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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The lingering effect

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The lingerie trend is back,  and how can you work it in your outfit to be trendy.  The slip dress was made famous by Versace,  and now is a classic statement essential.  Lingerie basically means clinging and sheer fabric like lace,  net,  chiffon and satin.  These are considered sexy and the trend is to be subtly sexy in a sophisticated manner. 
So lets look at individual pieces and how to wear them variedly :
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1. Camisoles : the most used and popular lingerie item which has made its way to evening wear.  Mostly of satin and lace with thin straps.  Plain,  printed some even come in printed Georgette the most common being animal print.  Easy to be paired with jeans for a clubbing night or palazzo’s in the summer.  Pair with jackets and shrugs for chilly evenings. For work,  wear it under your business suits,  but the neck shouldn’t be too deep or it shouldn’t really look like inner wear.  One way to wear it casually is also under t-shirt’s as tanks. 
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2. Slip dresses : worn with jackets in basic black and white but now their trimmings and material is also used in midi and maxi dresses.  Mostly made of satin,  and look good with structured jackets or even see through net dresses or jackets.  My favourite is the lace showing from underneath a chiffon dress. 
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3. Sports bras: use them as undershirts for off shoulder tops they give a nice playful flirty feel. Under crop tops,don’t just wear them as one.They are sporty, add colour and support and fun at the same time.
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4. Bralettes : Victoria Secrets summer campaign was all about the lace bralette as a crop top. With one product they targeted 2 things in one, quite the best seller. For the desi girl get a nice one to use as a sexy saree blouse quite a turn from the traditional cholis and bikini blouse. Nice colours, support and sexy lace and you will be quite a show stopper.
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5. Under skirts : the skirt version of the slip dress, lace and hosiery normally worn under flimsy dresses. Wearing just them could be a little riske’ but under a see through lace or net dress could add colour and sultriness to a monotone outfit.One can also wear them under short tunic tops to add some length and lace.
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6. Fringes : adding elements of lingerie like lace and satin can also add sexiness and the trendy lingerie effect.
Lingerie is just not restricted to under clothes or the boudoir anymore. It has become a part of our wardrobe, even if in a small way. Trends come and go, and this has come back in a bigger way especially since sheer and lace has been in since the last season. So get some sexy camisoles and start using them as shells to up the notch on your style quotient. One mistake that can be made is making it your outfit becoming too sexy,so be careful remember subtleness is the key to being alluring.
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So linger baby linger!

Finishing touch

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We often do make up in a very basic manner and are too lazy to highlight or contour to make ourselves look sharper. Contouring is to highlight and accentuate our best features, it might seem like hard work but here are some tips to make it easy and quick so we can call it more accentuating than hardcore contouring done by professional make up artist. Make up is a tool to enhance your beauty not change your features So here are a few tips:
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1. Highlighting: there are many highlighters available in the market but the correct use is what makes the big difference. Apply a highlighter after your base is ready,use it on the apples of your cheeks and forehead.These are the only 2 places which help highlight your bone structure.Highlighters have a little sheen and give you defined cheekbones and also a clear forehead.
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2. Lining: use your eyeliner in a straight stroke thin or thick depending on the look you are going for. Use your eyeliner or kohl pencil even inside your lid at the edge,it acts as a filler in your lash line and gives you filler eyes when you use your mascara. The effect is flirty and also makes you look doe eyed with all curled lashes The colour of the liner and the mascara should be the same preferably black or brown. While using coloured eyeliners if you still want to use a black mascara then the colour of the liner used on the inside and the kohl used should be the same for a more natural effect.
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3. Bronzing : sometimes using a rouge or a blush might look too much but you still feel something is a miss Using a bronze on your cheekbones and forehead also adds a bit of colour and gives a more sunkissed look If used for a night or evening do it gives a more bronzed feel and makes one look more alive and natural.
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4. Lip smudging : lip liners give an outline and make it easy to fill in the lipstick but dark and light make it look vampish. So even if you are not an avid lip liner user like me then how can you get filler well defined lips. Use a thin lip brush towards the outline and mix lipstick and gloss to give you a fuller pout.I tend to use a nude or light pink gloss as they are more translucent and a nice tinge to even dark colours. By mixing and smudging them together with a brush you give a nicer colour than one bold hue.
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5. Moisturizing : use a moisturizer mixed with your foundation and see the shiny glow it gives your face, neck and back. It takes away the matte finish and making you look more radiant.
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6. Transparent nail paint : even if you are not fond of wearing nail polish just by putting a coat of Transparent nail colour or a top coat,it gives your nail a finished look.It gives a light sheen and makes them look clean and well kept. They highlight your fingers and make you look well groomed.
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7.Sleek hair : whether you use leave in conditioners while applying a dab of it to wet hair it gives you smooth and shiny locks. Even if you jus dab your fingers with macadamia or Moroccan oil or hair serums in the morning when you are styling your hair just run it through the front section it gives a Sleek combed look. These are products to smooth your hair and even make frizzy hair manageable.
Thus, these small tips just talk about how you can accentuate your beauty in a softer manner. Incorporating these steps in your daily getting ready routine will add a little glamour but more importantly make you a more polished appearance overall. So don’t get bothered about how my features look sharper and lips look thicker, just ensure you are naturally beautiful and radiate. <
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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
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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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FESTIVAL-RITY!

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Maybe a little behind of times, as some festivals have just passed us but just in time for the major festivals to start. Gone are the days when bright colours and sweets were the main focus of festivals. As with changing trends, festivals are platform for the Festival-rity! i.e. the best dressed of the occasion.
Teenagers looked forward to food and kharchi but now its also about donning the latest kareena – lehenga or the alia bhatt -look. Even Stylists and Designers, have realized the importance and launch collections ahead of time. Shops tend to be open longer hours and e commerce is full of festive collections for all ages. Thus, dressing up has become a part of the festivities.So, here are a few pointers while selecting your outfit:

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1. Colour -conscious: First thing while choosing an outfit for any occasion is always colour. The colour doesn’t have to be in the expected shades but can have hues of it. It doesn’t have to be bright or dark depending on the season but a slight tint or the fabric can change to suit those needs. Colours should be chosen as per your undertone and also your mood mixed with the festivals favoured colour if any. Trending colours become the most popular by default as that’s what is available in the market.
e.g. Colour of holi is white and of Christmas red so should you be Chandini or Red riding hood? The answer is no, you can opt for shades of white and red, outfits which have colours in combinations or even just accessorize in these.

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2. Material Girl: fabrics play an important role, as they should not only look good but also be comfortable amidst the hustle bustle of the festivities. Materials tend to be season appropriate,due to the rising temperatures thanks to global warming : heat and cold is at extremes thus, making it feasible to invest in fabrics which would be durable during these times. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that one should only opt for cottons or velvet only. Additional accents give a lighter feel and a more stylish look. Emboss designs and embroidery can make even a cotton outfit look dressy for fancy occassions. Mixing fabrics also gives textures, the manner in which they are used sets the tone of the outfit and makes it more versatile. Festivals in India means your finest outfits, so in the summer wearing a cotton palazzo with embossings can make a comfort look a little dressier.

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3. Trimmings : Addition of sequins, gotta patti, stonework, laces, ribbons, patchwork, cutwork,etc. They can make a plain outfit look glamorous, they let you wear a lighter fabric for comfort and fit. Use of fabrics like net, velvet, brocade as accents also can make a traditional outfit more contemporary. Placement of these trims and buttons, can add a stylish edge and can also be used like ornaments. This also the best way to add a festive tone if one is not fond of shine overload. Bright colours and shimmer are the perfect festive addition.

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4. Accessorize: use of the right accessories be it jewellery, handbags, shoes or even scarves can add a touch a colour to a monotone outfit. Wearing a plain silk saree with nice bangles and earrings or opting for a statement clutch and coordinating sandals or dressing in a festive green cotton anarkali with a woven print raw silk dupatta can make your anarkali stand out amongst the run of the mill ones in fashion today.

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5. Incorporation : a popular trend in western countries where Santa claus, snowflakes, holly leaves are embroidered or printed on outfits. The trend of Krishna prints, Kalash motifs, lamp designs, henna prints are an interesting trend to dvelve into fabric embroidery and printing during the festive season. Bags, saree anchals, dupattas can have big prints and embroidery to make them stand out. Use of flowers and bangles in festivals is a so floral prints and textured bangles can make your kurti with jeans a little more festive.

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The truth is some festivals are dressy some or not, night parties are glamourous and lunches more laidback. Eid, diwali, karva chauth are more about fineries and jewellery. Holi, Bakreid, raksha bandhan are more about rituals than clothes.
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Some festivals can be colour centric, whereas some season. So you have to dress for the occasion based on the season and your comfort. Style is your personal look and preferences incorporated in your outfit and accessories. So dress as this season’s biggest festival-rity.
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Sleeve- talk!

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Neck, back, hem and now sleeves make your outfit complete. Sleeves are what denote the shape of your arm and structure it. The fall again comes from the fabric so it is very important to pay attention to the material. The arm hole is what will tell you how the look will be, sometimes deep ones make your arms look slimmer but with halter necks they can make the biceps look bulky. High arm holes can push the underarm flab upwards giving it a cleavage and also adding more weight to the sleeve area. So lets take a look at the different options :
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1. Sleeveless : no sleeves or sleeveless where the entire lo
ok will depend on the cut of the arm hole. Be particular if deep or high suits you as that will set the tone of your look. They include basic sleeveless, straps, spaghettis and halters. The thickness of the strap helps in detailing the outfit and should be complimentary to the style of the outfit.
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2. Cap sleeves : a little more than sleeveless, as the name suggests it caps your shoulder. Used mostly in casual outfits to set a slight different look. Its a gives a better toned look than sleevless outfits.
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3. Short sleeves : these are mid arm or higher. They give your lower arm a more longer look, as they only cover the start of your arms.
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4. Blouse sleeves : named after the original blouse, they come up just above the elbow. If made of a structuring fabric, they make your arm look leaner. Softer fabrics may need a thicker  edging to give more shape.
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5. 3/4 sleeves : they are about a few inches below your elbow. They cover your entire upper arm. They tend to be slightly loose but sometimes can be snug as well. They might make your arm look bulkier especially in transparent fabrics.
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5. Full sleeves : long sleeves or full sleeves cover your entire arm. They tend to make your arms look longer and leaner. Even  transparent fabrics in full length look better whether loose or tight. Fitted but not snug are the best option as they give shape and length.
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7. Bell sleeves : shaped like a bell these are flowy and can be short to full lengths. They add a bohomeian feel and a casual vibe. Very popular in peasant tops and straight short dresses.
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8. Puff sleeves : these have gathers near the shoulder and look like a balloon. Big puffs are very childlike, opt for small  puffs as they are more feminine. Popular in tops and saree blouses but now can be seen in jackets, kurtas and dresses. Initially made famous through princess gowns,  but now a very contemporary. These can be short to full length. Big puffs might  look like shoulder pads dis balancing your entire arm. Works well on most as long as the puffiness is under control.
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9. Cuffed sleeves: these can be worn inside out atleast on the edge. Very popular in shirts and pathani kurtas. They can be folded upto 2 inches and are 3/4 in length. They add a little casualness to a very formal look.

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10. Ruffled sleeves: they are frills on a sleeve. Mostly in capsleeves or 3/4. They are very vintage and also feminine. Mostly seen in tops and kurtas but now are popular in coats and saree blouses.

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11. Slit sleeves : these are of 2 types, slits from the shoulder to tje sleeve length or slits at the shoulder only i.e. more like cut out sleeves. They range from short to full length. They are subtly sexy and also make your arms look leaner.
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12. Churidar sleeves: as the name suggests, these have gathers at the edge and are long sleeved. They elongate and structure your arm and the edge makes it look fuller.
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These are the different types of sleeves and they entirely depend on the cut and fall of the fabric. Sleeves should add structure to a loose outfit or flowiness to a structured one. Loose plus loose might look shabby but changing trends tell us a different story. Comfort and fit should be priority as your arms are moved the most.
   Variety in sleeves can also  give a turn to a very boring outfit. Different fabrics, colours, prints and embellishment take your outfit up a notch. So think different and be stylish.
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Hem-let

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We started from neckline and backlines so how can we miss on hemlines. All these elements are what makes your outfit, they are the outline of your personal style.
     Hemlines have gone beyond lengths and now encompass the actual border styles. So lets take a  look at the different options :

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1. Straight lines : whether long or short, circular or a line the cut of the hem is completely straight. Its a proportionate cut for the fabric and most popular. Depending on the style, this hemline works on your figure. These are the easiest for adding borders and other trimmings.

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2. Handkerchief : the edges are not straight or defined, it is mostly  used on flowy cuts. Its been in fashion lately, especially in Kurtas. They give a nice flirty and fun feel. Popular in semi formal and casual
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3. Asymmetrical : they are straight but uneven, mostly sloping towards the edges. Kurtas, tops and dresses are trending in this particular hemline, they tend to hide flaws as they take away from straight proportionate.

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4. Round bottomed : it is u shaped, the biggest drawback is it tends to make one’s hips area you look bulkier as it puts weight on the bottom. Big amongst kurtas and tops.

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5. V hemline : it is a pointed edge, in the middle latest trends also have it on the side. These are popular amongst tops, skirts and kurtas. Give a structured but feminine look. They elongate your torso and tend to give a slimmer silhouette.

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5. Slits: these hemlines can  have one slit or even more. Mostly common in evening gowns and dresses but now catching up with skirts,kurtas and tops. They show off a little bit of skin either legs or tummy depending on the slit length and outfit. Slits are mostly done on straight hemlines.

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7. Frills: popular amongst  girl  frocks, but has been trending amongst dresses and skirts and even some casuals. Frills are made of flowy and transparent fabrics so they layer the outfit and give it a flirty look. Small frills add structure  and big frills add more weight, this also depends on the fabric and cut of the outfit.

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8. Long and short: whether have a short front and a long back or vice versa, latest trends also include different in side lengths. These are disproportionate,  but give one a more symmetrical figure. They tend to give one a  longer silhouette where the hem is shorter and add length on the longer side. Great options for petite and  lean frames.
   Thus, these are the different hemline options, some add length  and  some structure. Trying different options, adds variety and also lets you know  which  works best for you. Formal lengths and hems need to be more structured  or flowy as that adds more elegance and class. Casual options are more laxed  and flirty lines are more fun. So  experiment  and get trendy.

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Backflash

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My  personal style has always been low and creative backs whether ethnic or western wear.
People tend to focus only on the front of the outfit and let the back be simple, I feel your back is more noticeable especially in Indian wear as the front gets covered by the dupatta or anchal.

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    Innovative backs does not necessarily mean skin show, sexiness is in  you and not through revealing clothes but a sliver is kind of sexy.

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    You must be thinking how can a full article be devoted only to backs which is already established as non entity. So here are a few backflashes :

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1. Tie backs : strings or bows used to tie an open or a low back. These are normally low cut and can be round, square, oval or v shaped. They are narrow on top where the tie is and wider towards the middle. They have a solid baseline which can be thick or thin. These backs are most popular amongst blouses and long anarkalis. They make the top slightly sexy as it is covered all around. The front can be high or low but has to be structured on top and shoulders for it to hold the outfit, the latest variation has also been on elastic sleeves in the absence of structured shoulders for the back to stay in place. The use of  tassles, latkans and velvet bodices has added variety to this very traditional style.

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2. Knot backs : these are wide backs which have a knot or bow at the base. Used in formal gowns and saree blouses. The bodice and the back end at the same level, these backs are wide on top and slimmer and structured at the base as that what holds it together.

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3.  String backs : the back has side structures of not more than an inch and like laces is holed up to be tied with a string. Made famous by corsets and cholis ,still  considered a classic cut. The front of the outfit  is sturdy and structured as the back is held up by strings, sometimes the strings are  laced together and some have to be tied individually.

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4. Backless : the back is non existent till the waist or little higher. It is held together at the nape by the front neck by buttons, hooks, velcro or tie strings. The back is completely open. Popular in swimwear, evening wear especially with halter necklines.

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5.  Cut out backs : these are high backs but have a cut out from a little below the start till mid back. They can be of any shape but you have to ensure that the shoulder and the necks is stiff to hold the cut in  place.

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5. Clasp backs : these are like wide and tie backs but the difference being are held together by a row of hooks. The hooks can be thick or thin and covered over the fabric by  a broach has been the latest trend. The shape can be v, square, round, oval, rectangle, etc. The strongest part has to be the base  and also the back side bars as they hold it in place. Top clasps have been a recent trend with the use of t-shirt and boat necks for a more cut out back  look.

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7. Sheer backs: they are similiar to cut outs and clasp backs. The bodice or top is made of sheer fabrics like lace,net, chiffon, georgette, organza, chanderi silk, etc. The top back does not have a lining, it can also be done on a  cut out back as well. They tend to be covered and make a style statement. Knot and clasps backs were the first to use these options by leaving a couple of inches between the lining and start of the fabric.

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8. Buttoned up backs : whether button, zip or hooks these are in a long row and all laced up together. It is a fully closed back which can be high or also used with strapless  necklines. Popular in bridal gowns, blouses, kurtas and tops.

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9. Full backs : the most conservative and most common back options. It is fully covered and is used with collared high necks. The back is high and completely covered with fabric. Most women don’t realize but a high backs adds weigt on your back depending on the fabric. The back has the biggest tendency to make one look ungainly so while choosing an outfit ensure you check the back section.

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10. Cowl backs: just like the neckline they are folded layers at the back. Popularized as Grecian backs, they are covering  and not at the same time.

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   Even when we wear outfits adorned with work and nothing at the back the outfit tends to look incomplete. Your back and hip area tends to look the heaviest from the back depending on the fabric e.g. anarkalis always add weight because of the extensive fabric.

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  Open backlines do put the focus on your back but also  make you look more structured depending on the cut and fabric. Backs have become a style statement over the years. Thus, choosing the right back is a challenge but variety makes clothes more fun, so get your back ready to be flashy.

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