Cold Shoulder Blouse
What's a saree without a styled blouse? A 5-metre long fabric, that's it. The blouse is something that if worn right, has the power to transform your whole look. A boat neck, full sleeved blouse can make you look sophisticated and classy whereas a backless, sheer blouse can help you appear sexy and sensual.
Cold shoulder blouse is something that you can flaunt in summers and it'll make sure to keep your traditional quotient intact but still make your whole outfit look smart and trendy. It consists of a cut, or an open at the shoulder region of the blouse and is mainly there to make a traditional saree look fly. This latest trend is everywhere!
Where did this trend come from?
Fashion is cyclical. The cold shoulder trend comes all the way back from the 50s-60s. It's an inspired design that was influenced by famous actress Brigette Bardot and was even called 'the Bardot’. It came all the way back into the style world in 2016, renamed as 'the cold shoulder’ but it was mainly for tops and dresses. However, this very style has been adapted and indulged in the most traditional attire for the woman of India- saree. It the latest, most vibrant trend of the draping ensemble and why shouldn't it be when it gives just the right amount of exposure and youthfulness.
Celebrities who flaunted this trend
On her Instagram account, with over 26 million followers, Alia Bhatt flaunted a simple gold coloured blouse with a cold shoulder and teamed it with a matching sequined sari. To add some old world charm to her look, Bhatt sported a black bindi, smoky eyes and nude lips. The perfect wedding look for the shaadi season.
On a recent runway show, Aditi Rao Hydari walked the ramp in an embroidered cold shoulder saree blouse in a solid blown shade paired with a lehenga sans the dupatta. If you aren’t ready to be that bold yet, you can try pleating the dupatta or pallu in a way that the blouse pattern is clearly seen. You'll get the best of both worlds in this way.
More divas spotted carrying this look were Jacquelin Fernandez, who paired a sheer, lacy white off-shoulder blouse with a plain gold saree, Sonam Kapoor, who went more bold and loud with added ruffles to this blouse style, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and many more.
You know you must have one when all these ladies make it look so good!
Occasions to wear on
Cold shoulder blouses are inclined more towards the dressy side than casual so you obviously need to know what occasions are just right to show this trend off.
You can never be overdressed for an Indian wedding and it's the perfect spot to steal the show in a cold shoulder blouse, paired with a perfect saree. You can go for an embroidered, lacy, or embellished cold shoulder blouse in any solid colour and pair it with a plain saree in the same or a completely contrasting colour. You will no doubt steal the show.