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Spring Fashion

Maria Mohsin
Spring Fashion
Photos: Nazmul Islam

With the advent of spring and warmer weather, the arrival of new fashions and trends is evident everywhere. Right after the heavy clothes of winter, spring means it is time to change your whole closet, as well as lifestyle, for lighter options. For most people, especially young fashionistas, this season brings a huge opportunity for shopping and playing with fashion.


In Bangladesh, spring is the season that can decide which styles are going to stay around the whole year as fashion statements. That is why this is a golden time of the year not only for shoppers, but also designers, businesspeople and fashion icons.


To learn more about this year’s latest sartorial offerings, Y&I checked out new arrivals at some shopping centres, like New Market, Elephant Road, Gausia, Mouchak, Anarkoli, Bashundhara City and different fashion houses in the capital, as well as popular online stores.  


This year, spring trend and fashion has gone through some major changes. The flower tops it all. Almost everything you see has floral prints or flower motifs embroidered on. From sarees to gowns, every outfit gets a touch of spring with flowers. And the flower is not only limited to women’s wear, floral patterns can be seen in menswear, too.


As to fabrics, lighter materials like ‘weightless’ georgette, linen, cotton and ‘Jaipuri’ cotton are in fashion. Batik prints, abstract prints, animal prints, checks, stripes and of course, floral prints, are seen on the fabrics.


One more thing to mention, when you go out shopping, it will seem like it is the season of pompoms, fringes and tassels. From outfits like kurti, dresses and sarees to sandals, bags and jewellery, every item appears adorned with colourful pompoms and tassels. 


Like the previous year, dresses and gowns are still in fashion, but the way to carry them has changed. Actually, the dresses seem to have gone longer with the addition of flowy palazzo pants, ‘sharara’ (frilled) pants, capri pants or full skirts. Palazzos are now at their trendiest, in various prints, shapes, such as ‘skirt’ palazzo, and fabrics, like silk.


Fashionable long kurtis, one-piece or single kameez, and short tops are in the limelight this season. The latest trends include umbrella sleeves, off-shoulder, cold (cut-out) shoulder, koti (vest) and Bohemian style. Different colours, patterns and materials are being used, and even zardozi (metallic embroidery) and exclusive stone works are done with elegant touches to them. The kurtis and tops are paired with palazzos or leggings of different materials like linen, cotton, georgette or silk.


New patterns and designs in lawns (fine cotton fabric) are seen, too. With that, sharara dresses have captured the market, especially for young girls and teens. The party outfits, with pleated pants or skirts and embroidered kurtis can give an absolute elegant, princess-like look.


Kawser Uddin Bhuiyan, a salesman at a clothing store in Mouchak market, said girls show little interest in buying salwar-kameez sets these days. They go for kurtis, tops and one-pieces as those are very fashionable and they get them readymade. Long shirts are also very popular, he added. 


For sarees, solid colours or shades of one colour, paired with floral or printed blouses, are in fashion. Silk, georgette or chiffon saree in a single colour, with a printed or embroidered blouse, seem to be hot favourites. Samu silk, half-silk or cotton sarees with batik or vegetable dye prints are also on trend.  As some things never go out of fashion, cotton and tant (handloom) sarees are always on the top list.


Special spring fairs are arranged in different parts of the city at this time of year. At one recent event held at WVA auditorium in Dhanmondi, popular online vendors showcased their products. “We are getting huge response from this fair. Most of the customers are interested in kurtis, tops, Indian dresses and antique jewellery. Bags and clutches and other accessories are also in demand. But everything we are offering are comfortable, colourful, and you can say all the items are spring-friendly,” said Papri Afzal of Tiara Fashion.


Tasnova Wahid, a visitor at the fair, said: “I came here to buy one-piece kamiz, as they are very reasonable in price and I can pair them with different items of clothing. I normally buy clothes from online shops because I feel it is hassle-free, but I came to the fair to see all the new collections. I can also get some uncommon pieces of  jewellery, which I can never find in our local shops.”     


Talking of jewellery, antique designs, traditional meena (enamel) work and Afghani style are most popular now. You can see old style traditional silver or metal heavy ornaments in use again, due to the influence of some recent historical Asian movies. Nose pins and rings are also selling well among young women nowaday’s, said Shamim Ahmed, a shopkeeper at Mouchak market.


A touch of the West is also seen in imported jewellery in the markets, wish tassels and feathers on necklaces and earrings. Famous artworks and figurines are crafted into the latest fashion jewellery, too. As to accessories, bags with long straps, with colourful embroidery, paintings and floral designs are in fashion now.


Regarding spring footwear, heels will never go out of fashion, but different styles like platforms, wedges, stilettos, kitten heels, pumps, peep-toes, open-toes, d’Orsay, ankle straps, slingbacks and gladiator sandals can be seen in different styles.  



For makeup, a simple and light look is in now. In recent times, consumers seem to be more interested in brand cosmetics, which require a handsome budget, so buying makeup items is a big deal now. Light, natural looking makeup is the look for this season. Neutral colours are the most popular. Matte lipsticks in light and dark shades are in fashion. And nail art is the latest fad.  


Describing spring fashion would be incomplete if we don’t include clothes for children and men. Though not that much different to women’s fashion, this season most children’s outfits are in cool cotton and linen fabrics, and come in sleeveless designs due the warm weather. Printed cartoon characters are seen in T-shirts for boys, while sparkly glitter and sequin embroidery on T-shirts are popular among girls. Colourful hair bands, wristbands and cartoony watches are also must-haves.    


If you visit the shopping malls, you can see floral motifs in menswear, too. Shirts, T-shirts, panjabis, even waistcoats and blazers are covered in floral prints. Linen, cotton, silk and katan fabrics are also used for men’s clothing. Printed T-shirts and cotton shirts are mostly in fashion. Loafers and trainers are sold most this season, so the shops are loaded with them. Other accessories, like wristbands and bag badges are popular among youngsters, while men prefer brand watches and designer belts.  


Spring is not only a season to change your wardrobe; it is also a time to change the look of your home. As spring touches every aspect of life, home decor trends change, too. Many people can are seen getting new curtains, carpets and cushion covers in lighter materials and softer colours. Changing bed linen and covers is a must this season to prepare for the warmer days ahead.


Photos: Nazmul Islam, Writer.


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