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The Bollywood Style File: 9 Celebrity-Inspired Looks For Styling Black Shirts & Tops

Versatile, chic and smart, you can always count on black to not go out of style. Coming to terms with responsible buying patterns includes styling your separates in a variety of ways, and what better than the ubiquitous black top to start with! 

To begin, we looked at our favourite Bollywood celebrities for the omnipresent inspiration and needless to say, they didn't disappoint. Shirts and blousons in the darkest hue made an appearance, and styled in a number of ways, gave us the much-required insights into a sartorial upgrade in our existing wardrobes. Whether you wish for an edgy black number featuring a bralette or seek ways to pair your black shirt with your work essentials, here is all the Bollywood-approved information you need to get started.  

Leather Play

Image Courtesy: Lakshmi Lehr on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Lakshmi Lehr on Instagram

Clad in an edgy, leather top from Osman's AW 19 collection, Alia Bhatt made a strong case for a bold, out there look put together by Lakshmi Lehr. The off-shoulder top featured full sleeves and flounces which came together in terms of details. A pair of glimmer-inducing trousers, also in black, gave way to a look that could easily be worn on a night out in town.

Luxeva Recommends: Keeping your off-shoulder or one-shoulder top as the hero of the outfit, opt for subtle trousers to complete your look. 

Monochrome Mix

Image Courtesy:  Shaleena Nathani on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Shaleena Nathani on Instagram

If you thought monochrome dressing was a route too regular to be taken, you might want to think again. Allow us to present a case in point: Deepika Padukone's chic take on dressing up in a single colour. Wearing a cropped iteration of the classic black shirt, the actress chose to round off her look with wide-legged trousers, making way for a relaxed look that is ideal for a day about town. 

Luxeva Recommends: Keep comfort to the forefront as you team your cropped top and trousers with vibrant sneakers to create a balanced avatar that stands out. 

Workwear Essentials

Image Courtesy: Kareena Kapoor Khan on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Kareena Kapoor Khan on Instagram

You only need to take a look at Kareena Kapoor Khan to know that your workwear woes are finally over. Throwing a sartorial curveball our way, the actress, styled by Tanya Ghavri, kept it minimal with sleek separates. A black top with a crossover tie-up front and button details was layered with a structured blazer in faded brown, the look coming together with matching trousers and sleek black pumps. If there is a particular set of separates you are planning to put together for the boardroom in the near future, make it this. 

Luxeva Recommends: If experimenting with prints and colours is what you have in mind, pick flamboyant accompaniments that do the trick for you. 

Silhouette Details

Image Courtesy:  Ami Patel on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Ami Patel on Instagram

Just when you thought that pairing your flared black tops and shirts was going to be tough came Kangana Ranaut's steller look featuring flared separates from Leo and Lin. The overlapping details, the barely-there ruching at the waist and the asymmetrical hemline of the black top, when combined with a contrasting white skirt, make for a breezy appearance, one you could emulate for a soirée. 

Luxeva Recommends: Cinching your plain black shirt at the waist can make for an interesting element; add a metallic belt to give it the added appeal of a highlighted accessory. 

To reiterate, the black tops, shirts and blousons in your existing wardrobe can be taken out for a spin in a plethora of ways. Think lace heavy versions for a night of dancing; high-low lengths for an ethnic outing; layered using contrasting hues or adding a bit of print or embellishment for in your outerwear to up the style quotient. Here's taking a peek at some of the winning looks from celebrities we would want to try out. 

Image Courtesy:  Ami Patel on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Ami Patel on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Sanam Ratnasi on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Sanam Ratnasi on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Sanya Malhotra on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Sanya Malhotra on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Ami Patel on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Ami Patel on Instagram
Image Courtesy: A Fashionista's Diaries on Instagram
Image Courtesy: A Fashionista's Diaries on Instagram

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