I write about fashion and beauty. I give advice on what works and what doesn’t but that is my opinion and advice, similarly we are bogged down by notions about colours and style which look good on us and which don’t.
These ideas could have been filled in our head and now are a part of the way we dress but have you ever challenged them, thought out of the box and tried. I strongly believe in ‘try before you buy’ cause you never know what actually might work. So here are some myths broken :
1. Dark colours don’t look good on dark complexions :colours are dominated by our skin undertone and not complexion. Dark skin actually looks great in bright and dark colours as it plays up your complexion and features. Not that light colours don’t but darker hues play up your complexion especially earthy tones of orange, brown and yellow. Try the deep reds, rani pinks and not just the pista green and baby blues and see the stark change.
2. Colours are age appropriate : age and colour have no correlation but occassions do. You might not want to show up for a condolence meet in bright orange but even if you are 50 above you can rock a lime green and coral saree. The trick is to break down the brightness if you are uncomfortable in this e.g. try adding a navy blue border and blouse and see how you can carry off the bright colours with elegance. I am personally averse to wearing red, but recently realized it looks good but I always try to subdued with an earthy tone accompaniment.
3. Red lipsticks are for fair skinned: wrong, I cannot stress enough that colours are determined by our undertones of yellow and pink and not our skin colour. If you think a blood red doesn’t suit you try a red with bluish tinge as it might compliment you better. Try the different shades of lipstick jungle to see what works before completely rejecting the idea.
4. Skinny pants are for toned legs : skinny jeans, tights, ciggerette pants, etc all work on different body types as they are structured. They add length to petite frames, curves to skinny legs and structure to curves. The trick is to find the right style and material for your body. Avoid lycra and opt for jersey or stretch cotton fabrics.
5. Short tees and tights are so hawt : totally wrong. Tunics and long tops are invented for a reason and they are know as tights or leggings. Tights or leggings are like second skin of legs and don’t look good with short tops irrespective of their looseness or the wearer’s body type. Yoga pants are not tights and are not for realms outside your work out space. This trend only highlights your flaws.
6. Front of the outfit matters : this is a weird view to have as we are dimensional so for any outfit to work it has to look good from the front and back. On my recent dress shopping I was admant on buying a babydoll dress and most of them looked adorable from the front but the back was so unflattering. I didn’t give up until a finally found one which looked completely awesome from all angleds. So try every style before deciding what works. Similarly in Indian clothes, kurtas which are completely plain in the back look incomplete or that you ran out of borders, thus, ensure that not only the back is flattering but also in sync with the rest of the outfit.
7. Maxi dresses are for tall thin women : this is so completely wrong as the dress style is denoted by the body type. If you are curvy avoid empire styles, if jersey dresses feel clingy opt for a bigger size or flowy fabrics. If you are petite try tea lengths which actually add length, if you are lean opt for horizontal designs or also for cotton to add more curves. Try them and maxi-mize so you don’t feel left out of the summer fun.
8. Pointy shoes are for narrow feet: I feel that my shoe blog a Cinderella story might have agreed with that notion. But that’s not the point I was making, as you can try a wide or a 1/2 size to see if you find a better fit of a pointy shoe. Going a size up actually doesn’t work as the breadth might fit but the length doesn’t and makes it uncomfortable. So try ones where the point is much above your toe area so it is comfortable and feels less stuffy.
9. Loose clothes hide my flaws : baggy clothes have never worked and have a reverse effect to the look one is trying to opt for. A muffin top might actually look more pronounced, you add weight to your frame and if you are skinny you look skinnier because there is no structure. Clothes are not meant to be lost in, but actually are tools to enhance your appearance. Wear clothes which are structured and have cuts and fits, this doesn’t mean super tight so you have tires but just giving you a proportionate figure. Try your clothes, and wear loose and tight in a balance .i.e. if you wear a skinny pants wear a looser top and vice versa to add balance to your frame. Try, try till you succeed in finding your perfect look.
10. Sleeves denote my arm look : sleeves are cut based on the arm hole and their final appearance on how that armhole looks on you. Sleeveless outfits are the best example of this as the armhole has to cut you right for the outfit ro work for you, as sometimes even when one has perfectly toned arms a halter top might just not work, deeper armholes sometimes might be more flattering or higher armholes might actually add more curves to skinny arms. So try and then see which length and fabric works to make you arm-ed.
11. Empire cut anarkalis always look good : this is such a wrong notion as bodice length denotes the overall look of the anarkali. Empire cuts more often than not make one look inproportioned or shapeless. So you have to try the style very carefully, I have realized bodiceless anarkalis work more as they don’t emphasize on certain areas and give more shape. So next time think before blindly ordering the latest kareena kapoor replica online if it will work for you and refer to anarkali disco chali for more styles .
12. My shapewear is my chemise : the notion that chemise or undershirts hide flaws and give more shape is completely off as they make one look boxy and shabby especially if they peak through. The only time they look great is when your outfit is transparent or as a layering option under t-shirts. But if you opt for lining under see through fabrics since they are flowy, the lining actually gives more structure and a more polished look.
Thus, these different notions are filled in our head by a more traditional outlook towards fashion. We need to challenge and get out of our comfort zones to experiment with trends and looks which might actually work more than what we have been comfortable in. But the only real way to carry any look is only with confidence, as when you are confident it shows and totally changes your persona and attitude in the way you dress.
Try bold colours, cuts, style. Be appropriate but be elegant in the way you carry your outfits. Style and confidence is all you need to bring out of your inner goddess so, shine on.