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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Bling it on!

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Having  attended a recent exhibitions and weddings in Allahabad, I have realized most women don’t know when to stop with the blinging. Yes, you heard that right bling or glitter and glitz is good but to certain limit so  it doesn’t overpower everything else.

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    I like bling too, and especially during weddings get carried away with it, but once you start toning it down you will realize the little bit of  it has a better effect. If you read through shaadi shine you will know  how to  dress the best during weddings. The lesser the bling, more the shine. Here are some ways to have  the right kind of bling :
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1. Rhinestones:  big stones on your outfit, jewelry, shoes or bag. Big stones on bridal and wedding wear were in a couple of years ago and so were cocktail rings. Big stones have the biggest disadvantage of looking tacky if not used proportionately. One intricately carved pendant jewellery adorned with one big stone as its centre, intricate gotta work or zardosi having medium sized stones or  a saree with a velvet blouse to dull the bling. Most importantly if your clothes have so much stone then ensure the jewellery paired doesn’t and is minimalistic. Studded shoes and miniaudieres stand out best when worn with non bling outfits. One big stone at a time can make you look classy.

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2. Sequins : the tiniest bit of bling but  the most impactful if used right. Embeded in delicate embroidery or fabric entirely made of sequins. Used on big quantities , so they glitter without looking tacky. Sequin blouses, skirts, dresses, waistcoats and jackets are very in  and mostly in  gold, silver and black are the popular variety. Hobos and clutches also use sequins as embellishments. Rhinestones and sequins are used together as well but should be Thu central focus leaving rest of the outfit plain.

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3. Swarvoski : crystals might be one of the cheaper blings but can  look supremely classy if worn right. Swarvoski encrusted sarees, anarkalis and dresses were started initially in India by House of Vallaya but now are available in all prices and varieties. Crystal jewellery has been a range since the inception of swarvoski itself and has made it a luxury. Crystal rings and bracelets look  elegant and have the right amount of bling and so do miniaudieres. Pairing a
Svarwoski saree with a plain blouse  and crystal bangles and drop earrings or a satin sheath  dress  and statement necklace with a miniaudiere helps you showcase the beauty of all and has bling in the right quantities.
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4. Diamontes : miniscule American diamonds or artificial diamonds are popularly known as diamontes. Came into existence  mainly due to the need of bling by women, but now seems to have gone overboard. There was even a trend of putting a strand of diamonte in your hair, and normally they are in sarees, anarkalis, dupattas, sandals, bags and hairbands. They are definitely the cheaper version of crystals and are often found in heavy zardosi outfits, their biggest advantage being light weight. Their bling is a little duller and is extensively  used in Indian wear. I think dupattas with their sprinkle worn with a heavy brocade or silk suit look the best as you conquer both regal and bling.

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5. Shimmer : mostly metallic glitter or dust on  fabrics such as silk and satin mostly. Popular in shoes, crop tops, party tops, lehengas, clutches and most importantly shoes. Also found as a part of make up and body  glitter and as bangles in jewellery. Again wearing shimmer shoes with definitely a plain bottom helps your bling stand out. Clothes which are of a rich fabric scream classy much more than bling. Shimmer is light and has a lovely way of glittering and not shining.Shimmer net lehengas with velvet blouses look glamourous.
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5. Studs : gold or silver studded jackets, bags, shoes and bracelets were a rage and are still in punk fashion. That add a bit of edge and an understated bling. Wearing patent leather stud shoes with denims help the bling bling.

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7. Metallic beads : beads can also  be used as an  alternative to sequins. They are used as embroidery thread entwined with rhinestones or sequins. Can be one of the shiniest but can look the classiest on sarees as a really thin border or even on corset tops.
Pearl work can also be termed as beading.

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8. Shiny gold : mostly in terms of  gold chains of the thickest variety. Popularized by the gangsta look, the thickness and length increasing. Gold is a shiny metal and wearing it over blinged out outfits just makes you look tacky and  doesn’t enhance the outfit, so  while wearing thick  or heavy gold jewellery ensure that the fabric is duller or plain so  it will show your jewellery better. I know during Indian weddings everyone wants to show their finest jewellery and clothes but then it becomes a matter of pairing them right. Silk sarees with borders can be worn with heavy jewellery as the fabric is rich and gives a neat base to show your bling. Try pairing a brocade suit with gold drop earrings instead of a full set and see the effect. Big earrings are in especially in chand balis and temple jewellery, but also to a nice size, earrings bigger than the face are just plain tacky. They should be delicate not disfiguring.
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9. Kamdani : or mukes work is basically an outfit has scattered silver or gold dots and glitters. The fabric is plain satin, silk, cotton or georgette being the popular choice. I personally  love this work as it gives the subtle glitter effect and very  popular in chikankari and kantha work. These  outfits adorned with nice kundan work borders showcase the beauty even more,  its very traditional.

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    Thus, bling adds glamour but only in the right way. It should not dictate but compliment your style. Overdoing of anything is tacky, bling being the easiest one, so always balance your look. Shiny make up, jewellery plus clothes only spell overload. Stay classy and bling it  on.
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Parde ke peeche

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Transparent fabrics have been in since last summer, there is a nice sheen and richness in the fabric which is transparent, it gives a mysterious vibe. Sheer fabrics are always considered alluring, sexy and also royal. Veils are mostly sheer, they add a bit of glamour to a dull look. But one can argue that they are uncomfortable to wear, but the truth is it depends how you incorporate it in your look and outfit.
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Everyone wants to be trendy, but should just be fashionable for the sake of it, definitely not. Translucent fabrics either work when structured or when flowy. they are used the most as dupattas and sarees. Sheerness of the fabric can differ in the amount of transparency. So lets take a look at our different options and how they best work for us: ©image

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1. Net : it is woven, transparent and is normally a soft fabric. It is structured either close knit or spaced out. It is used mostly in bridal wear especially gowns, lehengas, sarees, anarkalis and as dupattas. The lining sets the structure of the fabric, as it folds around it, its great for a full skirt silhouette as gives a lot of  folds  thus, creates good gathers. Net sarees are a great hit, but most women don’t realize net anchals tend to envelope and showcase your forgiving areas more than a regular saree, so wearing a longer or corset blouse might work better than expected. Net sleeves bring out our flaws than any other fabric as they capsule it. Latest Trend: Use of prints under the net instead of plain fabrics in same or shimmer colours. Use of satin floral prints is fast catching up.
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2. Georgette: thicker than most transparent fabrics but probably the softest. Used as dupattas and sarees, and now a popular choice for anarkalis, kaftans and even shirts and kurtis. its less transparent especially if printed or embroidered on. Chikankari is seen the most on this fabric and cotton, this version is more long lasting and shows a lot more. this fabric normally doesn’t normally have linings, as it can be structured by itself. This works on most body types. Latest trends:Georgette trimmed with gotta Patti and sequins prints in sarees are trending right now.
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3. Chiffon: this is one of the lightest fabric, and one needs to be very careful as it can damage easily. Chiffon is considered one of the most romantic fabrics epitomized by Yash Chopra’s heroines. It is used in tops, dresses, kurtas and sarees.It gives an illusion of a silhouette, thus works for most body types, but its important that the lining used is more structured. Latest trends: Printed chiffon with sequins, paired with satin edgings is a recurring trend .
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4.Tulle : softer version of the net, and used most in bridal wear. It is woven from silk, nylon, polyester and even cotton. Used in tutus, veils and also under full skirts to give it more puff. It folds easily and is mostly plain paired with a shinier fabric. Mostly used as layers so tends to stand depending on the size of the  pleats. Latest trend : tutu styled tulle skirts paired with casual plaid shirts to give it an edgy look, for winter can be paired with leggings and boots.
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5. Malmal: it is very sheer and very soft. Used as a lining under clothing, its very breezy due to the way it is woven. Its stiffer, so cannot be used in skirts. Shirts, tops and kurtas are popular during summer, also long dresses in the summer. It works well on most body types but has to be used well. Latest trends : printed kurtas shirt style and even palazzos.

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5. Lace: intricate, delicate and one of the most exquisite. Spells sexiness in a very sophisticated manner. Popular in sarees, anarkalis, dresses and tops and now even pants. It takes the shape as you desire, due to the different varieties the softness differs. Paired mostly with satin and velvet. Latest trend: sarees, additional sleeves or just as trims the lace trend is picking up.

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7.Oraganza: very stiff but can be shiny or dull. The cotton weave is organdy which is dull and silk weave is organza which is shiny.Its stiff and stands when starched. Sarees, dupattas, gowns and dresses are the popular garments available in this fabric. In India, mostly adorned by aligari Patti ka kaam and applique work. Fabric painting on organza was also a trend due to the hard nature of the fabric. It adds weight due to the stiffness so be careful while wearing it. Shiny variety very popular as bridal dupattas especially with brocade and satin outfits. Latest trend : organza Salwar suits, anarkalis and even knee length evening dresses as they make good full skirts with crystal sprinkles, ribbon embroidery is very in.
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8. Chanderi: it is a tougher translucent cotton or silk weave. Popular with block prints or thread work. It has a sheen so popular amongst summer weddings. Its thick so lining should be of a thinner fabric which is softer in nature to perfect your curves. Latest trend : chanderi dresses
and skirts are becoming a hit in summer.
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9. Tissue : its woven silk which is very light but a little stiff. It has a natural sheen and mostly adorned with applique work. Printed tissue with glitter is a returning fad in bridal wear, as its a nice turn from net and brocade. Tissue needs to be worn with care as it looks bigger than it is. A popular choice in gowns, sarees and dupattas. Latest trend: hand painted floral designs dresses and skirts and gotta work anarklis are getting noticed.

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10. Gossamer : sheer gauze like fabric which is woven in cotton or silk. It gives a net feel but is closeknit , popular in white wedding dresses and in dupattas and stoles. It can give a nice structure if used with the right lining. Form fitting as per the design you use. Latest trend : teamed with satin can be seen in maxi dresses and straight kurtas in printed patterns.
Thus, translucence to transparent all leave a mystery in your outfit. Layering is a trend which can be seen this winter, sheer fabrics help in adding print, appliques or accents to a boring outfit. Floral prints, appliques, motifs and even painted are garnering more attention for the coming summer season. Sheer fabrics are light and give a nice romantic feel for summer weddings. Linings in prints or of heavier fabrics and embroidery make the transparency look elegant. So start styling your outfits with a bit of mysticism and be subtly sheer.
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