Indian fashion is vibrant, colorful and free flowing. It reflects the country’s cultural diversity but is designed to keep people cool in India’s sweltering summer heat. (That, believe it or not, makes August in Houston seem comfortable by comparison.)
Saris are the most common garment worn by Indian women. It’s simply a rectangle of colored cloth, wrapped around a woman’s body in a specific manner. Contemporary Indian fashonistas will pair bold, jewel-toned saris with layers of gold bangles and ornate beaded earrings. And the more affluent wear saris with threaded highlights of real gold as a sign of status and prestige. Considering the simplicity of its design, there’s no shortage of ways to wear a sari.
Most Indian clothing is influenced by Hindu traditions, but younger Indians are increasingly looking to the globalized fashion world for cross-cultural styles. And conversely, Indian-born designers like Parul Aneja and Rachel Roy have successfully brought their Far East-inspired designs from Bangalore to Beverly Hills.