed jacket from Cami NYC is a fine example. Photo courtesy: Netaporter.com

Plain jackets are elevated with eye-catching accents such as a fringe trimming or lace accents. Looking for a winter blazer? Try brocade and embellished numbers or warm hues like mustard-gold, fuchsia and red, and double these as cover-ups for festive ensembles and saris too.

Few do bold prints better than Gucci. Your winter basics will sing when paired with this floral patterned silk-twill jacket from the label’s Cruise 2019 line.
Few do bold prints better than Gucci. Your winter basics will sing when paired with this floral patterned silk-twill jacket from the label’s Cruise 2019 line.

Silk jackets resembling robes and kimonos are key trends and ideal for places where winter feels like a pleasantly cool summer, and come in a bevy of prints and colours, from subdued stripes to flamboyant mixed patterns.

Long silk jackets with abstract prints, like this number from Delhi-based label Yavi, is a failsafe addition to all ensembles.
Long silk jackets with abstract prints, like this number from Delhi-based label Yavi, is a failsafe addition to all ensembles.

Take your pick—it’s your cheat-sheet to dressing up for the cold (or lack of it) without feeling hot and bothered.

Looking for a printed jacket?Trust designer Dries Van Noten to make mixed motifs look elegantly easy. Photo courtesy: Mytheresa.com
Looking for a printed jacket?Trust designer Dries Van Noten to make mixed motifs look elegantly easy. Photo courtesy: Mytheresa.com
Is it a robe? Is it a jacket? This striped Brunello Cucinelli design from the brand’s Rustic Charm collection combines both silhouettes. Photo courtesy: Netaporter.com
Is it a robe? Is it a jacket? This striped Brunello Cucinelli design from the brand’s Rustic Charm collection combines both silhouettes. Photo courtesy: Netaporter.com
Making a case for relaxed dressing, this Etro jacket is a mix of bohemian patterns. Photo courtesy: Matchesfashion.com
Making a case for relaxed dressing, this Etro jacket is a mix of bohemian patterns. Photo courtesy: Matchesfashion.com
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