New season, same old problem. Runway trend reports are nice to see but just how often can you wear them #IRL? Designer Parul Bhargava, Creative Director at Mirage picks out the best of the best—and these are actually quite practical. Get your notepads out and make that shopping list now.

Pleats

AND Pleated Culottes

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Be it a skirt or lehenga, for a more structured look try adding pleats. Box pleats, knife pleats or even inverted pleats, all give a certain form to an otherwise simple looking garment and add volume to make it more dressy.

Long Jackets

Global Desi Azura Shrug

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Jackets are a must have this season, especially if it’s a floor-skimming one. From brocade to baroque to velvet overalls, they can be paired with pants, skirts, or even a sari.

Off shoulder

Globus off shoulder

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Flaunt those collar bones and shoulders in an off-shoulder blouse with a lehenga for a wedding festivity or opt for a causal denim style to team it with shorts for a stroll in the city.

Victorian Style

Wardrobe by Westside

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Channelling the old world charm and the bygone Victorian era is in. It was reinvented on the runway by pairing colonial style tops with pants and skirts which can be worn to an evening soiree making you feel regal again.

Brocade

Fabindia Brocade lehenga

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Brocades are no more associated with grandmom’s sari; designers have changed the perspective and one’s approach towards it. Brocade is the new black to have in your wardrobe. Own a pair of trousers and team it up with a white shirt, or wear a shift dress to a sit down dinner.

Androgynous

AND Jacket Androgynous

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From day to night, this is a kind of trend that will keep you comfortable during the day and look equally dressy for a night out. This is one trend you should definitely follow if comfort is your priority. After all, why should men have all the fun?

Velvet

Triveni velvet sari

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The current “it” trend of the season, velvet seems to be the must have textile in ones wardrobe. Make sure you have at least one piece could be anything from jackets, to dhotis, to blouse or even a sari/lehenga.

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