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Printed Linen Jumpsuit by Payal Khandwala: This jumpsuit holds a lot of drama with its pleated front, bold print and handkerchief hemline. The side slits and v-neckline add volume. Available at PayalKhandwala.shop;  ₹22,800
Printed Linen Jumpsuit by Payal Khandwala: This jumpsuit holds a lot of drama with its pleated front, bold print and handkerchief hemline. The side slits and v-neckline add volume. Available at PayalKhandwala.shop; 22,800

How to dress for an Indian autumn

As the season changes, Lounge speaks to designers about what you can wear to fashionably mark the shift

Globally, autumn ushers in new styles. In India, however, September marks the beginning of the festive and wedding seasons and the fashion cycle is aligned to this rather than the global fashion calendar.

Bush Shirt and Shorts by Suket Dhir: This pair of satin-silk and lycra shorts is a lovely choice for this warm weather. It comes in Dhir’s iconic and colourful miniature cherry blossom print. Available at Suket Dhir, Delhi;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12,650 for the shirt and  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5,650 for the shorts
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Bush Shirt and Shorts by Suket Dhir: This pair of satin-silk and lycra shorts is a lovely choice for this warm weather. It comes in Dhir’s iconic and colourful miniature cherry blossom print. Available at Suket Dhir, Delhi; 12,650 for the shirt and 5,650 for the shorts


According to designer Suket Dhir, “The Indian fashion cycle is more interesting than the way the West tries to compartmentalize it by seasonal collections. Our lifestyles are married to tradition and nature."

Shirt and Drop-Crotch Pants by Rishta By Arjun Saluja: Loosen up your style with this coordinated set. The silk-cotton shirt has an asymmetric neckline, while the pants allow for easy movement. Available at Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Delhi;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13,500 for the shirt and  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12,000 for the pants
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Shirt and Drop-Crotch Pants by Rishta By Arjun Saluja: Loosen up your style with this coordinated set. The silk-cotton shirt has an asymmetric neckline, while the pants allow for easy movement. Available at Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Delhi; 13,500 for the shirt and 12,000 for the pants


Designer Arjun Saluja believes there may be two reasons why Indian designers don’t follow global autumnal trends: the weather and the season’s festivities. “We have different weather patterns in different regions. In certain parts of India, the way autumn/winter are perceived around the world doesn’t apply. The season is also very festival-driven, which takes precedence over what would seasonally be in fashion right now."

Designer Aneeth Arora of péro, who specializes in interpreting global aesthetics through local techniques, says people dress more for occasions than for themselves. “People are more willing to spend on clothes when others can see them, which isn’t the case with autumn or winter-wear in the West, which also serve functional and protective purposes."

So, what can we look forward to? Apart from the usual occasion-wear choices, Dhir finds that the season (and pandemic) have made non-occasion-wear styles popular again: the blazer paired with shorts, pyjamas (two things Dhir has been working with actively for the last few seasons) and the use of fabrics such as handloom cotton and mulmul. Dhir designs clothes to be season-agnostic as well as occasion-appropriate.

Wool Jackets and Bottoms by péro: The handwoven striped jacket and checkered jacket and bottoms, made from Merino wool, are from péro’s recent fall/winter Disco collection. Available at péro, Delhi, from mid-October; price on request
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Wool Jackets and Bottoms by péro: The handwoven striped jacket and checkered jacket and bottoms, made from Merino wool, are from péro’s recent fall/winter Disco collection. Available at péro, Delhi, from mid-October; price on request


Saluja, like Dhir, notes that the shift to spending more time at home is demanding greater versatility from fashion. “People should be able to wear comfortable clothes in any situation. The ease and utility factor of the clothes is very important today," he says. Saluja’s clothes look effortlessly loose but have been meticulously tailored to achieve that effect. There’s a lot of voluminousness.

Side Drape Dress by Chola: This linen dress in a refreshing moss green shade features a U-hemline for comfortable movement, as well as side drawstring details to achieve just the right fit at the waist. Available at CholaTheLabel.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>18,600
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Side Drape Dress by Chola: This linen dress in a refreshing moss green shade features a U-hemline for comfortable movement, as well as side drawstring details to achieve just the right fit at the waist. Available at CholaTheLabel.com; 18,600


Saluja and Arora both believe that this phase has ushered in an era of individualism. “We have now realized that we are learning to dress for ourselves, without being conscious about dressing for others," says Arora, adding that it’s the perfect time for layering with lighter overcoats and overlays. Both Dhir and Arora see a move tobrighter colours and prints, which is inverse to the dark colours that are popular for autumn/winter collections globally.

Lounge lists some more trends to look for this season.

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