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Understated chic is the order of the day with our this week's celeb style pick. Deepika Padukone whispered lady like elegance in her classic camel outfit at a recent press meet. Here is our interpretation of her simple and chic look.
We love how this outfit can take you from morning meetings to evening cocktails without a break. A soft pleated camel skirt is your shortcut to easy chic. Offset the skirt with basic white top (Mango Rs. 1350). The criss cross drape in the front adds some visual interest. Cinch it with a leather belt (Zara Rs. 2590) for added structure and to accentuate your natural waist. Team it up with a pair of fierce peep toe pumps in a neutral tone. Keep the accessories minimal, gold hoops are all you need to finish up the look.
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It's a shoe extravaganza. From electrifying hues to chunky platforms, say hello to summer's most stunning shoes. Feast your eyes on our carefully selected gems and take your pick to step out in sensational style:
This summer our love of color is at its all time high. Whether you are a fierce kaleidoscopic queen or a nice n neutral lady, shoes are the perfect way to accent your outfit. Embrace the color craze with these bright little extras for a fiesta fun summer. Zara by far has the best selection of color blocked footwear. Though not really for the one on a shoe string budget, these beauties are just too tempting to resist. Our favorite are their neon ankle strap sandals (Rs. 5590) and the multi colored high heeled sandals (Rs. 5590). Those looking for a color contrast in flats, the Zara ballerinas are a great pick (Rs. 2290). For our office going readers, the purple peep toes from Carlton London (Rs. 2495) are a great way to jazz up your work wear. What are you waiting for ladies? Let's kick it up a notch with the season's bestest brights.
Light and free spirited, wedge heels is one of our favorite for summers. Find your fashion footing with the hip and walkable wedge heels that give you those extra inches and the confidence without the torture of stilettos. We love these tribal basket weave wedge heel sandals from Forever 21 as they can easily tradition from day to evening. We are particularly smitten by the multi strap wedges from Nine West in cool blue tones and will look super cool paired with a white sun dress. These sandals from Aldo are the closest you get to the latest 'flatforms' craze hitting the fashion world. The stark contrast of bold white straps with a tan sole lends a crisp finish to an otherwise simple sandal and are a great way to show off your pedicure under a pair of cuffed jeans. We are kind of partial to these 'Dyle' wedge heels from Aldo, having already recommended their yellow version in our earlier post. But there is no denying that these are some seriously cute shoes with its two tone heel and a braided jute detail all around that will look equally good with both denim and dresses.
Flats this season get a cool makeover with some fun embellishments and vivid colors that works equally well on the street and the sand. Let's start with the utterly cute woven flats from Mango (Rs. 3990) that would look great with a khaki dress or shorts. Carlton London has such a fabulous collection of flat sandals, that we couldn't just pick one. The bold blue ones (Carlton Kandy- Rs.1990) with contrasting red stitching and gold beads will glam up your feet in an instant. The turquoise ones (Carlton Liz- Rs. 1990) had us at the color and the pretty gold details are just an added bonus. Take on the season's maddest shade in pair of simple T-strap sandals (Forever 21). Wear them with shorts for your evening strolls or with jeans for running errands, they will keep you looking stylish no matter what the temperatures are.
Seventies are having a major moment this summer and these chunky platform heels are a sweet reminder of the fashion's most glamorous era. Add a strut to your step with these surprising and happily walkable heels that are casual enough for your wide leg jeans and stylish enough for your pretty dresses. We love the simple sleek cognac colored sandals from Mango (Rs. 5290). Another favorite from Mango, these sling back platform in a tangerine hue beg for a cool denim skirt or dress (Mango Rs. 5990). The dual strapped cork heel sandals from Benetton bring a bring a fresh appeal in a bold blue shade and the multitude of textures in a subtle nude tone, makes these towering sandals from Aldo an instant hit.
High-impact and meant to be noticed these exotic heels give ladylike looks an edgy update. Dial up your style quotient in these seriously high heels from Nine West (available in stores after June 16th). Dramatically architectural thanks to its multi straps, these shoes are ideal for a night out of partying. Smoking hot heels with a refreshing cute bow detail from Guess can glam up any outfit from your everyday jeans to your sexy LBD. These stunning snake skin pumps from Aldo will not only highlight your toned calves but will add a touch of sophistication to every look. If you are not a stiletto fan, then add some drama to your outfit without the discomfort in these chic thongs from Promod.
So, tell us girls, what pair of shoes do you want most for the summer?
From Derek Lam to Stella McCartney designers all over the world were feeling denim this season. And we are not talking about the popular come back of the 70's inspired bottoms, this spring's edition of denim has the spotlight on more than just jeans. Everyone's favorite denim has been reincarnated in refreshing new avatars for the summer. Whether you are tall or tiny, skinny or curvy this season there is a denim version out there for you. From minimalistic blues to crisp casuals there are plenty of ways to embrace this of-the-moment denimania. Check out some of our favorite denim pieces on the cheap and chic:
Do the Denim Dress
Stylists all over are swearing by the simple no fuss denim dress. Its the best way to break your daily denim routine without stepping out of your comfort zone. For a casual laid back vibe, opt for a loose relaxed fit like this straight cut dress from Zara (Rs. 2590). Spruce it up with a skinny belt and pair of flat sandals preferably in an earthy tan shade for a cute put together look. There's no better way to make a style statement with your denim than by dressing it up. Pick a dress with a more fancy silhouette for the evening. Add on some attention grabbing accessories like chunky bangles and some serious high heels for a ultra glamorous take on denim.
No you don't have to be a five year old to rock these babies. Designers have been pushing the comeback of denim overall, rompers, dungarees whatever you may want to call them for quite some time. This spring try out a more grown up version of these childhood favorites. Opt for a shorter version worn with a off shoulder t - shirt to give the look a sexy update (Mango Rs. 3990). If overalls are bit too tomboyish for you then go for a more fitted jumpsuit (Zara Rs. 2590). Either way they are a great way to spend a relaxing summer afternoon.
The classic denim shirt is one thing that never goes out of style. This season freshen up the old stand by and pick a worn in, little oversized button down to highlight its charming boyish vibe. Wear it open over your a basic white tee or button it up over your favorite weekend jeans to try out the double denim trend. Knot it up at the waist (Zara Rs. 2190) and wear it over a maxi dress to hit two latest trends at once.
Another way to get your denim fix is to choose some denim add ons for your outfit. We love these Nine West denim wedges with the faux wood heel and think would look great with all of your summer dresses. And how cute is the studded Carlton denim bag (Rs. 2495). Wear it over the shoulder or carry it as a clutch, this little darling is sure to catch everyone's attention. If you don't own a pair espadrilles, these shoes from Mango (Rs. 5290) might be the best to start with. Knotted peep toe front, cute bow at the back and leather trim on the heel, its these endless details that make this shoe a winner. A word of caution, no matter how much you love denim, more than two denim pieces in an outfit are always a style don't.
This season we take our denim obsessions to a whole new level with not one but three kinds of denim toppers. We all love the perennially cool denim jacket that works with almost everything. Wear yours over your floral summer dress or top it off your denim shorts for the freshest way to do double denim. For a more hip and unexpected alternative to your regular black jacket, toss over a denim blazer over your cocktail dress. Another must have denim topper is the cut off denim vest. Bring out its edgy toughness by teaming it with a graphic tee over a pair of skinny jeans. We recommend throwing this little wonder over a sweet floral dress.
DIY cut off's or store bought, denim shorts are practically a summer uniform. This season skip the tank top and pair your shorts with a jacket or dressier top for a new spin on the summer staple. We love the Forever 21 cuffed hem shorts and the Guess ones with the detachable suspenders.
When it comes to your wardrobe nothing says summer like the comfort of easy breezy skirts. This summer add a cool denim skirt to your jean pool. We love this paper bag skirt from Forever 21. Its light-weight and flattering with pretty details like the pockets and the matching tie up belt. Wear it with a simple white tee for a look that is effortless yet totally chic. If you love the long skirts that have been everywhere recently then you must try out a maxi skirt in denim. This one from Mango (Rs. 2990) will look fabulous with a crisp white shirt and a classic leather belt. Don't forget to add some platform heels to give you those few extra inches.
What are the denim pieces you are gonna be living in this summer?
Big, bold and bizarre ruled the pattern play on the Spring runways this season. This season's prints are not just loud and proud but are full of personality. From the good old leopard and python to the trendy tropical prints to the uber funky fruity ones - its all about larger-than-life prints.
Nothing like wearing a whimsical outfit to standout from the crowd. For the fashion forward amongst us, this is your moment to be in the center of attention, just grab any any exuberant printed piece that you can get your hands on, the quirkier the better and you are ready to make a dramatic entrance. There is a barrage of bold prints available in the market, we love the overblown poppy print dress from Zara (Rs. 2590) and the retro printed Mango dress (Rs. 4390). Feeling intrepid? Team these dresses with some contrasting bright colored footwear for a gutsy take on the pattern play. For the tamer fashionistas amongst us, create some balance by pairing these bold statement dresses with neutral accessories like metallic pumps and a sleek clutch in a basic hue. Still a bit over the top for your taste? We suggest testing the trend by opting for funky printed accessories like the floral Mary Jane heels from Forever21 or the blooming bag from Aldo to for a striking impact. Adding a vibrant scarf in an electric hue like our pick from Promod is another great way to incorporate the trend.
Mix & Match:
The only thing better than one statement piece? A double dose of statement pieces in an outfit. This spring be a style rebel and create a wild rhapsody by piling on clashing prints. From bold geometrics to vibrant abstracts, anything and everything can be put together in an outfit. Mixing pattern is not just about hitting the latest trend but its also a great way to get maximum mileage out of your current wardrobe. It might sound crazy but there is some method to this pattern madness. The trick to creating mix and match magic lies in the details. Here are few guidelines to help you tackle the mixing monster:
- Color: Keep the prints in a similar color family. An even easier approach is to try a vibrant colored print with a neutral one. Team a basic breton striped top with an bright floral skirt.
- Proportion: Vary the scale of prints. Let one bold graphic element be the focal point of your outfit. If you are going for one big over the top print then partner it with a more subtle and less competitive print one to create balance.
- Texture: Experimenting with different textures is another great way to get on board the mix and match trend. Try pairing a lace skirt with a whimsical silk blouse like this butterfly top from Zara (Rs. 1590 ) for a surprising sophisticated result.
Tip: If you are hesitant of mixing bold prints in one outfit, do not wear them next to each other instead separate them with a neutral piece. Try a bold print top over a solid color skirt with some playful patterned footwear.
Tell us ladies what do you think of going combining clashing prints in an outfit? Love it or hate it?
Its never an easy task to pull off a head-to-toe runway look and most of the attempts end up looking drab. But at a recent jewelry store lunch Natasha Madhvani made a stunning exception and came out looking flawless in a Gucci runway look. Love how she kept the rest of her accessories to a minimum to let the clothes take the center stage. We have tried to recreate her look on a budget with the obvious exception of the gigantic rock on her finger.
The star of this look was her orange skirt highlighted with of-the-moment tassel belt. We picked a similar skirt in a citrusy hue from Vero Moda and paired it with a studded tassel belt from Accessorize. Next step was to look for a nude wrap around top and to our surprise Vero Moda had the perfect top to go with the bright skirt. Finish up the look with a sleek Guess watch (Rs. 10,300 at Shoppers Stop) and a pair of metallic peep toes from Aldo.