Belted

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Belts are more than an accessory. Often we just look at them as a part of our pants and maybe only pay attention so that they are coordinated with our shoes or bag.  If we are wearing long tops then, we don’t even consider them.
  Gone are the days where the belt had no identity, but now it is a part of the wardrobe used to accentuate your figure or even as an accessory to add to your look.
  There are different types of belt which are used with different outfits. So here are some tips and
belts gyan :

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1. The skinny belt : they are really thin and can be used for a hint of colour or as a solid amongst pattern. Skinny belts look best with a ornamental or thicker buckles to enhance them, paired  with a nice pair of jeans and a shirt and you are ready to go. The other option to use it as a solid on a printed dress or plain dress. Here you have to be more concious of the placement, if it is exactly on your waist .i.e. the smallest place on your torso then it gives you an hourglass silhouette. It can also be used below the bust to create an empire cut.

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2. The medium size belt : slightly thicker basically the size of belt is the size of the belt loops on pants. It has the same functionality as the medium belt but with dresses it has to be used a little lower more mid waist than at the start of it.

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3. The thick belt : used more as a statement piece than for its functionality. Used on different outfits it can be placed exactly at the waist or even lower for a more dramatic look.

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4. Tie belts or sashes : these do not have buckles, they have to be tied and are cloth based. Not much for accentuating but act more for tightening or just to give a modern turn to a monotonous look.

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5. Metallic belts : these are a statement piece . Ornamental and used as a focal point to create your look around. They not only define your waist but also act as a piece of jewelry. Big buckles break the boringness of a plain belt.

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6. Kardhani or belly chain : actually a piece of jewelry or like a necklace for a waist. It is actually  a bridal jewelry piece in most Indian communities. It looks sexy on a Saree but now some designers are actually using thicker metallic belts for a more trendy look. It also helps in holding the pallu in place.
 

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  Thus, if the belt is used right then it can actually change your entire look. Don’t be afraid to experiment, if your curvy use a skinny belt to accentuate your waist. If a dress is loose use a thick belt to cinch it at the waist. If you are petite framed use a medium size belt to define your waist in pants or skirts. If you want to glam up your look try an ornamental belt instead of a statement necklace. And if you want to deck up your ethnic look instead of necklace and bangles try a kardhini to make your saree, lehenga or anarkali more ornate.
  Am sure I have opened up your mind to experiment with belts and use them as accessorry. One thing to keep in mind, match or coordinate your belt with shoes or bag or jewelry. Then you will look more put together. So have fun belting it up.

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Powder puff girls

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Last time we spoke about how to get the perfect base, but once your base is complete the next step is applying the perfect blush. Some people prefer doing eyes before blush as the blush depends upon the eye make up.
    Blush normally range in shades of pink, red and now even slightly coral. Blush is applied to the apple of your cheeks to enhance your cheek bones and to give you a rosy appearance. My first memory of blush or rather rouge was when for school concerts to red dots were put on your cheek with lipstick and then rubbed on to give you pink or maybe more red cheeks.
   I thought that only applied to stage make up as kids, but looking around I have seen some women still following that trend. But now blush has become an important part of make up and is key player in giving your face more structure.     There are different types of blushes just like foundations they depends on your skin type. Here are some tips :

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1. Powder : great for oily skin as it gives you a more matte look.

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2. Cream : it is softer in texture and blends well. Good option for dry and combination skin types.

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3. Cheek stains : these are semi liquid and come in form of sticks. They need to be blended well and can work on all skin types.

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4. Powder brushes : these are brushes which already have blush powders on them. They are easy to use as the blush comes on by a twist. Work well on all skin types as is easy to blend in.
   Now, since we have covered forms lets look at the colour options . The best way to get the right shade is pinch your cheeks and see the flush that comes on or get the shade closest to the colour of your fingertips as that is your natural blush colours. Here are some blush info and some tips:

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1. Pinks : they lighter but brighter shades work well on fair skinned women. Slightly darker ones are better for duskier women but just ensure they are not too bright.
2. Peach: corals and light colours work for fairer to wheatish complexions. Lighter peaches will suit duskier complexions more if well blended.
3. Reds: lighter shades compliment lighter complexions. The ones with brownish tinge work well with duskier skin tones.
4. Bronzers : the latest day options or even to shimmer in the evenings are bronzers. Just a tinge on your cheekbones will give you a goldenish glow.

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    Blushes should be used as a highlighting tool and to play up the rosiness of your cheeks. They help in a more defined bone structure. The best way to apply blush is with a big powder brush and start flicking on the apples of your cheek and then below. You can suck in your cheeks for a definite application or even smile. Refer to
blush colours for more blush gyan.

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Power Dressing

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This article is dedicated to all the working women. Whether in India or abroad the question always is what is the correct work wear. Power dressing means owning not only your job but also your career and dressing for it. So am not going to list what all is as you can refer to all my other blogs on that but what works best and how.
   It is going to be a mix on Indian and western wear. So here goes :

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1. Business suits : best option for formal business meetings or conferences. Options are in the form of pant, skirt or dress suits. They look extremely professional and very polished. With the right fit and structure pair it with your best heels and you are ready to take on the world or maybe just the business day.

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2. Dresses and skirts : they are the growing trend and skirt options ranging from pencil to flared. The trick is to pair it with the tight top as there is no jacket to give it structure. Sheath, A line and wrap dresses work best as they are more structured and give a more polished look. Please refer to all dressed up and skirting issues.

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3. Trousers : termed as the most comfortable option for work but the trickiest to get the right fit. Pairing it with the right style of blouse or shirt will make you edge out even in the mail dominated work sphere. Refer to top shop and pant-o-mine for more styling options.

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4. Salwar suits : a straight fitting kurti paired with nicely tailored churidars as the perfect work wear. Structured pants and A line kurtas are another option to experiment with. In salwars, half patialas with straight kurtas are good options . Silk and cotton fabrics with more structure and less accents ( embroidery and borders) should be favoured. Prints should be balanced in terms of colour and pattern. Please avoid lycra and stretchy churidars even though they are fuss free maintenance , they do not accentuate your legs. You can  go through Kurta klad and rock bottom chick for more style news.

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5. Sarees : the quitessential graceful Indian outfit. Always looks sophisticated and is favoured by teachers and hospitality professionals. Silk, synthetic and  cottons are the preferred fabric. Stay away from over the top embroidery and borders. Please refer to sari-nation for some more gyan.
  Attention should be made to the cut, style and fabric while deciding work outfits.  The details are in the prints, embroidery and borders. The lesser or leaner the better. Accessories, shoes and make up dominate your look.

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  Shoes should have heels whether wedge, block or pencil. They should be clean cut and well polished. Make up light and focus on one feature only. If you prefer focus on lips then eyes should have very minimal highlights

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    Jewellery should be focus on one item , if dangly earrings then no necklace, if statement necklace then studs. The watch should make a classic statement and even if you opt for bracelets they should be very thin. With ethnic wear bangles or kadas do look nice but ensure they are not too blingy. Belts and handbags are very important. They can be coloured but ensure they are not too decorative.
  The way to get power dressing right to focus on structure and fit of the clothes, the smoothness of the fabrics. Dressing the right way is getting you ready for your career path and on the way to get yourself some style to be the devil wearing prada , Louis vitton and burberry;)
   If you have any style queries please feel free to comment or email : aamrav@ gmail.com

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Anarkali disco chali

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Anarkalis the latest fashion trend, over 3 years and going strong. Women just seem to love it and the variations just keep increasing. The sad thing about trends is that people just tend to follow them blindly instead of analyzing if it actually works for you.
&nbsp Women should wear clothes that accentuate your curves and not one just that covers you up with yards of fabric. The most important aspect of trends which keep growing is choosing a style that looks good on you. I can’t emphasize enough on how important the fit of the garment is.
  Net anarkalis with transparent lining actually accentuate your tummy as the churidar is lower. Anarkalis which are empire cut accentuate your bust line .
  The reason I choose to write this topic cause I just see women thinking that they are so trendy but sadly if you choose the wrong style you don’t get the desired look. So here are some pointers on styles and which one should avoid.

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1. Empire Cuts : the most popular one , it is wear the bodice ends just below your bust line. It gives you an hourglass silhouette and the net ones are great option to give you more shape. The ones above the ankle add length because of the little bit of leg show.

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2. Mid waist bodice : the bodice ends at the waist. This style gives a proportionate figure due to the low division. Even the ankle length options in this style give one a longer silhouette.

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3. Angarkha style : there is no bodice and it is like a wrap dress. It looks great just a little below the knee.The tie part can either hit you mid bust or just below. I personally think mid bust gives a weird look so just below looks better.

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4. Sherwani style : these are button down front slit anarkalis with or without collars. They have no bodice but are fitted on top and flared from waist down. Look good on all body types, should be 5 inches above your ankle and look great with cigarette pants or even palazzos. They make you look slender and take away attention from your forgiving areas.

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5. No bodice anarkalis : they come in 2 styles: one the bodice ends above the bust line or where there is no bodice at all. It is actually ALine but much more flared. This style works as there is no division just a silhouette. The flabby areas are all covered. The bodice above the bust add more curves for petite framed women.

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6. Short anarkalis : they end just above the knee and are great option for giving you length. Lesser kalis give a more structured look for curvy women.

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7. Floor length anarkalis : the latest trends also known as the desi gown. They come in all the above mentioned styles so the same rules are applicable. They take away from body length.

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8. Farshi anarkalis : they are shorter in the front and longer with a train at the back. Very in vogue for bridal and wedding wear. I personally prefer the ones which are mid calf in front and ankle length at the back. They look classy add height and give one more proportion. Petite framed women should opt for these as they add height.

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9. Slit anarkalis: another variation to this ever growing trend. These are glamorous and can work on all body styles as the slit is either on 2 sides like a Kurta or on one side in the front. They are great for colour blocking or breaking a pattern.

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   Women either love anarkalis or hate them. But their growing rage has been giving some sore eyes to all of us. Try non lining ones in cotton or silk , my personal favourite style if anarkalis are the ones made out of south silk or cotton as they have borders on the edge and sleeves simple yet elegant. Jacket anarkalis are also a growing trend. Big borders tend to take away from body height and make one look weighed down.
  

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All dressed up!

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Not many women are comfortable in dresses but the trend is changing. Dresses have become a viable option to pants and skirts. They look fun in the day time and can be glamed up for the night. Structured dresses or dresses with jackets are also in vogue for professional wear especially during spring and summer seasons.
    There are different styles and here are some tips to keep in mind while choosing dresses

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1. Sheath dresses : they are straight dresses more structured. They are more figure hugging but tummy control options can make one look shapely. Work on most body types avoid figure hugging options. The peplum style gives more proportion.

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2. Baby doll dresses: these are fitted to the waist and then flare out. Preferred style for summer or casual dresses but now is in vogue for party wear as well. They look great on petite and athletic build as they give you more shape. They are mostly mid thigh to an inch above the knee.

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3. Wrap dresses: they wrap around the body can be A lined or flared. They give you a good hour glass shape and are great options for hiding forgiving areas.

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4. Shirt dresses : they are all buttoned down dresses which are fitted on top and flared below like an A. It hugs your curves and is even a great option for work wear. The looser options are great casual wear.

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5. Maxi dresses : great summer fashion but now being worn most time of the year. They are A lined and are below the ankle. Made out of hosiery material can be very clingy but have options of divided ones. Petite women should opt for above the ankle options
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On your heels !!

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Last week we were talking about how accessories actually make or break your look. But today we will focus on footwear, as the growing importance of shoes sometimes even more than the outfit.
   What is the most important feature you look for while buying a shoe? Comfort, style, colour …the right answer is fit again.e.g. some shoes (especially pointy or rounded toes) actually cut above and you have toe cleavage that is a bad fit.
  Lets look at the most important feauture of shoe .i.e. the heels so we will focus on the heels and what they go with :
 

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1. Flats : there are whether in shoes or sandals they are casual wear. Whether you wear closed or open or even gladiators they all are casuals. Flats make one look fun and flirty whether it is with skirts, dresses or even salwars.

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2. Wedges : they are flat from front and higher at the back but the same heel. It elevates your heel a bit. They are mostly in sandals and peeptoes or even boots. They are considered business casuals and look good on crop pants , skirts, churidars and sarees.

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Newsflash : heels are considered formal and necessary for professional wear as per all corporate standards.

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3.Block heels : they are flat in the front and have a block heel starting from 0.5 inches. They are in shoes, sandals or boots. They look good on most outfits.

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4.Kitten heels : these are very short stilleto or pencil heels. They are not more than 1 or 1.5 inches and are great options for tall women . They are formal and look good as well.

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5. Pencil heels : mostly found in sandals, shoes, peeptoes and even boots. They are flat or slightly elevated in the front but much higher from the back and as the name suggests the heels are extremely thin and pointy. They are mostly formal wear. Heels not more than 3.5 inches are professional wear above that is partywear. They look good with most outfits and always make one look more proportionate.

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6. Platforms: similiar to pencil heels but more elevated in the front and very high above 4 inches. They are shoes, sandals, peeptoes or boots. Only formal evening wear or great for a night on town. One should have the cofidence to carry them. They look great with dresses, skirts and churidars. But they are not the classiest heel options around.

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7.Sneakers: also known as Keds or sport shoes. They have a lot of variety now . They look good on active wear or work out clothes. People do tend to wear them on jeans but Ankle length or bulky sneakers are never the right option. You can wear street Keds, loafer style or even canvas shoes with jeans to run errands.
   Shoes come in all shapes, sizes and colours. The reason women love them as your size doesn’t change even if your weight fluctuates. Different outfits and occassions call for a different shoe. In my opinion if you have atleast one of each heel styled mentioned you are doing fine but my list of shoes never decreases. Heels I find are the most versatile and always create an illusion of a taller thinner you.
  It is always said that you are judged by your shoe but their neatness, polish and look. Shoes can make or break an outfit and your style, gone are the days when any shoe worked. I personally hate the matchy matchy style, so it should compliment your outfit or match your belt or bag  and colour blocking is an innovative look but please do not pair lime green with neon pink. You will just be an eyesore.
  There is soo much more to discuss on shoes so follow this space for more…

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Basic Foundations

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Make up is what completes the entire look. The focus is going to beauty , and the basics is foundation. It is very easy to get your foundation wrong specially when it is hard to find an exact shade matching your skin tone.
  From personal experience in the US or even India the shades available are either lighter or darker. I had a great experience at Sephora where they actually match the foundation to your exact skin tone through their test. It is easy to go to a drugstore and buy what you think is the closest. The true match and other brands which give you options of a dial ranging from light to dark are also good options cause that atleast get it 80% right. Even lakme also doesn’ t come in all shades of the brown skin tone even though its Indian. I find that make up brands like Bharat and Dorris have shades which are closer to our skin tone.

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    There are certain things one should keep in mind while applying your foundation :
1. Texture : there are many types of foundations available be it powder, cream or liquid. If you have dry skin you should go for cream based foundations as they hydrate, oily skin for liquid to powder based and combination skin should use powder sticks as they matte excess oily areas. You can use this guide for the right foundation.
2. Shades : sadly as Indians we are obsessed with looking fair and have been brainwashed into thinking fair is beautiful.The trick to the right make up is getting the foundation closest or exact shade of your skin. If you get a lighter shade even 1% you like grey or beige contrary to the belief that one is looking fairer. If you get a darker shade then you look more dusky. Most importantantly it has to match the underlying tinge as skin colour has pink or yellow tinged to it. Foundation’s should play up.your skin colour not dull it.
So always have your own foundation as no 2 people have the same skin tone. And you can tell as your make up will never pick up on your natural beauty.

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  Now since we have covered how to buy the foundation , lets discuss how to apply :
1. After washing and cleansing your face of all oil and grime apply a basic moisturizer.

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2. After 5 minutes apply a primer to even out the lines and base.

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3. Start by using a concealer to blend in and lighten scars, blemishes and most importantly dark circles. Concealers which are cream based are specially great for dark circles.

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4. Then apply your foundation. I find that sponges work better than brushes as they help in contouring and sharpening one’s features. Airbrushed are the latest range help in evening out the base. I use sponges as they help even out and highlight.

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5. This is optional but compact or powder helps in a finished look. Highlighters can be used to play up your features and give your face more structure.

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6. For contouring use a bronzer slightly darker under cheekbones, chin or even nose to sharpen your features.
  Thus, these basic steps helping in getting a polished look. Do not use more than a coin sized amount of foundation as it will just look candy. I cannot stress enough on getting the right shade even though its harder but even if it costs more it is a good investment as it will last you a while and always make you look naturally beautiful. Most Indian skin tones normally or between beige to sand colours, but ensure trying a couple of options to ensure that it plays up your natural skin colour. White or fair is not necessarily beautiful its your features that actually denote it and the natural glow. Next Saturday , I will cover the other areas. So watch this space for more and if you have any questions or want more advice on certain styles or items please leave comments or even email at aamrav@gmail.com

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All buttoned up

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Day before we spoke about sarees, but sarees are incomplete without blouses and petticoats. Your look depends 30% on the right blouse , 20% on the peticoat , 30% on the drape and 20% on the Saree.
   Now, since we have calculations out of the way lets focus on how to get it right. Most women only focus on the neck n back of blouses and peticoat is generic.  
       Newsflash the way your Saree is draped depends on the right fit of the petticoat. The length and the fit on your hips and waist helps in giving the right fall of the Saree. If it is too long it will peekout and if too short there will be a gap between the edges and the Saree fall making your look sloppy. The waist has to be tight so that the pleats are held in place. The most popular style is the a- line but now even the mermaid cut has come in vogue. So, now next time you wear a Saree ensure that the petticoat has the right fit and snugness before you tie the Saree.
  Another important part of the Saree is the fall. Fall is added on the edge of the Saree to give a nice overall fall of the Saree.  It helps in giving it a heavy edge for it to stand and to keep the edges intact, as if there is no fall your Saree edges could get ruined due to droopiness and also by stamping. Especially for net and border sarees the fall just makes it look refined over all.

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   Now lets shift the focus to blouses. Due to the wide variety of options the blouse has become a focal point to which the Saree is draped or even made around nowadays. So here are a few pointers:
Sleeves : the sleeve length plays a very important role on the overall look of the Saree and is the best way to give the right structure to your figure. The sleeve not only showcases your shoulder but also enhances the shape of your arms.
1. Lengths : long, short, 3/4, churidar, cap , strap or strapless. The sleeve length actually should depend on your arms. If you want to add more shape 3/4, churidar ( full sleeves with gathers at the wrist) or blouse ( till elbows) are the best options. If you have untonned arms then 3/4, blouse or short sleeves are your best bet as they hide your flawest areas. If you arms are relatively toned then all lengths look good on you. Full sleeves add length  where as sleeveless blouses showcase the length of your arms. Puff sleeves give more shape depending on the puffiness of the sleeve.
2. Fabric : net sleeves or tranparent flowy materials are in vogue for blouse sleeves. But always remember transparency showcases flaws even more. Silk or synthetic fabrics add structure and make it look slender and longer.

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Necklines : the neck is always covered by the pallu but now necklines are also highlighted. Gone are the days of the simple round or u-cut as most blouses were front open.
1. High necks : high necks range to boat necks, t-shirt necks, halter necks  or collars. Boat necks and halters  are great for well defined shoulders. T-shirt necks are great for women with slender necks. Collars add a bit of elegance and work on all body types. There are slit boatnecks and half collars which makes shoulders look slender.
2. Wide necks : women look shaplier in wider necks as it enhances their neck and shoulders. Wide necks act like minimizers.
3. Deep necks : deep necks give an illusion of a fuller bust. And also add overall to petite and slender frames.

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Backs : they say the central point or the look of the blouse only comes from the back. So backs have been experimented with forever. Here are a few tips :
1. Wide low backs : classic style statements have always been a low cut choli blouse. Low backs or now even sheer backs are good for a more shapely back.
2. High backs : collared blouses have high or full backs but now even they have options of lower or cut out backs. They are great options for women who are shy but high backs and high necks together can actually add more weight.
3. Low backs : they are not wide but just deep. Mostly v neck lines fall under this. They are good for for petite and slender frames.
4. Backless : very in vogue but not everyone’s cup of tea. They have strings or straps and if you have the confidence to carry it off they look awesome.
  If you have back acne or scars then sheer backs are your best options cause they can be very sexy but add a little bit of glamour for the cover up and now have become the latest trend.

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Corsets blouses : the latest trend but contrary to it making everyone look shapelier it doesn’t. It gives an hourglass silhouette and works well on petite women. Half corsets might work but not necessary as it is tight on one part and pushes your weight onto the other areas. I personally like half choli cut blouses as they accentuate your curves and give a nice shape and structure.
  Thus, just wearing  the right Saree is not enough to have the complete package it is very important to pay attention to all the other details. Hope now I have your mind open to experimentation with blouses and made them more enjoyable .

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Skirting Issues

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Skirts are the other option for bottom wear. I find skirts more flattering and appealing than pants on most women. They are easy option though more girly but gives one a nice classy look. They lack the trying hassles we have for finding the right fit with pants  and also they always fit well if one selects the right cut and structure.
    They are becoming quite a rage in all fashion week’s and one of the most important items of power dressing ( professional wear). The right skirt can make you look sexy, flirty, fun, cute, stern, boyish, etc. The variety of options for teaming them with different tops is never ending. There are many types of skirts but here are some styles and general guidelines to keep in mind while wearing skirts :
1. A-line Skirts : they are fitted at the waist and hips and have a flared bottom. They range from mid thigh to ankle length. They give the impression of a fuller bottom and make one look curvier. Skirts till mid calf add more length.

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2. Pleated shirts : they range from thin to box pleats. Mostly look good above the knee, but thin pleats till mid calf or knee are in vogue for work wear. They are flowy in nature except for cheer leader skirts which are more stretchy. They have a nice drape.
3. Pencil skirts : they are my personal favourite. They are snug fit on the hips and waist and fitted over all. They end just above the knee , a slight variation of ending till mid calf are called tube skirts. They make one look more curvy.
4. Peasant skirts : this style has horizontal layers or pleats. They have an elastic band waist and are flowy overall. The Indian version would be the ghaghra skirts. They look best with fitted tanks or t-shirts as they give it some structure. Mostly full length,do they add more length. Petite women should opt fo shorter or midi versions. They are great options for a fun flirty look.
5. Straight skirts : they are straight from top to bottom , some have side or back slits. They hug your curves. Variations include peplum skirts which is great as it camouflages the tummy area. Till knee or below skirts look great with long boots and are more dressy. Look good on all body types as gives structure and length and very popular for work and evening wear.

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6. Wrap arounds : they are sarongs or drapes which are held together with belts and hooks. They wrap themselves around but fits vary from snug to flared. Hemlines can be rounded or straight. They give a trendy look and can be suitable for all body types as they highlight your structure.
7. Mermaid skirts : worn only formally as evening wear. These skirts are fitted till the knees and flared beyond. The make one look slender and more curvy due to snugness at the hips.
8. Varied hemlines : different skirts like bubble , circle and assymetric come under this category. Bubble actually the hemline in bunched up on the inside giving it appear roundish. They look good in mini versions and are great options for making one look curvy. Circle skirts are fitted at the waist and the hem is just cut in a circular form. They look good as mini skirts and really showcase your legs. Assymetrical skirts are structured on top but hemlines are flowy. Versions include high front- long back or long sides – same length front and back. They are flowy and look great casually. They add length and side long versions should be avoided by petite women.
  Skirts are one of the funnest items to wear as they not only showcase your great shoe collection but also help in getting different looks. The long and midi skirts are now more trendy than the shorter versions. Skirts give you a more shapely figure. The fun fabrics and patterns should be teamed with the right type of tops. The top is what will make the skirt casual or formal. Women always think skirts are tricky to dress but I hope I was able to clear your doubts and introduced you to the wide variety of looks that can be explored with skirts.

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Sari- nation

  Sarees are the epitome of indianess. They drape to give a flattering figure. While researching I came across articles claiming the right Saree for your body type  but from personal experience the only time a Saree looks bad is when it is not draped right. Its an elegant alternative to all other Indian wear give the wearer a lot of grace.
    The best way to carry an outfit is with confidence and the Saree being no different. There are a lot of different types of Sarees and that is mainly based on the fabric.I am going to focus on the main weaves , here’s a list and some tips :

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1. Silk Sarees : mostly all states have their own version of the traditional silk Sarees mainly worn formally and also as a part of bridal trousseau. Silk Sarees are not only classy and make the wearer look elegant. Favoured during winter , weddings and formal  gatherings. Light silk Sarees with minimal borders can also be worn professionally. The most famous silk Sarees are probably banarsi and the variation of south silks. Follow this space for an indepth article on silk fabrics and styles. Softer silk sarees add length and accentuate your curves but whereas heavy silk or stiffer varieties adds weight.

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2.  Embroidered Sarees : embroidered sarees work well for all formal occassions. Embroidery is on all types of fabrics but most common types being chikankari and kanthawork. Keep in mind that big embroidery on the border looks great on taller women and big embroidery over all can also make look older.

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3. Net and Lace Sarees : the latest rage in Saree fabrics. They have broidery, stone work, gotta Patti, etc. They are the latest collections for bridal wear. Sheer in nature net tends to be more tranparent on not so flattering on bare mid riffs , lace on the other hand is more opaque due to the matrices and looks more appealing. Lace sarees with nil to minimal borders look best and net sarees with stone work add more class.

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4. Half and half : the growing trend of the half and half sarees adds a nice spin to the monotony. The ones with opaque fabrics for pallu area look more flattering and the flowy or net fabrics gives a nice mermaidy look.

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5. Chinon Sarees : they are a synthetic mix with chiffon. It is a flowy fabric and slightly thicker. Comes in prints or even with borders. More for semi formal wear or heavy work ones for formal.

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6. Chiffon Sarees : made famous by Yash Chopra heroines , the flowy and transparent nature of the fabrics makes the wearer look sexy. It is slightly transparent and looks good on all body types on draping as it accentuates your curves.

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7. Georgette Sarees : a little thicker than chiffon  and a little rough in nature. They look good formally and casually. They also have transparency but slightly thicker. In vogue with border , embroidery or even printed blouses. They also hug all your curves giving you a shapely figure.

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8. Cotton and Organza Sarees :  cotton and organdy are stiffer fabrics but great option for summers. They are cooling fabric but are hard to drape as they  stand due to the starchy nature of the fabric. They are good options for slender frames as they add more weight.

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9. Polyester Saree : garden vareli is what comes to mind first. It is a flowy synthetic fabric. It is heavier than the other flowy fabrics so looks like a lot of fabric draped on a form. It adds length but also weight so the drape style is very important. Popular with working women as it is a non fuss option and always looks new. Prints are soothing and add colour to your work wardrobe.

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10. Gujrati Sarees : you must be wondering how is it that they don’t fall under the silk or cotton sarees? The main reason is their weave is slightly different and their patterns unique only to their region. They are mainly of 3 types .i.e bandhej, leheriya or gadhcholas. Worn in the ulta pallu style they have  a unique look of their own. The flowy or softer material one are figure flattering.
 

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11. Saree Gowns : the latest trend to hit the ever-growing market of fusion wear. It is like a dress wear the blouse is like a body suit mostly made of sheer fabrics and the pallu is like a scarf draped over. Very in vogue and gives you an hourglass shape. It is very popular with the younger generation as it is easy to wear and carry and makes one look very trendy . Made of clingy fabrics and is lycra based.
  Sarees are the most feminine of all ethnic wear. It gives you shape and length and with the right drape a lot of oomph. The best part of sarees are that they never become to big or small or too long. They are classic and can be worn through the years. You can also refer Saree styles for more information.
  Hope I have encouraged you to add some beautiful pieces to your wardrobe as it will be incomplete with a great collection of classic and trendy sarees.