Flashback: 2019, the year of retro fashion

Who said, what goes, can’t come back? At least when it comes to fashion, that was the case this year as retro styles dominated the style charts. Everything from exaggerated sleeves and pantsuit, baggy jeans and elephant legs as well as pleats, has been seen on so many celebrities. It was also a year to play daringly with the bralette and micro bags in the spotlight. A look back at the styles that dominated the year, some of which will certainly arrive in 2020 …

A case for neon green

This year, it was time for neon to take center stage again. Seen in various hues like acid green, neon has become so popular that it has become the color of the season. Hot on the ramp, it’s made its way into neon dresses and shoes, and who can forget Deepika Padukone’s neon green voluminous tulle dress at the Cannes Film Festival this year! Selena Gomez also burned things with an acid green highlighter style dress she wore at a music award in November. Alia Bhatt turned heads in her neon green monokini and Ananya Panday rocked her ruched bodycon dress in acid green.

The bralette bought indoor clothes in outerwear

Forget those good old T-shirts. Get inspired by the stars who have revisited their casual look with a bra. Fashion transforms loungewear into stylish outerwear and the garment is meant to be worn under jackets and dresses, in see-through tops, with racerback tank tops and over a waist skater skirt. high. Combined with fringes, stacked metal chains and even a blazer and ankle boots, the bra is bossy and screams body positivity. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Charlize Theron have been sporting the style trend lately. Kourtney Kardashian looked sexy in a shimmering black and silver pinstripe pantsuit with a petite bralette, Kristen Stewart opted for a gray square bralette under her gray pantsuit on a TV show and closer to home , Ananya Panday went for an all-denim look with a bralette and denim tights.

The pantsuit has become the new power dressing


The classic two-piece pantsuit can elevate the style like no other. Also known as a “power suit,” it’s not just about something to wear to a business meeting anymore. Take inspiration from List A which adopted the pantsuit in various styles for formal and casual occasions. Karisma Kapoor got glamorous in her black pantsuit with gold bird patterns that she paired with black heels and hoops, Parineeti Chopra killed it in a navy pantsuit with a belt, Janhvi Kapoor opted for a millennial pink pantsuit that had a plunging neckline while Katrina Kaif opted for a highly embellished studded pantsuit with a bralette. Both pieces are here to stay, Power Vixens, are you ready to include it in your wardrobe for the New Year?

The bigger the better, let’s say puffed sleeves


If there’s one look that has gotten bold this year, it’s the puff sleeve. The exaggerated ruffled silk and tulle silhouette has risen high on the style charts and has been seen on a bunch of celebrities. Once a retro favorite, puff sleeves have been well received this year and hailed for being a feeling of ‘fun’ and ‘a symbol of strength’. There’s a lot you can do with the look – wear puff sleeve tops over culottes, wide leg jeans, a skirt, or even a dress. Last April Rihanna created the buzz in her neon yellow mini dress with massive puffed sleeves, back home Sonam Kapoor Ahuja tried on the trend in a printed saree ensemble, Sonakshi Sinha created an elegant look in her red and white polka dot dress with sleeves and Anushka Sharma wowed the online space in her silver white puff sleeve dress for the party hosted for Katy Perry.

The sari gets a makeover


Skinny belts are used to tighten pants and skirts and tighten the waist, but this time in Bollywood the stars also wore an original belt over a saree. Katrina Kaif opted for an iconic belt over a pink floral saree, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja killed off an olive floral saree. She completed her traditional look with earrings and a necklace with perfect kohl eye makeup. Karisma Kapoor mixed ethnic and western by combining her saree with a brown jacket and a matching belt. And Shilpa Shetty also sported the Indo-Western look in her bright yellow bandhni saree with a puff-sleeve blouse and a matching embellished belt.

Retro style jeans


Forget skinny jeans and jeggings. B-town stylists have gone for everything vintage as retro jeans have made a comeback this year. Celebrities wore everything from high waisted denims to wide leg bell-bottom pants and even distressed, acid-washed denims. Disha Patani showcased the cool style of her flared jeans which she paired with a cropped white t-shirt.

The folds stole the show


If 2019 were to be dominated by a single trend, it would definitely be the year of the fold. A nod to anything retro, the fold – accordion, knife, boxed or inverted bucket – was another favorite. Olivia Wilde defended it in her ivory pleated gown at the Oscars in February. Recently, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney was spotted in Venice in a glamorous micro-pleated mini dress. From skirts to dresses, Bollywood stars have rocked the style too. Karisma Kapoor chose a striped sweater with her metallic pleated skirt, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja rewrote airport fashion with her pleated midi skirt with an oversized blazer.

Micro bags have had a big impact


Whoever thought the little one could be so cool! Model Lizzo transformed the micro bag into an “IT” accessory when she wore it to the American Music Awards this year. Most of the big brands then included this bag in their range and the stars waved at it as well. Singer Rihanna matched the small accessory with her tunic dress and Beyonce went for a forest green micro-bag fanny pack style, with her striped outfit. Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a big fan of micro bags and has seen it many times. The small bags can be carried anywhere and literally fit in the palm of your hand. Not too high on the utility scale, they’re definitely still hot! Would you like to wear one in 2020?


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