Tuesday, March 25, 2014

From His Wardrobe

Hello Friends!

With men inspired clothing being more and more in vogue every year, it is apparent that the lines between "his" and "her" closets are blurring. It is the time when girls can happily steal shirts and watches from their dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands. 

Growing up I was always fascinated more by my dad's wardrobe than my mom's. I used to borrow a lot of his t-shirts, shirts, sweaters and jackets to pair with my jeans and skirts ("borrow" of course means take something and never give it back!!). Now, I do the same with my husband. 

Wearing clothes and accessories borrowed from men is like killing two birds with one stone.. you expand your wardrobe without having to spend money shopping and of course you make his clothes look pretty for once! 

The easiest items that can make way from a man's wardrobe to yours are shirts and watches. 

Shirt Steal
  1. Color - Pick any color. There is no color that would not look good on a girl if it does on a guy!
  2. Prints - Try staying away from large checks and broad/horizontal stripes as they add volume to an already over-sized shirt.
  3. Accessories - Minimalism is the word! Over accessorizing is always a mistake, especially this season. Try wearing just one or two cheerful accessories to bind the look together and add some color.
  4. Pair It - Wear the shirt with playful skirts, fitted jeans or colorful ankle length trousers

 How I Wore It
This weekend I wore my husband's shirt to a casual lunch and paired it with a denim skirt and white pumps. For a pop of color I added a bohemian scarf-belt and my favorite mandarin lip stain. Finally strapped a white and gold watch to complete the look. 
Since evenings are a bit chilly, I also carried a thin jacket (the last picture).
Photo Credits: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Shirt - Borrowed from Husband
Denim Skirt - Street Find
Shoes - Style & Co. (cost me just $7.00/Rs.420 during sale!)
Watch - Tommy Hilfiger
Scarf-Belt - Came with another Dress
Jacket - Vero Moda

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Travel

Hi Chicas!!!

Travelling during spring can be quite tricky, especially across different climate zones. Whether you are travelling through various states/cities or across different countries, the weather can be quite unpredictable. Planes, trains, cars or buses - the mode of transport can also add to the temperature fluctuations. Its a season where it can get hotter/colder/windier without much warning. Therefore, the best way to ease travel stress is to dress comfortably and be prepared for the worst of weathers.

Spring Travel Checklist
  1. Layer your Wear - Try to wear atleast 3-4 layers of clothing while you travel. If you are travelling from a hotter place wear a single layer and keep the rest in your carry on baggage or your purse.
  2. Big Bag - It is always smart to carry a big bag with a lot of compartments where you can store your passport/ID, tickets, phone, basic makeup, toothbrush, hairbrush and an additional change of clothes in case of an emergency.
  3. Comfortable Shoes - We all love heels and it is hard to say goodbye to those beauties! However, you do not want to twist your ankles while running to board a flight/train/bus. So sticking to flats or sneakers during travel is a good way to show your pretty feet some love.
  4. Sock ém Up - It is always better to wear socks when you travel. They keep your feet warm when its cold and also keep your feet clean and hygienic while treading unknown territories and public restrooms! 
  5. Scarf It- It is a must wear piece of clothing for travel as it serves multiple functions. You can wear it around your neck or as a headband/bandana to keep your hair in place. When it has solved its purpose it can be tied along the bag to perk it up.
I was travelling this weekend from a much colder Oregon to a sunny Los Angeles and this is what I wore! I mixed and matched various colors, rolled up my pants and put on some bright orange nail paint & lipstain. I hate accessorising when I travel so I just wore a white and golden strap watch which is not visible in the pic..will post pictures with it soon.

 Sleeveless Top - Abercrombie & Fitch
Pants - AND (Anita Dongre)  
Navy Jacket - Ralph Lauren
Printed Scarf - Mango
Oversized Bag & Watch - Tommy Hilfiger
Spaghetti Top (wearing underneath) - Vero Moda
Shoes - Nike Air 5.0
Socks & Baseball Cap - Forever21

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Crop Jacket

Hello Friends!!

Spring is around the corner so my tiny dresses are happy & relieved to be out of the closet! The winter was long and I was beginning to get bored of the long pants and unflattering stockings. During these months, I have quite visibly put on some weight around my thighs as cold, wet winters prevented my long walks (and gyms mean pure torture to me). I have also not been to the salon for two and a half months now, hence, my eyebrows are twice their size now. My last session with the stylist was such an ordeal that it left me wondering whether styling eyebrows is worth the pain and suffering. After all, style and fashion should mean comfort. So I have decided to let my brows rest in peace for as long as I want! 

Coming to the title of my post..bought a bright blue crop jacket last week. I had eyed it a month back but thought it was a bit expensive. However, I got it for half off finally. Looooooove when that happens!! I wore it to lunch this weekend.

Wearing a Leather/Leatherette crop jacket
(I prefer Leatherette as it is more nature-friendly while being fashionable.)
  1. Go Black - Choose a black jacket with metal zippers. Wear one with silver zippers for a cool, edgy, biker-chic vibe or with gold zippers for a more rich & glamorous look.
  2. Add Colors - Add some color to your wardrobe with colorful pieces. Color block or keep it monotone with various shades of the same color. 
I wanted a fresh, springy, feminine look to go lunching. So, I paired my princess blue jacket with a short printed dress, black heels and did some color-blocking by adding a bright red clutch. The clutch blends well with the red bits in the dress and the red nail paint. To put the whole look together, I accessorized with a pair of matching earrings.

(The jacket looks a bit crumpled as my wardrobe suffered a massive upheaval this week during spring cleaning and all my clothes are more or less in the same condition!)


Blue Leatherette Jacket - Bebe
Red Clutch - Van Heusen
Printed Dress - Old
Earrings - Tribal Zone
Black Peep Toes - Forever New

So start prepping up for Spring.. Keep looking fabulous and never forget to smile!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Pencil Skirt

Smart, sensual, classy and professional - The pencil skirt is all and more! Take it anywhere from a mall to a party to an office and it fits like a dream. Keep it short and sexy or wear it long. Keep it bold and colorful or wear it neutral. It gives you all the needed variety you want and can be paired with tops, coats, blazers and so on. I even tuck my body con dresses inside to make them work like tops and - Voilà I have a new outfit!

The pencil skirt is as much of a fashion staple as the Little Black Dress. Yet a lot of us shy away from it, blaming heavy thighs, posterior and less than perfect waists. It is true that this skirt does villianously accentuate some unwanted curves but it also highlights our best features if worn the right way.

Instead of shunning it all together why not try to work around it and find the wearable fit for each one of us!!

First things first. Let us face it, unlike models, most of us do not have a 10 on 10 bod...and we do not really need to. Looking good does not require a perfect body and therefore does not necessarily require spending 3 hours in a gym everyday or never eating cake. We all have certain body areas we shy away from flaunting. However, we also do have some areas we would be proud of and it is imperative to be aware of our assets.
The art of dressing is being conscious of one's own body and being comfortable and happy in what one wears. After that one just needs a little reflection - what to veil and what to reveal.

              Image credits: www.vogue.com 

So, lets see how each one of us can work this fashion staple to our best advantages.

Not-so-perfect Calves - Try a longer version. Pencil skirts that fall below your calves are right on trend now and make you look fabulous. These lengths work for almost all body types and look stunning with the right shoes.
Check picture 1 above. (Hugo Boss Creation)

Heavy Thighs - Try to work around materials that are flowy and are not too thick. Also try to wear lengths that cover your knees or atleast fall right above your knees. This way you can blanket your thighs while revealing your shapely legs/calves.
Check picture 2 above. (Moschino Creation)

Broad Waist/Not-a-Flatboard stomach - I have one word for you "PEPLUM"! Put it on the skirt or on the top above it. This detail helps diverts attention from the midriff and leaves you worrying about nothing. Do not team crop tops or bustiers with pencil skirts - that will be suicidal. If you do not like peplum try wearing a flowy long top over a regular pencil skirt. (Also, never, ever buy a skirt that is too tight on your waist or makes your belly bulge after a small meal!).
Check picture 3 above. (Balmain Creation)

My own styles around the skirt:

Black Pencil Skirt with Side Ruffles - Forever New, Blue Top - Westside, White Clutch - Baggit.
Aquamarine Pencil Skirt - Only, Embroidered White Chiffon Top &  Aquamarine Pointed Heels  - Forever New, White Clutch - Baggit.
Black Pencil Skirt with Side Peplum - Forever New, Mustard Top - Van Heusen, Necklace - Aldo, Clutch - Forever New, Flats - H&M.

So, what is your fashion-fix around this?? Do Comment!!