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 🙂

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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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