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Aditi Shah gets designer Shahab Durazi to take you from the ramp to reality.

When it comes to implementing new styles from the ramps into your wardrobe and your everyday fashion sensibilities, there are certain pointers you must bear in mind. Veteran designer Shahab Durazi outlines a few tips related to the five trends that are really popular on the Indian fashion circuit: What body types can carry these? Are their certain fabric or length variations that may suit you better? How best can you accessorise and coordinate these ensembles? Read on to find out.

Puff Sleeves

This old-fashioned sleeve style is back in vogue, particularly for that touch of girly detail, in different lengths - from the mega short cap type to the longer mid-arm variation - for sari blouses, shirts, kurtas and tops.

"As a designer, I personally don't favour puff sleeves as I feel it isn't a very flattering detail. However, it would look nice on younger women, in soft naturals like voile, muslin, chambray or even light weight denims. Puff sleeves can also be used in jackets with heavier tweeds, as an option for a more casual sporty look."

The Balloon Silhouette

It's a very funky although structured silhouette that can be employed in skirts, dresses, tunics or overalls.

"The balloon skirt is truly a ramp scorcher, but almost always looks best only on the ramp. A very tricky silhouette, it can only look great on you if you are built like a model. Teamed with off-shoulder tops or fitted vests, it can be used for day wear or even for the more glamourised evening look."

The Sherwani Jacket

This structured cut is neat and classy and makes for a formal look, whether as a short kurta or a jacket.

"Anything with structure can flatter any body type as long as the proportions are in sync with the proportions of the wearer. Jackets tend to have a slimming effect, but they must be cut well at the shoulder and have soft or minimal padding. Crepes are ideal for these jackets, especially for larger women, as they give a softer, gentler feel to the silhouette. Crisp, starched fabrics are not the ideal choice for larger sizes as they tend to add bulk and also restrict movement."

Chiffon & Georgette

These soft and sheer fabrics look good as tops, tunics, kurtas and saris.

"Generally, sheer fabrics suit almost all body types. In fact, softer fabrics are strongly recommended for plus sized women as they don't add bulk. These fabrics, although great for slim body types, work wonders for larger women as long as they are cut in flowing, unstructured silhouettes. By and large, tops that are up to the hip work well with slim pants and knee length skirts. However, longer tunics and kurtas should almost always be worn with either slim trousers or churidars. They look best with bifurcated garments."

The Wrap Style

The 'kimono' or 'angarkha' style wrap looks very elegant as a tunic, long kurta or even as a regular top.

"These can be very stylish and usually need to be executed in heavier fabrics in order to achieve the structure that is required for its seaming. It isn't ideal for plus-sized women as anything which gives the illusion of a double-breasted style or has an overlap detail can add bulk to the wearer. I would recommend these in crisp linens, jacquards or heavy crepes. They look great with capris if the length is short. However, if longer, they can be teamed with either slim cigarette pants or flowing silk palazzos."