Quilted jackets were seen as purely functional, but that’s changing with international runways showcasing them in slim-lined silhouettes

It’s that time of the year again when you’d rather snuggle in than sashay out. But quilted jackets are here to change all that. Their formless and dowdy days will soon be a thing of the past according to ace Indian designer Urvashi Kaur, “Quilted jackets have usually been associated with functionality. They keep one warm, and usually do not have a great style or fashion quotient. This notion needs to be changed.”

On the international runway

If you love Chanel then you are surely aware of their undying affection for all types of quilted fashion. This vintage affair was at its dramatic best during Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2015 when the legendary Lagerfeld sent his models wearing quilted bomber jackets along with quilted skirts in classy monochrome. The slim-lined silhouettes redefined everything we have ever known about quilted fashion.

Meanwhile, Fendi’s quilted and fur-lined, all-enveloping duvet style coats were high on silhouette-distorting volume and Versace’s quilted coats stood out for their contrast stitching on panels and straighter silhouettes (both for Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2015). Moschino’s and Scervinos larger-than-life quilted jackets also contributed to the lingering effect of the balmy stitch.

They’re versatile & chic. Wear them over a t­shirt or a lehenga

An Indian story

International runways have paved the way for quilted jackets to enter popular culture. And if Amazon India Fashion Week 2015 is anything to go by, the quilted jacket is slowly shedding its fashion nemesis image on the home front too. The use of embroidered fabrics and hand-block prints make the quilted jacket a more demure and glamorous version of their western cousin. Whether it’s Paromita Banerjee’s show-stopping cotton-patched quilted jacket that worked unobtrusively well with patchwork dresses for AIFW 2015 or Kavita Bhartia’s versions adorned with floral patterns, quilted jackets seemed just about ready to take on the local turf.

Another label worth considering is Kinche, an online store that offers quilted kantha print jackets. To make the best out of your kantha, Payal Jaggi (founder-owner) says, “Since kantha work is exceptionally print heavy, it’s best to pair your jacket with khakis, neutral hues or black and white.”

We also spoke to designer Jenjum Gadi to understand the finer points of a long-straight quilted jacket. He suggested, “Wear it with lehanga for an Indian function and with a dress or trousers to achieve a western look. But make sure you are able to move your hands as quilted jackets and coats can be stiff.”

Here are some styling tips from Urvashi Kaur
Keeping the rest of the outfit monochrome, and not adding too many layers is a good idea when wearing quilted pieces.
If the jacket is sleeveless, it would look lovely over sharp separates like tunics or kurtas.
It could also work to add a touch of style to an otherwise simple look like a t-shirt and skinny jeans.
If it’s a longer overcoat with sleeves, then, of course, the rest of the outfit needs to be slightly more formal and structured.
A belted, trench-style quilted jacket is perfect to wear over an evening gown or dress for a night out in the festive winter season.

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