Incorporating western style elements to your Indian outfits puts you in the spotlight. Check out the latest Indo western trends that we predict will be trendy all this year!
Hello beautiful! Fusion wear is always fun. The subtle western touch to Indian outfits can create amazing outfits. Of course, Indo western fashion is not a new concept at all. From runway fashion to celebs, Indo western trends are definitely drool-worthy.
Being a modern woman, I would love to go for fusion wear any day rather than draping a saree or wearing a heavy lehenga. Indo western outfits are very comfortable and a great way to repurpose your Indian wear. Whether it is a saree with a jacket or a lehenga with a belt, Indo western styles never fail to surprise you!
Indo Western Trends | Latest Indo Western Outfits to Try
This year, we’ve gone through many Indian collections and finalized 11 latest Indo western styles that you need to try. Going through each collection, it was really fun coming across newest trends that are drool worthy. Let’s check ’em out!
1. Extra Long Jackets
Dupattas are passé, make way for jackets… Um! well, extra long jackets! Jackets are a perfect way to style an Indo western outfit. You can make a statement by wearing one! Stand out from the rest by pairing them with ethnic skirts, shararas paired with crop tops, long skirts, lehengas and casual trousers, too! The jackets accentuate your outfits and designers have made sure that your blouse or cholis are visible.
Manish Malhotra’s 2022 collection has innumerable options to try on – from heavy sequined to feather accents to simple solid colored jackets, you definitely need to try these styles.
Personally, I loved this look from Rohit Bal’s collection. A pair of metallic trousers paired with a peasant sleeved long jacket. You can wear this as a casual outfit to your friend’s sangeet or mehendi party. If you’re planning to wear a crop top or a low cut choli but want to keep it modest, too, these extra long jackets come to the rescue 😉
Well, if you’re planning to try Indo western trends this year, then jackets should top your list. If you want to create multiple ensembles, then you can wear these jackets with other pieces. Try them with sarees or a contrast colored skirt!
2. 3D Accents
Bold is the new word that Indian designers are vouching this year. Well, why, you ask?! We saw extravagant 3D details from the collections. Whether it is the large feather bow sewn to the lehenga from Falguni & Shane Peacock’s collection or the layered ruffled accents on the shoulders from Suneet Verma’s collection, each outfit is eye-catching.
This is one of 2022’s Indo western trends that is perfect for a cocktail party or a reception. If you’re a bride-to-be then you should try this trend for one of your events. If you don’t want to go too bold, then you can try something like this look by Manish Malhotra. The choli has minimal 3D accents on the bust keeping it subtle but noteworthy, too!
If you’re not a bride but still want to try this trend, then you can go for a gown with ruffled accents like the look by Gaurav Gupta or a simple fabric popping out on one shoulder similar to the look by Suneet Verma. You can even opt for a ruffled dupatta for your lehenga so that even when this style is out of fashion in the future, you can wear the lehenga separately.
3. Bustiers & Push-up Bra Choli
How many times do we worry about wearing a well fitted bra under a choli or a blouse?! Well, every time it’s a hassle to find the right one. But, worry not – this year Indian designers have the perfect solution! Welcome push up bra cholis and bustiers. They lift the breasts up and enhance the cleavage.
While I was analyzing the latest Indo western trends the last couple of days, I came across push up bra choli in Manish Malhotra’s collection. The looks were easy going and accentuated the rack. I was in awe and definitely thought it could be the next It-trend. However, while compiling the final folders for our trend analysis discussion, I missed adding them to the list. While reviewing, Shilpa herself finalized the trend and here it is in the top three!
The bustiers definitely make a bold statement. A perfect Indo western outfit for the modern woman. You can ditch your bra and wear these bustiers with your lehenga. We saw cupped, sweetheart neckline, and strapless bustiers in the collections. Wear them with lehengas or shararas or under a long jacket. Try them for mehendi or sangeet.
4. Floor Length Cape Sleeves
Capes are magnificent and give a royal look, and are still one of the hottest Indo western trends. Gowns with capes are not new in the western runway trends. Whether it is Valentino or Dior or a Zuhair Murad, we have seen the best looks in the past runway collections in the west. You will surely grab attention with capes and Indian designers are telling us to create drama with cape sleeves. Yes, and not the regular length but floor length cape sleeves that will sweep the floors 😉 Haha, pun intended.
From saree blouses to cholis, you need to try the long cape sleeves this year. And if you’re a bride, then you shouldn’t give this trend a miss. If you’re not someone who prefers a bold look, then try the subtle look by Gaurav Gupta – a simple solid colored lehenga with sequined work paired with sheer cape sleeves. The sleeves also give an illusion of dupatta. Try them for sangeet, mehendi, cocktail or for reception. You can accentuate the look by opting for feathers on shoulders!
5. Chic Feathers
Okay, the headline says it all – feathers are chic! From the hemline of the lehengas to choli sleeves, from hems of dupattas to sarees, feathers are a perfect way to don the Indo western look. The elegant and exquisite feathers would go well for a reception or a cocktail party. And I’m sure your outfit pictures will be Instagram worthy with feathers!
6. Saree Gowns with Thigh High Slit
Well, we’re finally here. This is my personal favorite trend for this year. I mean it’s bold, elegant and easy to go. Okay, I may be exaggerating a lot but saree gowns are the perfect combination of Indo western gown styles. This year Indian designers want to go bold, no matter what. The saree gowns have yet another western hint – the slit. Yes, slits in gowns are common but with the elegant outfit, saree, a slit takes the look to the next level.
A perfect outfit or a cocktail party, this trend will grab all the attention. Go for a clean sleek ponytail or a high bun and keep the jewelry minimal with a stud earring and a bold finger ring. Grab a box clutch and you’re all set. This look is quite casual and you very easy to pull off. After your work, you’re all set to dazzle with this easy to go outfit idea.
7. Androgynous Looks
Indo western trends are all about comfort with a dash of elegance. But why keep it gender specific? Indian designers are rocking the androgynous looks in their collections. From Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla to Falguni & Shane Peacock to Rohit Bal, top designers are vouching on this trend. Androgynous fashion is when the clothing doesn’t fall into a particular gender norm. We have seen this trend in western styles but with Indian wear, it is surely a game changer.
We have seen men donning skirts, lehenga, dupattas in the past and now women are wearing long sherwani inspired jackets and kurtas. You can add simple jewelry like earrings and a bracelet. The key is to keep the accessories simple and let the outfit stand out. You can even borrow a sherwani or a kurta from your man and restyle it this season!
8. Sharara with Crop Top
Shararas made a comeback almost in 2019 and since then there has been no looking back. Personally, shararas have been my favorite – one because they are super comfortable, especially in parties and they are stylish. My childhood was all about wearing these beautiful shararas with a short kurti and dancing to the famous Bollywood song – Sharara Sharara. Do you remember the song? If you’re a Gen Z, please search the song on YouTube right away!
So, shararas paired with kurtas – both short and long are trending. But shararas worn with crop tops is the latest style that you need to try. Try different styles of crop tops – bustiers, sequined and full sleeved. Pair them with a long jacket to create a statement. Wear them to outdoor sangeet, mehendi, garden weddings! You can even accessorize the look with a pair of sunglasses.
9. Choli Silhouettes
The most sought over typical red lehenga choli for weddings have got a makeover over time. With brides choosing different colors over red, subtle embroidery work over heavy embellishments and so on. The traditional cholis, too, have evolved over time. This season, Indian designers have brought in the choli silhouettes. The base work of the garment looks exactly like a choli but is not the traditional choli. From cut work to plunging V necklines to bustiers, experiment your look with eye-catching cholis.
In fact, if you’re planning to re-purpose your wedding lehenga, then this is the best time to create a new look altogether. Try an off shoulder contrast blouse like the look by Suneet Verma or a push up bra choli look by Manish Malhotra. Ditch the dupatta for a sangeet or a mehendi to hold the attention on your choli.
10. Bold Belts
Belts have been synonymous with Indo western trends for quite some time now. And we’re not blaming the designers. Belts are the easiest and instant way to add that western charm to your Indian attire. Belts accentuate your waist giving a hourglass figure.
Indian designers paired the gorgeous belts with sarees, lehengas, and shararas. From embellished to wide straps to chunky buckles, charm everyone with bold belts this wedding season. While styling them with sarees, leave the pallu free instead of pleating them to create a casual and elegent look.
11. Slit Sleeves
The last and latest Indo western trend is slit sleeves. Long sleeves with slits create a statement. We saw slit sleeved cholis, jackets and blouses. Wear them to sangeet or mehendi for a hands free experience 😉 You can even restyle your old long sleeved blouses by slashing the sleeves.
So, these were our latest Indo western trends that you must try this year. Which is your favorite trend? Let us know by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja. Also, share the beautiful Indo western styles by posting your outfits on Instagram and tag us @shilpaahujadotcom!
Sahana is a Senior Staff Writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. With an experience in fashion and lifestyle writing, Sahana is responsible for Indian and international fashion week coverage every year, and is developing an expertise in apparel trend forecasting. She also writes about health and fitness, having pursued yoga for 6 years now. She’s not a gym person at all but is all for “running in the park” and is an amateur cyclist. Books and coffee are her other passions. She’s also an amateur photographer. She’s a hardcore Bollywood fan and she loves to cover the nostalgic topics on the same. From fashion trends to famous characters, she can make anyone love Bollywood! Her best article has been 90s Bollywood fashion, a readers’ favorite so far! Prior to her experience with ShilpaAhuja.com, Sahana has written as a freelance author for online magazine, Mashup Corner, and interned at EventsHigh as a content writer. Her blogs on basic fashion, makeup, fitness and city’s food joints that gave her a chance to experiment with her writing. She also has voiced her opinions about feminism and equal rights for men and women at PolkaCafe journals and after quitting her job, she decided to take up writing as her full time career.
Sahana is an engineering graduate and has worked in an MNC, Tesco, for more than a year as an Operations Support. It was her sheer love for fashion that made her quit the monotonous 9 to 5 job to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She’s originally from Bangalore and is currently settled in Chennai (she’s loving the city)! For any queries and discussions, contact her at [email protected] You can also tweet her at https://twitter.com/Sahana_17