It may not be the season to flaunt a stole, but it’s never too late to stock up your wardrobe with these colourful picks, says Khevna Pandit
Stoles have always been a smart quick-fix. Whether it is to cover a plunging neckline for a formal occasion, to hide a pesky stain or to simply add a sophisticated edge to our ensemble, we can’t deny that they’ve always been a staple in our wardrobe. While we also agree that some days it’s just too stuffy to sport one because of the weather in the city, there’s always a reason to stock them up for a rainy day (pun intended). However, if you’re the kind who hasn’t discovered how fashionably helpful this simple accessory can be, here are a few picks that might just change your mind. Often mistaken for a traditional dupatta in an Indian ensemble, a stole can complement formal attire wonderfully. Take a look at some that we’ve picked to perk you up this season.
A monochromatic tradition
Who doesn’t love monochromes? Not only are they the easiest to pair, but they’re also hassle-free and classy. This Datework pashmina stole makes it to our list because of its intricate print and our all-time-favourite fabric, which will keep us warm in the monsoon winds.
Price: Rs. 3,219
If solid prints are your thing, we think this multicoloured silk printed stole from Mirage is the perfect pick. Apart from the fact that this stole uses a myriad of contrasting colours to appear bright and cheerful, we love that it can be paired with anything, be it an Indian or a chic western outfit.
Price: Rs. 1,799
Florals are our go-to prints for any occasion, and this floral print stole from Bollywood Accessory is our newest favourite. The simplistic pattern is minimalistic and elegant, and it is best paired with a simple Sunday brunch outfit. Don’t hesitate to wear your pastels with this one.
Price: Rs. 549
Fresh & fruity
We love tropical prints as they remind us of the summer every once in a while. However, if you’re looking for something fruity to spruce up your look this monsoon, pick this tropical print scarf from LUSH. Its adorable watermelon pattern will draw all the attention to you as you stroll down the street.
Price: Rs. 499
If you still aren’t convinced that stoles can be worn well with any type of formal attire, this silk mulberry shibori stole will definitely change your mind. The royal emerald shade pairs best with a chiffon blouse or a silk shirt, and will help you stand out at corporate events.
Price: Rs. 2,190
Where: FabIndia stores across the city
Bandhanis have a charm that simply cannot be overlooked. And this multi-coloured bandhani stole made from pure Kutch silk is exceptionally beautiful because of the print and its shade. We’re thrilled that the stole has been tie-dyed traditionally by the artisans of Kutch to keep it authentic.
Price: Rs. 475