6th November 2019
WEDDING ATTIRE MALE
Wedding Dressing – Choices for Men
Over are days when men’s wedding dresses were limited to Safaris, Kurtas or Beige & Gold Sherwanis, Courtesy progressive Indian designers today men have many outfit options. Understandably men too pay a lot of attention to their wear and accessorizing it.
The modern men experiment to put up a great outfit that will not only make them look amazing but attract all the attention and make them stand apart from the crowd. Unconventional Sherwanis, Achkans, Angrakhas to experimental outfits, Tuxedos & Bandhgalas with extended silhouettes there are gobs of choices.
In terms of suggestions occasions like Haldi, Sangeet or the Baraat, it would be appropriate for men to dress in ethnic wear -bright and warm coloured kurtas, sherwani, pathani suits. A western style dress up would be best for a Reception party.
Some stylish and latest wedding dresses for men would include:
A simple Printed Floral Jacket/ Waistcoat as floral are in this season. To make a style statement choose something simple yet chic and pair it with elegant Jodhpuri Pants or wear a floral printed waistcoat over a plain comfortable Kurta Pyajama. This ensemble is perfect teamed Mojadi/synthetic Mojadi/Punjabi Jutti.
A bright and bold colored Kurta with a Nehru Jacket will be a yes for a Mehndi or Haldi. What better than a bright banana yellow Kurta teamed up with a well-fitted Nehru jacket. The familiar kurta worn the same way every time could be spiced up pairing it with a comfy jean. Another option to embrace traditional clothing at ceremonies wear a pre stitched dhoti with a bright colored medium knee length kurta as its very unique and not all men have the confidence to carry this amazing traditional teaming of a kurta and a dhothi !
Bandhgala amongst the oldest Indo-western wear could be a perfect Fusion. It is an elegant choice as a wedding reception dress for men. Tailored to perfection and paired with designer pants or a long one with chudidar pants. A floral embroidered bandhgala jacket over a white kurta-pyjama could also be the ultimate stylish designer wedding suit.
Nothing beats the beauty of A gold embroidered Sherwani when it comes to mens wear for the D-day, accessorize it with a brooch, pocket square, jewellery or safa! For the classic look that’s simple yet traditional go for the red and ivory sherwani. A slight twist can be given to the classic sherwani by adding a fun drape element at the hem.
An engagement, pre-wedding occasion or a reception can be just right for A Tuxedo/ Suit. One can never go wrong with a black tuxedo!Nail a glamorous look by donning a checkered print suit or even a turquoise suit with a white shirt coupled with nude loafers if a fun evening celebration. Honeycomb textured navy blue suit with velvet lapels & buttons is both timeless and elegant as well. Single-breasted casual tuxedo suit can also be a good choice.
Always dress smartly and decently.You can always experiment with fashion and style till, you are confident and comfortable wearing it. The ultimate guide to decide the richness in dressing depends on the relationship with the bride or groom.
30th October 2019
WEDDING ATTIRE FEMALE
The Diwali celebratory mood is soon peeping into the coming wedding season. Therefore, one needs to prepare for more celebrations and parties, surely requiring a lot of dressing up for Mehendis, Sangeets, Cocktails, Sagans and the D-day as also many other parties.
The bar has already been set very high with all the last year’s celebrity wedding, so we bring to you some ideas for females dressing to shine bright at these functions.
Gowns, whether for a wedding reception or formal functions, are one of the latest & popular dresses. Very modern in style, these can be designed as Indian, western or even a fusion, as one desires. This look gets enhanced by just adding a pair of fine dangler earrings and high heels.
A Pantsuit is a perfect combination of traditional and modern day attire. The traditional elements originating from the Salwar/Churidar Suits, design modifications make it look modern.
Accessorise this look with a pair of chandelier earrings and nothing more.
Cape Sleeves are trendy as they make a dress dreamier. This dress brings another added advantage is that it need not be too heavy to look good enough for a wedding. Just pair this with nice earrings and maybe a choker necklace.
An Anarkali is another classic dress. The cut and the fabric can make all the difference to this simple yet elegant dress. To spruce this up wear a pair of chandelier earrings and a light necklace.
A relatively heavier marriage function dress could be A Lehenga Suit-a more extravagant style. A marvellous outfit for winter weddings depending on its cut and style, best worn on the D-day, be it the bride or a close relative. The outfit is complete with a pair of high heels, and dangling earrings. A matching necklace finishes the whole look.
For a more casual look go for A Crop Top & Skirt. It does not look as formal as a lehenga but blends in perfectly for marriage functions. Try pastel colours, or go with one bold and one light colour to create a stunning effect. This dress should be accessorised with statement pieces to make the outfit even more amazing.
Another unconventional but beautiful marriage function dress is A Dhoti. A dhoti outfit turns people’s heads, as a woman looks fashionable and chic in it. Wear it in pastel or light colours to give a whimsical effect to the dress. Fancy headgear and a statement necklace are good enough with it to rock the function.
The list is incomplete if A Saree is not included. It is prominent through almost all Indian cultures, the wearer looking elegant and stylish, it does not matter what age height or weight you are as it is never a wrong choice. The options for accessories with a saree are limitless they can be fine tuned to the required level of dressing up.
This list though not exhaustive it still gives a good idea as to what choices can be made for different events. Don’t be shy to experiment with anything new that you see, as weddings are all about colours, designs, outfits, etc. So just have fun and party hard.
23rd October 2019
FESTIVE ATTIRE Part-II
Festivals time dressing up is something we all love. Options are infinite with the development of fashion today. Decking up in ethnic attire could well be in the ever universal sarees, lehengas, heavy suits and what have you. The Indo-western attire present other options like gowns, dresses, crop tops with dhoti pants, etc. Each can be appropriately chosen whether for a family get together, a formal celebrative do, office or friend’s Diwali party.
Sarees, the tradition wear are most preferred for Diwali. Options are limitless and one can choose from heavy Banarasi to Brocade, sheer, plain with zari border, chanderi, handloom etc., etc. Pallus with long trains on designer sarees always make a statement at parties. To sport this classic trend, wear them with heavily adorned, contrasting or matching blouses.
Festive Lehengas with shirt top combination offer comfort and style like nothing else. A simple and solid lehenga with a top in a subtle color can be complemented with just a choker necklace and a clutch. The jacket and lehenga skirt combo is another way of wearing the ethnic lehengas to set the Diwali mood ablaze. With varying lengths and materials to choose from, this head-turning outfit can be paired with some statement earrings or a classic maang-tika.
The another trending traditional outfit is Kurti with Palazzo Pants Set, perfect and best option for Diwali. Go for pastel or earthy tone like ivory, beige, powder blue or mustard yellow kurta – palazzo set with dupatta that compliments your outfit. Make sure your kurta set is not very simple or too heavy, go for a subtle one, which blends for the occasion as well as is comfortable to handle. Accessorize with some beach waves hair style and dark eyes while keeping the jewellery bare minimum.
Kaftan Kurti with fitted pants or an Asymmetrical kurti with a pair of pastel palazzos or straight cut cigarette pants are a plethora of options to choose from.
A Sharara Suit with light color, is the dress to show up in this Diwali. Combine this get-up with a statement jewellery like a pair of chandbali, jhumkas etc., and opt for smoky eyes to bring out the diva in you.
For the more experimenting types, Jump suit is one the most popular kind of indo western dress choice for parties. It is something different yet stylish and looks graceful.
Maxi Dresses are something that never fails to work up in festive season. They can be carried off elegantly by ladies of all sizes. They have the flair, the style and yet are the outfits with which anybody could pull out the desi-girl look.
Surely the suggestions will help to create your own chic and comfortable look to rock the festive spirit. Just remember to choose an outfit that is flattering for your body type. Select accessories carefully to compliment attire depending on the nature of the party.
We wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali!!
16th October 2019
FESTIVE ATTIRE Part-I
Soon we will be immersed with festivities, celebrations, get-togethers, food, fun and exchange of gifts. This would be a suitable time to re-invent wardrobes and wear trendy and different apparel.
Fusion wear has come to be contemporary fashion. A savior, to jerk out of the fashion rut and create a touch of that ‘extra something’ in simple outfits can do very well to brighten our look. The festive season is the time to play with fashion, including footwear, make-up, accessories and other adornments.
The richness of the festival can be matched by searching out fabrics like sheer metallic, mirrored blouses or beady sequins tops coordinated with some lightweight block printed dresses, skirts and kurtas. The elegance and enchanting charm of gold foil with block printing in floral and geometrical prints captivates the eye, zari and stone work can be an add-on.
Nothing spreads festive cheer better than bright outfits. Experimenting with colors whether a neon choli or a bright pink skirt can give a never before look. Pair a vibrant-colored kurti with subdued lowers, bright danglers or feather earrings with a simple outfit can make it elegant.
Ethnic attires are incomplete if not accessorized with alluring jewellery such as gold and stones. Go easy on gold and try fusion jewellery that gives classy and a stylish look. Go for oxidised metallic jewellery which enhances the dress, or a colored choker that would look chic and stylish with deep round necks.
Team up smartly by mixing and matching according to body type. Jodhpuri’s with crop tops would look great on tall women, and crop tops with flowing skirts look nice on petite ones. One can also wear a bright long kurti with a soothing colored palazzo accompanied by a jacket or a short slit kurta with dhoti.
Makeup should complement the outfit. If clothes are subtle, brighten up with dark eye shadow and lip colors. Or add a pop of cheeriness to with a bright pink or red lip color. Try different hairstyles to match the festive look.
Footwear either makes or breaks the entire look. Stilettoes and T-strap heels in gold and metallic shades like bronze, pewter add a glam look to the festive ensemble. With umpteen options like, kitten heels, block heels, chunky heels, wedges and flats to choose from; it is always advisable to pair ethnic ensembles with something that is comfortable and complements the outfit.
Box clutches with embroidery or crystal detailing goes well with ethnic attire, as they serve as a festive accessory without taking away from the look of the season. For handbags, patent leather handbags with bright sheen suit well.
Indian Wear has a large number of varieties for women – wear like saris, suits, lehengas and so on and festive wear needs all these ethnic outfits with some enhancements of western touch and designer outlooks.
In our next segment we will share more ideas to dress up for this festive season.
9th October 2019
JOB INTERVIEW ATTIRE Part-II
In the last segment
We shared some basic rules for selecting attire for attending an interview and the same being dependent upon the organization. Now we move a step further and talk about choices available for men and women in this attire type.
Men’s fashion is relatively straightforward. Using a few basic pieces, it’s easy to put together an outfit that is stylish, professional, and tasteful. A formal look is always a good choice for all types of interviews.
So first we talk about the attire which suits both.
A Navy Blue Blazer Combination is a staple combination that can be worn with khaki pants, a khaki skirt, and even dark-wash jeans in a casual workplace or to a casual interview.
A Khaki Mix and Match Suit a menswear-inspired combination is an extremely versatile piece to have in the wardrobe. Wear it with a button-down shirt or blouse.
A Dress Shirt paired with Trousers are highly versatile and can be paired with a button down shirt which can be another good choice for the interview.
A V-Neck Sweater and Pants paired with a blouse or a button-down shirt works well for a versatile casual look suitable for middle level or junior positions.
While that majorly sums up the Men’s corner, now we take a look at the Women’s corner:
For traditional or a formal look, choose between a well-fitted traditional Indian suit or a saree in solid or pastel colors
For a more corporate look choose from the options listed below:
Pantsuit: A dark or pastel colored pantsuit with light colored shirt makes for a classy interview dressing.
Shirt/Top: Full-sleeved or half-sleeved shirt or top with a knee-length pencil skirt is acceptable as professional dress code. Choose light and pastel shades for shirt/top with minimal print.
Formal dress: A well-fitted, knee-length dress in straight style is also a good option for female candidates.
Accessories, Hair styles etc. have already been appropriately covered earlier in this blogs and need to be inline on the professional side. Avoid flashy colors, fabrics and accessories. The main focus of the dressing should be to look professional, so keep that in mind and be confident then the success is yours to enjoy.
Our focus hereafter, considering the festive season is approaching, will shift from the corporate world to dressing for the social world. So please prepare yourself to read all about what to wear this festive season to look magnificent.
2nd October 2019
JOB INTERVIEW ATTIRE Part-I
A job interview is an opportunity to make a great first impression. A pulled-together outfit can help demonstrate professionalism leading to success.
One must ensure well in advance of the interview, the appropriateness of the attire and everything fits correctly. Well-groomed with clean, un-tattered clothes is important and should be checked and ready a night before, including the polish on the shoes.
The best outfit for a job interview largely depends on the type of job and company. It’s best that while researching about the company, try to find out their dress code or ask the person who schedules the interview about appropriate attire because what you wear may affect the chances of being hired, as well as potential for advancement within the company. Suitable variation would be required for a company with a formal dress code, a casual startup or for an informal summer job or internship.
Normally, formal dress codes are appropriate for a middle or senior position in the banking, financial services, telecom industries etc., as formal outfits, reflect a person’s strong leadership trait and also exhibits seriousness towards the company and the interviewer.
A suit jacket, trouser with shirt and a tie are considered customary for men. For the women, a blouse and dress pants or a statement dress are considered the norm. Avoid anything too bright or flashy that will distract the hiring manager.
Casual Business Interview Attire
This works in the case of the workplace or the job being less formal. Informal work environments are common to IT sector, call centre, etc. Business casual outfits are less formal than a suit, but they are also more professional and polished than, say, a t-shirt and shorts or a sundress and sandals.
Always dress a bit more professional than the average employee at the company. If everyone is wearing shorts and t-shirts, for example, you might wear khakis and a polo shirt or button down.
Interview Attire for Start-ups
If the interview is at a start-up company, rather than showing up in a black suit and dress shoes, opt for something that is relaxed but still presentable: relaxed-fit khakis, dark-wash jeans, and a nice top.
Interview Attire for Internship
Making a great first impression – coming across as polished, professional and attentive – is important when it comes to your internship search. While being totally out of place could be a grave risk, it would be a safe bet to avoid extremes. Hence, without being too casual informal attire – a dress shirt and casual trousers for both men and women or a not too formal skirt for women should do well.
It is important to remember that interview dress code for males and females vary greatly depends upon factors like location, industry, and company and this we shall discuss in the next segment, so keep reading…
25th September 2019
BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE Part-III continued…….
To conclude on what we have been dwelling with regard to Business attire both Formal & Casual for both HIM and HER needs recapitulation. The key guiding tips to keep in mind are:
• Business clothing essential pieces should be in neutral colors: black, gray, navy, brown, beige, and white. Add on pops of color allow to bring some life and personality to office outfits.
• Formal clothing should be as per tradition norms and diluted by sprinkling of color or unorthodox flamboyance.
• The accessories, make-up and even the aromas should be subtle, elegant and conservative.
• Unkempt, untidy look or wrinkled attire cannot in any case be regarded well and appropriate both for formal and causal requirements.
• It is best to follow conventions than risk departing from established norms by carelessly ignoring the Do’s.
On the Business Casual Wear – Friday dressing let’s revisit the points which we should keep in mind before selecting the attire. Should any of the under mentioned events be anticipated casual wear has to be totally forgotten:
• An important meeting with clients or customers outside your normal range of duties
• A meeting with a manager or executive in the organization
• Attending a board or committee meeting
• During work-related events, conferences, and symposiums
• Representing your company in the media or speaking at an event
• Interviewing for a position or negotiating a raise with your employer
• NEVER wear business casual to a job interview.
Always keep in mind that business Casuals are not the clothes that you might wear to the beach, to yoga class, or to run errands. Conversely, sportswear or other casual wear are surely not acceptable as business casual wear.
In the next segment we would discuss in detail appropriate dressing for Job Interview, so keep reading……
18th September 2019
BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE Part-III continued…….
Continuing our quest for better understanding of Business Casual wear, we now focus on WOMEN. Deciphering this can be a little difficult in today’s work environment.
It would be best to enhance the understanding through a few examples of clothing that women can use in mixing and matching their business casual outfit:
• Pants Or Skirts are an obvious choice and the first option for most women in the workplace. Make sure that they fit well, are wrinkle-free and without frayed hems or ripped seams. Khaki, corduroy, twill or cottons are the best fabric choices.
• Blouses or Tops, tastefully selected in pretty colors should complement the skin tone, eyes and hair color. Pastels, jewel tones, plaids, muted florals, and prints – paisley, geometric, polka dot, ikat, etc. are all acceptable. Necklines need to be kept modest with a collared, boat neck, square neck, or turtleneck.
• Dresses are a natural choice for business casual attire. They work well with cardigans and blazers. Necklines and sleeves should remain modest. Hemlines for both skirts and dresses can range from a few inches above the knee to just below the knee. Avoid minis, high-low, and asymmetrical hemlines are best left in the closet during the week.
• Blazers, usually stand-alone jackets, are considered formal, but they swing both ways depending on the fabric, pattern, and print. They come in all colors, prints, cuts, and fabrics, and options now are practically endless. Blazer is super trendy either separately or as part of a suit.
• A basic cardigan is a staple in business casual attire. Sweaters can be worn in a variety of ways, either as a top or over a shirt, with pants or skirts, or over a dress. Another choice could be twinsets or polo/knit shirts. The fit of the sweater is essential here, so try to stay away from anything too baggy or ill-fitted. Fine-gauge knits work best; bulky sweaters not so much.
• Stilettos, pumps, open-toed heels, closed kitten heels, Flats, wedges, heels, boots, and certain sandals can be worn with business casual outfits. Sneakers are completely out of question.
• When it comes to bags, prefer medium size handbags or purses. However, an oversized tote as a focal point could be great if you keep the rest of the outfit as simple as possible.
• A touch of rose gold, a nice vintage piece of jewelry or a designer watch. Quality materials and impeccable design are the number one rule when it comes to business casual attires.
• Pay attention to hair, makeup, mani-pedi and perfume. When in doubt, rely on the “less is more” mantra.
• The outfit in the workplace should always match — colors and patterns should not clash with each other. Solid colors work better than bright patterns. Keep the ensembles looking fresh and clean.
In business casual dressing it is essential to avoid torn denims, shorts, pants with bold prints and bright colors, spaghetti straps, strappy flat sandals, ballet flats.
More as we go on…
11th September 2019
BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE Part-II continued…….
Having covered all about Business Casual attire in the previous edition there surely would be enlightened with tips and on deciding what to wear on Fridays or/ and Saturdays.
The key to nailing the business casual look relies on both what you wear and how you wear it.
The line between business casual and professional for men typically hinges on tie-or-no-tie.
Let’s start with the most basic framework of what business casual for men is composed of:
• The classic dress shirt is the cornerstone of any men’s business casual attire. Even short-sleeved button down shirts preferably plain and in neutral colors falls well within the casual range. It’s both one’s sidekick and business partner and will literally work as a safe fall back. Consequently, it’s good to avoid printed shirts.
• Semi-formal pants in Khaki, gabardine, wool, or cotton neatly pressed or even dark jeans go ideally when wearing a blazer. It’s essential to make sure the pants and shirts match. The interaction of colors and patterns between the top half and bottom half makes or breaks a business casual outfit.
• A well-cut blazer or jacket adds an extra professional touch to the run-of-the-mill office ensemble. It can be of use if worried that the button-down shirt, by itself, makes one look too casual for the office. It’s generally safe to stick to plain-colored coats such as grey, black and blue. It’s a good idea to have a blazer on hand for any last minute or unscheduled formal occasions.
• In winters, layering a sweater over a dress shirt is a great way to keep warm while looking sharp. Crewnecks, v-necks, and quarter zips are solid choices for layering.
• Tie-up shoes, classic dark leather shoes, classy loafers. Avoid sandals, boots, etc.
• A leather belt, in black or brown but matching the shoes lends an impressive look.
• Minimalist brown leather with white dial watch is a must-have for any guy.
• A soft leather briefcase could work with any of the above looks.
• Maintain personal cleanliness, use deodorant, antiperspirant to prevent unpleasant body odors. Avoid using heavily scented perfumes, colognes, and lotions.
One needs to be conscious that the clothing is properly ironed and free of distressed or frayed fabric, and the item one wears is fitting properly.
When wearing business casual attire, it is still expected to abide by the customary principles of style and sophistication. Properly tucked in shirts are therefore, of importance.
So, the men’s business casual dressing has been amply deciphered and the compilation in the foregoing makes for a full guide.
Moving on from here the next coverage will be of a trickier aspect of business casual dressing which is that of the fairer sex. Wait till the next week to read what is in store as Business Casual Attire for Women………
4th September 2019
BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE Part-I
In our last segment we looked at the business professional attire. Fabric, colour, pattern and even the accessories, hair and the make-up were also considered. Business Casual Dressing has now come of age, to be worn on Fridays & Saturdays as the case maybe.
To put it simply, business-casual is not dressing up but dressing down of a business outfit. In other words, this dress code means to dress less formally and more comfortably at work only as long as the clothing is tasteful and falls within the bounds of professionalism.
Naturally, business casual attire should appear to be professional, attractive, and versatile. This code does provide scope for personal taste as long as professionalism remains at the forefront. A worthy example of a business casual outfit is a well-fitted, attractive blouse worn with pants and finished with stylish black shoes. This trio effectively conveys the idea of business casual without compromising professionalism.
Some useful basic tenets for Business casual dressing will be appropriate to consider in deciding what to wear to work on Fridays or Saturdays.
Maintain Consistency helps to establish an image of trust and credibility as an employee. Wearing professional and conservative outfits Monday through Thursday and suddenly showing up on Friday, looking unrecognizable surely is not a good idea. On the casual Fridays, therefore, it’s best to consider dressing down a bit.
If you’re meeting with clients or scheduling a business lunch, dress on the conservative side out of respect for the people you’re meeting; save the casual comfort for a time when expected to be in office on the Fridays.
Jeans have come to be acceptable as Friday dressing but surely these should not be a pair with stains or ripped cuffs. The outfit, though casual, should still be formal enough to be comfortable and attend an unexpected meeting that may come up at short notice.
Business casual is probably easier to figure out for men than for women. For men, appropriate business casual attire is dress pants or chinos, a button-down shirt, dark socks, and dress shoes. However, in the case of women the moment you go beyond the formal attire, it tends to be flashy, risking an appearance as ready for a party. This is also so, as fashion has traditionally been more to do with women and stylists and designers have dotted more on the feminine beauty, enriching and embellishing the fairer sex much more than the male form.
We shall consider types of business casual clothing for both men and women in our next edition.
So keep reading…………
27th August 2019
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
Continuing the last edition and further dwelling on making the appearance impressive, the hair have a very prominent bearing on how we look and need to be coordinated with the make-up one wears. In addition, other accessories like jewellery, watches as also personal hygiene are of importance. We list the same below.
MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLE
A little is usually better than none for a polished look. Keep make-up conservative and natural looking. Makeup for women should be simple and never look too extravagant. A good mascara, subtle eye shadow and a gentle colour for the cheeks and lips is all that you really need. Gloss and sheen will never go down well when in business professional attire.
An up-do hairstyle works well in a professional set-up. There are many types of up-dos, including buns, ponytails and twists, and all offer a neat appearance. With an up-do, hair is swept off your face, leaving your hands free to manage business tasks.
For Men – Hair should be trimmed and well maintained, including facial hair. The look should never be such that the hair fall into the eye or look unruly. If sporting a moustache or a beard, these should be well trimmed and give a elegant look.
JEWELLERY & WATCHES
Keep your watch and jewelry choices simple and leaning toward conservative. Simple earrings or studs, a modest necklace, and few rings are acceptable. Keep the ring count down to one per hand. Pearls are always considered the best choice for professional attire.
For Men, a simple watch and a wedding ring or band are standard jewelry items that are appropriate.
Don’ts – Avoid extreme styles, dangling earrings, loud and noisy bangles, necklaces or rings on every finger. Earrings or other piercings are not acceptable for business dress.
Good Hygiene, Grooming & Other Details
Always practice good hygiene, this means good grooming habits that will impart us a clean look.
The clothes must be clean, pressed, and wrinkle-free, ideally well fitted and not over or under sized.
Shoes must be clean and polished.
Deodorant is important, but avoid wearing a strong cologne, perfume or aftershave that is overpowering.
Groom your skin — a fresh and healthy surface is always better than one that is dull and bumpy or too oily/ greasy.
Teeth & Nails should be clean and well groomed.
Tattoos should be covered with clothing.
The thumb rule of dressing is always comfort. So, If you have to question an item, better don’t wear it. By keeping your attire classy and timeless you are all set to win the compliments.
Hope you find our inputs useful, so keep reading as in the next week we will discuss the Business Casual Attire.
20th August 2019
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
Besides what to wear it is important to keep in mind other attributes. A professional presentation always goes beyond the outfit and includes the many details that contribute to a person’s overall appearance.
Color schemes for business professional wardrobe should ideally stay conservative. Wear “power” colors such as black, navy, dark gray and earth tones.
Navy is a neutral color that looks good on everyone. Black and gray are also in the corporate business attire color palette, and a subtle pinstripe may be acceptable too.
Caution should be exercised and bright colors that attract attention be avoided
FABRIC & PATTERNS
A suit should be constructed of a wool or wool blend fabric as these drape nicely and wear well over time. Cotton, silk and blends are appropriate for ladies. One should avoid synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester blends which lack quality and can wrinkle
Avoid wearing dresses with a busy pattern, a patterned weave such as a pinstripe or checks are acceptable, as long as the detail is very small and not overwhelming.
If your clothing creates a statement, your shoes are the punctuation. It is important to wear shoes that fit well so you can walk comfortably. The footwear must be in be leather or fabric / microfiber. Appropriate colors are black, navy, brown, tan, taupe to coordinate with attire and accessories. Well-made leather pumps are essential to a professional woman’s wardrobe. Women can wear heels or flats.
Chunky heels and platforms are not appropriate. Avoid open toe shoes and shoes that expose the heel of the foot.
If you carry a purse, keep it simple, or carry a small briefcase or business-like tote bag in place of a purse. The color should coordinate with the shoes if possible. A structured bag tends to look more professional than something soft or floppy. A quality designer or other leather handbag large enough to fit letter-sized documents is a necessity in the workplace
Ideally backpacks (though very popular today) should not be a part of your wardrobe in any situation. Please leave them in your locker, home or in the car.
There is still more to make our appearance impressive and we shall share the same in the next edition.
So keep reading this series…..
14th August 2019
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
“Clothes maketh the man” holds true in the business world, as what you wear shapes perception of who you represent. It not only conveys one’s credibility and competence but also reflects the personality. If you head a company or a team — your clothes need to reflect it too.
A traditional attire, also known as “business formal”, apt for more conservative settings with strict dress codes should be worn in accounting, banking, finance, government or law industries and should be in tune with cultural norms for both business casual and client ready days.
The universally accepted attire for Men should include a three-piece suit or full suit with matching jacket and pants with belt accompanied with a well fitted and not baggy pressed, collared shirt in plain white or solid colors like light blue, pink, etc., subtle stripe, or simple pattern.
A necktie as it subtly communicates the personality. Small repeating patterns or diagonal stripes in complementary shades on a solid, dark background work well. Length to just cover your belt buckle is ideal.
Well polished quality leather sole shoes, in neutral colors Laced-up or wingtip with socks matching pants, high enough not letting bare skin be visible when sitting or crossing legs. Additionally, no cologne, tattoos or piercings should be visible and a light briefcase or portfolio case go well.
In the case of Women a skirt or pant suit in black or other neutral colors (dark gray, navy, brown) with top and bottom matching and a pressed collared button down shirt go well. It is recommended that skirts should be a little below the knee and never shorter than above the knee. In a country like India, Silk Sarees are the epitome of classy business Indian wear.
The feet should be elegantly adorned in closed-toe heels, dress shoes (pumps, flats, heels) but platform or >2.5 inch heels are NO NO.
Make-up should be minimal and conservative (daytime makeup) with no visible tattoos; pale color nail polish; perfume or body sprays.
In case of long hair the same should be pulled back away from face and kept simple as also with the jewelry (i.e. studs for earrings); all other jewelry and piercings should be removed.
A trend that is fast catching on are scarves with suits and even dresses or blouses. A scarf will add color and class to a plain white shirt or blouse worn over denim or a solid colored dress. It is necessary that sleeveless dresses are acceptable but short or long sleeves are the safest bet.
When wearing a long sleeved shirt underneath, the jacket sleeve should hit the wrist just above the long sleeve so you can see the shirt sleeve peek out just a bit. The hem of your dress should rest no higher than 3 inches above the knee or 1 inch below the knee. If your skirt comes to just below the knee, a slit to just above the knee might be acceptable. A very long skirt should not be slit to above the knee. The slits in the center back of a skirt — to facilitate walking or stair climbing — are acceptable. The hem should cover the ankle but not drape to the floor. Stay away from pants that are too tight
Caution should be exercised to not wear dresses with see-through panels and showing a slip or undergarments. No sweaters should be worn for business professional occasions.
We will share more about colors, fabrics & patterns and a lot more in our next Series.
So keep reading this series…..
6th August 2019
The last blog let you in on the secret daily routine exercises which surely you would have incorporated. Apart from looking good it is important to being and feeling healthy. Only a healthy body can sustain the pressures of today’s hectic life. Achieving the targets is the prime pressure and appearance- how we look and carry ourselves, our dressing style can make or break this entire effort in progressing towards success. Sometimes even celebrities get trolled for not being properly dressed for the occasion thus tarnishing their image.
This week focus is on appropriate dressing.
What could be more embarrassing and awkward than being inappropriately dressed!!!
Our dress almost always is the first thing evaluated wherever we go whether a formal gathering or a casual meeting. It is indeed embarrassing to find oneself being noticed and stand out in a gathering for the wrong reasons. At a wedding, showing up in shorts or at a job interview in a distressed jeans or conversely in a saree or formal gown to an outdoor adventures with friends would be downright silly. Time & Occasion demands dressing right and in a way that compliments us. So, knowing how to dress for wherever you are going is extremely important.
It will be nice to first understand what “dress appropriately” means? Google has the answer for us:
“For women it means a nice dress, skirt, or pantsuit. Men should wear slacks, a button-front shirt, a jacket, and a tie that can be removed later…..”
Further dwelling to understand things better the dictionary’s answer would be to wear something suitable or compatible; wear something comfortable OR “Something that is appropriate is suitable or acceptable for a particular situation”
So the universal requirement is to be conscious of the PARTICULAR SITUATION we are dressing for.
A situation or occasion could be Everyday office; Job Interview; a Client, Board Meeting, a Conference, a Seminars; Friday the onset of the weekend; an Office, Lunch, Cocktail Party; a wedding; a formal & ceremonial dinner; a birthday party; when Travelling; Outing with Friends or a movie date.
Broadly we have been categorising dressing as formal or casual, but with the growing fashion consciousness and globalisation the dressing categories have undergone multiple subdivisions to fit a proper occasion or situation. As an example, in office we all follow the formal dress code but on Friday’s Semi Formals-is a done thing and most acceptable at most offices.
Let’s focus on Formal Office Wear this week
Convention has generally four types of corporate dress codes: Business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual.
Most progressives offices and organisations have a written dress code -a set of standards that companies develop to provide their employees guidance about what is appropriate to wear to work. The formalness of the workplace dress code is normally determined by the number of interactions, employees have with customers at their work location. In offices where the face to face customer interactions are more like in a law office, banks, retail sector, product marketing etc., the dress code would range from business professional to business formal. Whereas organisations with less public interface have business casuals to a casual dress code. These would be IT companies where software coding etc. are done, or even call centres, etc where face to face interactions are not needed.
In the working world, clothes definitely matter, not only because it involves face time with coworkers or clients but the dress also reflects ones level of success. The higher the status and place on the corporate ladder the more formal the dressing should be. A boss must always be distinctly dressed than his team members.
Thankfully, there is a wide range of attires that are acceptable as formal office wear for women. This permits women to be stylish and variant in their turnout. Although for men the options are quite limited they can wear a dark colored suit over a dress shirt with a tie.
To achieve a proper look clothes form only a small portion of the entire dressing, the accessories also form an integral part of the dressing. Next week we will elaborately talk about Business Professional Attire a complete compilation of dos and don’ts in terms of dressing including the shoes, ties, belts, and even the prints and the colors too!!
So keep reading this series…..
30th July 2019
FITNESS WHILE AT WORK
Keeping Fit is fashionable, an article that everyone desires to have, but busy schedules hardly allows TIME to exercise.
Sitting today is the “new smoking” – very detrimental. Being desk bound at respective workstations leaves little scope for movement during the day and the casualty is a balanced healthy life. Sitting all day not only increases risk of obesity but sets the beginning for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps, tense muscles and of course sheer boredom.
Exercise is simply the act of keeping your body busy, using your muscles and bones while your heart keeps pumping. Being busy is never an excuse to not staying fit.
Under the circumstances adopting inconspicuous ways to exercise at work can go a long way to keep the body happy, healthy and fit. Simple regular exercises while sitting each day help to improve flexibility, muscle tone and strength. The beauty is that one is secretly squeezing in an unnoticed workout, keeping active, in shape in between the work deadlines.
So, refine your health with discrete chair exercises and start now while you are reading this blog.
Shut your eyes twice every hour. Place the pads of your palms on your eyes and apply mild pressure. This will relieve eyestrain.
Take your eyes off your monitor and let them wander around for a few seconds every now and then. This exercise keeps your eyes alert and reduces possible headaches and eye irritation.
Every 20 to 30 minutes, look at something off in the distance, such as a window across the length of the office, for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break.
Sit up tall and drop your right ear down towards your right and hold for a few seconds and repeat for the left side.
Chin tucks exercise or neck retraction reduces the strain on your neck, shoulders, and clears your mind. While standing or sitting upright, keep your spine straight and push your head forward, jutting your chin out as far as possible. Slowly reverse the movement by pulling your head back as far as possible, as if recoiling away from someone.
Turn your head the left and try and look over your shoulder and hold for a few seconds, repeat on the right.
Roll your shoulders forward and backward 10 times each, this is a great way to relieve tension in the neck and ease the muscles.
Raise your shoulders up toward your ear, hold for 10 seconds, and relax. For an even bigger stretch, do just one shoulder at a time, then alternate. Do this 10 times.
Stretch the muscles in your right arm by reaching as far to the left as you can with your right arm while supporting it in the crook of your left elbow and then hold it there. Remember to keep your arms straight to get the best stretch that you can. Feel the stretch for five seconds. Do eight reps before switching over to your left arm.
Raise your arm into the air and lean in the opposite direction as if you were reaching for something on a high shelf. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch arms. Repeat three to four times. This will stretch your sides and arms
Breathe in, suck in your tummy, hold it in for a few seconds, and then release it as you breathe out. Repeat this move every few minutes during your day.
Breathe in and pull in your pelvic floor muscles. Hold this position for a few seconds and then release.
Relieve tension in your back by doing the great back twist. To start, sit in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right side and hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side. Aim to do three on each side.
Roll your wrists both clockwise and anticlockwise every now and then, at least 10 times with each wrist. Wrists are prone to Repetitive Stress Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; you can prevent these from occurring by constantly working out your wrists.
Flap your wrists frontwards and backwards as though you’re serving a tennis ball. Repeat this move several times.
Another wrist stretch is called the praying hands. Put the palms of your hands together around chin-level and slowly bring them towards your waist, keeping your arms close to your body. Lower them until you feel tension in your wrists and hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
Give your calf muscles a work out by raising your legs up on the very tips of your toes while remaining seated. Your calf muscles should start to burn after a few seconds. Hold for ten seconds, return to the starting position, and then repeat eight times.
A quick and easy exercise is a simple leg extension. Point your toe and extend your leg out straight. Lifting your leg and holding it for five to 10 seconds will stretch your calves and hamstrings. Switch legs and repeat at will.
Alternatively, you can relax your foot and extend your leg outward, raising it every 10 seconds, to work the lower abdomen.
Clench all your toes and release them after a few seconds.
Move all your toes and allow air to pass between them.
Another exercise to do at your desk is the Foot Drill.While seated, try tapping your feet for 30 seconds at a time – or longer. It helps in bringing your heart rate up.
Added to the discreet office workout routine, the best advice for desk workers is to stand periodically, taking frequent walk breaks, taking the stairs, drinking plenty of water, eating appropriately and maintaining the right posture.
Do remember to keep your body happy and healthy whilst you work, you will thank yourself later.
24th JULY 2019
A Woman’s best friend that brings a twinkle to the eyes as it is most loved sought after and treasured by virtually all is Jewellery!
No doubt Gold & Diamond jewellery is preferred by all and also regarded as an investment; it has with it a huge effort for safe keep as also a risk with regard to personal safety. Hence, unhindered use of the same is a NO-NO. Added to that today’s fashion trends have resulted in heavy and expenses precious jewellery only being used on very special occasions like weddings, etc.
The inclination of woman today is to prefer simple pieces which can be carried as office and party wear. Tastefully selected and well coordinated with the attire, a simple chain string can make a lot of difference to our entire personality.
A suggestive outline of some jewellery trends that have gained particular fondness in the daily life are shared as they offer unique mixtures of the modernity and traditions.
Lightweight jewellery, the flavour of the season let’s women be themselves. It adds a deserved sparkle to the overall look and is beautiful. Jewels that give more with less are always welcome. Choose from dainty chains with fine pendants, dainty rings, and fine bracelets in either gold or silver. These work as very effective in daily use and adding exquisite embellishments can be stunning!
Innovation can be the key to elegance and being noticed. A huge scope exists to meet this end by creating newness and to buzz up the trends with tribal jewellery, specially the silver ones are most loved. These need no specific dressing up, it goes along possibly with all the outfits. More so the tribal jewellery has the potential to elevate any ethnic outfit’s style status. When it comes to necklaces choose styles that contain large beads, geometric shapes, or bold colored chokers. These can easily work as a statement piece to a plain white tee, and still create an elegant vibe.
Layering – stack your jewellery!
Simple additions and combinations can make all the difference. Mix metals, textures and stones; this creates a more natural and interesting feel. It doesn’t need to match perfectly! Stacking rings is a beautiful method to spruce up the fingers and can add a dash of uniqueness to the style. Stacked stud on the ears could be another trend setter to accentuate the ear lobes. Do consider the neckline while wearing layering necklaces, the simpler it is, the more decorative it looks. Generally speaking, wearing more neutral and plain colours when layering is best. It really makes the jewellery speak for itself.
Bold, Statement Jewellery
Another jewellery trend that is there to stay is statement jewellery. From large collar necklaces, tassel earrings and chunky stacker bracelets, they have been, and will remain, a strong jewellery trend. We are seeing jewellery made from fabric, wood, ceramics, anything….which is why the sky is the limit when one want to choose the ideal statement piece. Make a statement whichever way you want – a single chunky gemstone bead bracelet, or a few nicely stacked on your wrist; or a single statement ring;
Depending on the style of jewellery, we can create whatever look we want – chunky, bold or colourful jewellery for a more edgy, dramatic look, daintier gemstone and precious metal pieces for contemporary elegance, or leather and tassels for that always-desirable, boho-chic look.
It’s all about doing it the way that suits you, just use your creativity and constantly innovate to keep up the newness.
17th July 2019
ATTAINING THE SLIM LOOK
“Mirror, Mirror don’t speak the truth as the bulges will make me bad to look.” Sad but the mirror only speaks the truth! Don’t be disheartened, the mirror may not oblige. A few simple wardrobe tweaks can do the trick to transform ones appearance to trim.
Our constant endeavour is to enhance how we look – much more than what we actually are.
Dressing right and by just a few simple adjustments to your wardrobe one surely can look smarter, younger and chic. Be conscious and refrain from trying to hide under oversized tops/ t-shirts/ dresses/ sweaters, as this can make you look shapeless and frumpy.
Some tips to help achieve the right cover up are compiled in the ensuing.
Vertical Zebra Print: Drop a dress size without hitting the gym thanks to clever stripes. A chic and modern print with vertical stripes elongates the body, making one look slim and tall. A jersey fabric would be great as it easily glides of the bumps to be hidden. Mismatched or angular directions and a mix of colors work best for a slimmer silhouette. A simple accessory like a plain black belt is great to top off the outfit and will flatter the waist line.
Kurta/ Tunics: If looking for something loose and comfortable, opt for kurtas/ tunics. They’re ideal because they look great with any body shape. They help in hiding the tummy bulge and can be accessorized with almost anything. A stylish summer look is best achieved by choosing a tunic with prints that adds a little zest to the ensemble. One can top it off with a great pair of sandals.
Clean, Streamlined Jeans: The way to go is to choose flattering styles with dark and unembellished pockets. Extra details catch the eye, giving an illusion of bulk so think twice about tags, grommets, or decorative. The leanest silhouette of all is boot cut and straight leg.
Dark and Light Combos: A great trick to use is to buy dresses that appear as if they’re two pieces. Get a dress that has a bright top like green or blue, and a dark bottom, preferably black. The bottom or “skirt” part of the dress may be high-waisted and accessorized with a slim belt to make the torso look narrow and hide the thighs.
Work a Monochrome Look: While black is always chic, but other dark colors are equally slimming. Give deep greens, reds, and blues a try; the monochrome look can create a long vertical line, making the body seem tall and lean.
Flare and Fit: A stylish yet simple answer for women wanting to look slim wearing a dress is to have the right amount of flare. A-line dress or skirt adds a perfect amount of volume to the lower body while also accentuating the waist. The ideal hemline for anything A-line is just above the knee.
Sport the Right Jacket: In general, jackets that are hip-length with tailored lines look sleek. Coats that are too baggy and long or that are too-tight across the chest are figure-flattery disasters. Steer clear of cropped jackets if you are trying to call attention away from the waist. Tapered, waist-length jackets always whittle the waist.
Choosing Prints: If one loves prints always be careful not to choose prints that are too big as they add more to the weight rather than making one look slim. Horizontal stripes are big a no-no.
Choosing Fabrics: Wearing dresses that are made of thin fabrics and darker in color will always make one look slim. Silk, satin, crepe and chiffon will never fail to make one look slim and lean.
Sleeve and Neck Styles: If top heavy avoid necklines that are too deep. They’re not flattering at all. V-necks, though not to deep, look much more flattering and slimming as they help elongate the neck. A Chinese collar too helps to create the same effect. Should there be likeness for collars, avoid making them too big. As far as the sleeves go its best to wear dresses that have three-quarter sleeves or full sleeves to hide the fat on the arms and shoulders.
Heels: The right shoes can really make an outfit pop and work wonders for the figure. Wearing heels is a well-known trick to appear taller and slimmer, but the type of heels can make a big difference. Stay away from chunky, open toe heels or those that have a strap around the ankle. These styles can both make calves look big. The best option is pointed heels, which make ankles look thin and elongate legs.
Accessorize: When wearing accessories like necklaces, opt for small beaded ones or simple feminine chains with pendants. Heavy necklaces only make one look tacky. A belt over a top or dress is always great as they cinch your waist and flatter your curves.
No matter what one wears, always ensure that it is comfortable. This is the most important thing when it comes to clothes and fashion. The style and the clothes one chooses reflects and affects our personality, mood, health and overall confidence.
Dated: 9th July 2019
With pitter-patter raindrops falling on our head, it’s time to pack away those stilettoes, leather shoes, sheer tops and pastel-coloured shirts and bring out the waterproof sandals, capris and colourful umbrellas.
Monsoon brings along the much needed respite from the heat, but the season also throws a challenge at you when it comes to dressing up.
Best is to wear cotton kurta teamed ankle trousers or cigarette pants. Opt for colours like white, yellow and pink in cotton fabric. Wear soft cotton shoes as it’s muddy outside and these are washable. Humidity can make your hair go frizzy. A neat bun or a ponytail or a braid is a great way to keep it under control.
1. Wear light clothes
Although the sun remains hidden behind clouds, the humidity can be bothersome. So, it’s very important to choose breathable and comfortable fabrics. They help our skin to breathe and remain fresh, which is vital for fighting germs in this soggy season. During monsoon, it’s almost impossible to not get drenched in a sudden downpour when stepping outside. Hence, it is crucial that you choose fabrics that dry quickly & easily, like cotton, polyster and chiffon.
Avoid wearing clothes made of denim or silk, as they tend to take a lot to dry and even get ruined, especially silk.
2. Crop is the it-word for monsoon.
Go for short-hemmed outfits which do not hinder the mobility in the rainy showers. The advantage of crop tops, shorts and short to medium-length skirts is that they do not tend to get dirty in the rain.
Culottes, ankle trousers, playsuits, printed dresses, printed skirts, cigarettes pants make for the right bottoms which end a little above the ankle to avoid the occasional puddle.
Try flowery prints this weather, which will also add more dazzle to the wardrobe on rainy days.
3. Play with strong colours
To beat the heat we decked our wardrobes with lovely pristine whites, pastel pinks and somber greys. But, it’s best to lock away these soft shades for sunnier days because muddy streets can stain our pretty dresses. So, it’s best to stick to dark shades, like bright magenta and bold blues.
Drive away the monsoon blues by flaunting some bright shades like splendid pink, blue, orange and yellow are a perfect pick when combined with neutrals keep our spirits high and bright. For night parties, go for red or bright orange instead of the classic black.
4. Handy Handbags
We tend to carry our worlds with us in our handbags. But, monsoon is not the right time for that. While that is understandable, carrying a huge bag can get tedious in the rains, so keep it as minimal as possible.
It is essential to carry a handbag during the rainy season, stuffed with the like of wipes, make-up, umbrella, raincoat, plastic bag and waterproof essentials. Also, carry a mini mobile pouch that is waterproof.
5. Vibrant feet!
When it comes to footwear, wear vibrant flip flops and sandals. Light comfortable flip flops and jelly flats saves from the unpredictable puddles and muddy streets. They can be worn easily with almost any outfit.
Pick monsoon-perfect socks. Closed footwear should ideally be avoided in the monsoon. However, most of us don’t have the liberty to wear casual shoes at the workplace. If you are wearing closed footwear in monsoon, make sure to wear waterproof socks which will keep the feet dry and safe from bacterial infection.
In the rainy season, skin care is very essential. It’s beneficial to stay hydrated and saturate your skin simultaneously. Get your hands on gel-based foundations and concealers as they will make our face look hydrated and even toned.
7. Don’t Cake your Makeup!
Applying makeup in the monsoon can be a big pain because of the humidity. So, it’s important to keep your makeup light and fresh. Opt for matte products and don’t go overboard with the foundation. Blend the beauty products well.
Avoid heavy makeup in monsoon as it might get sweaty and patchy. Use gel based primers and cream foundations as they even out the skin. For eyes, go for waterproof gel or liquid liners and avoid pencil liners as they tend to get smudgy in the rains. Apply matte based lipsticks or lip liners after dabbing your lips with a lip balm.
8.Tie your Tresses
Monsoon brings with it a bag of hair woes. And hence, we must protect our tresses the best we can. Opt for hairstyles like ponytails, braids and buns that prevent your hair from getting messy and damaged. They are comfortable and easy to maintain. You can even try different types of braids like fishtail, French braid and inverted braids for a chic look. High ponytails are also great for work. Also, avoid blow drying or styling your hair on a daily basis. Do regular deep conditioning to avoid frizz.
9. Make a statement with your umbrella:
Last but not the least, a nice and vibrant collection of umbrellas is a must have in monsoon.
The miniature and foldable varieties can be put in your bag easily as they are very compact. Bright coloured umbrellas are in this season. There are some with bright prints on transparent surfaces.
Surely enough these tips along with a hot cup of something or maybe even a chilled smoothie with hot appetizing snack-fritters our internationally famous Samosa, sitting by the window side can indeed be relaxing the lovely rain!!
03rd July 2019
KURTIZ- Merger of Style with Tradition
Hey Cool Cats! We are dedicating this week to the most amazing piece of clothing – Kurtiz. This is the most essential possession in the closet of each woman, irrespective of age, color, size.
The most favorite style statement to look chic in a traditional way combined vibrant colors, trendy prints and designs makes Kurtiz the most loved ethnic wear of India.
A great choice for every occasion – office, parties, family functions, outings and to top it all suitable for every body type.
Let’s check out some pretty designs of kurtiz according to latest trends of this year.
Asymmetric Kurti – A must have to keep up with fashion trends with hemlines having gone asymmetrical with a boho flavor, good to wear with heavy ethnic skirts, lots of bangles and heels to look absolutely stunning. These usually come without side slits and add to the aesthetics of the outfit.
High-Low kurti A variant of the asymmetrical style, having no definition but a straight hemline.
Suits-All body types young to middle aged women.
Team with- Leggings– full or ankle length or printed; Jeggings for Office or casual wear
Anarkali Kurti –A must have for grace and elegance and to give a ravishing look. Its best part is that it can either be dressed up or down depending on the fabric and embroidery.
Suits- All body types young to middle aged women.
Team with- Leggings – full or ankle length for office, college; Parties- Weddings, Kitty parties
Slit Kurti –Slits are in trend, on a floor length with a thigh-high slit, in front or the side adorned with minimal makeup and a messy bun thus taking the style quotient to the next level. The slit is perfect to garner enough attention and make it the centerpiece of our ensemble!
Suits – All age groups and body types
Team with – Leggings, linen pants, and palazzos on Parties or special occasions
Overlay Style Design – Multilayered, either embroidered or embellished layer to cover the inner transparent material. These come in flowing fabrics like chiffon and georgette and they are form fitting and flattering.
Suits – Petite, tall, hourglass, and inverted triangle body typed young to middle aged women
Team with– Culottes, linen pants, half or ankle length leggings for Parties or special occasions.
Tail-Cut Kurtiz – Similar to asymmetrical kurtiz, they are a little longer at the back. The style could include a longer cut on the sides in the hemline. They bump up our style instantly.
Suits – Tall, petite, hourglass, pear, and triangle shaped young and middle aged women
Team with – Leggings, Jeggings – anything full length for Parties and special occasions
Shirt Style Kurtiz – A fusion of shirts and kurtis is a nice break from the round neck lines found in abundance in all closets. A formal shirt like collar gives a smart look and can be worn as a dress too. Could also be styled in a more western way – throw on a jacket and add collar cuffs to it, to look absolutely fab!
Suits – All body typed young to middle-aged women
Team with – Jeans, leggings, jeggings or treggings for Office, college, daily wear.
Kurti With A Jacket – Adds an intriguing definition to the outfit and amps up the style in a flash. Can we worn as a dress too. Looks amazing with a mix of two separate patterns – Indian prints such as ajrakhs, dabu with other block prints.
Suits – Tall, pear, inverted triangle, and round body typed young to middle-aged women.
Team with – Leggings and palazzos for Office and party wear.
Angrakha Kurti -Enlivened once upon a time by the performers’ dresses, essentially has a major piece of the dress taken as a fold on the opposite side, decorated and decked up with pom-poms, tufts or anything.
Suits –All body typed young to middle-aged women.
Team with – Leggings or even palazzos if you can pull it off for Daily wear, parties, depending on the fabric and embroidery.
Flared Kurti– Swinging both ways are chic and elegant, suitable for both formal and daily wear set-up. The hemline opens up on both the sides, adding a little bounce to the outfit, and that’s what makes these attractive.
Suits – Tall women, pear, round and triangle shaped body typed young to middle-aged women.
Team with – Leggings, jeggings – anything full length for Office, college, daily wear.
Tunic Style Kurti – Touching the sweet spot between traditional and contemporary, sliding onto the body easily, sits effortlessly, giving a beautiful outline.
Suits – Petite, tall, hourglass, pear-shaped, round, and inverted triangle body typed young to
Team with – Culottes, chinos, half or ankle length leggings, jeggings for office, college or kitty parties.
Double Layered Kurti – Just like our regular straight cut or long kurtiz except the hemline has an additional layer. It adds an interesting definition to the aesthetics of the dress.
Suits – All body typed young to middle-aged women.
Team with – Leggings for Party wear or office, depending on the fabric and work on the kurti.
Long Straight Cut Kurti– Suit all occasion & personality making one stylish in a flash!
Suits – Tall, hourglass, pear-shaped, round and inverted triangle body types of all age groups.
Team with – Palazzos, leggings – full or ankle length.
Date: 26 June 2019
Color Trends For The Season
Hey Cool Cats! The sun is in no mood of shying away, so let’s make our wardrobes cooler with new shades to beat the heat.
As the sun gets brighter, so does our palette. Yellow is the most wanted colour du jour. Nobody shies away from the flaunting the bright-and-breezy orange this time of year. Even our blues, greens and pinks get a livelier and chirpier undertone.
The bright red-orange color “Fiesta” is the embodiment of passion and fire. Dynamic, active and energetic –easily associated with joy and fun.
The deep and intense shade of Jester Red is the
symbol of urban elegance and chic. It looks very rich
and noble – like an old expensive wine.
To add a few spices to the wardrobe – Turmeric the intense orange shade is not exactly the shade of orange, but it looks very much like it.
This wonderful spring color is warm, bright, full of
life and revealing, which is never enough. This coral
has a golden hue and a softer tone, great for casual
With Pink Peacock we move in the purple-pink shades. Pink generally embodies the spring-summer palette, where it is practically indelible.
Yellow-green “Pepper Stem” softens the
brightness of a fashionable palette. Calm and
natural, in the spring-summer closet it is “in the
right place”, it is a symbol of nature, spring and
This spring and summer color is just like the sun’s rays, illuminates everything around, giving a good mood and joy.
This brings freshness, coolness and depth to the
palette of fashion shades. A hue that simply does not
have to miss from the spring-summer palette 2019.
Toffee, we all love to eat as this brown is so warm and sweet. Wear it with black and white for subtle color game.
The golden yellow – just a little darker
and quieter promising a glimpse of pleasure
and pleasant sensations.
Another green shade – this time deeper and darker. It personifies the beauty of nature and the green of the leaves of a dense forest.
A light, soft and delicate pink hue combines two flowers –
lilac and lavender. This charms with its delicacy and
21st June 2019
Celebrating International Yoga Day
BEAUTY AND YOGA
On this International Yoga Day, let’s talk about Yoga and how it helps in enhancing beauty – outer as well as inner. Yoga greatly aids in helping us look more youthful and radiant. An old adage “Age is just a Number” surely comes true for even those well into old age. Those who regularly practice yoga have a distinct glow that comes from within and radiates outward.
Yoga for Inner and Outer Beauty
Achieve true inner beauty as well as physical or outer beauty through regular Yoga! Be it excess weight or unwanted fat, gaining suppleness of the body as also flexibility to maintain proper body posture, all result in a more youthful being. Yoga helps in getting rid of toxins that accumulates in the body, i.e., Detoxification of the body, making our body healthy & happy. It likewise aids in improving blood circulation to provide that radiant glow to skin and hair.
Yoga aids the body in absorbing nutrients at the cellular level, consequently, helping all body organs to function at their best and lending a healthier glow not only to our face, but to the whole body. Talking of gains it also elevates the mood by greatly reducing stress levels, especially when done with proper pranayamas or breathing exercises.
Asanas to Enhance your beauty with Yoga
Some simple yoga asanas or postures that can be incorporated with pranayama yoga practice to get that youthful appearance.
*To attain soft, smooth, radiant, and wrinkle free skin: Start by standing straight and placing feet hip width apart. Continue by using palms for covering the face and breathing deeply and quickly 10 times. Continue breathing this way for 10 more counts while rubbing whole face with fingers, including the eye area. Rub from the chin going upwards to the forehead while continuing deep breathing.
*For a fat-free and flatter stomach: Begin by standing straight and placing feet hip width apart. Continue bending slowly forward trying to reach the toes using fingertips without knees bending. This may be difficult to do at first, so continued practice is a must. Once comfortable, then move on and attempt to reach the right toe with the left hand and vice versa, all the while keeping the knees straight. After mastering the second step, then try bending deeper forward and touching the ground with both the palms without your knees bending.
*To get that a curvier and slimmer waistline: Stand straight and place feet hip width apart. Next, spread the hands to the sides parallel to the floor and at shoulder level. Continue by turning the upper torso to the left side starting from waist up and facing behind as much as possible without straining the neck. Do the same on the right side and repeat 10 more times.
*Let’s not forget about those thighs that seem intent on following the laws of gravity as one age: Begin by standing straight, spreading the hands parallel to the floor, and pointing forward. Next, bend the knees and assume a medium squat position with the spine straight and thighs parallel to the floor. This yoga asana is like the ‘horse trance’ pose regularly practiced in martial arts. Do this for eight to ten times, try to hold the posture for at least three minutes.
So let’s begin today, on this special day, a journey to enhance our beauty with yoga while keeping our physical, mental, and spiritual states in their optimum condition. When we practice yoga regularly and eat healthy, we will see and feel the effects in no time at all.