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Summer us here and first thing that we get out are sandals. But if you have been following the trends or even looking around your shoe stores you will notice the latest trend is laced up. Most popular being gladiators, but now the latest trend even in Jimmy Choo has been laced up pumps which mostly have cut work edges.

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    Gladitor boots and all stars also marked their entry this year. If you are still thinking about Russell Crowe everytime I mention Gladiators then let me remind you that they are actually flat sandals with criss cross straps going all the way up to your knee mostly in forms of laces ( the latest trend) and are tied up at the knee. The trend has not ended with only the knee high ones this  year. So let’s take a look at all the choices available and what suits you best.

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1. Knee high strappies : mostly thick straps with metal studs are the original gladiators.  They have zips or buckles at the back. The new version has thinner straps and has a lace tie up front and zip at the back. Original colours have always been black and brown but metallics like gold, copper and silver are also coming into play. They have flat heels and look best with skirts, dresses or even shorts. Can be more summer pretty or sporty meets chic as well depending on how you style them. The focus is completely on your calves and lack of heel gives it less structure.

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2. Mid calf : these are between your knees and ankles. Mostly thick straps with metallic studs , they come in flat and wedges. Great summer option as easier to wear when short on time. Most popular in tan, nude and orange. Great with dresses, culottes and even capris. Focus is more on the feet, straps are more fanned out.

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3. Ankle high: reach just above your ankles and more like peeptoes and have zippers at the back. Come in block and wedge heel options, been the most famous summer sandals for the last 2 years. Go well with everything and have more colours to choose from. Popular even in stilettos for more evening look with metallic and shimmer accents. Focus is completely on your foot.
So show off the adorable pedicure with bright summer colours. Pair them with the latest capri pants with kurtas or your saree and see the edginess.

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4. All star gladiators : these are your basic converse shoes but which lace up knee high and are a treat alternative to boots as better for the warmer months.
Give a nice sporty edge especially with leggings and shorts.  The give a more structured look to the calves as laced up as per your comfort.

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5. Peeptoes : mostly in suede with block heels.  A more dressier version and a less constricting version of the boots. Mostly slide ons and ankle high or a little higher.
   Summer is coming on and this one of the latest trends in footwear. So as they say put your best foot forward and let the games begin (warrior style).

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Sculpted

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Make up has always been trending based on different techniques. Could be contouting, highlighting, strobing, etc. All confusing and keep making one wonder which would actually work on you. I haven’t tried any myself yet but am definitely curious to get that sculpted look where you have picture perfect features. There are many make up artist who swear by one technique but i think variety might be the key.  Plus who has time everyday to sculpt your looks before going to work. Don’t get me wrong as I am a strong advocate for looking good and presentable at all times,  but the idea of spending that much time getting ready is a little tiresome. So here’s  a little clarity on the techniques and how one should do them :

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1. Highlight:  highlighting is going a step above your make up technique. It involves using a highlighter or illuminator preferrably with gold undertones. Pearl and silver work better on pale and fairer skin but gold is great for yellow undertones. The highlighter needs to be applied with a foundation brush which is more flat.  Dab the highlighter on your nose rounding it off on the tip to illuminate features. Next step is to brush it on in heart shape motions from the temples to the apple of your cheeks, then at edges of your forehead, above the browline  and finally on  your chin. It creates a glowy dewy look and makes one look radiant. Finish it with a powder blush to get the rosy glow on your cheeks.

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2. Contour : the step above highlighting is contouring as it blends both techniques. In contouring one first uses a foundation a shade or 2 darker than your original foundation and apply it to the area right below your hairline, on the tip of your nose, the edge of your chin, underneath your jawline, on the right and left side of your nose, from the end of your ears to your chin and the hollow of your cheeks ( you can see that when you suck your face in) . Then use a blending brush or sponge to blend it into your skin. The dark foundation gives you a shadow giving you thinner features. The next step involves using a foundation 2 shades lighter than your actual foundation and it is used to highlight certain areas which are just above the dark foundation areas which create and make your features stand out.  Like the middle of your forehead, middle of your chin, apple of your cheeks and the tip of the nose till right above your upper lip. This helps in sharpening your features and giving you a sculpted look. One can use foundation sticks or you can even get contouring boxes with different make up brands which range from dark to light.

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3. Strobing : its similiar to highlighting and less tiresome than contouring.  Its more about the natural look.  We use a highlighter mostly shimmer based. Use the highlighter on your cheekbones, corner of your eye, above and below your brow, upper lqbridge of your nose . It is only using the highlighting aspect of contouring but in a more shimmery dewy look. Its easier and takes lesser time and thus, becoming the new make up trend.

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  The important thing all these techniques should be done on a well moistured face with your base foundation.  These are just enhancers of your natural beauty.

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  Brushes and sponges are as important as the products used. Strobing requires more matte products for yoyr base so the highlighter gives you a dewy effect, whereas highlighting and contouring prefer more liquid to cream based products so that it blends and doesn’t look like one is caked in make up.  The most important step for using the right technique is finding your face shape and then  mapping it correctly to contour,  highlight or strobe.
     Highlighting is enhancing your features to give a finished look, strobing is spotlighting your features in a more natural dewy fashion and contouring is sharpening your features to give you a sculpted look. So go on try and play with the make up just to enhance your beauty and not create someone else.

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Sh (m) ouldering

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The latest summer trend from retailers and New York fashion week is the off shoulder and cold shoulder. This flirty style is subtly sexy and apt for the warmer months. The recent trends can be seen in dresses , crop tops, jumpsuits, tops,etc. Lets look at the main difference between the two :

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1. Off shoulder : it has a sabrina neckline but inclusive of sleeves or straps. It focuses on your shoulders and makes one look slimmer. Personally i find this the sexiest neckline as its subtle as well.
Best way to wear it :

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1.)Strap off shoulders : found mostly in dresses which are more fitted or even in evening gowns of all styles. Has been an upcoming trend in jumpsuits and works best in one colour outfits use of accessories enhances the look.

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2.)Short sleeves : puff or straight give it a more peasant – summer look especially in linen shirts. More squarish so hides your shape but of worn with fitted bottoms gives one the right proportions.

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3.)Long sleeves : try it on a saree blouse, choli or even a salwar suit. The kurta or top needs to be more fitted above can be flowy on the edges. Try the dupatta with a belt to give the look more shape.
Thus, the off shoulder looks great on all body types but needs confidence to be carried off well. Ensure longer hemlines and covered bottoms if you feel its too much skin show. Even shorts or capris give the cool summer look if paired right with this style.

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2. Cold shoulder: this mostly has an ex neckline with sleeves attached to it leaving the shoulders bare or even like a strappy top with sleeves attached.  Mostly found in tops and blouses. Best way to wear  it :

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1.) Full or bell sleeves : with loose flowy tops or even maxi dresses. But since it can be quite flowy and shapeless the use of a belt helps in giving a more fitted look. Scarf or tie ups are the recent trends.

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2.) Short sleeves : mostly found in tops and tshirts which are boxy or u shaped at the hem. One can also opt this in saree blouses and salwar suits. Personally i think thicker straps help make it look better.
   Thus,  this actually gives one broader shoulders as it puts a shape around it. It also focuses on shoulder and upper arm so if you are not comfortable then this might be one trend to skip.
    This trend is catching on and the trend to ensure it compliments you is to keep the focus on the neckline and nit to over accessorize.  Mostly less fitted style so balancing it helps in giving it more shape. So go ahead experiment with prints and colours and get ready for spring -summer 2016.

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Put a ring on it!

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Married women often have certain jewellery or items which they wear which symbolizes clearly they are married.  Sometimes they are small like a ring but other times they can be cumbersome making you want to give it a miss as they not always go well with your look. So lets take a look at few and how can we still look uber chic with them :

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1.  Gold bangles : whether kadas or just plain gold bangles some indian communities consider it super important that a married girl should always have bangles and that 2 on both wrists, as wrists should never be empty.  We can still manage to make them look appropriate with Indian wear but what about jeans?  Here’s your solution :
Well try and have one lighter bangle or kada n wear only one or better opt for a thin bracelet kada, which looks stylish as well as traditional.  Especially when one is working and pairing chunky gold with business formals becomes a task,  watch in one and a thin gold bangle with filigreed work or plain will also work.  Even with Indian business attire if you wear even a couple of coloured bangles just put a simple gold one or kada with them and you can still play with your accessories. Always opt for less yellow gold as yellow gold is more of an eyesore. 

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2. Red or green glass bangles: very traditional and very important in some cultures,  but could clash with all outfits,  especially non traditional ones.  Look great with saree and suits but the rest of the time can make your clothes and colour choices restricting.  So apply the same rule of one or 2 in one or both and you can wear other bangles or watch, which would make them less pronounced and also add colour and tradition to your wrists.

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3. Chudas : considered essential in some cultures for at least the first month or year of marriage. They are worn in both hands and are a lot of bangles and kadas together.  Punjabi chudas are red,  hyderabadi are white,  Bengali wear red polas,  white conch bangles and loha kadas.  They make your outfit choices very limited,  but you can work around it.  Chudas are the most tiresome as they are worn for a period and since they are so striking its hard to make them unnoticeable. My suggestion opt for ethnic or fusion wear till the time duration with your outfit having a hint of red, rock the new bride look till you can.

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4. Mangalsutra and gold chains: don’t know why but after your wedding the jewellery you wear becomes related to how well your husband does. So lets find a solution for you not looking like a jewellery model :  long mangalsutra might look too traditional but I find the shorter ones more eye catching especially with western outfits. If you wear long necklaces then earrings should be miniscule and not dangling so as the focus remains on one,  gold chains somehow the princess length that is a little above your cleavage look best as they give a necklace and not a chain effect.  So when you do have to wear one these 2 lengths work best,  and pairing them with studs complimenting the locket or chain works best. Another option for a more funky look is layering it with longer chains, so that you can play around with your look and not be stuck with the same boring jewellery.

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5. Toe rings : bichias or Toe rings are traditionally worn by married women,  these are easy as you can wear the band types and get a couple funky ones to accessorize your toes and show them off in nice sandals or slippers flats or wedges preferred.

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6. Nose rings : nose pins are better than the balis or natha for regular wear. But some corporate do not approve of body piercings and also it does not go with all types of outfit.  Opt for a diamond stud,  or any stone keeping it small and not very big. You can change it if its coloured, clear stones tend to go with all,  a little diamond dot adds a little bit of ethnic chic to your look.  As for the big ones or the nath,  wearing it during family functions or weddings and opt for small earrings to give your look a twist from the regular big earring look.

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7. Rings : most engagement and wedding rings are simple and apt for daily use,  but what if you get a cocktail size or a kundan maharani style or worst still gold embossed one.  These rings at times clash with your look,  they are apt for building a look around at functions or parties but not for regular days. If so then opt for only the ring and nothing on your wrist in that ha d or maybe just a simple watch,  so that can become your style.

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8. Bright and dark lipstick : for alot of women make up =lipstick  which is definitely not the case. Some in-laws insist so what do you do if you are not a lipstick person?  Focus on eye make up or best wear tinted gloss, the problem is when one is not comfortable wearing dark shades it shows and secondly they don’t look good on everybody.  So yes red and burgundy lips are trending but does that mean you follow it definitely not.  Start with light shades of pink, peach,  brown and then start experimenting.  Make up only looks good when  you are confident but that doesn’t mean florescent green outfit looks great bright pink lips. Use your head and compliment your outfit and skin tone.
  Thus, these are some of the married symbols women might have to wear but remember you can always get around it and still wear the jewellery.  Wearing a full gold set or heavy set on a daily basis can be uncomfortable and a task so always keep only one heavy piece and the rest can be light or non existent. Layering jewellery, big necklace small earrings, heavy bangles no rings,  big ring no wrist accessories are just some of the ways to look classy instead of a jewellery store.
  So respect traditions but don’t compromise your style and looks interweave with your personal style and look. Be like Jackie O not a serial bahu🙂

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Big Bang theory

Recently seen a bollywood movie and was super impressed how the lead actress’s bangs made her look so much younger and better.  Bangs,  flicks, etc are basically just a little longer then fringes and are always side swept. The side you choose depends clearly on what looks good on you. 
  Bangs have been in and out of fashion forever but some people carry it off better than others but I think everyone can look awesome in one you just have to know how to get it done right.  So first lets take a look on how to get the right ones as per your face structure :

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1. Heart Shape : Layered, feathered bangs. The shortest length should hit the arch of your brows and the longest should meet the outer corners of your eyes. This shape tends to be broader  on the top and thinner towards the chin. Sideswept bangs have a balancing effect and draw the attention down and towards the eyes.

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2. Oval face: All types of bangs work with oval-shaped faces, but straight thin ones accentuate the prettiest parts of the face. The bangs should hit between the brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edge. Side swept ones give the illusion of doe eyed innocence.
3. Round Face : This shape already looks full so one has to be even more cautious while getting bangs,  opt for curved shaped bangs which are thick which will give you a stronger bone structure. 

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4. Square Face :  Long, eye-grazing bangs that are tapered on the sides add a soft element to square face shapes. Snipped just below the brows and longer on the side.  Opt for asymmetrical wispy bangs for a softer effect on prominent bone structure.
Bangs can also be based on hair types :

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1. Curly hair : one of the most difficult but bangs actually make your hair less frizzy and manageable.  Being a curly hair girl myself I like bangs, normally ending just below my brow,  the fun is you can blow dry for a straight look or just pin it on the side you want when wet and see  the curl set when you are ready.  They help in defining your hair more.

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2. Wavy  hair : all lengths and all types look good especially with a puff and the curled edges.  Very manageable and a Stylist’s favourite.

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3. Straight hair : bangs either blunt or choppy look best especially ones ending just above your brows. They add length and volume giving it more bounce.

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   So these are the different rules of getting bangs especially side swept ones.  Easy to style,  go well with your hair up,  plaits and updos as well. They are in vogue so lets get chopped and styled🙂

Get Shirty

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Shirts are one of the most essential items of a women’s wardrobe.  It is a definite work outfit but with the variant available now is considered smart casuals or even formal wear. They  can work in casual and formal settings,  in prints or plain designs as well. Two toned shirts add a bit of colour to monotone work wear.

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  Shirts can mostly be divided on the basis of collar,  as that enhance your face and torso structure.  So here are the different types :

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1. Straight collar : the basic shirt collar mostly giving a v shaped.  Popular in structured fabrics as the collar stands.  This style elongates your face and neck and gives you a defined frame.

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2. Mandarin collar : These are straight short stiff collars and end in a deep v. They come till mid neck or lower giving you more structure. Popular in khadi and linen shirts. They narrow your frame and elongate your torso.

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3. Sailor collar : spin off from the American sailor uniform, this collar is gaining popularity mostly in casual shirts. Formal shirts paired with pencil skirts give a more fun appeal,mostly in white and blue, some people add a scarf but I think that makes it too costume – ish. Its very covering so beware of looking too body, it broadens the frame as the focus is more on shoulders.

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4. Peter pan collar : inspired from the tales of never never land, this collar has a youngish flair. It spells innocence especially with short flared sleeves. Pair with skirts, jeans or pants, tucked in looks like a blouse. You can accessories it with statement necklaces or a great pair of sunglasses. It spells casual elegance and gives one a narrower frame as the focus is on the front and not on the shoulders. Best updo is soft curls or loose ponytail to give you a young girl appeal.

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5. Jabot collar : its a high neck fill or ruffled collar.It overlaps in a square or round manner and can also be tied with a sash. It has a narrow front elaborate with ruffles,great option for women for slender women.Its focus is on the chest area but the ruffles add to the enhancement. It gives you a defined frame and long sleeves give you more toned arms. The sleeveless option also gives one a slender frame as the focus is on the front, try it on before to know which version works for you. Its very Victorian and has an old world charm but when paired with contemporary designs spells hate couture. A must have shirt for all women for special night outs.

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6. Flat collars : these are basic shirts collars but instead of standing they tend to fall as they are not stiff.  They are the best ones to play around with long necklaces and stud buttons to add a bit of bling to a boring shirt. Mostly casual but now are becoming a good option under bandhgala jackets or no jackets business formals.  They are like a blouse and go a bit deep,  but not broad so give one a more proportionate figure without focusing on one aspect.
Pair with casual bottoms or skirts and look like a stylish diva running your daily errands.
This was one aspect of choosing the right shirt but the next important factor is the fabric.  Fabric is what determines the fall and also your form. So here are a few options:

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1. Cotton : the most common and easiest fabric to find for shirts. Always gives a structured fit but be careful about it being ironed perfectly. The hitch if its transparent then an undershirt becomes essential which might give you layers so by a size accordingly. Fun point use a printed tank as a layer to a plain shirt to add some fun.
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2. Linen : similar to cotton, linen and khadi shirts spell casual elegance and cool. They are thicker so give more structure and no layers. Most popular in tunic styles and stripe prints, paired with skinny jeans or drawstrings and you can be cool in the summer heat. They have a more curved fit or can even be boxy if it is a straight shape. They hide your shape and look best left long.
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3. Denim and corduroy : thick material and come in blue, black, white or prints in these colours. They are thicker fabrics and normally slightly loose even when have a curved fit. Worn with pants of the same material giving you a monotone outfit. Accessories in terms of chunky bracelets and belt work best. They have straight or flat collars working on most body types.
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4. Silk or satin : mostly shiny and very clingy. Had gained popularity as shells for business suits a few years ago, but now have made a comeback on their own. Plain or geometric prints in flat or jabot collars are very popular and add little glamour to a plain suit. They should preferably paired with high waisted bottoms as they tend to give you a slimmer waist and the shirt helps give you an hourglass shape.
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5. Chiffon or Georgette : these are thin flowy fabrics which are transparent. Undershirts are a necessity and are less form fitting. They are fun and mostly considered semi formal. Look best with any bottoms and come in geometric and floral prints as well.
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6. Synthetic : made of polyester, nylon, rayon, etc. They have a similar fall as the chiffon and Georgette but are more opaque in nature. They camouflage but give you a defined shape. They have the versatility of being casual or formal and look good with any bottoms. Easy to accessorize especially the deep toned solid colour ones. They come in all collars so making it an easy choice.

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7. Flannel : winter shirts available in checkered patterns are called Flannel shirts. Popular in men’s wear but are fast gaining popularity in women’s wear as well, as they are the mix of feminine and flirty appeal. Paired with jeans and are great option with your skinny jeans and Boots to keep warm in cold temperature.
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8. Knotted shirts : casual shirts gaining popularity as a longer crop top. Paired with palazzos, shorts, skirts, pants, jeans and maxi skirts. They are very summery and spell casual chic. Great option for lazy brunch date, normally come in solid colours with straight collars in synthetic or chiffon fabrics. They are worn with high waisted pants if one is vary of showing their mid section.
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Thus, shirts were initially considered tomboyish but now have become a wardrobe essential. They can be cool, flirty or even glam depending on the pairing, colour, fabric and most importantly the accessories. Fitted bottoms and a nice belt ensure that your shirt looks great and you can be a diva strutting around town in your put together look. So get your shirt on ladies🙂

Winter wonderland

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When  we think of winter we think warm and cozy to bundle us up from the cold.  Being warm becomes priority a priority and fashion takes a back seat,  but how can I let my fashionistas not be ready to face all the seasons? So here’s a sneak peak into being fashionably winter ready:

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1. Coats : Coats have been a fashion statement since the 1920s, there are various styles one can choose from,  but ideal are the ones that suit your frame. Coat prints,  fabric,  colour and lengths are mostly trend based like 2 years hounds tooth in black and white was the most sought after coat to have an all top designers had their own version.  For slender frames one should opt for double breasted or neck detailed coats with a fuller skirt to give you more curves, curvy women should opt fo trench style or peacoats as they give you a structured look and a cinched wait helps in defining a waist, petite frames should opt for shorter coats and empire styles as it will give a full figure. 

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2. Jackets : are mostly till your hip or above.  Mostly winter favourites are always bombers , puffy, leather jackets and hoodies as they are good wind breakers and give one a more relaxed sports feel.

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3. Cuddleduds : or body warmers or inner are the basic layer one uses in order not to pile jackets and sweaters. They are thin, sleeveless,  strappy,  half or full sleeves and can also be worn as a shell or t-shirts and just wear a jacket or coat over it. Come in basic colours,  but there are printed and non inner wear looking ones as well.  Perfect for creating coloured layering on a dull cloudy day.

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4. Cardigans : front open button down sweaters  made of soft wool are normally called Cardigans most popular ones being made of  cashmere wool.  Printed or plain they are just above the waist and act as the perfect blouse for a work day or lunch  during the winters.  Pair with pants,  pencil skirts,  jeans or a plain sheath dress and you will look winter chic in no time. 

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5. Sweaters : thick wool,  soft wool,  front open,  round neck,  v neck,  polo neck they come in all varieties.  Colourful woollen patterns or one coloured they help in keeping one warm.  Sweater dresses are a winter essential. By pairing them with jeans,  trousers or skirts and layering inside with a tank,  Oxford shirt or body warmed you add a dash of bright to an otherwise dull outfit and kinda look like a yuppie fashionista.

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6. Sweatshirts : an all time casual favourite and the ever popular winter T-shirt.  Keeps it casual,  and painted ones add a bit of fun to a boring monotone top.  Jeans, shorts,  skirts and leggings are just some add ons to the ever growing pairing options.  One looks young if worn correctly instead of looking sloppy and rolled out of bed.

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7. Boots : ankle or knee high or riding are only a few of the ever changing variety of Boots one can choose from.  Suede,  leather,  wet leather,  fur,  crocodile skin are just some of the few materials people experiment with.  I feel there  are some of which you can never go wrong,  tan knee high,  black ankle length and one mid calf in grey or maroon.  Matching it with your belt or Bag,  healed ones for work either kitten or wedge or block (my preference is a little higher than kitten heels)  and you are shoe ready.  Skinny jeans and knee length a line or full skirts look the best knee high boots.  Pencil skirts are best with just on the ankle boots and so are trousers.  Having 3 basic colours makes it easy to pair and add variety to the shoe closet in the winter. 
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8. Wraps: pashmina,  cashmere or thick wool.  Colourful, embroidered,  patterned, embellished they come in all varieties.  Mufflers are thin and long,  but add pattern and colour to your coat.  Match the patterns with your gloves or cap and be a little fancy.  Shawls are worn by all ages and go with most outfits even the cape versions.  They just wrap around so no worry of size and fit.  Great for formal dos without interfering with your outfits.
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9. Headgear : most underrated but the most chic  winter accessory. Whether its a beanie,  newsboy or the basic woollen caps they all can be paired and played around with depending on your outfit.  Even black felt hats or earmuffs with headbands not only protect you from the cold but also become a funky fashion accessory.

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10. Hand warmers : whether gloves in leather,  fleece or wool or mittens.  These hand warmers are becoming as important as coats and caps.  Coloured ones complimenting your muffler or cap add a little bit of style and pattern.  You even have the option of using a hand warmer which is a round bundle of fun fur with fleece inside and you can place your hands inside.  Very 1920s and very vintage glam when you pair it with your fur coat and hat.
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  These are some winter essential which you should have in your closet to be trendy and warm at the same time.  Winter fabric have always been knit, twill,  silk,  fleece and wool.  So pair up experiment and be ready to the style queen in the winter wonderland!
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The lingering effect

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The lingerie trend is back,  and how can you work it in your outfit to be trendy.  The slip dress was made famous by Versace,  and now is a classic statement essential.  Lingerie basically means clinging and sheer fabric like lace,  net,  chiffon and satin.  These are considered sexy and the trend is to be subtly sexy in a sophisticated manner. 
So lets look at individual pieces and how to wear them variedly :
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1. Camisoles : the most used and popular lingerie item which has made its way to evening wear.  Mostly of satin and lace with thin straps.  Plain,  printed some even come in printed Georgette the most common being animal print.  Easy to be paired with jeans for a clubbing night or palazzo’s in the summer.  Pair with jackets and shrugs for chilly evenings. For work,  wear it under your business suits,  but the neck shouldn’t be too deep or it shouldn’t really look like inner wear.  One way to wear it casually is also under t-shirt’s as tanks. 
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2. Slip dresses : worn with jackets in basic black and white but now their trimmings and material is also used in midi and maxi dresses.  Mostly made of satin,  and look good with structured jackets or even see through net dresses or jackets.  My favourite is the lace showing from underneath a chiffon dress. 
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3. Sports bras: use them as undershirts for off shoulder tops they give a nice playful flirty feel. Under crop tops,don’t just wear them as one.They are sporty, add colour and support and fun at the same time.
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4. Bralettes : Victoria Secrets summer campaign was all about the lace bralette as a crop top. With one product they targeted 2 things in one, quite the best seller. For the desi girl get a nice one to use as a sexy saree blouse quite a turn from the traditional cholis and bikini blouse. Nice colours, support and sexy lace and you will be quite a show stopper.
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5. Under skirts : the skirt version of the slip dress, lace and hosiery normally worn under flimsy dresses. Wearing just them could be a little riske’ but under a see through lace or net dress could add colour and sultriness to a monotone outfit.One can also wear them under short tunic tops to add some length and lace.
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6. Fringes : adding elements of lingerie like lace and satin can also add sexiness and the trendy lingerie effect.
Lingerie is just not restricted to under clothes or the boudoir anymore. It has become a part of our wardrobe, even if in a small way. Trends come and go, and this has come back in a bigger way especially since sheer and lace has been in since the last season. So get some sexy camisoles and start using them as shells to up the notch on your style quotient. One mistake that can be made is making it your outfit becoming too sexy,so be careful remember subtleness is the key to being alluring.
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So linger baby linger!

Finishing touch

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We often do make up in a very basic manner and are too lazy to highlight or contour to make ourselves look sharper. Contouring is to highlight and accentuate our best features, it might seem like hard work but here are some tips to make it easy and quick so we can call it more accentuating than hardcore contouring done by professional make up artist. Make up is a tool to enhance your beauty not change your features So here are a few tips:
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1. Highlighting: there are many highlighters available in the market but the correct use is what makes the big difference. Apply a highlighter after your base is ready,use it on the apples of your cheeks and forehead.These are the only 2 places which help highlight your bone structure.Highlighters have a little sheen and give you defined cheekbones and also a clear forehead.
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2. Lining: use your eyeliner in a straight stroke thin or thick depending on the look you are going for. Use your eyeliner or kohl pencil even inside your lid at the edge,it acts as a filler in your lash line and gives you filler eyes when you use your mascara. The effect is flirty and also makes you look doe eyed with all curled lashes The colour of the liner and the mascara should be the same preferably black or brown. While using coloured eyeliners if you still want to use a black mascara then the colour of the liner used on the inside and the kohl used should be the same for a more natural effect.
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3. Bronzing : sometimes using a rouge or a blush might look too much but you still feel something is a miss Using a bronze on your cheekbones and forehead also adds a bit of colour and gives a more sunkissed look If used for a night or evening do it gives a more bronzed feel and makes one look more alive and natural.
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4. Lip smudging : lip liners give an outline and make it easy to fill in the lipstick but dark and light make it look vampish. So even if you are not an avid lip liner user like me then how can you get filler well defined lips. Use a thin lip brush towards the outline and mix lipstick and gloss to give you a fuller pout.I tend to use a nude or light pink gloss as they are more translucent and a nice tinge to even dark colours. By mixing and smudging them together with a brush you give a nicer colour than one bold hue.
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5. Moisturizing : use a moisturizer mixed with your foundation and see the shiny glow it gives your face, neck and back. It takes away the matte finish and making you look more radiant.
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6. Transparent nail paint : even if you are not fond of wearing nail polish just by putting a coat of Transparent nail colour or a top coat,it gives your nail a finished look.It gives a light sheen and makes them look clean and well kept. They highlight your fingers and make you look well groomed.
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7.Sleek hair : whether you use leave in conditioners while applying a dab of it to wet hair it gives you smooth and shiny locks. Even if you jus dab your fingers with macadamia or Moroccan oil or hair serums in the morning when you are styling your hair just run it through the front section it gives a Sleek combed look. These are products to smooth your hair and even make frizzy hair manageable.
Thus, these small tips just talk about how you can accentuate your beauty in a softer manner. Incorporating these steps in your daily getting ready routine will add a little glamour but more importantly make you a more polished appearance overall. So don’t get bothered about how my features look sharper and lips look thicker, just ensure you are naturally beautiful and radiate. <
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Vintage glam

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We often hear the term  vintage clothing and think is it second hand? Vintage and   thrift stores keep clothes which  are from another era and which are previously owned but not all vintage fashion is. Vintage as a term means from a previous era, this fashion is inspired from olden eras and is styled in those manners.
   Vintage glam is a mix  of contemporary styles  with use of vintage fabrics, cuts and detailing. Vintage glam is not only limited to western  wear and would work really well if incorporated into your ethnic style. It is said  people who love the  old world charm are old souls so here is a bit of inspiration to experiment with this genre of fashion:
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1. Fabrics used : lace, velvet, taffeta, silk in western garments. Indian fabrics would include all types of silks, georgettes, chiffons and malmal. The maintainence of these fabrics is very important and some  of them can  be old and very frail. E.g. using old banarsi sarees or brocade, where the zardosi is blackened one  has to be careful while wearing it.
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2. Cuts : a line and full skirts, collared necklines, full and puff sleeves are very inspired from the victorian era. Sharp cuts and heavy shoulders is used more for jackets.
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3. Trimmings: pearl work, gotta Patti, silver latkan buttons, ruffles, frills, lace edgings are all part of the vintage look. These accents can also just be used with contemporary designs to give a vintage feel.
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4. Accessories : use of broaches,strings of pearl, jeweller hair clips, chandelier earrings, single stone rings, kundan jewellery are all a part of vintage glam. Using a broach as a saree pin, gives a little turn to a regular saree. Lace or net gloves, with dresses or skirts also add an edge with a turn of vintage.
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5. Prints : floral, polka dots, printstripes are the more popular prints used, which are also considered timeless classics.
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5. The look : vintage glam is a style that is adopted if you love the old world charm. Lets look at an example of it in both fashions :
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a. Ethnic wear : lace sarees with velvet blouses is very common, so lets make a difference : using an old banarsi saree for cigarette pants and using a lace dupatta with silk frills and pearl work embroidered anaekali on plain silk. One can also use a kundan mangtikka and a ring as the only jewellery on a plain georgette saree with a sequined blouse.
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b. Western wear : jamawar sheath dresses, velvet jackets,  lace pencil skirts, georgette palazzos with zardosi borders , silk shirts are all vintage glam wear. Adding ankle boots and velvet slippers  with brocade clutches helps keep the vintageness alive.
  These are some items one can use while perfecting the vintage glam  style. Lace corsets, velvet shrugs, georgette anarkalis, etc. Use  old  gold and kundan jewellery with a bit of sophistication and you are vintage glam diva of the party. One can also use one item at a time  and make it their signature style statement. So dig through your old trunks, pair it with new fashion and get your vintage glam on complete with red lips, winged eyeliner and gold dust eyeshadows. The bee hive and side swept curls will turn you into a diva.
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