Nothing brings a smile to a woman’s face like a bouquet of flowers. Floral prints in a similar manner bring cheer and happiness to the wearer, which is why we are strongly promoting adding them to your Indianwear wardrobe this summer.
“I must have flowers, always and always,” said French painter, Claude Monet and flowers he had all around him in his paintings and life. Our mood in this rather turbulent time is the same, we need flowers to cheer us up and to remind us of the beauty of nature. It is said that flowers trigger happy brain chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and even oxygen.
This same ideology often translates to floral prints. The cheer associated with flowers is often experienced (in muted doses) when one dons these vibrant floral prints. So adding cheer to our wardrobe and carts are the overflowing bunches of flowers – hydrangeas, roses, bougainvillaea, pansies, wildflowers and more. Maximal floral prints to subtle ones, garden prints to abstract ones, there’s a host of botanical designs to choose from.
International designer collections, Bollywood movie costumes to our grandmother’s knitting, flowers always find a way. There presence in traditional Indian crafts, handlooms and embroidery techniques is ubiquitous. And so is fashion’s love affair with floral prints is undying, which is why you need to add a hint or surfeit of it to your Indianwear wardrobe this season.
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Take a lesson from the stylebook of the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez as she pairs a hand-painted floral dupatta with a simple spaghetti strap gown. This silk organza dupatta is painted with flamingo flowers to create an ethereal look.
Price: Rs 20,500
Image: Courtesy Picchika website
If adult colouring books are your favourite stress-busting activity then you are sure to feel a strong urge towards the Artbook set from Kshitij Jalori. Jalori’s xx collection is a beautiful coalition of sketchbook floral prints. Crafted in a cotton-silk-satin fabric, the kurta and pant set mesmerises you with its bright colours contrasted on a natural ivory base.
Price: Rs 24,900
Image: Courtesy Kshitij Jalori website
Karan Torani’s Spring Summer 2021 collection, ‘Jhooley’ reminiscences about summer with blue skies, fresh flowers, sweet mangoes and chirping parrots. This sweet memory is translated via an unleashing of colour and print. The Firoza Chokor Preet lehenga set captivates us with its unconventional orange and turquoise palette. The tiger and checkered pattern blouse is paired with a skirt with parrot portraits and a bouquet-like floral printed dupatta.
Price: Rs 1,85,000
Image: Courtesy Torani website
There’s something intrinsically romantic about a floral sari. Mahima Mahajan’s blush coloured organza sari with embroidered flowers and a heavily sequinned blouse is in equal parts sexy and old-school.
Price: Rs 58,900
Image: Courtesy Mahima Mahajan website
Prachi Desai’s pairing of three floral pieces from Chandrima’s Spring Summer 2021 collection is exactly how we imagine a modern-day Frieda Kahlo would dress. Stealing the spotlight is this short bolero jacket in ivory from the brand
Price: Rs 27,900
Image: Courtesy Chandrima Instagram
Payal Khandwala’s abstract floral prints are the elevated way to incorporate this evergreen trend into your wardrobe. The full-length kaftan with a graphic poppy print and a bronze front zipper is a modern classic.
Price: Rs 28,000
Image: Courtesy Payal Khandwala website