Highs and Lows

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Necklines are one of the most important feature of your outfit as that is what sets the tone, whether casual or formal, straight laced or sexy, etc.
It defines your outfit and is a reflection of your style and preferences. People also use it as their signature style. Necklines are high or low, deep or wide, standing or floppy,etc. But how do you know what suits and which you should make your personal style. Here are a few pointers:
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1.Collared Necklines : whether straight or floppy, full or half;collars have always had their own charm. They have been in fashion for decades, each designer giving it their own twist. They always look elegant and professional, so here is peep into their variations:
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a. Bandh galas: popular in fusion wear for men, but this is a fast rising trends even for women kurtas. It gives one a more structured look and makes your neck a focus.
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b. Chinese Collars : they are small collars but open in a v shape in the front.
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c. Half collars : adopted by women of royal descent, these collars stand at the back and are round necked in the front. The collar ends at the start of the shoulder and look really elegant. They emphasize on your shoulders and neck making it more structured.
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d. Shirt collars: they are semi hard and have flaps. Popular neckline for formal clothes especially amongst working women. Adds a little bit of professionalism. The neckline is deep v in the front, again elongating the neck.
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e. Ruffled collars: popularised in the Victorian era, whether high necked or shirt ruffles, they always add a bit of vintage to a modern outfit.
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2. V necks : wide or deep they always act as minimizers and put focus on collar bones. V’s always show a more structured silhouette.
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3. Round necks: they can be high popularly known as t-shirt necks. They completely cover the shoulders giving you a broader built, recently popular amongst saree blouses but in transparent fabrics making it subtly sexy. Other options which are wide or slightly deep which focus on shoulders and chest giving one a leaner shoulder frame.
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4. Square necks : they are more structured and cover shoulders in a more precise manner. Works well for a more proportionate look.
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5. Boat neck: show a sliver of your collar bones, very elegant and a big hit amongst formal dress. The front and back are the same length and breadth.
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5. Off shoulder: made popular by peasant tops and bridal gowns. Focus on shoulders, subtly sexy and very princess as per Disney. It shows your entire neckline.
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7. Strapless : no sleeves no neckline. Its also called tube, as its shaped like a tube mostly pulled on. Great for showing off a toned body.
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8. Halter neck : high necked, deep arm holes and a full back or tie back . Mostly sleevless so really shows off your structured shoulders.
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9. Polo necks : high necks covering more than half your neck. Great option for covering up but really put focus on your chest.
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10. Cowl necks: layered neckline running deep plus adds bulk on shoulders and chest. Great option for petite frames.
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These are the different necklines and they all showcase different aspects of your neckline. Front open tend to be deep and back open wide. There is no prescribed rule as to which works best, as it also depends on the fabric, outfit and the occassion. So experiment and start trying different necklines.

Fabrication

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There have been articles on materials, colours, silk, etc.  Today’s blog is about fabrics and how we can mix them while making our outfits.
  Today lets focus on the mixing of fabrics, we tend to contrast colours but are often stuck between choosing fabrics,  so here’s a guide to those choices :

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1. Texture : while choosing  a fabric texture or feel of the material is important. You cannot mix two entirely different textures they have to have some continuity. Like cotton and satin not a good idea as due to the difference in the sheen plus the outfit looses continuity. So silk and raw silk, cotton and lizzie bizzie,etc. Though one is hard and other soft, the glaze and  texture is similiar.

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2. Transparency : sheer and non sheer are the most common mixes that we do. Organza with cotton, net with satin, lace with velvet,etc. Why do they work? Because they compliment each other,and showcase the opaqueness and see throughness. They solidify each others form.

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3.Sheen : the shine or glaze of the fabric is the most important factor. It enhances the quality and colour scheme. If 2 fabrics are glossy then they have a continuity making it easy to pair them. Mixing butter crepe with silk, raw silk and jute, brocade and silk, etc.

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4. Colouring: while mixing prints and fabrics, colour becomes the most important seamless connection of an outfit. Not all materials have all colours, hues change as per fabric. So, the colour of satin will never be the same nor net and chiffon. So be careful while coordinating colours.

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5. Connectors : if you incorporate borders and trimmings to enhance your outfit, their fabric has to be complimentary as well. Contrast is good, mixing is good but the beauty should be intact.
  Thus, these pointers give you an idea on how you can mix fabrics. Using different textures is experimentation with the design, if not balanced correctly you will look like a fashion faux pas rather than a fashionista. Experiment and show case misfits as the next big thing cause creativity is what it is all about.

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Beauty on the go

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We all travel with handbags which are used as our stuff cases for the various items which we may or may not use. We keep certain  items  of beauty so we can touch up while on the go.
    People may argue as to what is really important but I feel they have to be in sync with what you have already used. So here is a list  of my beauty essentials on the go:

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1. Kohl pencils : kajal or kohl pencils are the  basic  make up that  everyone uses. I use a felt tip one which also doubles up as a eyeliner and a very neat one at that.

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2. Lip gloss: one might argue that lipstick is better but lipsticks change as per outfit and occassion. A gloss is nude and shiny with a hint of colour which highlights your complexion, so it’s essential to brighten a tired you.

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3. Concealers : hides your dark circles, spots and clears up your complexion. A permanent fixture in  your bag to help you put your best face forward.

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4. Mascara: even I underestimated the power of thick lashes but they instantly make you look glamourous even without any kohl. They amplify your lashes, give your eyes centre stage.

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5. Compact : old fashioned tool but still makes a good clean up companion. It helps in brightening and giving your face a smooth finish.

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5. Purse concentres : never underestimate the power of smelling good. A nice scent always stands out, you don’t need to reek but also don’t let your sweat be your signature smell. Dab a bit on your wrists and behind your ears and smell fresh on entering any place.

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7. Vaseline : a  small bottle of cream, helps act as a cleanser,moisturizes and dry areas and  even helps in taming fly aways. A little dab  and everything is under control.
    These are the few essentials that should be in your bag at all times as they are just enough to make you look fresh and presentable at all times.

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   A lipstick  can be added in place of gloss if you use that more and can double up as a blush if a drop is added and blended with the compact applicator. One can also add a blush brush, the twisting ones with inbuilt powder.
   These things  are addition, but those 7 items can help at all given times  and are essential for all beauty bags as well. So fill  up your hand bags with these necessities and look fabulous throughout the day.

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