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    Wearing more than a shirt and jacket? Be creative, advise leading designers

    Dona��t let the dreary weather get you down. As the temperature dips, up your style quotient, and turn to layering. a�?However, there is a difference between piling on clothes, and layering. The most important thing is to get the basics right,a�? insists designer Rakesh Thakore of Abraham& Thakore. And even as a pashmina shawl, a French coat or a woollen stole are some of the best options to keep you warm, experts believe that they are monotonous, and outdated. a�?Dona��t wear more than three layers, and wear the thinnest one closest to the skin. Pick skinny trousers or jeans, or leggings as bottoms for when youa��re layering; they slim you down,a�? he adds.

    Keep the coat on
    Styled coats over pants, waist coats over kurtas for men and even women, along with a linen scarf are some of Anita Dongrea��s tips. a�?It is best to incorporate a mix of colours and textures when styling a layered look,a�? says the Mumbai designer, adding, a�?You can pair a statement dress with a subtly printed jacket and finish it off with an elegant scarf.a�?

    Colour blocking is another simple yet effective way to highlight an outfit. You can team a structured jacket, a contrasting bag and a printed stole for a fusion look. a�?Black and white is a staple combination. For an important lunch meeting, throw a solid coloured jacket on. The key is to combine overtly dressy elements with casual pieces,a�? Dongre adds.

    Try Normcore
    According to designer Sounak Sen of House of Three, the biggest trend this season is Normcore (normal and hardcore). a�?It is a unisex anti -fashion trend that is characterised by unpretentious clothing and deliberately wanting to be average,a�? he explains. The look features dusters, palazzo pants, basic jerseys in tees and tunics combined with leggings jeans or jersey skirts. a�?Throw on a duster or a sweatshirt or an oversized boyfriend shirt, layered with a waistcoat on top. Pair it with a head scarf or a woollen oversized skull cap, muffler and casual sneakers,a�? Sen suggests.

    Ethnic touch
    The must-haves in your closet to take the layered look to the next level include, a�?capelets, tunics, coats, jackets and jumpsuits. One must experiment. You can try teaming up three pieces to get a different look,a�? says designer Anand Kabra. For the ethnic look, try dhoti pants with peplum tops, he suggests. A poncho is a great addition to onea��s outfit when it comes to layering, according to Aneeth Arora of pA�ro. a�?This winter, khadi wool or even pashmina are favourite fabrics, and these ponchos can be easily worn over tops, with jeans, and boots. For something dressy, a masculine woollen jacket with some zardozi embroidery, over a Benarasi sari could be nice look,a�? she says.

    Easy style
    If extreme layering is not your cup of tea, stick to basics, insists Thakore, adding, a�?Keep it simple; try the T-shirt or a classic office blouse over which you can add an unbuttoned shirt and a cardigan, vest or blazer as the third layer. A scarf will complete the look.a�?

    Anita Dongre prA?t range of jackets, capes and bandis start at Rs.5,000. Details: anitadongre.com
    Abraham&Thakore stoles start at Rs.2,000 and jackets at Rs.9,000. At The Collonnade, The Leela Palace. Details: 41329316
    PA�ro by Aneeth Arora coats and jackets start at Rs.5,000. Details: strandofsilk.com
    Anand Kabraa��s collection starts at Rs.6,000. At Collage, Wood Street. Details: 25566818
    Couture jackets at House of Three begin at Rs.15,000. At Jeevan Bhima Nagar. Details: 9886212837

    a�� Nandini Kumar

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