Why is it that old photos of our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers look so much more beautiful than our current snaps? The black and white, youthful photos of the people we know and love with the puffy hairstyles and the thick, kohled eyes seem to belong to not only another time, but another world altogether. The lure of the vintage is quite extraordinary. The pure class that exudes in photos of women in earlier times is something every modern girl should aspire to. Thinking something along these lines, Chondon's fashion designer Chondona Dewan decided to whip up some “Back to the Future” magic this winter.
“Around the 50s and 60s, women would wear coats with their saris and they would look so sophisticated,” reminisces Dewan, who wanted to bring back some of that elegance. Add the more adventurous spirit of Dhaka fashionistas of today and also the comparatively cooler winter days in recent years, and this seems to be the perfect time to introduce coats that can be worn with ethnic wear.
Instead of a shawl, opt for a coat with ethnic wear instead like Sonam Kapoor's iconic look at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The drama factor of your outfit will definitely top the charts. The longer the coat, the higher the impact. And if your coat has a daring print, then even better! Chondon has explored all aspects of the coat, turning a humble winter warmer into a top-notch fashion statement piece. Coats are available in short, medium and long lengths in a variety of different cuts. Fabrics used include thick cotton, wool, silk and twill. You can find coats in the usually safe deep colours like black, but for the more savvy fashionistas there are coats boasting oriental, tribal and ethnic prints. But to score a perfect ten on your outfit, you have to be careful about what sari or kameez you are wearing under your coat. Don't be afraid to go wild with printed coats if your sari's colour palette is neutral or there is only one colour.
Printed coats can work really well with our traditional Jamdani saris. Plain coats, although less dramatic, have the advantage of being a safer bet when it comes to the mixing and matching. You can colour block by choosing a coat which is a contrast to your sari. Emphasise on the earrings and rings because your bracelets won't be visible if you're wearing a coat. Pin up your aachal in order to avoid a messy sari drape. If you are planning on wearing a kameez or kurti, make sure that the length of your coat matches the length of your kameez or kurti. And lastly, add some high heels to your outfit to create a more streamlined silhouette because you don't want to look like you are drowning in the coat.
Always make sure you try on a coat before you buy it, because the fit of a coat is of utmost importance. A coat that is loose on your shoulders, body and sleeves can lead to a complete wardrobe malfunction and your outfit might fail to gel together. Look in the mirror to see how you look with your coat both buttoned and unbuttoned.
Generally, an unbuttoned coat looks better so the sari or kameez underneath is also on display so ensure the coat is well-fitting. Brave these winter nights with a coat by your side, ticking off both the fashionable and functional boxes.
Model: Safa and Mili
Make up: Farzana Shakil