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    Bolster your festive wardrobe with creative blouse solutions from Shabri Roberson and Amethyst .

    FOR those looking beyond the traditional jacket styles to edgy ramp worthy sari blouses – Amethyst’s new initiative provides the perfect solution. Collaborating with stylist Shabri Roberson (for the second time after the Peachoo Party in July), the boutique-cafe’s in-house bespoke blouse solutions, The Blouse Room, is being launched at their Wild and Festive Pop Up this weekend. “As someone who has always yo-yoed my way through the weight scale, styling to body shape and a departure from monotonous generic styles interest me and that’s what The Blouse Room is about,” says Kiran Rao, owner of Amethyst. At the pop up also find Ratika Haksar’s handcrafted contemporary jhumkas from her latest Symmetrika collection and Chaitanya Rao’s festive line for women plus a curated kids collection, with pieces from Roberson and brands like Nomad and Small Shop.

    The right fit
    Roberson, alumna of London College of Fashion, is showcasing thirteen silhouettes, ranging from the simple jacket and waistcoat to the off-shoulder, box and keyhole, styled on and modelled by women of different body types. Featuring three categories, Staples is neutral-hued pieces that can be mixed and matched, while the Embellished boasts hand embroidery and the Crossover features crop tops and cowl necks among others. Using tissue, brocade, silk, linen and cotton materials in earthy and bright hues, the blouses complement the sari collection (from Raw Mango, Payal Khandwala, Anavila and Rajesh Pratap) brought down for the pop up. Talking about the popularity of the anti-fit design, Roberson adds, “Women find the style very liberating considering it looks good and goes easy on the body in the weather here.”

    The rule book
    “One of the most fundamental aspects of styling is to dress to your body type. Blouses aren’t made according to the body wearing it today,” says 39-year-old Roberson. As she explains the nuances of picking the right look, she refers to some unwritten rules. “Strive for some versatility. It’s always nice to innovate with the sari and switch it around rather than sticking to convention,” she adds. Keeping comfort as key, she rues that there’s nothing worse than a woman who is self conscious in what she’s wearing. So style cue cards will be made available with tips on how to match their body structure and features to an appropriate make. “We’re being scientific in our approach to blouse making, something that Chennai’s tailoring industry seems to have lost,” she concludes. Customisation on appointment.
    Bespoke blouses from Rs 2,000 onwards. Festive collection from Rs 1,299 onwards. Details: 45991630

    Designer pick
    Shirt styles, collars are a favourite. Scallops are making a comeback in couture across garments and there’s the cold shoulder trend that I really love. I personally like the one-shoulder and cowl neck silhouettes. The latter is the most technical to design and looks great if done well.

    —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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