With the party season almost here, you need to dazzle in the most stylish outfits. But what if you don’t want to splurge? Alisha Shinde and Amrita Prasad tell you about the budget-friendly party wear places in town
The party season is here and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the fun. Say ‘party’ and the next thing that comes to mind is, ‘What am I going to wear?’ If you can afford designer clothes, then there are many options. But if you don’t want to splurge on party clothes and instead spend on buying presents for your loved ones, here are a few shops in town that you can visit to buy party wear and come out of the store feeling happy and not light on the pocket. The store owners also share their suggestions on this season’s party clothing trends.
Dejavous, Koregaon Park
Jyotika Motwani, designer and owner, Dejavous, says this party season is studded with black substitutes which are shades of burgundy, bottle green, navy blue and charcoal. She says, “Fuller women are more drawn towards layers, and softer and fluid fabrics because they flow away from the body.” She also mentions that crystals and tassels are in which add a bit of drama to the dress. However, one must not go overboard with the accessories and should keep the look subtle which will add a touch of femininity and elegance.
At Dejavous, party tops are priced Rs 950 onwards and the store has tunics, kaftans, dresses, gowns, pants and skirts in a wide variety of fabrics.
I Love Kapda, Koregaon Park
Party season is all about bling and standing out from the crowd. Neha Mantri, designer and owner, I Love Kapda, says, “Bling never goes out of fashion and this party season too, it is very much in vogue.” She also mentions that accessorising your outfit the right way takes it to a whole new level.
The Indo-Western look is also in and many are going for faux fur since it is winter, adds Mantri. The dresses at I Love Kapda starts at Rs 750. They also have a wide range of gowns, bomber jackets, skirts and pants.
Cupid, Bhandarkar Road
Talking about party colours this December, Murtuza Partapgharwala, owner, Cupid, says, “Wine colour has been a complete winner this time because it looks brilliant both in the day and night.”
He also mentions that floor-length dresses with fish-cuts are making their way back into fashion. Embellished tops, dresses and gowns are also in vogue.
Dresses at Cupid are priced at Rs 1,000 and above, and they also have crop tops, skater skirts, gowns and tunics.
Fling, Bhandarkar Road
When it comes to party clothes the most important thing is comfort. Ashmin Madhani, co-owner, Fling, says, “Bodysuits are back in trend and extremely comfortable to wear.” She says that a bodysuit fits perfectly well and does not need much effort to wear and style it. You can pair it with well-fitted pants as well as skirts.
The little black dress (LBD) never goes out of style but the one making heads turn is the metallic skirt and jacket which come in several shades. For the party season, women do opt for a lot of shimmer fabric but many are also going for foam material and suede since winters are cold in Pune.
“As far as colours go,” Madhani says, “orange can be an option for the flamboyant.”
At Fling, tops start at Rs 650 while dresses start from Rs 1000. The store also has a good collection of skirts and gowns.
It’s winter but you don’t need to stick to woollens or walk around in the classic reds. Add some spunk to your party look by going a little experimental.
Swati Shinde, the store attendant at Kiara, says, “Florals are the highlight of the season and go extremely well with Christmas and winter mood. We have skirts, gowns, dresses (both bodycon and skater), tops and even shirts in floral print in soft hues and eye-catching colours. Not just college girls but also women in their late 30s and early 40s are willing to try florals.”
The store, which sells tops at a starting price of Rs 500, is known for its reasonable rates and a variety of outfits that are casual such as off- shoulder tops, cold shoulder shirts and dresses, faux leather pants, jackets, skirts, long gowns with ruffled sleeves, and thigh-high slits and even cardigan dresses.
Shinde says that she has seen a shift in the choice of women who only preferred reds, metallics or sequins last year and opting for a more minimalist look and trying out very casual outfits for parties this year.
Prem Clothing, Baner
Prem Clothing boasts an array of designs. The shop believes in providing both Indo-Western outfits and clothes that have completely modern silhouettes. With the festive season in full swing, those looking for some extra bling in their look, can head to the shop for party dresses with embroideries, sequins work and a touch of Indian weaves.
“Why do what everyone else is doing? I personally like to go that extra mile to create an impressive look, hence I prefer coming to Prem as they excel at getting amazing stuff at affordable prices. I like how they have kept a great variety of outfits that make a beautiful fusion,” says Jannet Jacob a stylist by profession and a regular at the store.
The store where you can purchase a dress at Rs 1500, has fashionable dresses, gowns, jumpsuits and skirts that are suitable for party wear.