Fusion Wear has revolutionized the world of fashion from its very days of emergence — the perfect blend between desi glitz and contemporary sophistication. The Indo-Western trend is being showcased across runways around the world, hence even the most amateur of fashion connoisseurs are gearing up to get their hands on the best of this trend.
With the wedding season at its peak, if you’re someone who wishes to stand out from the crowd of your sahelis, then we suggest giving Indo-Western clothing a fair shot while you’re on your shopping spree for warm toned sarees and pastel lehengas.
As easy as it has become to curate a perfect Indo-Western outfit, the tricky part are the shoes. Shoes hold the power to make or break an outfit completely, hence it is very important to choose the right pair for a particular type of outfit and event.That is where this article is going to be your gospel.
It’s only fitting to start with the old and the glittering gold of the shoe world.Pumps are a classic, and I’m fairly certain that every girl has at least one pair (or more, we certainly do not mind!) of this beauty in her shoe-rack; and if you don’t, well we suggest getting your hands on one as soon as possible. If you’re someone who isn’t afraid of high heels, then this particular type of shoe can make for the most sophisticated form of footwear for your Indo-Western outfit.
Pumps are incredibly easy to pair as they are extremely versatile. If anything, they are the most safe shoe option you can choose to wear if you’re trying to show off more of your outfit itself and less of the shoes. Clothing with longer detailed hemlines, like an embroidered Skirt (paired with an off-shoulder top or a crop top), or a hand-printed jewel toned Palazzo (paired with a button-down shirt) pair great with neutral toned Pumps like beige, black, off-white, brown and so on. The heel-height usually varies between 3inch-4inch and above, according to your comfort and liking.
Most shoe-sites offer multitudes of different pumps, in various colors, patterns and types.
If you want your shoes to be the centre of attention, then this is what you should be looking at. Stilettos have been the most raved about style of heels since time immemorial. With the new-age spin of caging on the classic pair, it’s surely and steeply becoming the rage once again. These have the power to take an outfit from a 0 to a straight 100 just my being present in the ensemble. But, fair warning, with heels sizes ranging from 4inch to 6inch and the heel being the slimest of the slim, stilettos are not meant for the faint of heart (or feet!) at all.
The best way to wear a pair of stilettos is with a longer, but easygoing and subtle outfit. Longer hemlines, just as above, are great for heeled sandals to give you that graceful step just like the movies. A pair of gladiator stilettos will definitely make sure your shoe game stands out from the crowd by miles. Interesting patterns and designs, a pop of color here and there help to make the outfit look like a statement piece just off the runways.
For example, a pastel colored saree (with a black leather top) or a straight kurta (with denim shorts) will pair great with gladiator stilettos. This outfit can be your open field if you’ve been meaning to experiment with different patterns and colors in terms of your shoes.
Inexperienced heel-wearers, this one’s for you. If you’re someone running away from steep narrow heels, then kitten heels might just be the redemption you’ve been waiting for. These are by-far the most wearable form of heels. If you’re someone blessed with an above-average height, and if you think 4inch heels might not be right fit for you, yet you aspire to achieve the grace and confidence which a pair of heels comes bearing with itself, then we suggest you give this shoe type a spin.
Kitten heels are great for all types of Indo-Western outfits. Literally, any ensemble you decide on and we’re sure there will be just the perfect pair of kitten heels to compliment it. If it’s a special occasion, and if you’re planning to wear a saree (with a bell-sleeved top, perhaps) then might we suggest a jewel toned pair of kitten heels, or if it’s a casual brunch with the girls wearing an ethnic skirt (paired with a quirky denim jacket) how about a sorbet-toned pair of said heels? The world’s your oyster!
Now this is for all my desi sahelis reading this. Don’t worry, we got you! Juttis have been around in Indian traditional wear for the same time as have tales as old as time. From ancient royalties of India to the present GenX, Juttis have been loved and adored by all. These hold one of the top spots in the Evergreen Shoes category, one of the most sought after, classy yet blingy kind of shoes. The intricate detailing found on traditional Rajasthani juttis are no less than invaluable pieces of art. Most of these kind of shoes are hand-made with beautiful embroidery and sequinned detailing, which is why you can take a backseat while your glitzy pair or juttis do the talking for you as you walk into a room.
Again, very versatile and very very wearable. A correct pair of jutti can be worn both as an everyday staple and a statement piece for an Indo-Western outfit. If you have a wedding function to attend, and if you’re a baraati, then the pair of stilettos which we’re sure are very near and dear to your heart, just might not be the right pick for the occasion. Slip into a glamorous pair of dhoti pants (paired with an embellished crop top or choli) and choose a sequinned jutti to match the rest. If it’s a friend’s birthday lunch, might we suggest a modest outfit of a maxi dress (paired with an ethnic jacket) and a more casual yet pretty pair of juttis.
Last, but certainly not the least are the Indian favourite- Sandals. These sandals are timeless and stunning in every way possible. Studded with jewels and stones, these make for the perfect footwear for festivities of all sorts. Anywhere where you’re expected to dress-up, these pair of shoes can be a life-saver. Found in several styles across the world, the most popular type are the T-straps. Both comfortable and chic, sandals are every girl’s go-to. You can buy some for yourself, or even your mother, and we’re sure you both will love them the same.
Embellished sandals are usually intricately made, with arrangements of eye-catching stones and sequins, and all that glitters. These stones certainly make these shoes look like a million dollars. A simple ethnic skirt (with a camisole or a tank top) will go brilliantly with a pair of embellished sandals.
We’re sure you’ve found your perfect pair of shoes from this article to best compliment your Indo-Western outfit. Here’s to chasing your dreams, in the cutest pair of shoes.