Trend Report: Hot Indian Accents

Slumdog Millionaire may have been the hot movie of 2008, but Indian inspirations are still making an impact on summer style in 2010. From dhoti pants to colorful scarves, here’s how to inject rich Indian accents into your warm weather looks!

Whether you call them harem pants, dhotis, or “those weird Aladdin pants with the drop-crotch,” this item it still hot for summer. A trend carried over from last spring, baggy dhotis are inspired by Indian men’s dhoti pants, are a great alternative to jeans or shorts… and are as comfy as can be. Try them in cotton jersey, like Trina Turk’s Dhoti Pants at Nordstrom ($58.90), or in linen, like the sexy Linen Crop Harem Pant from Victoria’s Secret (on super-sale for $19.99). Pair with a basic tank, a cropped blazer, or a slim scoop-neck tee for an easy, trendy look.

Incorporate the vivid hues and patterns of an Indian sari with a bright scarf. As an easy accent to any ensemble, scarves add color and texture. To truly channel an Indian sari, get a big scarf with bold colors and prints like paisley. For a splurge head to for the Venus Pareo Scarf by Antik Batik ($162). But for a good deal straight from the source, pick up a handmade paisley scarf from India on ($25.99).

Go for gold Indian-inspired embellishments with gleaming bangles. Pick bright colors like blues, oranges, and greens with gold accents, such as these Enamel Hinged Bangle Bracelets from Target ($12.99) and Urban Outfitter’s Vibrant Enamel Bangles ($24), which come in a set of three. All stacked up, these bracelets are the perfect Indian accent to any outfit. Jai ho!

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