Pack those bags and say your goodbyes!
Vacations are not just about the much-needed rest and relaxation, they are also about being picture perfect, not all the time but a few moments. After the tickets are booked, and a list of “must-experience” things has been created the next natural step is deciding on the perfect set of outfits.
From sensible essentials to impractical pieces, all deserve a place in that suitcase which is going to be packed at the last minute. We could dive deep into the perfect permutation combination of outfits for a memorable vacation, we would love nothing more, but we want to dedicate this piece to focusing on accessories.
Interesting accessories can easily take a look from “meh” to “va va voom” and isn’t that just the best hack. We curated a set of pieces that you’re going to want to squeeze into vacation suitcase. Here goes.
So, you can’t necessarily wear a crown everywhere you go, but the next best thing is a gorgeous headband. Stock up on headbands in satin and leather with gleaming details like pearls, diamantes, or lace. Pair them with your vacation dresses, oversized tops, and pretty much with anything you wear. Go light on the makeup based on how elaborate the headband is.
An oversized bag is a must for a vacation to just dump all your stuff plus you’re in luck because they look chic. However, make sure your oversized bag has a matching tiny bag for your essentials. The double bag trend is going to pick up and be big this season. So naturally you want your vacay style to be on-point.
Oversized shades have always been chic and an absolute must-have but this time around splurge on some mega-oversized shades. The biggest you can find preferably, and in either a tortoiseshell or all-black. The beauty of mega sized shades is that all the makeup you need is a popping lipstick and statement earrings and you’re ready to glam up your Instagram stories. Channel your inner Anna Wintour ladies.
The tiniest element in an accessory can really add that extra something to your overall look. While you can’t go wrong with a little bling, this time around look for accessories with feather details. Like a pair of flat sandals with feathery straps, a mini-bag with a feather pompom, maybe a headband with subtle tiny feathers, or chunky earrings with feather details. All of these will make perfect additions to your vacay collection.
We possibly saved the best for last, because who doesn’t like indulging in yet another pair of shoes. To really bring the vogue to your vacation, you’re going to need a pair of high platform heels. Go for vacation ready and on-trend colors like a neon or coral, and then just like that you’re hitting a couple of trends and not just one.
Just imagining you slay all these accessories is bringing us joy, since we can’t take a vacation ourselves and strut around in glam accessories.
No-Nonsense Workplace Styling
Five days of our week, if not more, are spent at workplaces and yet getting creative with workwear fashion is a struggle and at times just plain tedious. We feel this pinch ever so often and decided to shake things up a little. We spoke to a bunch of women and had a brainstorming session of sorts. Accompanied with lots of snacks and an endless supply of caffeine.
What seemed like hours later, we chalked out a series of looks we collectively liked and jotted them down to experiment with. Let’s look at the winning looks:
The look: Dark blue straight-fit jeans + black round neck t-shirt + checkered blazer in grey and white + kitten heels in black.
Styling: Accessorize with a short silver chain and silver studs. Throw on a silver-toned watch for effect. And keep the t-shirt tucked out.
For the Brave
The look:Cream/ white colored ankle-length pants + powder blue button-down shirt + camel brown brogues.
Styling:Accessorize with matt gold hoops or medium sized earrings in a gold tone and french tuck your shirt for a clean finish.
The look:High-waist flared skirt in navy blue + light blue round neck graphic tee + black two-inch platform sneakers.
Styling:Accessorize with a leather bracelet which wraps around your wrist and a watch.
Wrapped for Success
The look:Scarf pattern wrap-around dress + pointy-toed sandals (in a color complementing the pattern).
Styling:Accessorize with diamond studs and a thin-strapped watch. While selecting a scarf pattern dress look for formal color palettes like navy and gold, dark maroon, gray, brown, and emerald green.
The look:Light blue mid-waist skinny jeans + white round neck t-shirt with a slogan print + bright yellow light blazer + white sneakers or ballet flats.
Styling:Accessorize with thin gold rings across random fingers.
Dressed to Win
The look:Cream colored ankle-length pants + ivory colored half-sleeve round high neck polo t-shirt + nude pink/ coral colored closed heels.
Styling:Accessorize with rose gold accessorize like a chunky watch and stud earrings. A great add-on would be an oversized camel brown leather tote.
Getting through the week
The look:Long straight-fit grey kurta + black leggings + silver and white dupatta + black/silver sandals.
Styling:Accessorize with antique silver mini-jhumkas and a silver-toned bracelet.
Fresh for Friday
The look:Short lime-green high-neck kurti + light blue denims + onion pink scarf + brown platform heels/ sneakers.
Styling:Accessorize with pink earrings and a few thin bangles or a chunky statement bracelet.
Poised to Deliver
The look:Powder blue saree + light pink half/ three fourth sleeve blouse with a high-neck and collar preferably + comfortable heels or flats based on how well you can move in a saree. (Psst…we sometimes wear our fav. Sneakers underneath)
Styling:Accessorize with pearl studs and a leather-strapped watch.
Cheering a Win
The look:Dark maroon kurta with small gold pattern and full sleeves + dark gold leggings + brown closed slip-on sandals.
Styling:Accessorize with minimal gold bracelet and earrings. Ideally the kurta should be a nehru collar to make it formal, else style with a scarf or dupatta in tissue gold fabric.
We believe fashion at the workplace ought to be just as fierce, sharp, and determined as your goals and ambitions. And we are hoping to inspire and dress the crazy driven women of today and tomorrow.
Baby, you’re a coral firework
When an interesting color hits the runways, we get very excited about how it’s going to be styled and worn by all the goddesses we follow on Instagram. This time around the mesmerizing shade of coral has all our attention.
We have been eagerly asking all our stylish girlfriends and stalking every designer to create our very own coral styling action-plan. And it looks like we already have some chic outfits on our mental idea-board.
Here’s a peek into what we are thinking:
Color me coral
A monochrome look, though tough to coordinate is the ultimate fashion killer.
The look: A peplum off-shoulder coral colored top in a thick fabric which sits on you + coral colored ankle-length pants + nude pointy-toed heels. Accessorize with silver-toned chunky earrings and a statement watch or ring. Style your slick on one side or in a pony.
Wrapped in coral
A few effortless outfits in the wardrobe which can be worn across occasion are essential.
The look: A wrap V-neck dress in coral + dark brown block heels. Accessorize with large gold hoops and thin gold rings across a few fingers.
Sneak a coral in
A look which is chic yet on-the-go is just what is needed for adhoc plans.
The look: A full-sleeved crop top in all coral + high-waist midi skirt in ivory white + light coral sneakers. Accessorize this look with a mini sling bag and pearl studs.
Face the world in coral
On days when you’re feeling a little adventurous with your look and more importantly have the time and inclination, we have just the right fix for you. MAKE-UP.
We would usually do a deep dive into a list of the seasons best products to add to your collection but this time around we want to do something different. Our focus and current crush is a happy pinkish hue called coral and believe it when we say that we are really feeling color.
Now, you’re probably thinking “um coral sounds great on a dress, but makeup…nah!”.
Hold that thought and allow us to change your mind. We have put together a list of easy essentials you can experiment with.
While an everyday light pink is perfect to bring a pop of colors to those cheeks. What you’re really missing is a dash of color. The beauty of a coral blush is that it is softer than a pink or red and looks more natural on your skin, no matter what your skin tone might be. So, don’t shy away, give it a try.
Eyeshadows are the perfect product to kick-start a new makeup experiment with, so if you’re not ready for a coral blush, start here. Go for a coral shade with specks of gold for a soft effect on the eyes or a bold shade with a matte effect for a more dramatic look. The softer look works well for a day at work or a lunch with friends. Whereas we would reserve the matte look for a night out or an event. Just keep the rest of your makeup minimal and steer focus to the coral eyes.
This is a favorite amongst us, because it is low effort but high impact. Imagine your lashes gleaming a shade of coral. The thing with coral mascara is that it can be easily integrated to your look and works across the board for all outfits and occasions, okay except maybe an interview. Unless of course your potential employer is expecting you to look experimentive and stylish, then by all means pump up those lashes with a shade of coral.
Saved this for last because who doesn’t love to add a new lipstick to their collection. It’s almost like an uncontrollable problem, you see a pretty color and you must have it. Coral is one amongst those colors and sits beautifully on the Indian skin palette. So, try on a few shades on coral until you find the one which complements your skin tone like it rightfully deserves to be.
We don’t know about you, but we just needed an excuse to buy some new makeup and the light breezy shade of coral is just another reason.
The Perfect Additions
The best part about a glorious new color hitting the store shelves are the cool new accessories which come along with the trend. This season is going to be all about a joyful shade called coral, and we are crushing hard.
Why do we love it, you ask?
The color coral feels light, full of optimism, and warmth and we could use all of that in our daily life. While we love diving into styling hacks, we wanted to dedicate some space to accessorizing and creating a list of must-have pieces to seamlessly add to our wardrobes.
If you’re feeling curious about the delicious pieces you can add to your collection, take a peek at the accessory list we curated for both men and women because you know, everyone needs a dose of joyful coral in their day.
Kicked about coral
Eye-grabbing footwear is truly hard to pass-up for almost all women, so why not add a new something to your collection. Preferably a something in a playful coral. Instead of doing a usual pair of heels, we are leaning towards either some bright platform sneakers or ankle-length boots. Both iconic and can be made the center of your look.
Bags are fun and all, but you know what is a really neat accessory? A watch. While we love bags, and are constantly lusting for more, we do think that when it comes to coral, a fun way to show it off is with a all-coral watch. No other color, just coral. Ladies get ready for some serious drama for your wrist.
When it comes to accessories for men, we like playing around with the idea of secret elements. Guys, to incorporate coral into your wardrobe start with some cheeky and flashy socks. They could be printed in coral and other colors or just a bold shade of coral. Pair them with brown shoes of any styling and you’re all set.
Cuffed and ready
Another way that men can incorporate this willful color into their look, is with a neat pair of cufflinks. Lookout for cufflinks in a bright coral in interesting shapes and not just round or square and ensure that the metal it is wrapped is gold-toned and not silver.
Time to do plan a shopping date with the better half, looks like it.
Mad for Metallics
Are you guilty of storing your metallic heels for “special” occasions, and only dusting them off once in a few months? Well your answer is probably yes. How do we know? We just do, because we are exactly like you.
However, not anymore.
We love discovering ways to hack our wardrobe, so we did some digging, and put together a few easy ways to style metallic heels. Give your go-to black heels a breather and try these looks instead.
Basic Metallic Bae
The look: Slightly ripped blue jeans + a round neck full-sleeved white tee + pointed-toe silver metallic heels. Throw on a white blazer if you need a layer of formality. Accessorize with thin silver hoops, and stacked rings.
The reason we put this look as our number 1 is because it’s so crazy simple and we feel silly for not wearing this ensemble at least once a week. This works for a Friday at office, a date, a brunch, and even a night-out.
Go for Gold
The look: Ankle-length black trousers + black/ bottle green shirt/blouse + dark gold peep-toe block heels. Accessorize with a light gold chunky bracelet and shiny studs. Throw on a leather jacket if it is expected to get chilly.
In this look, the heels are the center of the outfit and holding everything together. So, the idea is to build a look around them since dark gold can be overpowering. Go for darker hues for the rest of the look so that they frame the shoes instead of clashing with them. Wear this to a night-out or a cozy dinner.
Dreaming Rosy Dreams
The look: A mauve /coral /white dress + rose gold strappy heels + shocking pink lipstick. Accessorize with a watch and pearl stud earrings.
We love this look because it just makes us feel pretty. Is there any better reason needed? Not. Wear this look to honestly wherever your heart desires. You just can’t go wrong.
(Call us psychic but we can tell that you’re already checking your bank balance to plan your next big splurge.)
You work hard, make your heels work harder
Summer is around the corner and we are already feeling the itch to let our feet feel the winds of change and enjoy themselves in a pair of striking heels. Although we are fools for our comfortable flats and all-purpose sneakers, we are beginning to indulge in heels instead of getting lazy about them.
While we usually love pairing our heels with dresses and jeans, this season is going to be a tad different. We took a page out of the runways and chalked out a few looks that we are going to be experimenting with. And you know we love sharing, so here are our top 3 looks which you must try with us:
Move over skirts
The resurgence of knee-length shorts has us excited. And what does this mean for you? You can give your skirts a break this summer because these shorts are slowly creeping into the market and taking over. And here is how you can pair them with heels.
The look: Khaki green loose yet structured knee-length shorts + white lace top + black/ navy blue/ camel brown platform heels. Accessorize with a belt and jewelry in gold tones.
Sway in fringe
– The fringe detail is another element we want to play around with. Particularly a midi-length fringe skirt. We put together a playful look for this fun trend.
The look: Dark brown high-waist fringed skirt + black crop top + metallic heels. Best part about this look? You can play around with the color of the heels as much as you’re feeling. Go for gold metallic or even an emerald green. Since the rest of the look is a balance of neutrals, the heels get to be the champions.
One for the brave
– This look comes with “not for the faint-hearted” tagline.
One word: Neon. Now there are clever ways to incorporate neon into your look if you’re hesitant to experiment. Here is what we are thinking.
The look: Neon pink oversized top + white pants + strappy heels with shimmer detail. Keep your makeup neutral with a nude pink lipstick and accessorize with pearls or Swarovski crystals. This look is all about balance, and here the neon pink teases the strappy heels while the white pants maintain harmony.
We are feeling really bold and are excited to try the third look, tell us which one your favorite is.
Heels on and ready to roll
We love the fact that we are now in an era of fashion wherein wearing sneakers, with everything, is not only acceptable but also a statement. Be it a laid-back day look with a frilly dress and a pair of platform sneakers or a day at work with leather sneakers and a chic maxi skirt. Not only do they look cool, they are oh so comfortable.
Okay, so while we are usually rallying to build our cool sneaker collection, you know what our one true love is? A killer pair of heels! And to be honest, what’s not to love. They are the perfect pick-me-up to any outfit, make us feel on top of the world, and saving the best for last: they make our legs look bomb.
There is no such thing as too many shoes, and to that tune we created a robust list of the top 10 heels that should be laying at the foot of your closet.
Given that it is wedding season all-year round, a pair of sequin-laden shoes ought to be a part of your kit. They are versatile and just the right kind of drama to accompany your well thought out lehengas and sarees. A classic pair in black and gold are enough to get the job done.
Those short hemlines need a worthy companion, and only a pair of gladiator heels rise to the occasion. They are high on the glam factor, no matter how tall or short your legs are. Pair them with dresses, skirts, and shorts which are a few inches above the knee and don’t forget to splash on some nail paint on your toes.
Need a pair of heels which will let you stand for hours and at the same time make your calf muscles pop? Platforms heels are the answer. That little support at the front accompanied with an equally high heel, provide comfort and style. Plus nothing beats people exclaiming, “How are you spending so many hours in heels, that’s amazing!” You can just smile and click your platform heels together, like it’s no big deal.
For days when you’re feeling extremely low-key in terms of putting together an outfit and all you want to do is throw on a pair of mom jeans and a half tucked-in shirt, you need a pair of bright heels. No other accessory can take your look from laid-back to chic quicker than a pair of colorful heels. Add colors like a firetruck red, sunshine yellow, and azure blue to your collection.
When it comes to must-have shoes, pointed toe heels will never go out of style. You need these babies in your shoe closet at all points of time in life and for every occasion. Be it an important engagement at work or a date-night. If you don’t own one yet, go for a metallic silver pair and then build your collection from there.
If you’re on Pinterest, you have probably seen dress sandals there a few thousand times. And that is not for nothing. Thin strappy sandals are absolute statement makers. They are high and tangle around your feet with easy sexiness. We are currently crushing on a pair in rose gold, and we recommended wearing them to anywhere from a formal occasion to a dress-up night with your favorite partner-in-crime.
Heels with dainty details like flowers, crystals, pearls, tassels, and diamantes are an absolute guilty pleasure. They are beautiful to look at and one almost feels guilty wearing them out, but hey! every pair of heels deserve their day in the sun. Make sure your collection has a few super flirty heels with pretty details. Especially for days when you’re feeling extra femme fatale.
Another trend that we cannot get enough of are metallic heels. And well, you can’t blame us, and we won’t blame you when you stock up on not one but a few pairs of metallic babies. Silver metallics are an absolute must-have but also look out for metallic heels in collectible colors like green and mauve. These heels are perfect for a night-out and weddings.
Although an unconventional choice usually, but a pair of heels with a checkered pattern are chic without trying to be. Imagine yourself in your favorite blue jeans, a creamy lace button down top, and a pair of block heels with a check pattern. Effortlessly chic right? Yes, yes it is. Buy it, strut it, and thank us later.
If you’re someone who is all about the finer details and not over the top, then the perfect heels for your collection are those with just a touch of spunk. Look out for heels with subtle shimmer detail. Go for darker colors like a deep navy or black to give you the most wear ability and high usage.
All this talk about heels, looks like we already have our plans set for the weekend. Time to stock up on a few new pairs of heels and create occasions to wear them.
Twist to Tradition
If you didn’t steal your mom’s bandhani dupatta and role-play your favorite Bollywood actress, were you even a cool kid? There is just something about the mash-up of bright hues and those iconic puckered up patterns plastered all over the dupatta that make everyone’s eyes pop. And we are no better. We drool.
The styling for this season is hugely inspired by the colors and drama of the bandhani and translating it into modern pieces in rich traditional colors, pom-pom trimmings, and watercolor prints.
Living out our brightest outfit fantasies from our childhoods, we put together a few looks worth experimenting with:
- Tighten-up: What you’ll need is a pair of palazzos or dhoti pants in bright pink, a sleeveless or full-sleeved crop in orange, a long bright dupatta in bandhani or watercolor, and a wide belt in camel brown. Drape the dupatta around you as you would with a saree but with more focus on styling the top and not the bottom as the dhoti pants will maintain focus at the bottom. Accessorize with gold hoops, or a chunky watch. Platform wedges or kitten heels are the perfect shoe to complete this look.
- Let it go: A kaftan kurta in an over the top watercolor or abstract print inspired by bright wedding colors is what you will need at the center of this look. Accessorize it with shoulder grazer earrings in the most neutral color of your kaftan and complete the look with dark gold pumps. Keep your hair straight and slick instead of waves.
No matter which look you decide to zero-in on, keep your make-up light and fresh. A solid sunscreen, a dab of matte fixer, kohl-rimmed eyes, a streak of highlighter on key areas on the face, and a nude lipstick is all you need. A minimal face with maximal effect is always our goal.
A class apart
Ever so often we stare at our wardrobes and think, “Okay, so I have nothing interesting to wear”. Then we spiral and go on a shopping binge and yet somehow, we end up picking up the same kind of clothes. And just like that we are back to square one.
The key to a fun wardrobe is to add a few pieces which are at the opposite spectrum of your usual style. We have curated a set of styles which are absolutely on point in terms of colors, cuts, and lines. And the perfect additions to your wardrobe for the season, and a little more.
Let’s begin with small details, like the neckline. While the cold-shoulder is still raging on, push it aside for a bit and lookout for necklines with standout details like embroidery and glass-work or something basic but the structure of the neckline should be sharp and not droopy. The idea is to look sharp and ready. These necklines are especially great for workwear and for fuss-free dressing when you don’t want to look too hard and instead just want to throw something on and look well put together.
The next element to flood your wardrobe with is, embellishments! Not over-the-top bling on everything, some subtle detailing in neutral colors is the way to go. A little on the neckline, cuffs, hems of your silk pants, or possibly a skirt with scattered embellishments all over. The one thing to keep in mind though is that the embellishments mustn’t jump out and should instead be in the same color as the fabric. So that it just adds a little depth to the outfit instead of looking like a parade for no apparent reason.
Last one and possibly our hot favorite at the moment, is a pair of tiered trousers. Culottes? We are so over them, okay fine maybe not, but we do need a break from them. And in come trousers which look like a hot marriage between Jasmines harem pants and a slick pair of palazzos. What we love about tiered trousers is the understated drama, which let’s be honest- who doesn’t love? So, before you have a mini meltdown looking at your wardrobe, hop out for some retail therapy this weekend.
Oh, and before we forget, let your color palette be earth-goddess inspired. Think creams, dull gold’s, camels, mustards, and mehndi greens. Ah! Just reading those colors makes us want to dress-up and pretend like we are shooting for a lifestyle magazine.
Bolder in Blue
Rather Be Blue
If there is ever a time that we get super obsessive about a shade of color, it is around this time of the season and it is always Indigo Blue. We want it in our home decor, our tableware, our surroundings, and of course most importantly in our wardrobes.
Fun fact about this hypnotic shade of blue? In the 9th century to procure this shade of blue was as expensive as a trade item as was gold. Can you imagine that, having to choose between gold earrings or a pot of color? Talk about a crisis. Of courses if you were Chinese or Middle Eastern Royalty you’d have both and in plenty.
Coming back to the present, all we have to do now is run to the nearest mall or plop down in front of our laptops or phones and just add-add-add ‘to basket’. We would not have survived the 9th century, ladies. Phew.
This season, we want to focus on very casual stylings of the indigo blue with key items like
- Flowy kurtas
- Midi Skirts
As long as they are available in indigo and breezy fabrics they belong in our must-have items list. However, the one thing we could do differently this season, lies in the season. Here is what we are thinking is terms of complementary colors and accessories.
To make your indigo blue pop even more, pair it with lime green instead of red or yellow. Not only is lime green a close contrast to indigo blue it is also as fresh as citrus and will give you that little spring of energy you need to get yourself to work on Monday. Some of the pieces to experiment with in green would be, a crushed dupatta, kolhapuris, bindi, bracelets, a bucket bag, or even nail polish.
Once you have your lime green item in place, the next thing to glam up your indigo blue is… accessories! Since you’re playing with indigo blue and lime green you can go either go classic with silver accessories or make it interesting with accessories in shades of blue. Think elaborate earrings and necklaces in thread and metal. This way all the shades of blue blend together and the only color to tie it all up becomes the lime green. Now, that’s a vision we can get on-board with.
Chic and Ethnic
It’s always magical to see certain color palettes and combinations sit in cupboards of women across diverse ages and personal styles. One such classic is the balancing of creamy white + burgundy red in an outfit.
The flair of this combination lies in two things, the first being the little details, the colors have to be balanced in such a way that they complement each other visually in terms of silhouettes and design details. And the second being, accessorizing it cleverly as these set of colors can be made to go from minimal to maximal with a few quick additions of stand-out pieces.
We played out around with a few looks to zero in on what really got us going and this is what are top picks look like
- Paint a Picture
- Build an outfit for a brunch or an art exhibit by starting with a creamy white asymmetric kurta with an embroidered yoke in a faded white, this becomes the canvas for you to draw on. Make sure the kurta is long and doesn’t have any slits so that it can be styled as an ethnic dress. Next up add on a burgundy red silk dupatta printed with rich patterns and fasten it to your kurta with a medium width belt in black or the exact same shade of burgundy. Black would be easier as the same shade of burgundy might be hard to find. Accessorize with antique gold studs and a chunky watch and rings. And complete the look with either leather platform brogues in black or ankle-booties. We would go with the former for a contemporary twist.
- Seamless Silhouette
- Next up, we chose something a little more hassle-free to wear to traditional baby showers, low-key mehndi’s, and pretty much any celebration which doesn’t require for you to go all the way with your ethnic wear. We are suckers for minimal looks with key pieces and this is one of them. At the center of this look is a rich burgundy button-down kurta with a cinch at the waist. Pair this with a structured Sharara in creamy white and complete the look with heels in dull gold. This look relies on accessories to glam it up or down. Go for chunky earrings in dull gold and stacked bangles in earthy tones. Keep your lips a shade of nude and sparkle up the eye make-up.
While we love both these looks equally, we are excited to try out the first and get our instagram buzzing.
When you imagine the perfect boho-outfit we are sure that the first few colors that come to your mind are bright shades of yellow, red, and pinks peppered with white. And not to forget embroidered detailing and layers of silver jewelry. While this sounds perfect, we have our eyes set on a more upscale boho-look.
A deep midnight blue is where our minds at, thoughts of being draped in sheets of serene blue, no clutter just visual harmony. We aren’t just picturing good old classic solid blue, our spring summer boho-vision is more along the lines of bursts of florals, mini-tassels, and complementary embroidery.
Some key pieces that you will need to ride the summer bathed in boho-blue, are a little like the list we have built below:
- Boss Pants: A pair of skinny fit ankle length pants in midnight blue, with embroidery or glass-work detailing at the waist or edges are a statement piece. If subtle boho is your thing then this piece is your baby. You can style it up with a floral top with tassels or dress it down with a button-down blue shirt. Accessorize with chunky bangles in salmon pink and gold.
- Ethnic Essential: Next up is long A-line kurta with button detailing and embroidery at the top in bright hues of pinks and greens. A piece like this can be worn traditionally as well as with a pair of denims if you open the buttons and let it fall like a duster. Accessorize with a layered necklace in silver and a few rings.
- Goddess Maxi: An all-time favorite in your spring-summer wardrobe has to be a vacation-ready maxi. Something long, something flowy, and something with a lot of drama. A midnight blue dress with crazy floral patterns is just what you need. Style it with a thick waist-belt preferably one with embroidery or metal detailing. And complete the look the with camel brown strappy flats and shoulder-grazing earrings. Tie your hair up in a messy bun or side-sweep your hair so that your earrings get their day in the sun.
The last thing and possibly the most important aspect of your look is the make-up, keep yourself hydrated, lather on some sunscreen, and keep those lips bright.
The perfect match
Have you ever looked at a piece of clothing so bright and bursting with prints that it confuses your mind a little, you’re attracted to it yet a little hesitant of how loud and proud it is. We say, take a chance, grab the most flamboyant piece which goes against all your current wardrobe habits, and style it in your own unique way.
The thing about pieces with brash personalities is that they do all the work for you, the mash-up of dizzying prints in contrasting colors, the tiny design details like ruffles and cut-outs, and the overall flattering silhouettes just do all the talking. All you have to do is throw them on and live vicariously through them.
With spring-summer blooming around every corner, you need a few boisterous pieces to partake in the joy of the season changing. And there are two essential pieces that you will need to start with. A dress and a skirt. Sounds simple? Well it is!
Keep your eyes peeled for a beautiful egg-yolk bright yellow dress and skirt. Each unique in their own way and each serving their own little purpose. For the dress, go for one which is cinched at the waist and flows out from there. An off-shoulder or cut-out shoulder is an add-on. In terms of print, the crazier the better. Complex prints always make for better instagram stories and meatier compliments. Style your dress with leather brogues, retro shades, and a compact box-bag. So that while your dress is insane your accessories are calm and collected to create balance.
For a skirt, depending on your body type go for either an A-line or straight-fit. Look for a piece with red and blue color prints as they will bring out the yellow perfectly. Style the skirt with a crop top in a similar color or if you want to turn it down a notch then choose a solid color like red or black. Just make sure the top is in the same color as one of the colors in the print of the skirt. Accessorize with light essentials in silver and slip-on shoes.
We can’t decide which look we like better and since we can’t help decide get your credit card out ladies, it needs a little greasing.
Impress With Prints
Styling ethnic clothes for the workplace is one of our favorite pet projects. We like to see women decked in strong prints and sharp cuts, immersed and passionate about their jobs and killing it with their wardrobe. It’s what fairytales are truly made of, not all that other fluff.
This season we are thinking, bold pay-attention-to-me prints like Aztecs. Usually this print is all over pinterest in shades of baby pinks, and powder blues sprinkled with gold and silver but that’s not what we are leaning towards. We are thinking strong palettes of blacks, red, browns, and yellows. High-contrast colors which make a statement when blended well together.
If you like where this is going, then here are the 3 styles you should play around with
- Aztecs at Work: A straight-fit long-length black kurta with a nehru collar paired with a burgundy red and bottle green aztec dupatta. Pleat the dupatta tightly so that it sits taut on your shoulder and pull the look together with a medium sized leather belt around your waist. Not too tight and not too loose. Complete this look with black leggings and a pair of black or silver kolhapuris. Accessorize with a silver cuff and a watch.
- Aztecs like to Party: Make your crop-tops and off-shoulders do a little of the heavy-lifting for this look. Pair a red top with pants or a midi-length fitted skirt in an aztec print, make sure that the dominant color in the aztec print is either the same shade of red as the top or a camel brown both of which will complements the top. Accessorize with chunky gold colored costume jewelry like big hoops, a waist chain, or stacks of sparkly bracelets. Don’t forget a nude lipstick or if you want to pull out the big guns, go for a shade of deep red.
- Aztecs on Vacation: The best time to experiment with a new style is on a vacation. Where no one knows you, you’re in a new land, and you’re bursting with enthusiasm. Next time around, pack a sheer aztec print dress which you can use as a layer on the beach over your swimsuit. Style it with a headband, a large hat, and shiny flip-flops. And of course, trendy sunglasses. Skip the additional accessories and keep it simple.
Pick a look, make it your own, and own it!
Embroidered in Style
Sometimes months pass by and you never get to dust out your decadent ethnic-wear, yet you keep collecting pieces with the hope that at the next big wedding you will look flawless. We ourselves have a mounting pile of sarees and lush kurtas which are too much for low-key events and just perfect for big blowouts which barely come our way.
Smart-shopping. That’s it. It sounds simple in theory but wait till you’re skimming through racks of clothes and your eye only steers towards the Padmavat kind of pieces. However, to build an ethnic-wardrobe which you can get the maximum out of, go for fusion pieces.
The beauty of fusion pieces is that they blend in traditional designs with western silhouettes and cuts perfectly, thus creating a look which hits all the right notes. While shopping for fusion pieces there are 3 things to make a note of:
- Colors: Go for classic ethnic colors which not only work for your personal style but also complement the time of the year. Maharani pink, jodhpur blue, and aqua are perfect for the current season and can be worn year on year because they never go out of style
- Design: When it comes to the embroidery, print, or crystal-work, go for lighter details. Preferably on a part of your body which you would like to accentuate. If you have a flattering upper body look for pieces which have work on the top. Just make sure to grab pieces which scream- less is more. And this can also be true for pieces which have print all over, go for small prints which look airy and sublime.
- Add-ons: The icing on the cake with fusion pieces is that you have a lot of legroom to accessorize and you aren’t restricted to just traditional items. You can play around with mega-sized cocktail rings, shiny headbands, multi-layered necklaces in oxidized metals, and shoulder grazing earrings.
What we love most about fusion pieces is the flexibility to dress them up for a big shindig or dress them down for a small gathering.
Deeds of Denim
Ask anyone to name that one piece of clothing they can’t imagine their wardrobe without and we can bet our ancestral land that it’s something in denim. (Kidding, we don’t have any ancestral land)
Now we aren’t here to talk about the hallowed skinny jeans, we want to spend some time musing over other equally delicious denim pieces. Think a well-structured jacket, a sleek pencil skirt, a loose button-down shirt, or even a classic pair of trusty shorts. These might sound like traditional pieces, but we are absolutely feeling the vibe right now.
The three pieces that we are absolutely loving are a loose button-down shirt, jumpsuit, and a short-shorts. No matter what your body type, these pieces should be a staple part of your wardrobe seeing as they are bound to stand the winds of change. What we are thinking of in terms of styling is a dollop of white splattered all over the blues of denims.
Sure, it sounds done and dusted but we like breathing life into the classics every opportunity we get. When it comes to a button-down shirt we are thinking creamy white flared jeans or long linen pants for a very retro feel. This doubled with yellow and silver tone accessories will be the perfect look for a casual day of shopping or lounging with your girlfriends.
Next up on our list is a pair of indulgent short-shorts and if you’ve been doing your squats and lunges then you’re probably aching to show off your hard work. Pair your shorts with a sheer kurta and a thin or thick belt. Finish the look with some espadrilles and you’re good to hit the road.
The last piece in our hall of classic fame is the never-say-die jumpsuit. We love this one for its versatility as you can style it with a white off-shoulder, crop tee, or dress shirt. Each pairing serves a different occasion and conveys a different mood and feeling. If you’re feeling sporty and casual go for the crop, for a smart casual look the dress shirt, and if it’s a brunch or lunch-date the off-shoulder is your ammo. When it comes to accessories give your look a retro finish, with hoops, chunky earrings, or a hair-tie in red or yellow.
We are most excited about the jumpsuit at this point, what about you?
Slip into Sunshine
The world is divided into two kinds of people, as we see it, there are those who are ardent lovers of shades of mustard yellow and then those who wouldn’t even acknowledge it as a color worthy of owing in their wardrobe.
We hear our friends cooing various remarks like, “No, it just doesn’t work for me”, “ It’s too bright for my liking”, and some good ones like, “I don’t want to look like Big-Bird”.
Before you write off this overtly controversial color, give it a chance. Let us show you how you can make it your own. And since all your favorite brands are going to be stocking this shade to the rafters, you may as well indulge us a little and take a peek into how you can style this pungent shade of yellow.
When it comes to the right shades of mustard yellow, we are thinking softer bright than the bright golden ones. The right hue goes a long way in creating a look which is easy on the eyes and one that you feel comfortable in. The three key pieces of mustard yellow this season are a shift dress, skinny pants, and a printed top. All serving different wardrobe functions in their own perfect way.
A soft mustard yellow long shift dress or kurta can be made into the perfect sunday-funday outfit. Grab your pair of camel brown or black heels and twist the outfit with a thin belt if you’re short and a chunky belt if you’re tall. Accessorize in shades of golds or azure blue if you’re looking for some drama. When it comes to workplace dressing, pants are a good way to start with the color exploration. Pair your mustard skinny ankle-length pants with a black billowy top and black suede loafers or brogues. We saved the easiest for last, if you’re looking to break your mustard yellow virginity then a printed top is the way to go. Pair it with your favorite blue denim skinnies or skirt and you’re ready for summer.
There isn’t a better color to reflect your inner happiness and joy than this bountiful shade, so why not cast your blacks aside for a weekend and slip into some sunshine.
Summer Storm in Frills
The turn of the season is always exciting and gets us planning our wardrobes by vigorously scrolling through instagram and devouring influencer fashion. After all it isn’t about the trend, it is about making the trend your own.
This time around we are settling into a boho-chic vibe, and we know what you’re thinking, ‘ This happens every year’ – but that’s the story of every trend since the beginning of time. However, this spring-summer is about soft ruffles, unstructured pleats, OTT accessories, and minimal frills. And instead of soft pastel colors, we are leaning towards the brightest crayons in the pack. After all, why should ruffles and pleats be branded as submissive when they can be fierce.
Sunflower yellow, Queen of Hearts red, Madhatters’ purple and pretty much every shade which embodies Alice in wonderland. That’s the palette you need to experiment with. Maybe you’re a pastels person or maybe you’re all about the basics but there must be one or two freak colors in your wardrobe this season. Trust us.
When it comes to styling breezy spring-summer fabrics with ruffles and pleats, think about adding structure to your look when it comes to wearing these pieces to work. If you’re going for a pleated midi-length skirt then pair it with either a crisp collared shirt, or a basic fitted tee. And if you’re gravitating towards a ruffled top pair it with a straight-fit skirt, flared denims, or cigarette pants. It’s all about visual balance.
However, when it comes to socializing close your eyes and reach out for the most flamboyant frills or ruffles paired with some over-the-top accessories in 80’s hues. Think flowy fabrics with floral prints and mash them with thick leather belts. That way your look has drama yet its pulled together and not all over the place. If you’re someone who is all geared up to truly experiment, then you must jump onto the print-on-print wagon. This isn’t easy to pull of ladies but there is a method to the print madness.
When blending prints together choose the same base color for both top and bottom like say a nude pink or a flaming red or creamy white. The next step is to ensure that the prints have similar color palettes or complimentary colors which don’t clash too hard. And the final thing to look out for is the size of the patterns, to be safe you can opt for both the bottom and top to have similar sized patterns but to make things interesting we would suggest going for bottoms with medium sized prints and the top with smaller micro-sized prints. Throw on some mega earrings or chunky bracelets and you’re all set to cause a summer storm.
If you’ve been dodging prints and ruffles the last few seasons, do us a favor and embrace them this time around. You will not regret the feel of it.
Cool as a Cucumber
If you’re anything like us, then you’re a lover of fusion fashion. And we don’t blame you, it’s the best of both worlds. You get mix and match both your fashion personas and express your personal style in a unique way.
This season we are emphasizing a lot more on mixing and matching and really settling into the feel of celebrating some quintessentially locals prints and colors and blending them with the structure and predictability of fitted shirts and slick denims. When you think of cool summer fits and prints we are sure that your mind conjures up shades of blue and breathable fabrics. It’s just how it is.
We took this beautiful summer feeling and translated it into no-fuss looks which you can slip into easily for work and blend in just as smoothly for a night-out or a brunch. We vote for brunches, summers are meant for heady brunches after all. If an evening of playing is what’s on your mind we would go for a high-slit indigo blue kurta with flowy panels paired with white or pastel pink ankle-length skinny jeans. For accessories either go bold with red and yellow retro styled hoops or oxidized metals.
However, when it comes to a more work-appropriate look we would suggest clean lines, clean lines, and more clean lines. Pair a micro-print cowl-neck navy blue kurta with black or olive-green cigarette pants. Stay safe of flowy silhouettes at the workplace, they just don’t scream appropriate and instead come-off a little lazy. After all being a boss-lady is also about power dressing and that comes with structured no-nonsense clothing.
We saved the best for last, and it’s a brunch look! (yaay to bottomless brunches)
Home-style your hair into soft curls, if you haven’t self-curled your hair yet then Pinterest is your guide and complement those curls with a heavily printed powder blue or bright-indigo button down kurta. Give your kurta a twist by leaving the buttons open and sporting a bralette inside and tying the look together with a silver or camel brown belt. Skip the flat shoes and go for either leather platform brogues or heels which will last you a few hours.
Summers are meant for experimenting ladies, so don’t shy away into your comfort zone. Come out and shine.
Imagine the soft textured feel of velvet and you are transported to thoughts of royalty. This fabric trumps them all when it comes to associations with luxury. So why does velvet enjoy this relationship with exclusivity?
We are obsessed with the hows and whys of fashion and so it’s not surprising that we ventured into an in-depth research frenzy of dissecting the grandness of velvet. For those of you averse to history lessons (yes, you there rolling your eyes) we broke it down into easy-to-digest factoids which you can casually bring up in random conversations.
- Origin: Like all things luxurious and detail-oriented, Velvet also originates from China. (No surprise there). Dating back to almost 206 BC. Yes, that’s old. But can you imagine the talented people who used to make this fabric by hand tirelessly.
- Discovery: Much later the Europeans discovered this marvelous fabric and Italy was the first to start producing it during the 12th to 18th centuries.
- Who: For the longest time velvet was only accessible to the wealthy families, churches, and nobility.
- Mass production: Enter industrial revolution and bam there was Velvet for everyone. Women were wearing gowns, shawls, coats in this decadent fabric and lapping it up.
Enter 2017 and Velvet is back in the mainstream fashion game. Thank you, fast fashion.
If you’re a keen observer you’ve seen velvet in your frequently visited retail stores and have mildly considered it. The trend caught fire in 2016 and is still holding strong. While last year the waters were being tested, this year Velvet is here with a bang.
Now, you need to have a few key pieces in Velvet in your wardrobe and more importantly in specific colors. If you’re feeling lukewarm about the trend, start with a skirt, a bustier, crop top, or simpler still a tank top. However, if you’re raring to go, then pull out all the stops and straight up reach for a pair of velvet pants, a blazer, or a dress.
Regardless of which side of the spectrum you are right now, ditch the blacks and go for shades like canary yellow, emerald green, oxblood red, soft pink, powder blue, azure blue, and electric blue.
Picture this: An azure blue velvet bustier, navy blue joggers, silver ankle-strap heels, and a short black blazer. That’s 3 trends in one killer look. (Um you’re welcome)
Pack your bags ladies, we are fueling a rocket and travelling into the future. The dress code you ask? Voluminous hair and Metallics.
There isn’t a designer in sight who hasn’t dipped its models into a cauldron of silver, polished them, and spun them across the runway. Chanel, Armani, Bottega, Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Balenciaga, and so many more. Each had their own distinct interpretation of metallics. While some focused on a Swarovski disco-ball like detailing others choose a more minimal tin-foil like appearance for jackets and dresses. And we are in love with all of it. (Magpie Mode: ON)
Sure, a silver pantsuit sounds great on paper, but you have to be a Gigi Hadid to have a place to wear it to and not stand out like a shiny sore thumb.So how can you, an everyday person imbibe this trend? We did a little brainstorming and scoped some products. Here is what our wishlist looks like.
- A silver pencil skirt
- Okay listen, don’t write this off. You can dress this down and class it up with basics like a white or black solid top. And if you’re still unsure, throw on a blazer.
- Silver Boots
- These are the best gateway product to get you into the trend yet not too deep. When you pair silver ankle-length boots with an outfit, you’re saying that you’re in with the trend but in a very nonchalant way. (Total cool girl effect)
- Metallic Silver Knit
- Winter is a few months away and you’re going to need some fashionable layers. A silver knit is just the right way to do it. Pair it with your skinniest black denims, black boots, and a deep plum lipstick.
- Futuristic Metallic Platform Sneakers
- If you’re looking to double-up by mixing two trends then these are your go-to. Not only are platform sneakers great for some extra inches they can be styled with virtually anything from a short dress to skinny jeans. Plus, now you will have them in silver.
- Matte-silver Dress
- Give your black dress a vacation and go for a dull silver bandage dress or midi dress. Accessorize with neutrals like black or white so that the look stays classy and not tacky.
Now that you have your starter list, you’re all set to release your inner disco child. Hey, just steer clear of skinny faux leather silver pants. Those, we do not recommend. Just don’t.
A few years back we couldn’t have imagined witnessing what happens behind the scenes of a Sabyasachi or an Alexander McQueen show. Today most of us are so aware of what is hot and what’s not in terms of fashion and styling. Thanks to the limitless access to global fashion icons and influential brands we enjoy via Instagram and Snapchat.
Even if you aren’t specifically looking for it, your social media feed and targeted advertisements will ensure that you know what is trending on popular e-commerce websites and what the celebrities are wearing. No longer do you wait for the monthly issue of Vogue like the women before us would have had to.
This year we have witnessed a resurgence of quite a few beloved trends of the past, stuff which would have been around when our mothers were in their teens or 20’s. And a lot of seems to be military inspired as well, think Shantanu & Nikhil’s A/w 17 Couture line and you will know what we are talking about. Detailing on clothing has become a major focus, it is more about the embellishments and embroidery than anything else. The intricacy, the colors, the texture, and the distribution of embroidery is what is catching our eye this season.
Embroidered detailing is reigning the runways since the onset of 2017 and while it began with being splashed everywhere from denims, to moto jackets, to shoes, and tops. What has remained popular in India up until now are the tops with embroidered details. Anytime you go out to a restaurant for a casual meal or for a party you will notice quite a few women in shirts, crops, and tops with embroidery.
The trend is no longer age specific either, women across the board are embracing the trend and are boldly wearing loud embroidered shirts even at the workplace. In fact, you walk into your favorite retail brand and you will see embroidered products in mass numbers and in various styles. From a brighter country style of embroidery pattern and colors to a more modern-voguish monotone palette with embellishment detailing as well. There is a time and place for both these styles.
When it comes to scouting out the best while you’re shopping, look for tops which combine one or more trends. Like go for a one-shoulder top with embroidered detailing around the neckline, or go for a crop with embroidery on the sleeves, or an off-shoulder with embroidery patches all over. For those of you who are lovers of the classic nothing beats a solid white shirt with bright embroidery on the lapel or shoulders, it’s the ultimate for workwear and it can be up-styled for a Sunday brunch as well.
Also, if you’re the good-with-your-hand kinds you can just as easily get a sewing kit and DIY your way to a custom shirt. If you are nodding while reading this and is considering it, then we really envy you because the last time we used a needle was in an art & craft class in school. (Shameful!)
There are regular sleeves and then there are Bell-Sleeves, the names sounds cute but they mean serious fashion business. Of course, this is nothing new to you, these sleeves have been doing the rounds in all our favorite brands and being worn by any and every celebrity under the radar.
Let’s indulge in a mini-flashback to see where these babies came from, after all bell-sleeves aren’t a new creation. Okay so we did all the digging for you (while you’re happily sipping on tea probably), and here is the long and short of it in 5 quick seconds:
- The bell-sleeve originated in Japan in the year 794 (What?! Yes, that’s a legitimate time-period)
- By 1500 the wealthy of the west had adopted it and personalized it with embellishments (No surprise there)
- Over the next 100 years the sleeve came and went with various iterations
- Celebs like Stevie Nicks, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, wore the trend to death between the 60’s to early 2000’s
- (Remember Britney in Crossroads? – Google it!) Back to 2017 and here we are still talking about and crushing over a 1,223yr old trend. (Best history lesson ever, right?)
The focus this time around though is on a chic and controlled bell sleeve instead of flouncy and fly-away sleeves. If you’re looking to give your sleeves a twist of new-age fashion and your personal style a shiny new upgrade then look for dresses and tops with fitted sleeves that flare dramatically after the elbow or at the edge of the sleeve.
Go for fabrics which are textured, stiff with elastic, and fitting. What happens with a dress or top like this is that while it fits you well like a glove the most dramatic part of your outfit and center of attention becomes the bell-sleeve. Since the fabric will be textured and stiff the bell-sleeve itself will have a mind of its own and will sit firm on your hand.
And if nothing else, you can make your significant other take you by the hand and escort you out of cars just so you can fawn over your bell-sleeve. (You can tell we have been spending way too much time taking the “Which Disney Princess Are you quiz?” Dammit Buzzfeed)
Every year Pantone declares the color of the year in the most extravagant way and it sends the world into a tizzy. This isn’t restricted to just fashion, beauty, tech, interiors, and larger graphic design applications are all in the mix.
Think about this, last year Rose Quartz was chosen as the color of the year. And before you know it rose gold was trending like nobody’s business. Ikea launched an entire range in the color, rose gold accessories, especially watches, became hot property. Women were running to their hair colorists for highlights and dyes in shades of rose. You blink and there were distinct interpretations of rose quartz everywhere. So feminine and so romantic.
Rose quartz, gave way to Green in 2017, rightly referred to as Greenery. And if you’ve been observant you would have seen colors complementary to green and shades of green trickling into your everyday world. True blue – which is a complementary shade to green has taken over the world of watches and accessories. Luxury watchmakers are blending in this shade to perfection. However, the two shades which are enjoying the most popularity are olive green and teal.
And between the two, our love is leaning towards Teal. Interestingly, the color gets its name from a species of Duck. Yes, you read that right. Google ‘Eurasian Teal’ and look at the detail around the duck’s eye and you will know exactly what we are talking about. See? Hang with us and you will stumble upon some cool things.
Okay, so if you’re going to venture into adding teal to your wardrobe. Fret not, because we have created a list of colors you can mix teal with based on your mood.
- Drama-Mama Feeling wild? Then skip the basics and style your teal colored top or dress with colors like Fuchsia Pink, Bright Orange, Electric Blue, and Flaming Red. Outfit Idea: Flaming red midi-skirt, teal button-down shirt, and white sneakers or heels.
- Vintage- Babe Like us, if you’re a lover of all things vintage then these are the shades you need to add to your teal outfit. Powder blue, Millennial Pink, Green Lily, Light Gray, and Lilac.
- Outfit Idea: Teal pants, Millennial pink sheer blouse, and black brogues or ballet flats.
- Monochrome-Moody – Tonal dressing is the name of the game and it takes a little bit of mastery to pull off a kick-a** look. The best shades to create a teal-toned outfit are Forest Green, Emerald Green, Olive green, Moss green, and Silt Green.
- Outfit Idea: A silt green top off-shoulder top, teal flared pants, Nude heels, and accessories in shades of emerald green.
We are getting an intense weekend-vibe from the Monochrome-Moody look and are itching to try it ourselves.
If you are a Bollywood aficionado like us, then you would remember the time when Sharara bottoms were splashed all over the screens. To the point where there is a legitimate song called, ‘Sharara’. And it goes something like, ‘Sharara Sharara main hoon ek Sharara’ and Shamita Shetty is doing her thing in a black shiny Sharara bottoms with high-slits. We kid you not, tell us that you remember?
These beautifully voluminous ethnic pants have been iterated over the years and been styled in various ways. What remains a classic is the traditional look which would comprise of super flared delicately embroidered Sharara bottom, paired with a short kurti with heavy embellishments, and a light zari dupatta to tie the look together. A look like this will still make many a-heads turn at a wedding.
In terms of Sharara styling we have come a long way from Shamita Shetty’s outfit. Today, these pants are good to go whether it is a casual or festive occasion. Something like a stark white pair of Sharara pants with a skinny fit till the knee and a generous flare towards the end paired with a white and gold embroidered kurti would be just the right kind of dressy yet chic for a festive occasion.
Given that there are just that many festive occasions one shops for in a year, we are loving the casual-wear interpretations of these floofy pants. For a night out, or party you can ditch your skinny jeans and palazzos and find yourself some basic Shararas and pair them with a cute crop. So, there is drama at the bottom and some peek-a-boo action on the top. If that doesn’t scream party, we aren’t sure what does.
Along with more traditional fabrics, you can also look out for Shararas in lycra, so they will be in the same fabric as your leggings only with a much more flattering and unique look and fit. Also, a great escape from the overdose of palazzos all over the place.
And if you’re looking for a tune while you’re dressing up in your super dramatic Sharara pants, then well you know what to do. Just be warned, it will get stuck in your head.
Layering and playing around with fabrics, styles, and silhouettes is truly underrated when it comes to Indian ethnic-wear. Tell us that we need to layer a shirt and jeans and we will do it in a jiffy, almost on autopilot. When it comes to a kurta though we are totally flummoxed and fumble around for a scarf to layer on our neck. What did you just read? – A poor attempt at layering is what.
First things first, we need to put together a list of layering essentials. You will need four key pieces of clothing and from there on the possibilities are interesting to experiment with.
Let’s dive right in
- A Duster Based on your personal aesthetics choose between a plain or printed duster. For those of you new to the game, a duster is a full-length layer which works for both western and ethnic wear. You can wear a duster over a full length anarkali kurta and leggings. It will add an additional layer of drama to your anarkali and beats wearing a dupatta.
- A Cape Capes have become a designer favorite and we are happy for its inclusion in ethnic wear. A sheer cape with light embroidery or bead work at the edges is a clever addition to your saree and blouse since it adds a new dimension of interest. A cape would work best with a blouse which isn’t loud so that the cape is the hero of the outfit. The only thing to remember is to stick to sheer fabrics so that you can see through and get a view of the blouse and top-half of the saree. The idea here is that the cape must look like a playful illusion. (Think Sonam Kapoor from Cannes 2014)
- A Short Jacket Ethnic jackets are not a new trend but we don’t experiment enough with them. Be it a basic straight kurta and jeans or leggings or a traditional silk kurta and bottoms. The right ethnic jacket becomes an accessory to the outfit. Go for sleeveless jackets in sheer with embroidery or Swarovski crystals or sold fabrics with glass and embroidery work in bright colors. But don’t hold back on this easy layer.
- A Blazer The underdog of layers is our favorite. Also, the only layer which requires a little more attention to detail than usual. A thin short jacket is what you will need, and an ethnic waist belt. Make sure your saree is in a light fabric with minimal work and not heavily embellished. Add on the blazer and wear the waist belt at the smallest part of your waist. The visual excellence this look creates is devastatingly good, and you cannot help but love it.
If there is a layer you are loving but aren’t sure how to style it. Drop us a line, we love a challenge.
If there were any color in India which was more beloved than fuchsia pink it would have to be the deep blue and rich shade of blue called Indigo. For years we have been hopelessly in love with this color, be it our grandparents, our parents, and us in recent times. The color runs strong and just changes the form in which it comes into our life.
While we cannot explain our culture’s deep fascination which Indigo, we do love the multiple ways in which it manifests itself. Be it the unbearably beautiful blue pottery, tie and dye indigo fabrics for upholstery, and printed sarees and dresses in indigo. This color seeps into our everyday life and well we are yet to meet someone who doesn’t just love the color.
At this point of time we are possibly having the biggest celebration of indigo globally. From runways to street fashion, the color is just sending all kinds of bohemian vibes and we are lapping it up.
Now, we are sure you already have a few pieces in your wardrobe in indigo, be it a top, jeans, a dress, a kurta, or even a saree. So, we thought it would be fun to share a list of colors you can mix with your indigo’s with.
- Workplace appropriate: Go for shades like Camel Brown, Light Gray, Tan Brown, Olive Green, Bright White, Baby Pink, Bronze, and black
- Brunch or lunch-date: Canary yellow, Flaming Red, Rusty Orange, Fuchsia Pink, Dark Purple, Gold, and Magenta.
- Evening-out: Play with night tones like Silver, Navy Blue, Azure Blue, Oxblood Red, Forest Green, Emerald Green, and Charcoal Gray.
Indigo is just that perfect shade between a light blue and navy blue. Just the right kind of intensity for work-wear and at the same time not too drab for an evening out.
Hello to the end of 2017 and here we are still rehashing the ‘Floral’ trend. No, it isn’t surprising since florals bloom on the runways in one way or another almost every year. It is only the method in which it gets interpreted each time around which is interesting to witness.
This year, trends have been all about revival of the 80’s, patterns are bold, colors are bright and silhouettes are strong. Designers are mixing patterns and colors on a caffeine rush and the results are drool-worthy.
For a long time, florals have been synonymous with femininity pertaining to soft colors, rolling fabrics, small patterns, and all things romantic. Not anymore though, dark and dominating flower-power is the message this year and it is apt given the surge of women globally standing up for what’s rightly theirs. Be it the workplace or social issues, we are hearing more voices uniting and not backing down. And we must say, it is the need of the hour.
Silhouettes are structured, prints are out-there, and the colors are bursting with infectious energy. Florals have got a facelift and we aren’t complaining. And you know the one designer who has caught our fancy? Michael Kors. If there is anyone who is doing florals right this season, it is this magician.
Everything from retro-esque bikinis, structured jackets, pantsuits, wrapped dresses, short crops, to minis are going to be splashed in floral prints and ready to be integrated into your ever-expanding wardrobe.
If you’re looking for something dark and dominant go for tops or dresses in black with yellow or red florals, or opt for a white blazer with black flowers. If you’re swaying towards the dreamier kind then go for sheer fabrics with watercolor-like floral prints. While we recommend going full-floral with a dress, if your personal style leans towards the ‘I’m not into prints’ then your gateway into this trend is accessories.
Neat messenger bags, and tote bags with florals embroidery or bags with floral decals stuck-on are a great way to add the trend to your look while at the same time maintaining your love for the minimal. You can also add another dimension to your look with a pair of floral embroidered shoes. We are thinking a pair of luxe velvet slip-ons in navy blue with some ornate floral embroidery details at the tip. Not only is this a casual way to add the trend to your wardrobe, you will also have an interesting pair of shoes for years to come.
Love it or hate it, florals are cropping up everywhere and we cannot stop them from claiming a fashion season which is rightly theirs.
Festive Skirt Shirt Crop Blouse
Over the last couple of years Ethnic skirts have made a scorching comeback thanks to designers like Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, and Tarun Tahiliani who have rolled out collection after another featuring dreamy ethnic skirts paired with equally desirable blouses and tops. Today ethnic skirts are all about sheers, heavy embroidery, rich colors, delicate florals and patterns, and majestic fabrics.
Gone is the misconception that ethnic skirts are dowdy and too casual for an ethnic clothing occasion. And as is the case with any searing trend, the ways to style an ethnic skirt have grown and expanded and the lines have been blurred and we love it when that happens.
Your ethnic skirt doesn’t have to be restricted to the top you bought it with or just ethnic-wear for that matter, you can play around and jump on the fusion-wear bandwagon as well.
Here are the 3 ways we like to style our heavily embroidered and super-dressy ethnic skirts
- Crisp Shirts Fusion wear is hands down the best thing to happen to our generation. It gives us a chance to experiment and push the boundaries of self-expression. We think a basic crisp collared shirt in white or black make for the perfect companion to an ethnic skirt. The look is chic and experimentive. And can be accessorized with edgy pieces. Make sure the shirt isn’t too loose or too tight, it must just sit right when tucked in. Our choice of accessory would be a chunky watch and a glorious maang-tikka.
- Crop and Dupatta A crop is the easiest way to style your ethnic skirt and an off-shoulder crop is even more fun. Pick two colors from your ethnic skirt which you would like to highlight, amongst the two choose one for an off-shoulder crop and another for a dupatta. Ideally the dupatta should be the brighter color as compared to the crop. This would help create a visual balance. Pin the dupatta on one side of your outfit so that it stays taut and you’re good to twirl around.
- Blouse and Cape This is the only look where an over-the-top blouse is not on the memo. The emphasis here is on a basic sleeveless blouse with a deep neck and short length. Skip the embroidery and embellishments. Instead focus your energies on a sheer cape with delicate embroidery on the border, sitting all prim and proper on your shoulders, while your ethnic skirt continues to be the center of attention. Don’t forget to do some crunches before strutting around in this look.
All this talk about ethnic skirts, has some calling our single friends asking them to get married soon. We need an occasion after all.
Banarasi Dupattas With Gold & Cream Festive Wear
We are suckers for fashion-history and total research geeks when it comes to anything runway related. The most intriguing aspect is dissecting where a particular trend, product , designer, or fabric originated from and what the creative journey thus far has been like.
One of our current love affairs is a sizzling one with the Banarasi Silk. This fabric which is a brilliant piece of magical work is a fine balance of Mughal-style craftsmanship and Persian motifs and designs. In fact, the method and creative process which goes into making a beautiful Banarasi is an art which has been passed down from one generation to the next.
A Banarasi Saree, as blindingly beautiful as it is not easy to handle unless you’re a natural with a saree or have years of carrying one with ease. Our fix for this is a Banarasi Dupatta, it is convenient to drape over your kurtas, and at the same time has the same sheen and artistry a saree would. Plus, it doubles up as a superhero’s cape. (That’s right, you read that correctly)
This season, we have our hearts set on one Banarasi Dupatta. Okay okay, picture this, a creamy white dupatta with weaves of gold in a dizzying pattern or delicate motifs in gold with a bold border in gleaming gold.
A classic color palette of gold and white is just the kind of staple one needs during the season of endless festivities. You can pair your gold and white Banarasi with a monochrome look, so that your dupatta is the show-stealer.
- Bombs Away A floor-length anarkali kurta in soft pink or fuchsia pink are just the right partners in crime for a Diwali lunch party, a reception, or just an occasion which calls for dusting out your ethnic-wear.
- Dream Theme A mustard yellow and gold kurta with mustard leggings adorned with the Banarasi dupatta in gold and white are just what you need for a mehendi party.
- Nothing Baesic A rusty brown-red or light brown silk kurta with flared palazzos in the same color and fabric are just what you need to make your gold and white dupatta pop and pounce.
*Accessorize with a gold maang-tikka. Another something we are crushing on this season.
Next time you wrap yourself in a Banarasi, take a moment to think about the idea that you’re wearing a piece of creative history. A father would have once taught his son how to weave and dye the silk to perfection and you get to adorn that secret today, years later. (Goosebumps)
Earlier this year, the ruffles made a comeback and what most of us perceived as a cute revival of the long gone 60’s trend has now grown into a full-blown larger than life being. Not only are ruffles getting more attention than imagined they are taking over the runway every season with a fresh new twist.
What we love about ruffles though is how damn playful they look. Just picture one of your friends walking towards you in a top bursting with ruffles, doesn’t she look like a beautiful cake topper? With tiers of ruffles bouncing and cascading into such spectacular imagery that it’s criminal to look away.
Ruffles can be your next killer look provided you style them to work for your body rather against it. Here are some quick styling to-do’s so that you don’t get too ruffled. (Ha! See what we did there?)
- Ruffles are Sheer If you don’t want to draw attention to your arms and bust then ruffles in soft fabrics and solid colors are your way to go. Extra points if you’re able to find a top in a sheer fabric.
- Ruffles in a Tier If you have a slim torso and lower body, then go for dresses and skirts with ruffles at the bottom with a fitted top. When your outfit is ruffle heavy at the bottom, show some skin on top like bare arms or a deep V-neck.
- Ruffles Done Easy If you have curvy hips and thighs, move the ruffles upwards for maximum drama. Go for a one-shoulder or cold-shoulder top with a ruffled neckline or sleeves, and pair it with skinny denims and mega heels to work those curves.
- Ruffles get a Job An interesting piece to add to your wardrobe regardless of your body type would be a basic top with mega-mega ruffle sleeves. These ruffles mean serious business and we cannot emphasize enough how mega the sleeve should be, go as big as you get. Finish the rest of the outfit in classic ankle-length denims, a pencil skirt, or a mini, and some heels or platform sneakers.
- Ruffles run Deep Another piece we are currently crushing on is a deep V-neck top with big ruffled edges all along. It the perfect top to keep you going from a Sunday brunch to a night out. A solid color like a white, red, electric blue, metallic shade or classic black are perfect for a top like this.
All this talk about ruffles has us dreaming of creating a special section in our wardrobes for just ruffles-everything. Now all that is left to figure out is how to rob a bank…hmm.
Did you think that the one-shoulder trend popped up across the last few seasons? Um not really. Iconic women like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana were flashing their proud shoulders in gorgeous gowns at a time when most of us could barely put together a chic outfit.
Fashion in a way is such a nostalgic trip down history with small tie-backs to women in various points of time who wore the same trends we now wear so casually by the masses. A few years back a one-shoulder was just meant to be in the form of a glam gown which let’s be honest, only a celebrity would have had an occasion to wear it to.
Today, the story reads a bit differently be it a casual lunch with friends, a weekend rager, a family outing, or just a date, there is a one-shoulder top or dress made for that occasion. The trend is spotted on everything from a casual powder blue summer dress to a risqué bandage dress. There are no rules and everything goes.
This season, and as always you are in control of how you interpret and chose to wear the one-shoulder trend. We think it oscillates between being laid-back to sexy. You can dress it down with a white and blue striped one-shoulder shirt with some white denims or classic blue denims and some high wedges in camel. Alternatively, you can go bold in a metallic or bright dress or top with a plunging one-shoulder neckline. (Hubba Hubba)
Accessories play a key role if you’re going for a one-shoulder look. You want to make sure that your shoulder pulls the outfit together and remains the center of attention. This would work best with tassel earrings which sweep your shoulders in a color which is preferably a contrast to the top. If ginormous earrings aren’t your thing then go for something small yet shiny. The idea being that every accessory you wear pulls towards the shoulders and your face.
While styling your one-shoulder outfit a few essentials to keep in mind though would be to invest in some great strapless support-wear to keep the girls in check while you’re flaunting your shoulders. And always keep some double-sided clear tape handy just in case your one-shoulder outfit wants to set itself free and has the urge turn itself into an off-shoulder.