Saree With A Twist

With festive season around the corner, there have been quite a few requests on my Instagram about some ideas on festive outfits. Well, I have two main versions of festive looks in my mind currently. One, which involves bold experimentation of the blend of fashion and tradition and the other being, the usual effortless ethnic styles which everyone could happily carry 🙂

Let me go with the first i.e experimenting with fashion in this blog post and the second one would be lined up for the next week. Stay Tuned 😀

Six yards of Indian saree allows one to create insane variety of looks, due to the flexibility and the length of the fabric. One of my previous posts showed how to style a saree with denim and this one would be another turn-around. This saree is older than me 😛 , probably 26 years, I obviously picked it from my mom’s wardrobe.

I remember I saw my granny wearing saree in a dhoti style (with the usual pallu style).I still find people in some of the remote villages wearing it in that manner. My granny is definitely a trend setter 🙂 Taking cue from her style, I styled this saree as a dhoti with a front pallu and accessorized with a wide belt to give a different look to the saree. You could also use corset belts instead of the normal ones, I didn’t have one so I wore the normal one.

As you know, silver jewellery is my best companion to slay any look- so, I used my weapon here. I used a crop top as blouse for this look 🙂

I wanted to give a crude look to my hair, so left it untouched in my usual messy and wavy texture.

If you love experimenting in a subtle way but not the bold way, here are some styling tips for the festive season 🙂

  • Use an off-shoulder top / crop-top as a blouse
  • Change your hairstyle- may be, go for a half bun
  • Include statement sleeves in your usual blouse patterns
  • Wear a long ethnic overcoat on your saree, may be something like this

Stay connected through Instagram to find out more such tips 🙂

Here goes the look 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed it 🙂 Do leave your comments on this post

Saree : Mom’s saree | Jewelry : Street buy  | Belt : Chemistry | Top : Tailormade | Heels : Ajio

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Deciphering Fall Trends

Fashion connoisseurs have been flooding the feed with New York fashion week trends, their experience of fashion shows, street styles and what not. New York seems to be glowing bright with this fall trends. Elf shaped heels, statement boots, bright colors, checkered blazers, over-sized sweatshirts, flared bottoms, dark florals, baseball caps, beach bags and the list is never ending. Each one had a street style statement to make. This is probably because this is the first time I paid more attention to the details of NYFW, not sure if it is the same every season.

Here goes the list of trends

1. Bright Colors

This trend is evident across all the days of NYFW and I am already in love with it.People started making statement using one bright color , mostly – orange, pink, green, yolk yellow (Prabal Gurung’s show).

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2. Plaid Blazers/Trousers

Plaid blazers, plaid wide legged trousers and plaid dresses are among the most popular trends.

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3. High Waist Denim Bell-Bottoms

Especially, frayed bell bottoms are an eye-catcher for this season

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4. Elf Shaped Heels/Flats

These heels are among my most favorite fall trends and I am literally waiting for such heels to be launched in India as I couldn’t find any such one online as of now.

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5. Waist Belt Bag

Not among something I would like but yeah, it’s among the top list of fall trends.

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6. Statement Boots

Printed, red, denim and thigh high boots – Yes Please 🙂

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7. Bamboo Bags

One more thing that I am totally in love with ❤

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8. Statement Sleeves

Just one top with statement sleeves and a simple denim is enough to make you look fashionable even on a lazy day

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Attention!! It’s Ruffles Time

If you are one of those who want to make a fashion statement by not overdoing things, by just keeping it simple, then the current ruffles trend is your savior.

Even though it is the current trend, its origin in fashion industry dates back to the 15th century when ruffles around the neckline became a prominent fashion choice among most of the elite women.Fabric is manipulated in a wavy pattern to form ruffles. As many say, it’s the same old fashion that has come back into picture now.

If you are wondering how to style those ruffle patterned clothes, then I am here to help you out with some styling tips 🙂

Ruffles come in varying sizes.It’s better to stick to particular size range of ruffle based on your body type.

  • A top with huge wavy ruffles around the neck looks perfect for women with broad shoulders and less bust. Ruffles divert the attention towards them, so it’s better that women with slightly heavier upper body go for tiny ruffles gathered in a pretty way to improvise their neckline

 

  • A ruffled skirt might have ruffles placed at different positions.Based on the position of ruffles and the shape of your body at that position, you need to choose the skirt.Ruffles divert attention to them due to their wavy structure.If the ruffles are placed in a position where that particular part of your body is slightly heavy, it highlights that part of your body and makes it look even more bulky.So, make your choice accordingly

I have created one look with a ruffled midi skirt and paired it with a cutout crop top. Accessorized  with a statement ear cuff and basic heels.

Hope you like the look as much as I love creating it 🙂

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 Skirt : Zara | Earrings : Koovs | Bracelets : Accessorize | Top : Stalkbuylove | Heels : Zara | bag : Shein

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Wardrobe Revamp

Now that the wedding season is around, I guess most of you might be bored of wearing the same old lehengas or sarees. We might not always want to spend a fortune on buying new outfits for each occasion. It would be best if we know how to use our wardrobe staples to give a different look to those classic lehengas or sarees and to accessories as well.

Few styling tips  that might help you :

  • Use that white shirt to pair it with a bright lehenga
  • Use a plain off-shoulder top(black/white) as a blouse to your classic saree
  • While using the staples, ensure that the shirt or top is plain.Avoid fussy prints.
  • Use any heavy earring as maang tikka
  • Pick that sleek chains that you have and wear them as waist chains

Here is one look that I put together using a white shirt and my old lehanga skirt.I paired it with a beads chain, a septum ring and a earring which I used as maang tikka.

Hope you like it 🙂

Shirt : Topshop | Lehenga : Dadar Handloom Store | Maang tikka : Studio Voyilla | Heels : Zara | Clutch : Sillklane store

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Previous post : Tulle On Focus

 

 

Tulle On Focus

Soft and fine-net fabric ,versatile enough to be styled as a dress or skirt or top is being embraced by most of the fashion enthusiasts.The fabric is known as tulle and this tulle trend, I should say, brought out the creativity of styling a dress with jeans.

Wondering how one could wear a dress with jeans !!!

Styling a dress with jeans gives a complete different and refreshing look.Comfort and fashion go hand in hand. This trend can be aced if you could remember a few things before you style:

  • Monochrome dresses(body-hugging dresses), mini dresses don’t go well with jeans (strict ‘NO”)
  • Midi skater flowy dresses would be the most apt choice
  • Slim fit jeans preferred over boyfriend jeans

In this look, I have paired a midi tulle dress with torn-jeans, a simple white top, and sneakers.I prefer to have simple earrings for this look but I choose to go with a bunch of pearl bracelets so that they sync with my white sneakers.

Here goes the look 😀








Tulle Dress : Forever21 | Bracelets : Accesorize | Jeans : Westside | White top : Zara | Denim Jacket : HnM | Sneakers : Street buy | Sunglasses : HnM

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Previous post : Wild In Green

 

 

Wild In Green

It’s all about the greens, cut-outs and head-scarfs. The wildness captured in the background brings the shades of green into focus. Pairing a maxi with different accessories gives unique looks every time.

Head scarf and long shrug are my weapons for this look-book apart from the usual maxi look.The contrast color of the head scarf gave a bohemian vibe while the shrug seemed to add a semi-formal touch to the outfit.Each of these accessories accentuated the look of the maxi.As you know, when I try western wear,I prefer statement jewellery. In this case, I picked statement earrings and kept it simple with no neck-piece.

Here goes the look !! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

 Maxi: Ajio | Earrings : HnM | Bracelets : Accessorize and lifestyle | Shrug : Ajio | Heels : Carlton London | Scarf : Street buy

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Previous post : 7 Wardrobe Must-Haves This Season

 

7 Wadrobe Must-Haves This Season

Now that it’s time for the end of season sale, it is better to be on a look-out for some specific trends to refresh your wardrobe.Here goes top seven among my list of must-haves :

1.  Tulle Dress/ Skirt

This soft net fabric trend is totally comfortable and would be so perfect for a brunch, beach vacation, or even as an airport look, when you pair the tulle dress with jeans.Forever 21 and Zara has good collection of tulle dresses or skirts.

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2.   Embriodery Tops/ Dresses/ Jeans

Embriodery is everywhere and who doesn’t love colorful embriodery? Almost spring/ summer collection of all stores have something related to embriodery.

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3.  Paper bag Skirt/ Pants

I am totally in love with this trend.It’s perfect to go with croptops or bodysuits.Pretty isn’t it? You might not find it at all stores, you need to go on hunt for these 🙂

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4. Striped Dress

It is so versatile among all these trends.Be it, work, beach, brunch, hangout, long drive or damn thing, you can just count on these.You can find these almost in all the stores.Stripes with embriodery is a hot trend.Be on look-out for it.

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5. Caption Tee

An oversized tshirt is always a comfortable option.When a caption adds to it, it gives a chill vibe.These are easily available too.

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6.   Mules

They are super comfortable and fashionable as well, considering that these are either block heels or flats.Go, bag on these 🙂

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7.  Metallic Oxfords

Metallics have now become almost a staple which can be styled with jeans or skirt or any kind of ethnic wear.Sonam kapoor is an absolute inspiration to style these oxfords.

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East Meets West

Intricate fashion details of East combined with the never ending and super comfortable denim craze of West kick the fusion fashion up a notch. Silver jewellery, handloom clothing have always been my obsession and the challenge lies in bringing a completely unique look to the same old staples.

Spot me anywhere and anytime outside, you will see me slouching in an old pair of jeans and a XL tshirt. When your dearest saviour serves to ease your Indian outfit, that’s an impeccable combination.

I choose to play around with my favourite vegetable-dyed handloom saree, kalamkari blouse, and my jet black jeans. When it is handloom, it is silver jewellery that comes to the rescue to give that Indian vibe.Do you agree?

Here goes ” East meets West ” series 🙂

Saree : BiswaBangla | Blouse : Tailormade | Accesories : Streetbuy | Denim : Lifestyle stores | Heels : Metro

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5 Online Shopping Websites For Every Fashion Girl

Are you one of those who is lazy to step out for shopping?

Then, Online Shopping comes to your rescue.The myriad range of options to choose from, infinite trends, and amazing offers summarise the entire experience.Well, all you need to know is the websites that you can completely count on. Here goes the list of few such websites which I am currently crushing on.

1.   AJIO

Who doesn’t love when latest trends and quality go hand in hand? Also, it is definitely going to be budget shopping. I personally love their fusion and western collection.Shop it here

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2.   KOOVS

If you want to shop for quirky and basic collection along with accesories, then Koovs is the right choice.Some of the brands are exclusively present only on Koovs.Quality is something you need to check based on product details before ordering.Shop here.

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3.   SHEIN

Well, this is an American shopping site known for its affordable and fashionable clothing.I love their accesories and lingerie collection as well.Only things that you need to worry about are international duty, returns, and delivery duration.Shop here.

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4.   JABONG

My go-to shopping site for footwear and dresses is Jabong.It is slightly expensive than Amazon and Flipkart but it would totally depend on the brand you choose.Shop here.

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5.   MYNTRA

When it comes to skirts and ethnic collection, I prefer Myntra. Basic ethnic and fusion collection is good but it would be better if you know the brands you want. Otherwise you end up scrolling the entire day for the right dress (owing to its huge collection 😛 ).Shop here.

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These are my best-loved websites, if you have any other good suggestions, do let me know 🙂

I will be doing another post on my favourite brands as well.Watch this space for more such interesting posts.

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Previous post : #Look103

Modern Indian Woman- #Look103

Hey folks, I am back with another new post as a part of the Modern Indian Woman series.I can say that this look is more skewed towards ethnicity rather than Indo-western fusion.

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To everyone who wants to start trying Indian ethnic wear, I strongly recommend owning certain wardrobe staples- a plain black kurti and a plain white kurti , solid black and solid white colored leggings, and a beautiful dupatta. With these staples, you can easily flaunt two gorgeous ethnic looks.

For this post, I choose a black kurti along with black leggings and added a pop of color with a beautiful handmade dupatta. If you have been following my blog, then you must have noticed this dupatta in my Kolkata shopping experience post.Beautifully crafted by local tribals, this dupatta depicts kantha work on a thappa (combination of different pieces of clothes).I accentuated the look with afghani earrings, a hand-bag prepared by Rann of Kutch artisans and kolhapuris.

Here goes the look 🙂

Details:

Kurti : Myntra|Leggings : Lyra | Kolhapuris : Street buy | Bag : Krafted with Happiness | Dupatta : Biswa Bangla 

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