Showing posts with label Styling Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Styling Tips. Show all posts

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Guide To Festive Winter Fashion

For most of us, the month of December is what an international visiting facility is to Mumbai University.
Highly anticipated, everyone cannot stop talking about it and before you can start to relish the moment, everything is over!

Say hello to December- the month of birthdays, weddings and festive parties. And just when you thought that you are done with attending social event and parties another one comes knocking down your door.

As much as everyone loves a good paarttttyyyyy, dressing according to the party theme can be quite a task. The guessing game of “Am I Overdressed/Underdressed” reaches an all time high in this month. The one question on everyone’s mind is: “should I dress down or should I go all glam out?”

Keeping the current season and festive mood in mind there is no shortage of winter or festive wear. Most brand are offering their version of winter and festive fashion. Among the lot, French Connection's Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection stands out with its hearty mix of festive fashion and winter essentials.
While select few pieces are apt only for the winter season, the remaining ones can be worn year round.

Keeping the current season and latest trends in mind, here are a few festive fashion looks to whet your style buds.
tyled with French Connection's Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection there is something for every occasion.

Casual: For a trendy casual look, stick with the classic winter combination of plaid and leather. Plaid pants paired with simple tee, structured leather jackets and boots is the perfect combination for a comfy yet stylish casual look.
If the leather jacket is not Bombay type of winter friendly, trade it with a denim one. For a more festive look, wear the colours of the season to spread some Christmas cheer around.
[Plaid Pants, Leather Jacket, Tee and Tote Bag- French Connection; Boots-Pull & Bear;; Watch-Marc by Marc Jacobs]

Chic: The simple, almost boring sweatshirt has been given a major makeover and been replaced by the IT piece of Autumn/Winter 2013- embellished statement sweatshirt.  
For a work wear friendly chic look, team up the embellished sweatshirt with a pencil skirt, shoulder bag and monochrome pumps.
Not only is the look ideal for work, it is also perfect for post work parties.
[Embellished Sweatshirt, Pencil Skirt, Sling Bag- French Connection; Pumps-Zara; Earrings- Dannijo]

Glam: December is incomplete without its share of festive bling. From Christmas to New Years Eve parties and from bachelorettes to birthdays, a sequin dress is ideal for an all glammed up look.
The trick to working a sequin dress is to balance the look out. Team the sequin dress with black/white/neutral clutch, matte finish metallic sandals and drop earrings. Complete this look with bright shade lipstick and you are good to go.
To make it a more cold climate friendly look, layer with a long coat and black/nude stockings to beat the winter chills.
[Sequin Dress, Pastel Long Coat, Clutch-French Connection; Sandals- B Brian Atwood; Earrings-Accessorize; Cuff-Dannijo; Lipstick-Lancome]

For more holiday/festive fashion inspiration check out IFB Project #126: Share Your Celebratory Style

With the festive and holiday season in full swing what is your go to festive fashion look? 
Share your views about that and French Connection Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection with me in the comment section.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Girl Meets Boy

“It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. ... Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated.” 
                                                                                                                     Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

I have always had a love-hate relationship with the androgyny trend. The feminist in me gets the significance of a neutral dressing code, but the woman (and feminist) in me is not ready to be covered up in clothes that does not distinguish me from members of the other gender. 
While some women have been more than ready to ‘suit-up’ and embrace their masculine side, others, like me, are still struggling to find the right, as I like to call it, ‘Gender Mix’ balance.
For me, it is more about mixing genders rather that completely eclipsing one gender all together.
After much experimentation, I have finally figured out a way to incorporate the right masculine pieces without compromising on my personal style. My take on the androgyny trend is, to either layer with or accessorise with or trade a regular piece with a well-constructed men’s wear piece.

One brand that I think would be ideal to experiment a gender mix look with, is Calvin Klein Jeans. 
I recently had a chance to go through their Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection and instantly found pieces in the men’s wear section I would love to add to my wardrobe. 
From masterful tailoring to clean and simple pattern lines, the entire collection is a fine balance of everyday essentials and must have winter pieces.
While the women’s collection has trademark minimalistic dresses, classic jeans and tops, the men’s wear range offers a wide array of shirts, structured cardigans and lightweight sweater.

Keeping the current season and latest trends in mind, here are a few gender mix looks styled with the Calvin Klein Jeans 
Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection.

[Jeans, Pink Tee and Messenger Bag- Calvin Klein Jeans Women's A/W 2013; Plaid Shirt- Calvin Klein Jeans Mens's A/W 2013; Watch-Michael Kors; Studded High-Top Sneakers- Forever 21; Wayfarer Sunglasses- Ray-Ban]

Pairing a plaid shirt with classic blue jeans and tee is one of the oldest looks in casual fashion history.
To make this look more fun and create a trendy gender mix look, swap your regular plaid shirt with a men’s plaid shirt. Thrown on pair of statement sunnies, boyfriend watch and high-top sneakers and you are ready for a weekend shopping trip or a lazy afternoon with the boyfriend.


[Printed Pants & Bag-Calvin Klein Jeans Women's A/W 2013; Lightweight Sweater-Calvin Klein Jeans Mens's A/W 2013; Buckle Booties-Forever 21; Necklace-Kelly Wearstler; Bracelet-Tory Burch; Lipgloss- Guerlain; Eye Pencil-Clarins]

Sweaters are currently having a major fashion moment. From runway to street style, they have made their presence felt in all possible domains of fashion.
While chunky knits may work in some places, in a city like Bombay, lightweight sweater is all one can manage to wear.
For a polished, city chic gender mix look, pair printed pants with a contrasting colour oversized men’s lightweight sweater. Throw on a pair of boots, structured tote and statement jewellery and you are all set for a business luncheon or client meeting.
Keep in mind: The sweater should be only one size big and not very large cause that will make you look bulky.
For a more contoured look you can add a skinny belt to the ensemble.

[Coloured Pant, Sequins Top and Bag-Calvin Klein Jeans Women's A/W 2013; Zip Cardigan-Calvin Klein Jeans Mens's A/W 2013; Glitter Loafers-Just Ballerinas; Gold Cuff- New Look; Lipstick-  Elizabeth Arden]

Women love to dress-up and flaunt their glam side. However, a glam look can be quite a task. Sometimes you just don’t have the energy for a look so demanding. 
On days like these, swap your all-out glam look with an ‘easy glam’ look instead.
With the right glam elements even the simplest of looks can be spiced up.
For a night out with the girls or a romantic date, pair a self coloured sequin top with bright coloured pants. Layer the look with a men’s zip cardigan for a stylish gender mix ensemble. 
Accessorise the look with your fave pair of glitter loafers, gold cuff and red-hot lipstick to add the right amount of glam to an otherwise regular outfit.

With just a few add-ons and swaps, you too can style an semi-androgynous 
‘Gender Mix’ look.

What did you think of Calvin Klein Jeans Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection? And are you ready to try a ‘Gender Mix’ look? Share your views with me in the comment section.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dare To Bare With FASTRACK Bags.

When I started my blogging journey never in my wildest dreams did I think that at one point I would be the only Bombay based blogger to be invited to attend an event organised by one of India's leading youth accessories brand- Fastrack.
And yet, who in their right mind would miss out on such a wonderful opportunity. Along with attending the ‘Dare To Bare’ collection launch fashion show, I also had an opportunity to interact with Ronnie Talati the Vice President & Business Head of Fastrack & New Brands.
 After speaking with Marketing Head, Simeran Bhasin and Retail Operations & PR Head, Hemal Panchamia I finally have a better understanding of the brand as well as its latest collection.

Fastrack, the unconventional fashion brand has managed to established itself as 'India's leading youth accessories brand', chose to unveiled its latest range of 'Fashion Backpacks' at the F Bar and Kitchen in Bengaluru. 
With a strong belief that backpacks aren't always just about carrying things around, this season Fastrack is showing us the most stylish way to move with the launch of their new collection of backpacks.
The latest collection of backpacks is a perfect combination of the function and fashion and is all set to spice up your wardrobe.
The latest collection of backpacks come with ergonomic back support and well organized interiors. Plus, the unique materials and  eye catching prints are sure to make you want to garb one for yourself.
The latest collection of Fastrack has so many stylish and trendy backpacks to chose from, I just had to share with you all some of my favourite pieces.
[More details on there bags here]

What I love about the ‘Dare to Bare’ FASTRACK Fashion Backpack Collection:

The traditional backpack has been given a stylish makeover. No more an old- fashioned, monochromatic, simple utility piece, it has been transformed into a must have accessory. From different shapes to bold prints and bright colours, these backpacks are a perfect combination of fashion and function.

Even though Fastrack is a leading youth brand, the variety of bags and backpacks are for those not only young in age but also young at heart. The diversity of style, fabric and colour is bound to appeal to anyone who is, “Bold, stylish, casual and lots of fun”.

Keeping its target audience in mind the bags and backpacks have been reasonably priced.

Other than trendy backpacks and bags for men, Fastrack also offers a stylish 'Girl’s Collection'.
Unique metallic details, vibrant hues and extended utility makes them a must have this season. Small enough to be carried anywhere and big enough to hold all your essentials. 
[More details on the FASTRACK accessories here and on the other products here]
{All the three looks have been exclusively styled with Fastrack acessories-bags, purse, sunglasses and watch}

Speaking about the collection, Ronnie Talati had wisely said: “Fastrack backpacks combine high fashion with function and will form an integral part of any youngster's wardrobe.” That is exactly what the latest 'Dare to Bare' collection is all about.
Not only did I have a wonderful time at the event but also a better knowledge and understanding of the Fastrack brand. After viewing its latest collection first-hand I can't help but agree that Fastrack is '
India's leading youth accessories brand'.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Styled With LAVIE

While a lot of women have a thing for shoes, I am complete a bag {and jewellery} lady. When I got an invite to attend the Autumn-Winter collection launch of Lavie, wild horses could not stop me for attending it. {For those who don not know, Lavie is one of India's finest bags and accessory brand}.
To be honest, till I went for the launch my knowledge of Lavie as a brand and its products was restricted to two things: One, Kareena Kapoor is its brand ambassador and two, it was primarily a bag brand. Nothing more, nothing less. I had no idea as to how versatile the brand is and how splendid its new collection would be.
 But, after firsthand viewing the latest collection, I can honestly say, I am a fan of all things Lavie.
Along with viewing the new collection, I also had an opportunity to interact with Lavie’s Marketing & PR Head Anupam Sehgal and Fashion Consultant Pria Agni.
[Posing with some of my fave LAVIE bags and Lavie's Fashion Consultant, Ms Priya Agni]

Before I share my views about the new collection, let me introduce you to it.
Lavie offers a variety of bags in different shapes, sizes and styles, catering to the modern Indian woman. From working woman tote to party clutch and from chic laptop bag to cool stachel there is something for everyone.

The colour palette of the new Lavie collection is a mix of classic autumn/ winter shades- black, brown, burgundy -as well new bright and bold colours. Tangerine, red, neon green, oxblood, blue, yellow, pink, are some of the eye-catching colours to choose from. 
For those who want something on the classic lines, there is a wide variety of leather, textured and tribal inspired pieces to choose from.
With the festive and wedding season in full swing, Lavie offers a range of stylish party bags and trendy clutches.

Keeping the needs and demand of the modern woman in mind, Lavie replenish their stocks with new designs every two week. The brand's philosophy is to not stick with a particular design or style for too long, but to constantly offer something fresh and new to its consumers.

What I love about LAVIE Autumn-Winter Collection:
From tote to clutch to hobo to laptop bags, from leather to canvas and from oxblood to gold to navy the choice in shape, style, colour and material is very wide and versatile. Literally, women of all ages, job profiles and preference can find something to suit her style.

Since Lavie updates its stock with new designs every two weeks, there is no monotony  or repetitiveness of style. Plus, at any given time there is always something new available.

The Autumn-Winter collection is a perfect mix of classic styles and new trends.

Along with being very stylish, Lavie bags are reasonably priced. The average price of a Lavie is Rs.2500/- {Price range Rs.1800- Rs.4500}

Not only are the bags available at the Lavie stores and retails outlet such as Shoppers Stop and Bagzone, but one can easy buy them from a number of websites such as Flipkart, Jabong and Yebhi.

As much as I loved the entire collection, here are some of my favourite Lavie pieces.
[Salina Quilt Clutch Rs. 2390, Rosemary Medium Satchel Rs. 2990, Cedarwood Large Tote Rs. 3090]

With a wide variety to choose from, here are some of my Lavie bag styling suggestions.
[Neroli Shoulder Bag Rs. 2640, Navy Blue Handbag Rs. 2740, Salina Quilt Clutch Rs. 2390. More information on these other pieces here.]

After capturing the bag market, Lavie now has its eyes set on dazzling us with their range of jewellery and footwear. Lavie’s main aim is to provide all kinds of stylish accessories under one roof.

Thanks to the wide variety of bags offered by Lavie, 
there is a Lavie for every lady. She can be a young college going girl or a working woman or a dotting grandmother, there is a Lavie bag to fulfil her stylish needs.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Style It Thrice: Orange Silk Blouse

The other day I was researching 'wardrobe must-have' list. And list after list had their own opinion as to what and what not should be a part of a woman's wardrobe. The one thing; besides jeans and LBD, that was common in 98% of the lists was, a simple button front blouse {full or half sleeves depending on the weather}.
You must be wondering 
what is the real purpose of a plain old simple blouse? While jeans are all age friendly and LBD can be dressed up and down, how is an almost 'matronly' kind of blouse a fashion must-have? Well, in fashion; just like in real life, looks can be super deceptive. What may look bland to the unstylish eye can actually be a gem of a find for a fashion savant
For this week's 'Style It Thrice' segment I have chosen a J.Crew orange {neon-papaya} full sleeves button front blouse. The sheer simplicity is one of the reasons why I chose it. What may seem to most as a plan and simple blouse, can easily be transformed into a stylish and trendy ensemble. Due to its simplicity the blouse can be styled and worn for a number of occasion-day and night. 
Here are few of my styling suggestion that will hopefully make you see this simple yet versatile blouse in a new light.
Look 1: This blouse would be perfect for office wear. But, instead of pairing it with regular trousers opt for an on-trend high low skirt {Make sure the skirt's front length is work place appropriate}.Add on a bright colour necklace and chic patterned bag and you are set for a stylish business meeting.

Look 2: Full sleeve button front blouse is not something one would consider as casual wear. Right? But, if you pair the same blouse with bright coloured jeans, funky bag and statement necklace you have pretty much created for yourself a fun look that would be perfect for weekend shopping or brunch with the girls.

Look 3: Party wear is all about the sexy. And this blouse is as sexy as sexy can be. All you need to do is role up the sleeves, throw on some bling-bling bracelets and pair the blouse with a all-eyes-on-me skirt and killer stilettos and you are ready to brun the dance floor.

Do you have a simple blouse in your wardrobe? And how do you like to style it? Share your views with me in the comment section.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Make It-NOT-Work!

Most people won’t dare leave their homes without their BBs and I-Pads. Yet, they very easily forget to give their appearances a once over before stepping out. In a world full of smart packaging and snazzy presentations don’t get left out because you forgot to take care of some small yet significantly important work place dressing etiquettes. Note to self: “Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide.”

I. If you've got it, DON’T Flaunt it!
Well, contrary to the famous belief, office is not the place to flaunt anything except your personality! Everything else should very well be covered up. Keep the sexy lacy top, see-through blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and bare midriffs for after hours. If needed, sheer outfits must at all cost should be worn with lining. Office ain’t no place to play peek-a-boo.

II. No Flipping!
For those who already don’t know, flip-flops are footwear for the home. Believe me, nothing screams laid back (read lazy) quite like walking in for a 9am meeting in your favourite pair of slippers.

III. Oh My, Look what the cat dragged in!

Wrinkled pants and stained or faded tunic top are just as bad as showing up in gym shorts and flip-flops. The "I don’t care what I wear" look does nothing to enhance your credibility. What you wear is the first indication of who you are.

IV. Are you Hairy Scary?
You know what is worse than a frumpy colleague? An impeccably well-dressed one whose hair is all over the place! Your hair is called your crowning glory for a reason. Not combing it is a cardinal sin! The “I just got out of bed” look works only in the editorials. Plus, it shows your unorganized side. Keep in mind; it is the little things that go a long way. Neat and tidy hair has always been the trendy way. Bad hair day or not, there is just no excuse for untidy locks. In words of Hubert de Givenchy: “Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.”

V. Never try this at Work.
Finally, you must always say no to: garish makeup, insanely long nails, clothes that are tad bit too tight, chunky jewellery and shoes that make noise. In short, anything that’s makes you look like Beyoncé’s back-up dancer is a big no- no.

Remember, if people are talking about your clothes more than your qualifications, you're wearing the wrong clothes.

What is that one thing you would never ever wear to the office? And why? Share your views and opinions with me in the comment section.
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[Images Via: Celebuzz, Pinterest, Lookbook.Nu, White House Black Market, Google Images]

{Check out my post 'Dressed For Success' on work wear must haves and styling tips.}

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Style It Thrice: Color Block Woven Sandal

Here a fact- there is very little that can distract me from a decadently sumptuous meal. So imagine my surprise; while digging into my fave mushroom risotto my eye land on something even more delicious. And mid bite I literally stop and ogle at these babies! Sitting diagonally across from me was this head to to insignificant vision of white. It was these colourful sandals on her feet that called to me. And ever since first laying eyes on them, I am totally obsessed with it. Since I could not find a pair at the Zara  shop, I so plan to buy me a pair online as an early Eid gift to myself.
For this week's 'Style It Thrice' segment, I have chosen a pair of color block woven thong sandals by Zara {$40, INR 2,790}. Its a personal favorite of mine. But as attrattive as they may look, a lot of people shy away from buying these colorful statement making footwear. One of the biggest reasons being they really don't know where to wear it or how to style it. Don't let their virbrant colors scare you off. The beauty of a these sandals is that it can be worn to a variety of occasions. Incorporating current trends and classic styles here are my styling suggestions.

Office Meeting Look: Gone the days where people wore only black or beige pumps to work. For a trendy work wear look pair these sandals with colored jeans, printed blouse and neutral tones color block satchel. For a more corporate look, trade the colored jeans for a colored blazer and black/navy pants.


Gallery Opening Look: While attending a local art gallery opening or exhibit one does not need to dress in designer wear. Ideally opt for a classy semi-formal look. To make a significant style statement, let your sandals and accessories do all the talking. Pair a  printed multicolor skirt with a simple tank top, over-sized clutch and statement necklace.

Cocktail Party Look: Fed up of wearing the uniform LBD or LWD to a cocktail party? Then spice up your look and mix and match your sandals with a bright orangish red dropped waist dress and vintage shoulder bag. Polish the look off with cuff bracelet stone necklace.

Sometimes, its fun to swap you regular shoes for a pair of statement making ones. Don't you agree? Share your views with me in the comment section.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Style It Thrice: Neon Stone Necklace

It is quite obvious that I have what is otherwise know as a neon hangover! I just can't seem to get enough of these vibrant shades. Being born in the 80's I guess this unhealthy obsession is part of my DNA! Anyhoo, this love for florescent shades is not going to go away anytime soon. Plus, with the monsoons soon approaching, neon colours are a perfect way to brighten up those wet morbid days.
Personally, I do neon the safe way- preferring to wear them as accessories or shoes or bag. So ever since I saw this piece, I have fallen head first in love with it. With sale season just round the corner, this necklace is the first one on my 'must buy it' list.
For this week's 'Style It Thrice' segment I have chosen a neon stone necklace by Zara {$20, INR 1190}. It is a statement making neck piece without being-over-the-top. Plus, due to its elegant design, one can wear it for multiple occasions as well as pair it with with a variety of colours and prints.
For those who are looking to experiment with neon shades for the first time, this necklace is a good place to start. Here are a few of my styling suggestions to help you along.

Family Lunch Look: Summer 2012 has been a summer of two things-colored jeans and neon shades! For a trendy casual look pair the necklace with your fave coloured jeans, tribal print top-currently the IT trend- and neon bag and bangles for a lunch with the family. To make this look a monsoon friendly one, choose a top that is not in white or light colour based and slip resistant footwear.

Fashion Week Look: Fashion Week is that time of the year when the best of fashion is seen on as well as off the runway. To make a significant statement- create a colour block ensemble. Match your neon necklace with a contrasting {colour} coral pink dress and floral print clutch. To up the chic quoitent polish the look off with neon sandals and watch as heads turn your way.
[ALICE + OLIVIA Dress; JIL SANDER Floral Clutch; ZARA Sandal; KANUPRIYA Earrings;  REED KRAKOFF Ring; TOM FORD Eye Shadow; CHANEL Lipgloss; GIVENCHY Eyeliner Pencil]

Date Night Look: Bored of wearing the necklace again and again? The best way to funk up the look is by layering a bunch of chains and necklaces together and create a multi-tiered necklace. To make your necklaces stand out wear this look with an all black {or any solid} colour outfit. Complete the look with metallic heels and a cute shoulder bag.

Once in a while it is good to let the accessories take over and do all the talking. Don't you agree? And with a necklace as versatile and trendy as this, one can rarely go wrong with it.

What do you think of neon necklace and how would style it? Share your views and opinion with me in the comment section.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

New Brand On The Block: Salt 'N' Pepper Footwear & Accessories.

I love discovering new things. The joy I had when I first introduced my friend to the words of Haruki Murakami or the delight  when I took my family for the first time to a newly opened Indigo Deli.
As of recent, I have developed a love for online shopping. And in my pursuit for finding something new, something trendy as well as pocket friendly, I stumbled upon a newly launched in India, Italian footwear and accessories brand called Salt ‘N’ Pepper.
True to their name, they have a variety of products to offer. Primarily focusing on all kinds of footwear and bags-for men,women and kids- they also offer other accessories such as belts and jewellery-necklace and bangles and bracelets.
Currently being retailed in over 10 countries across the globe, the company has decided to take the e-commerce route to find their feet in India. Not only is the company excited about the launch in India, but has also chosen it as their first destination for an attempt at e-commerce as a brand. They believe that e-commerce would give consumers greater access to their products in a market like India. This way allowing customers to choose and pick products of their choice at their own convenience {They do not retail in India as of yet}.

They first ventured into the Indian market by participating in the India International Leather Fair (IILF) 2011 held in Delhi. Upon receiving an overwhelming response to their products, the company is confident their uniquely designed products will capture hearts and feet of Indian consumer. 
The company’s philosophy is: “High quality leather footwear and accessories which are uniquely designed to make them stand out from the rest is our USP”.The brand's variety of choice and versatile designs makes them stylishly wearable for any time of the day or occasion. Using Salt 'N' Pepper footwear and accessories {only}, here are few of my styling suggestions.
[Price details of Salt 'N' Pepper products used in the above set]

Do visit this newly launched brand, Salt 'N' Pepper's website for some trendy footwear and accessories and let me know what you think of it.

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Dressing-Up For The Rains!

Here’s a fact-I hate the rains!!!{I think I heard a collective gasp from all the rain loves out there!} But, I just hate them! With all the insane traffic, water puddles, pollution and muck around, monsoon is my dark period, where I oscillate for serious mourning and sulking to major creative blocks and depressive ideas. Like I said not my best season! But, since I love everything else about Bombay, I have learnt to survive these 4 mad months on my own terms. As much I hate the rains I never let it get the best of me, especially in the dressing-up department. I make sure I am damn well dressed and prepared to combat the torrential downpour.Whether you love or loathe the rains, everyone need to be appropriately dressed to survive the monstrous monsoons! My mantra for the season is ‘keep it simple, keep it short, and keep it colourful’. Here is a list of my monsoon must-haves.
[More information on these pieces here]

Styling Tips for Monsoon.
Office Wear: Opt for sleeveless or short sleeves shirts or tunic instead of full sleeves ones and preferably pick knee length skirts. If pants are a must, then go for blended fabric that dry quickly and don’t crumple easily instead of pure cottons and linens. Wearing white or very light pastel shades is inviting disaster, so pull out your summer brightest- tangerine orange, neon green, electric blue and fuchsia pink. Avoid layering as much as possible, cause once it stops to rain it becomes crazy hot and humid. 

Ethnic Wear: Say no to all form of summer whites and neutrals. Flaunt your most colorful and liveliest kurtis, and pair them with snug-fitting churidars/ leggings. Ideally swap your dupattas for scarf or stoles. Heavy salwar kameez with trailing dupattas can altogether be avoided during monsoons.  
If you must wear a saree, stay away from cottons {as they will crinkle up in no time}, and  translucent and flimsy fabrics such as chiffons and georgettes {not only do they become completely see-through but also lose their sheen when wet}; instead go for light weight silk ones.

Casual wear: Maxi skirts/dress and light colour tops are not monsoon friendly attire at all. Instead opt for capris, shorts and tops in bold and happy colours. Remember, whatever you wear; make sure you have enough legroom to make a quick dash for cover when caught in a surprise downpour.

Footwear: Not to self: All monsoon footwear at all times must be slip-resistant.

Navigating those crazy puddles your footwear can barely be seen, but believe me, it is the most important part of your wardrobe. Seriously, you don’t want your chappals/ slippers {however cool you may think they look} plunging you nose-first into a puddle; neither do you want your heel breaking while you are crossing an uneven road. This is the season of sensible shoes. Opt for flat ballerinas with rubber soles {or made out of Neoprene or PVC}, rain boots, waterproof flip-flops or floaters. If you must wear heels in monsoon, then choose ones with heels no more than two inches high and having a firm base. 

Make-up and Hair Style: Use only waterproof and smudge proof makeup. Apply soft shades with rosy undertones for your cheeks, dramatize your eyes with coloured eyeliners, and give your lips a matte look – in bright or soft shade.
Since hair is almost always a problem during the monsoons, don’t choose styles that require your hair to be straightened, blow dried, crimped or curled. All that humidity will make it limp and shapeless in no time. Make sure you get a haircut that helps you style your hair with minimum fuss. Also, avoid putting too many hair products in your hair as the humidity may make it greasy.

Accessories: Lock away your cloth, leather and straw bags for dryer season and go for the trendy water resistant bags. Umbrellas are a must have for this weather, so pick one that is sturdy yet chic to make a style statement. Avoid wearing pure silver jewellery, cause they tend to turn black when in contact with moisture, instead pick some funky costume pieces to spice up the look.

2012 Summer Trends that Are Monsoon Chic
Bright colored legging/ jeans.
Tribal or Art Deco printed outfits {on non white or light surface}.
Neon nails.
Ombre shorts.
Tangerine accessories.

Summer Styles That Should Never Been Worn In Monsoons.
Summer whites or very light pastel shades.
Clothes in translucent and flimsy fabrics such as light weight cottons,'chikankari' and lace.
Maxi skirts and dress.
Raffia wedges.
Pure leather or suede shoes and bags.

How do you deal with the monsoon season? And what is your fashion mantra and mus-haves for the rainy weather? Share them with me in the comment section.

Till then, tra-la,
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