Special Feature: Dress to Express

As life experiences make me wiser and more in-touch with who I am, I realise that my style and clothing increasingly (albeit unintentionally) reflect MY moods and personality. In fact, being accepted, even appreciated for my individuality is much more important … Continue reading

Trend Feature: Flowers & Animals; Tartan & Stripes

A trend which I was initially in two-minds about (which is why I held-off writing about it) has finally grown on me, giving me the confidence to prattle about it. The issue in question is print-on-print.

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It seems that ‘matching’ and ‘coordination’ have been redefined in recent times. I remember my mum often telling dad that you can’t wear navy socks with brown leather shoes or your shoes and belt must always match. But today, those ‘rules’ don’t exists.

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Over the passed few months, I have come across numerous print-on-print combination to which my thoughts have responded, “I guess”. But as the trend evolves and I see more women pull it off with ease- I wonder why I was ever averse to it.

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The idea of pairing florals with leopard print is arousing and inventive. No limits seems to be current mantra of fashionistas worldwide and we better enjoy it because I’m sure the rules, as we knew them, will become trendy soon enough.

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Trend Feature: Oversized Genius

Successful designers may rake in enormous bucks but occasional trends often remind us why these trade geniuses deserve every dime.

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The insecurities of women about their bodies are an age-old issue, but they seem to have garner steam in the passed few years. While us women were pondering whether to skip the carbs, a brainy bunch decided to solve the issue for us so we could have our bread and eat it too! Enter- oversized clothing. Exaggerated shoulders, colossal hips and extra-long sleeves all became trendy this year and the result of extra volume was smaller (looking) women.

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A style may have looked a bit far-fetched on Lady Gaga a few years ago, has finally trickled down to us mere-mortals. Tops, jackets, shorts, hats, sunglasses, handbags and even scarves have been put on steroids this season depending on the part of body you wish to flatter.

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I have often walked away from clothing because I had thought it was too ridiculous to by a certain size. But after trying on a men’s t-shirt (which I fell in love with), I realised that oversized clothing can be extremely flattering as well as sexy. Browse through some of my favourite oversized looks!

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Trend Alert: The T-shirt Statement

Ever had that feeling where you wanted to kick yourself for not discovering a extraordinary look already sitting in your wardrobe, sooner? Well I’m enduring that as we speak! I have, on countless occasions, admired, tried-on and left stores WITHOUT … Continue reading

Trend Feature: The Metallic Mend

It wasn’t too long ago that this trend was considered a cheap and vulgar faux pas but the dictators of fashion have spoken (in this case Burberry), sparking a metallic craze that has lasted much longer than I had envisioned, … Continue reading

Trend Feature: The Quintessential Shirt

I say quintessential because everybody SHOULD have a perfectly-fitting, crisp white-collared shirt as a key piece in their closet. While I’m writing this, my pursuit for the perfect fit remains incomplete. The hurdles I’ve faced in my quest include the sleeve … Continue reading

Trend Feature: The Fedora Files

You may have seen a fedora on someone and admired it, but thought its probably not your cup-of-tea; or you may have bought one, tried it on a million times but never garnered the confidence to wear it out. But I can guarantee, that one successful fedora-day will have you buying them in all variations of colours and textures.

Whether it have a functional purpose like sun-protection, covering-up a bad hair day or hiding your face (reserved for the celebs) or used solely as an accessory, fedora’s have engulfed the fashion-scene in recent times. The fedora trend hasn’t spared men, women or celebrities alike and like many trends recently, this one too, is quite versatile.

The fedora was seen all over the streets this year. Variations of the fedora spread as far as the imagination including felt, straw and leather, in numerous colours. My personal favourites are the felt fedoras in maroon and beige!

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We have seen Johnny Depp in multiple fedora avatars over the years, usually paired with on-trend glasses and dishevelled hair. In my opinion if there is only one celebrity that can match Depp on the drool-o-meter when it comes to fedora’s; Matt Bomer of White Collar fame, who has a new one to flaunt in each episode to frame those deep blue eyes.

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The women prefer the fedora-with-sunnies look and I personally prefer the hair worn out or in a low ponytail. I’m not too sure about Beyonce’s look here; I don’t think it flatters her face but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley pulls a quintessential fedora-face.

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Get experimenting with those fedora’s now!

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Brand Feature: Elie Saab Spring 2014

Warning: the following post is dominated by frills, florals and serious frockage, courtesy Elie Saab! Elie Saab certainly put on a visual delight on the runways for Spring 2014, with the flawless amalgamation of lace, sheers and florals. The focus … Continue reading

Trend Feature: Black on Black on Black

Black is easily the most versatile, most used and most flattering colour (or absence of colour if we head into technicality) when it comes to garments and accessories. Whether it be the corporate world, the runways or formal evenings, black has and will always be the go-to hue of choice of most people.

I have to admit that black plays a huge role in every aspect of my wardrobe, from bottoms, to tops to dresses as well as accessories and shoes. I turn to black pieces to coalesce other unique pieces and in times of confusion. Black can tone-down, formalise and make an outfit more elegant. And to top it off, it really is flattering for all body shapes as it contours your silhouette.

We all love black, but a trend that has cropped up that you should save for a day that you have little time to get dressed and don’t want to compromise on your style quotient is the head-to-toe in black outfit. Over the passed 6 months, I have encountered fashionistas worldwide employ this trend and execute it with aplomb.

An all-black outfit is great to showcase a statement piece, whether it be an exquisite accessory as below or another piece of garment. A favourite on the streets also seems to be an all black outfit with a neon statement.

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Layering is employed here by Olivia Palermo (the ultimate fashionista) and Miranda Kerr (yes, the obsession continues). Add jackets, coats and even black stockings to up the elegance.

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Adding accessories is key to the all black look. A completely colour-free outfit would look bare, so adding accessories takes attention away from the colour. The hats, bags, boots and sunglasses are all key elements of the looks.

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A really good technique to add dimension to your all black outfit is to ensure multiple textures. Leather, fur, velvet and weave all feature in the outfit below.

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So next time you’re running late or just confused, turn to the dark side!

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Trend Feature: Trackies with a Twist

With the rains washing away the weekend, here in Bangalore, with not a glimpse of sun and the temperature 5-10 degrees cooler than what we are used to, it’s only apt that I get blogging from under the covers with a bubbling mug of creamy hot cocoa (with more than a few marshmellows).

On a day like this, I seem to convince myself that trackies/sweatpants (or whatever you choose to call them) with a hoodie and Uggs are extremely stylish (which they can be; if you’re Gisele Bundchen going home from a yoga class). However, it then struck me that fashionistas worldwide were succumbing to this train of thought and some unknown fashionably-evolved species had used this same reasoning to start a trend.

Sweatpants have been widely accepted as the clothing-of-choice of travelling celebrities but they have since, promoted themselves to global catwalks. Over the passed year, I have encountered numerous sightings of fashion icons at high-end shows wearing styled-up versions of the sweatpant. Thinking back, I remember my first reaction was along the lines of…’Why?’. But as the year progressed and I witnessed an increasing number of my usual inspirations succumbing, the look grew on me. Check out some of the looks below that played a hand in me conceding to the trendy trackie trend.

I spotted the trend on attendees at London and Paris fashion weeks respectively. The trackies, in this situation have really been given much regard, being teamed with high-fashion accessories. I think the key is keeping the colours neutral and the look seemingly safe.

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Grey, black and white seem to be the path to encroach when attempting, which could backfire if not kept simple. Rihanna, with the assistance of that banging body, makes a statement.

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Although, if you’re daring enough, going for a coloured trackie could also work but I would only attempt this if you have mastered confidently pulling-off the trend.

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The latest trackie trend is the leather adaptation. Seen below is the introduction by Herve Ledger Spring 2014 collection as well as Alessandra Ambrosio embracing it.

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The sweatpant fit is quite flattering and would be high on the comfort radar too! Looking forward to giving it a go!

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