If you want to experiment with fusion wear featuring western and traditional Indian cuts and designs, hem tops and overtops are the perfect choices for you. Both hem tops and overtops are innovative in terms of their look, and with their layers and dimensions, these tops are versatile enough to suit the wearer’s many moods. Depending on what kind of bottoms you are pairing with, hem tops and overtops complete your casual look with panache.
Hemtops are basically tops with ultra creative variations in hemlines. Some are bias-cut or asymmetrical, some angular, some tops have two parts side by side whose hems seem to fold over each other, some have overlapping short and long layers, some have “handkerchief” hems, and some have a draped silhouette creating an illusion of layers and an abundance of fabric.
Hemtops feature colourful prints, patchwork put together unconventionally, embroidered details, a range of necklines, dramatic ruched sections, contrast piping, and ruffles for visual interest.
Colour-blocked tunics are cool outfits for casual days out and vacations, while double-slit tunics are like the stylish new versions of the traditional kurta. Because of how distinctive designer overtops are, they look chic with even simple bottoms like trousers, shorts, long skirts and cigarette pants.
Overtops are essentially tops that appear like overlays, shrugs, ponchos, capes, jackets, and other silhouettes used for layering. Contemporary designers have come up with overtops in exciting edgy designs and unique cuts that will leave you spoilt for choice.
The range out there includes kaftan-shaped designs (such as gathered kaftan tops, colour-blocked kaftan tops, and pintuck kaftan tops), silk organza tops, airy cami tops and georgette square-cut tops. You can also go for overshirts, embroidered crop tops, and draped front short tops, pairing them with (flared) palazzos in muted tones, side slit skirts in block shades, classic pencil skirts, and varieties of straight pants. You can sport a fusion look by combining a multicoloured top with ruched or flared sleeves, and pairing it with dhoti pants or new varieties of asymmetric bottoms.
Styling Hem Tops and Overtops
For a sleek, metropolitan look while wearing hem tops and overtops, you can go for minimalistic accessories, such as hoops, stud earrings, danglers, single stone pendants and handcuff bracelets. This is the most common way to style such tops. For a more traditional ethnic look, you could try chandelier earrings, glittering studded drop earrings, and pearls, all of which look equally gorgeous.
Check out exciting collections of hem tops and overtops by leading designer labels like Wendell Rodricks, Platform 9, The Hem’d and more.