Summer is so close that you can practically smell it in the air. The sun is out, the temperature has risen and you are left wondering how to dress during this season. You want to dress well, look chic and stay comfortable.

You don’t have to be in the business of chasing trends to have a solid sense of personal style. But that doesn’t mean trends are worthless. Some are hyper-fleeting, while others are the mark of a bigger change in fashion. The latter are the ones really worth your attention. They have more longevity—say, the next few seasons versus just this one—and they’ll also influence the seasons to come. And no matter how classic you consider your style, having a few pieces that nod to the current state of Indian women’s wear is key to keeping your look up to date.

Here are some you should know for this summer.

Fabrics that breathe

During summer, it’s best to wear comfortable garments in breathable materials like cotton, linen and natural fibre, in light or pastel shades.

Indiwear’s new collection, Spring/Summer 2019 line , is targeted at the Indian summer; it is an ethnic wear collection – salwar suits, plain and floral pattern sarees, dresses and tunics, in variety of styles and patterns including stripes and chequered patterns. While most of the wear are in unbleached whites, we do have outfits in indigo, madder and turmeric dyes.

Wear light

Light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes are the best for promoting the absorption of sweat. You stay cooler because more air passes over your body. Floaty, breezy, delicate fabrics of the lightest colors are said to allow all that solar heat fighting its way to our skin to just reflect away instead.

Tops & Tunics

India is notorious for its humid, hot weather and with this summer already off to a sizzling start, women working outdoors should take extra care to be sun smart. As our jobs takes us outdoors most of the time, I usually wear kurtis in soft cotton. Your go-to colours this season can be light yellows, peach and off-whites. I like teaming loose sleeveless tops with palazzos, culottes and printed skirts.

Loose fit knee-length kurtis with gathers at the bottom, which are currently available on Indiwear look smart and so do the sleeveless A-line dresses. Sleeveless tops with three-fourth pants look good too.

Khadi

Few countries have used fabric as a tool to achieve freedom. And that’s the reason why nearly seven decades after India gained its hard-won independence, khadi continues to inspire and amaze people around the globe.

This humble fabric, which was associated with the freedom struggle for the longest time, has made its way from villages to the racks of famous designers. This handspun, natural, skin friendly, and organic fabric is ideal for Indian weather conditions and keeps the wearer cool in summers. Khadi is a skin-friendly fabric that ‘breathes’ and uses no chemicals in manufacturing.

So, whether it is shirts, sarees, kurtas or tops, get your quota of Khadi clothing for this summer, and feel cool, even in the heat!

Stylish scarves and dupattas

Look for printed or bright-coloured scarves or dupattas that you can pair with a plain dress. You can match your scarf with a tank or a pastel-coloured dress that will surely make you stand out in a crowd.

Sunglasses

With the heat settling in and enveloping you, it’s time to take precautions and keep yourself safe. And what’s better if you are able to make it trendy as well! Sunglasses are an essential accessory which accentuates the overlook of any attire. High quality shades in stylish designs should be chosen. From the chic cat eye and the classy aviators to the oversized bohemian and retro style, you can select from a wide range of designs.