When you think about Indian-American fashion, you may picture traditional Bollywood saris, sequins, and midriff-baring crop tops with full-embellished skirts!
However, it may surprise you to know how much Indian fashion’s traditions and designs have made its way into the American mainstream. With a rapid increase of Indian-American population, as well as Americans’ fascination for colors and designs fueled by social media, it is easy to see how this influence in fashion choices was bound to happen.
One of traditional aspects of Indian fashion is the use of embellishments – from sequins, beads and stones, done over delicate thread embroidery. Embellishments, embroidery and sequins on clothing can now be seen on almost every runway – including in collections by high-end designers such as in Dolce and Gabana and Veronica Etro’s SS16 Collection (Pictured). These unique elements on cocktail dresses and formal gowns add that extra elegance needed to make the wearer the star of the night.
You can see unique interpretations of these elements on the dresses from Ruby Bhandari’s Ruby B Collection.
The trend continues in casual wear too.
Tunics and lighter fabrics are becoming essentials in beachwear cover-ups and night-out fashion in major resort/beach vacation destinations. They are flattering on every body shape, and glide perfectly as you walk.
Ruby Bhandari’s Ruby B Tunics line has tunics that are perfect for both the beach and night out! You can even see the Indian inspired sparkle in this tunic here!
Crop Tops have become an American summer essential, giving us more of a reason to do those ab crunches! Pictured here is one of the more traditional looks by Silk Threads in which again, you can see the sequins and mirrors being used, along with thread embroidery.
Are these fashion trends something you’ve already adopted? We can thank the Indian-American culture for inspiring the east and west fusion of these modern day fashion trends.
Which one is your favorite?