Indian fashion has seen a beautiful turnover this year. Come take a look at the latest Indian ethnic trends you need to look out for this season.
The Indian fashion industry is evolving day by day. As the festive season is in full swing, we’ve been keeping an eye on the upcoming latest Indian ethnic trends. Despite being confined in our homes, we can celebrate our festivals with our close friends and family with minimal contact. In fact, this season festival is going to be better because it will be intimate with more family bonding time.
Indian Ethnic Trends to Try in 2020
So we think it’s the right time to share a few latest Indian ethnic trends and indo-western designs for 2020. Our editor-in-chief, Shilpa Ahuja, absolutely has an eye for the details and latest trends. After numerous discussion with the editor, we finalized the latest trends for 2020. Let’s check out some of the latest trends that are going to rock your ethnic fashion world this year!
Sculptures, sketches, and paintings are something that fit into the traditional art category, but fashion is wearable art. And this season is all about dreamy sculptural drapes. From surrealist pieces to abstract ones, Amit Aggarwal, Gaurav Gupta, and Manish Malhotra designed their collections with wearable sculptures that are breathtaking. These designers’ striking collections of sculptural drapes change how we view the future of Indian fashion.
2. Crop Pants
What’s not to love about a pair of fashion trousers or crop pants! In recent fashion trends, crop pants are making their place, and they are here to stay with us in 2020. A lot of designers added crop pants to their latest ethnic collections.
The stylish crop pantsuits add a contemporary touch to your ethnic look, and you can wear them in many ways. Wear them with your salwar suits, long and short kurtas. From chic western styles to traditional ethnic looks, the classic crop pants can do it all!
3. Poufy Sleeves
Exaggerated sleeves are the word in ethnic fashion today! Inspired by the Victorian age, poufy sleeves are taking center stage this season. Poufy sleeves have made a tremendous rebound this year. And designers are highlighting this sleeve on the runways this season. You can pair these blouses with any saree from printed to sequin-embellished. And it is an apt pick for a cocktail night!
4. Draped One Piece Dress
Draped one-piece dresses are making a statement this season. Due to their comfort, of course, their unique and flirty style, one-piece draped wonders have been on the hit list when it comes to the latest ethnic trends or Indo western ensembles.
Feminine and stylish, one-piece draped garments are a timeless and trendy choice for any celebrations. Draped attires, with waist belts show femininity. A chic example is this Tarun Tahiliani’s draped collection. Draped dresses are trendy and accentuates the body softly and subtly!
5. Peplum Kurtas & Cholis
Here’s one of the coolest Indian ethnic trends. Yes, the peplum style is trending again this season. This style has become a game-changing element for saree blouses, lehenga, cholis, and even for kurtas now! It is a top that has a fit & flare style and is flared after the waist. It matches both skinny & curvy bodies and accentuates your curves and waist.
The outfit by Jayanti Reddy is enhanced with gold border embroidery detailing in the sleeves and choli. A peplum kurta set is the perfect blend of elegance and comfort.
6. Suit Trends
6a. Knee Length Anarkali
Anarkali is still keeping its charming spirit to influence Indian ethnic fashion. Be it ankle length-anarkali, or anarkali gown, this suit is quite abuzz in the fashion industry. Anarkali is a frock style top paired up with a slim fit bottom. The trendy length is usually from mid-knee to floor length.
Knee-length anarkali from Tarun Tahiliani and Reynu Taandon’s latest collections looks surprisingly very fashionable with sequins shararas and embroidered flared bottoms. You can wear salwar suits with sharara or crop pants.
6b. Sheer Chooridar
The evolution of fusion wear has transformed the Indian ethnic fashion industry. Today most of us prefer western styles and traditional charm to blend. Thus, Indo-western wear is fast catching up. Falguni Shane and Shyamal & Bhumika are here with the latest collections of sheer chooridar.
You can team up these suits with straight and pencil pants for a modish look. You can also opt for this look for parties or for summer weddings. Sheer chooridar is one of my favorite Indo western designs for 2020.
6c. Asymmetric Draped Chooridar suit
Asymmetric draped chooridar suits are the hottest Indo western dress trends of this season. Throughout the ages, clothing has been categorized as either “fitted” or “draped.” In today’s fashion world, both fitted and draped garments have become trendy.
The elegance of these suits is made to the list of top Indian ethnic trends for kurtas. This Indo western outfit is perfect for parties and dinner dates. Draped collections of Manish Malhotra, Shantanu and Nikhil have topped our list of Indo western designs for 2020.
It’s no wonder why so many latest ethnic collections have loads of shararas. I personally love Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection, where sharara suits screamed wow! This bottom is the go-to go option for many celebrities and fashion bloggers. These flattering bottoms suit most of the silhouettes and body types. Be it for a festive season or a wedding occasion, shararas are super fun to style.
6e. Long Kurta Chooridar
Long kurta is very much trending these days. Stating the actual meaning of grace and elegancy among the fashionistas. Kurta is not an easy-chic casual-wear alternative, but it is perfect for all occasions. Long kurta chooridar is one of the top Indian ethnic trends in kurtas that looks modest too. You can also wear it with palazzos or pair it with crop pants.
7. Lehenga Trends
7a. Lehenga Skirt
I went through all the latest designer ethnic wear collections, and lehenga skirts paired with western-style tops are super trendy. There are some new looks you haven’t seen in the past seasons. Tarun Tahiliani’s classic pleated lehenga skirts are drool-worthy. Skirts embellished with frills, pleats, and a must-try for every lehenga lover.
We saw embroidered skirts with loose satin shirts and tops. While Manish Malhotra skirt plays to the whims of the contemporary princess. You can opt for strap blouse, deep neck, V-neck, or sweetheart’s neck for lehenga skirt.
7b. Ruffled Lehengas
Ruffled lehengas are very much in vogue nowadays. From ruffle sarees to those gorgeous ruffle dupattas, we saw loads of ruffle in everything! A lot of designers like Suneet Varma, Manish Malhotra, and Shyamal & Bhumika are creating the prettiest designs of lehengas with some stunning layers and ruffles.
7c. Lehenga with Coat
When it comes to Indian ethnic wear, there’s nothing more gorgeous than different types of lehengas. Elegant yet chic lehengas with a coat are are back this year. It’s a western trend that goes well with ethnic dresses like anarkali, kurta, and even lehengas.
You can wear a coat over a kurta, anarkali, and lehenga to provide a finished look to your attire. With the coat style lehenga, you can try bustier blouse, boat neck, strap blouse, or V-neck choli without sleeves.
8. Saree Trends
8a. Sequin Saree
Designers are playing with intricate embroideries and sequins embellishments in 2020, which is lovely to watch. Sequin saree is a revival trend – back from the 80s, and this ethnic fashion is here to stay with us in this season. The glimmer ensembles will rule all the way!This sequin saree makes for a perfect Indo western look and a great pick for the sangeet night or cocktail party.
8b. Concept Saree
The origin of the drape can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The concept of drapes has been reinvented and draped in an array of concept saree designs, from traditional drapes to chic embellished concept sarees.
Concept saree is always going to be an ethnic wardrobe-essential. We have spotted Bollywood celebrities going for this offbeat look. Many designers have converted the classic drape into a modern piece of concept saree, which is a must-have for all festive occasions.
9. Gown Trends
9a. Printed Gowns
While embellished & embroidered gowns continue to be the go-to option for fashionistas, the choice has now expanded to printed ensembles as well! And this trend has officially taken over in 2020. The printed gowns boast a futuristic charm. You can opt for this printed gown for a sangeet night or mehendi ceremonies to add a playful vibe.
9b. Belted Gowns
Belts are back with great popularity this season. Belted gowns are the admirable dress that can transform your entire appearance with a western look. Belts give a striking look, especially for celebrations and weddings. You can wear belts over lehengas and sarees to add structure to your ensemble.
The designer collections of this year had gowns, kurtas, and saree paired with embellished belts or broad belts. A belt detail is a great way to emphasize the waist and balance out the body shape. Examples of this can be seen at the Sabyasachi & Shantanu and Nikhil collections. Be it for any parties, sangeet function, or reception; these designers’ belted gowns are sure to leave you impressed.
These are the latest Indian ethnic trends and Indo-western designs for 2020. Which ethnic fashion trend is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to see your latest ethnic outfits, so do share them with us on Instagram by tagging us @shilpaahujadotcom.
Nandhini Mariappan is a Fashion Journalist Intern at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of Sona College with a bachelors degree in Fashion Technology. Prior to Shilpa Ahuja Digital Media, she has internship experience from Bangalore at one of the largest manufacturers of apparel and also the recipient of the award Rajya Puraskar, known as the Governor’s Award for Scouts & Guides.
She is a lover of Charles Bukowski’s quotes & novels and believes, ‘What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.’ During her time at college, she won several inter-college & intra-college awards for fashion illustrations and fashion portfolios. She also has experience working on projects like fashion merchandising, fashion branding, and blog brand design elements. She is a great lover of paintings, calligraphy and currently, she is working on her art journals and illustrations Insta blog. She can be found @whatijournal on Instagram.