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Light as air: Here’s the essential style (and fabric) guide to beat the summer
Summer heat can be debilitating, made worse by the clothes you choose to wear. You can lose a layer, change the colour scheme of your wardrobe, maybe even experiment with prints, but what’s key here is re-evaluating the kind of fabrics you are wearing this season. Good ol’ fashioned cotton, linens, and chambray are best, and there are a number of new ways to incorporate them in your wardrobe.
A lightweight natural fiber, cotton allows air circulation and dries up the damp patches on your body owing to its absorbent properties. Besides that, cotton is highly durable, easily manageable and washable.
How: Button downs 
Image: Courtesy The Summerhouse
Image: Courtesy The Summerhouse
A classic white cotton buttoned down is a must in every wardrobe. Whether you are a maximalist or a minimalist, pairing it with a pair of jeans or a skirt is no brainer.
We love: Versions at SummerhouseAnomaly, and The Pot Plant 

How: Kurtas

Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre
Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre
From flared, A-line to straight cut, kurtas are quintessential summer pieces to opt for. What makes them a perfect fit is their versatility and availability in a variety of shapes, prints, and lengths. Those straight line numbers can be paired with jeans and short kurtas with statement skirts. You can also pick a vibrant hued and embroidered palazzo with a flared kurta.
We love: Versions at Anita Dongre ; Saaksha and Kinni and AM: PM
Being a loosely woven fabric, linen allows the heat to escape and absorbs all the moisture. Also, when drenched in sweat, it dries instantly. Linen is a summer win.
How: Linen pants 
Image: Courtesy Eka
Image: Courtesy Eka
A cool, crisp pair does it for summers. Light and breezy, they fit in the formal and the casual canvas. Be it pairing them with a shirt or even a T-shirt, experimenting with them has no limits.
We love: Versions at Lovebirds, EkaPayal Khandwala, and Antar-Agni
How: Linen sarees
Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra
Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra
Sarees are a trans-seasonal wardrobe classic. And lately, a number of Indian designers have started experimenting with the fabric to create the perfect drapes. Anavila is one such designer who has taken the cause further. Otherwise considered to be a tough fabric to be draped, her versions of the same have been appreciated by some of the biggest tastemakers of Indian fashion.
We love: Versions at AnavilaNalliAbraham and Thakore
Love your denims? Here’s a great summer alternative – it looks similar but is only lighter. Made in a simple weave in coloured yarns, chambray is a breathable fabric and helps in keeping your body cool.
How: Chambray dresses
Image: Courtesy Namrata Joshipura
Image: Courtesy Namrata Joshipura
A perfect fit for those on a look out for transitional pieces, chambray dresses can be styled as per your ease. We suggest accessorising your look with colourful jewellery and statement shopper bags.
How: Chambray pants 
Image: Courtesy Label Ritu Kumar
Image: Courtesy Label Ritu Kumar
Yes, chambray trousers are a summer wardrobe must have. Owing to it being light, chambray can knock out those heavy-duty denims.
We love: Versions at Label Ritu Kumar and Namrata Joshipura
Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.