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SHOP THE LATEST DESIGNER SHIRTS AT ENSEMBLE
A classic garment form that has become a staple – the shirt is now a basic wardrobe essential! Pair a shirt with denims for a regular day or dress it up with a lehenga for your Indian functions; the shirt is a must-have category. Available in various fabrics, textiles and construction forms, there are different shirt styles to own for numerous occasions. Whether it is for office wear or to travel, for a formal evening or a celebration, we can guarantee you can find the right shirt for your requirement at Ensemble. Offering a wide range of styles from casual shirts by Lovebirds, Chola, Bodice and Ikai, to textile weaves of Amrich, Maku, 11.11 or Injiri, Ensemble categorizes shirts as ceaseless contemporary wear. Explore a traditional take of Indian formal wear on designer shirts by Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Khandwala, Divyam Mehta, Starch, Rara Avis and more with us. You will find the best quality and versatile curation of shirts available at both the Ensemble website and our stores.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of shirts at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
With our contemporary offering being one of the pillars of merchandise categories at Ensemble, shirts are a core division of this segment. Functioning as a conventional separate, a shirt works irrespective of a specific styling need, without limiting its practicality to any theme or subject. Ensemble curates an expanded range of shirt styles with various design partners serving every need, occasion or requirement one would have. Working with labels like Notebook, Peachoo, Graine, Lovebirds, Bodice, Dhruv Kapoor and Rara Avis, Ensemble offers a basic shirt for everyday wear. With the twist of pleats, eccentric prints and detailed elements like zippers, leather appliques or rivets, the value addition Indian designers bring to classic western shirts make them unique and distinctive. Cultivating its textile roots, Ensemble promotes handloom and handcrafted products across all garment categories. Collaborating with textile designers like Maku, Amrich, SWGT, Injiri, Ikai and Eka, Ensemble conjoins the cause of reviving traditional Indian weaves and crafts. Promoting organic clusters of jamdani, chanderi or tangail weaves to supporting art communities of shibori, chikankari, bandhani or crochet, these traditional elements infused with contemporary shirt styles make them special and exceptional, globally. Alongside textiles, the pattern play of designers like Chola, Antar Agni, Rishta by Arjun Saluja and Starch add to the spectrum of designer shirts at Ensemble. Eccentric cut and sew patterns and peculiar drapes make the shirts from these brands look extraordinary and represent the creative arts of the Indian fashion community. A more formal take on basic shirts by designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Khandwala, Divyam Mehta, 431-88, Anamika Khanna and Ridhi Mehra represent the Indian luxury definition for wearing this staple as evening wear. Though originating from western culture, designers blend Indian arts and crafts with the contemporary silhouette to offer unique types of shirts in traditional Indian wear, making this a special category at Ensemble.
At ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer shirts appropriate for any occasion at incredible prices.
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THE DEFINITION OF A SHIRT
All types of shirts, like a dress shirt, button down shirt or button front shirt, are defined as being a cloth garment for the upper body, i.e., extending from the neck to the waist. From a technical aspect, the term generally associates itself with a collar and front button placket, though continuous design developments and fashion experiments have resulted in a broad style guide for shirts, ranging from collarless versions to diverse fastening options. Originating from an unfashionable culture in the 18th century and considered as being informal, the shirt is basically an evolved term referred to as a ‘blouse’ in those times. The shirt’s popularity came about in the early 19th century, when a working woman had practically started involving shirts in her regular wardrobe. The Gibson girl blouse of 1910 was the first fashionable take on classic shirts involving elements of tucks and pleats. Being a staple fashion product and category in every designer’s collection since then, the designer shirt has seen a colossal evolution. Mixing traditional aesthetics and practical functionality for domestic consumers with the western silhouette, Indian designers have developed their own language for designing shirts. Think longer hems, luxurious drapes, intricate embellishments, textiles and handlooms.
KNOW YOUR SHIRT TYPE
A classic shirt can be classified into various style forms based on the shirt length, sleeve style, collar version, embellishments, detailing and occasion. The basic divisions are a formal tailored shirt, princess vest, blouse style, regular shirt, western shirt, anti-fit shirt, military shirt, pintuck shirt, tuxedo shirt, ruffle front shirt, cropped shirt, Russian cossack shirt, smocked, peplum and tunic style shirts. Alongside these known styles, there are several other versions based on variations of detailing and pattern making. Indian designers, while taking the base definition of a western shirt, add new dimension to designer shirts by fusing traditional elements and constructing a new design language. Translating historic angrakhas into wrap shirts, elongating placket panels to tie knots, converting shirts into blouses to pair with saris or lehengas or creating high-low shirt lengths to cover hips as conventional kurtas. The Indian eye of designers serves both aesthetics and purpose. From using ancient handloom weaves to embellishing them with Indian beads and embroideries, homegrown brands have uplifted a basic shirt to be used for various dressier occasions. Practicing with conventional shirt fabrics of cotton, poplin, suiting and silk, designers also create versions working with chiffon, georgette, crepe, organza, khadi cotton and more. These shirt styles are suitable for both the domestic and global market and can be found across all our Ensemble stores and website on ensembleindia.com.
SHIRTS FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS
Handloom textiles on khadi cotton, chanderi and linen shirts from Maku, Eka and SWGT are sophisticated and elegant to wear to the office, a brunch or a day about town. The blends of chanderi silk of Amrich and crafts on silk from Injiri and Ikai are more apt for dressier evenings. These textile shirts in different silhouettes like peplum or wrap can also be paired with handwoven saris and elevated with tribal jewellery for an artistic occasion like a gallery opening, a seminar or a lecture. Cotton shirts by Notebook, Lovebirds, Bodice and Starch are appropriate for more dressed up occasions like a formal lunch, a musical evening or a dinner date. While the eccentric prints and colourful options are apt for a resort or beach vacation, the oversized embroidered shirts of Dhruv Kapoor and Rara Avis are a classic comfortable choice for travel. Circular shirts by Arjun Saluja, a side placket shirt by Chola or a drape shirt by Antar Agni are eclectic choices to make a fashion forward statement in your everyday casual appearances. Formal shirts play a whimsical role in Indian fashion. Be it a classic silk shirt paired with a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga and jadau necklace for a cocktail or a chiffon tiered shirt paired with an Arpita Mehta sari for a haldi occasion; the versatile styling of formal shirts are popular amongst both Indian designers and consumers. Drape saris and solid skirts by Ridhi Mehra are often paired with an organza shirt and beaded belt, which is a playful and fashionable choice for a destination wedding. Offering rewearability, these shirts can then later be used for a dressier occasion like an evening party, paired with denims or high-waisted pants and the right accessories. Not only apt for ceremonies, classic wrap knot shirts by 431-88 are an excellent option to pair with skirts or leather pants for your birthday night or a dinner date with friends.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT SHIRT
Your need for the occasion in question, your body type and your coordinating bottom will help you pick the perfect shirt. While a tailored formal shirt or a cropped shirt will enhance your slim waistline, oversized shirts and conventional tunic shirts help you hide happy weight and a heavy hipline. Choose your everyday shirt on the basis of comfort, as we guarantee this will become your wardrobe staple. Opt for minimal detailing like pleats or pintucks, which will help you to style a versatile shirt for both casual and formal events. For dressier evenings and occasions, play with Indian drapes and embellished shirts. They can easily be paired with a midi skirt, flared pants, draped sari or a lehenga and is sure to uplift any of your looks.
We definitely recommend a basic black silk shirt and a white oversized cotton shirt to be essentials in your wardrobe. While the former will be your go-to option for all your dressy evenings, the latter will be your no-brainer for a casual look when paired with denims or printed bottoms. The right accessories will have the ability to create an opulent look from these basics. We highly recommend you invest in the textile art of shibori, bandhani, kantha or jamdani to have a one-of-a-kind shirt that promotes Indian textiles. For boho chic options and feminine choices, opt for ruffles, smocked necklines or draped shirt styles. For more styling advice, get in touch with our in-house stylist on +91 93727 42843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRITIES IN DESIGNER SHIRTS
Celebrities are often casually seen wearing Chola, Lovebirds, Notebook, 431-88 or Dhruv Kapoor shirts; stylists style them in various ways to uplift the fashion quotient and change the perspective of wearing a basic shirt. Bollywood fashion icons like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor are often seen rocking an oversized white shirt and blue denims look with metallic hoops for their casual outings. Sonam has also experimented by pairing shirts with handloom saris on numerous occasions making a fashion statement. All the A-league actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt are regularly spotted in shirts both for their travel diaries as well as formal appearances. Remember the mehendi look of Anushka Sharma’s character in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? A silk off-white shirt paired with a lehenga and a statement emerald neckpiece that quickly became a popular look for Indian ensembles today.
SHOP DESIGNER WEAR ONLINE AT ENSEMBLEINDIA.COM
For over three decades Ensemble has run stores based on curation, quality, service and trust. We thrive on discovering and promoting new talent and providing them a platform. Almost every top designer in India today has begun their journey with us. With our new online shop, we now hope to bring the Ensemble experience to all cities in India and to our worldwide community.
Shop by designer, by occasion or by category, ensembleindia.com gives you access to the latest designer collections and designer bridal clothing directly from the fashion week runway and ateliers of India’s leading designers. The Ensemble Eye section features the most authoritative curation of luxury Indian fashion by our in-house fashion editors. Create a wishlist at ensembleindia.com for our stylists to understand your style and make a shortlist for you and then book an in-store appointment via the website to try it all on! Our stylists will guide you through a delightful journey of discovering the designers and special pieces that speak to your individual style and work for your body shape and budget. Don’t live in India? Our website help chat and Whatsapp business chat are also active. If speaking on the phone is more your style, use the ‘Speak to a Stylist
’ feature and call our most experienced in-house stylist Arabella at Call +91-9372742843 between 9am and 6pm IST, Monday to Saturday.
Enjoy a seamless shopping experience online with secure checkout, partial payment (part credit, part cash on delivery) and worldwide shipping, including free shipping within India. Ensemble online accepts a variety of safe payment options, including credit card, debit card, Paypal (only for international transactions) and net banking.
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