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We can’t shy away from the fact that we are in love with the candy colored trend rampant not only on runways but also seen in food photography, home decor and wedding inspiration boards. From powder blues to sorbet pinks, fresh peaches to lemony yellow shades, soft lilacs to minty greens, this trendy color palette is irresistible. We have previously featured head to toe pastel looks taking a cue from runway shows like Nina Ricci, Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo, DKNY, Proenza Schouler and Isabel Marant. However, there are many among us of the opinion that pastel looks can make Indian skin tone look washed out. For all those people and of course those who simply can’t get enough of this trend, we bring to you our favourite picks in pastel accessories! These can be easily introduced in your everyday looks without too much effort and will add that stylish touch to the outfit.
- Zara Flats (Rs. 4790):
- Bansri Necklace (Rs. 4100; perniaspopupshop.com):
- Candy Quartz Watch (Rs. 3850; fashionara.com):
- Heart Sling Bag (Rs. 899; shopninteen.com):
- Faballey Choker (Rs. 1100; Faballey.com):
- Forever New Bag (Rs. 1800):
Look super chic with these pretty pastel blue flats. Spice up a monochrome outfit by pairing these flats with cigarette pants, an office bag and a white shirt. We give the green signal to wear them with a matching shift dress too. Can’t go wrong either way!
A statement necklace is the finishing touch to any party outfit. We envision a glam peach sequin dress with these pretty baubles for a flawless night look. For the fashion forward, try wearing the necklace in reverse with a deep cut backless dress, you will be bringing sexy back indeed.
A pretty pink watch is definitely a must-have fashion accessory for the girly girl in you. Our pick is this beautiful candyfloss pink watch from Candy Quartz. Its girly, trendy and can tell time. Perfection!
Heart shaped sling bags can be seen everywhere from runways to red carpet events. We are very excited to have spotted this lime yellow beauty at a great budget. I am sure you will agree, this one is a definite must-buy.
We love the minimal yet edgy design of this choker from faballey.com. Wear it with a shirt in a contrasting pastel shade and a fitted blazer for a sophisticated formal look or a sexy bodycon metallic dress for a futuristic night look.
We absolutely adore this sling bag from Forever New. It’s the kind we would have slung around our shoulder 24/7. Use it to add a pop of color to an all white outfit or add a dash of style to casual outfits like a simple white tee and jeans combo.
We are sure we have all of you lusting over these cute pieces. Don’t be scared to pair these pastel accessories with bold colors too. Like pairing a mint green bag with an emerald green dress or a baby pink belt with a bold red maxi. They add dimension and create a lovely color palette for your outfit. Happy shopping and stay pretty in pastels.
When Proenza Schouler brought forth the concept of the ‘Skort,’ it was Zara’s imitation of the trend worn all over the world by street style bloggers which paved the way for the design into the millions of wardrobes of their followers. Basically a skort is a pair of shorts with an overlapping panel of fabric, which makes it look like a skirt from the front. The trend is new, chic and very edgy. It can easily be dressed down with a casual tee or dressed up with a chic blouse. It seamlessly translates into the formal category when paired with a stylish shirt, an office satchel and comfy heels. It can also be worn as a cover up over your summer bikini set with a crochet or sheer top. The possibilities are endless.
Similarly, taking inspiration from the skort came whole new ranges of wrap around and fold over style skirts with an asymmetrical flap in the front. These look slightly geometric, slightly out there but a hundred percent trendsetting. So, we picked six of our favourite pieces available in stores at the moment just for you. We are sure you will love our line up, which is all the rage internationally right now.
- Zara Skort (Rs. 2390):
The ‘it’ skort which started it all. This is one brilliant piece of clothing and goes with just about everything. Wear it with a sheer white blouse layered with a white blazer for a chic all - white look. Or tuck in a floral top for a cute everyday kind of look.
- Forever 21 Skirt (Rs. 1286 approx):
It might have been a while since we did the military post but we still love military green. This is a much softer version of the color and would look great with an off white textured top and some espadrille wedges.
- Vero Moda Skirt (Rs.1519 approx):
If the geometry of the skort is too much for you, we also have a pick in a feminine silhouette. Can’t stay away from this trend now, can you? Color block this purple beauty with a bright orange blouse and matching pumps. You are surely going to be the stylish head turner of the day.
- Wrap Skirt (Stalkbuylove.com; Rs. 849):
We love that this skirt from stalkbuylove.com has a fuller shape to give you an hourglass silhouette. The color makes it versatile and easy to pair with separates and the cherry on the cake is the throwaway price. A definite must-have.
- Munkee.See.Munkee.Do Skirt (perniaspopupshop.com; Rs. 7000):
Indian designer labels are not far away when it comes to jumping on this trend bandwagon. We love the originality of cut in this skirt and of course the sheer detail. This piece is definitely worth the price and has the potential to spice up any boring look.
- Zara Sarong Skirt (Rs. 2390):
Everything striped is getting all of our unconditional love right now and so will this skirt. Wear it with a plain black tee and bold accessories to create a comfy outfit or with a bright colored contrasting blouse to make a fashionable statement.
We have given you the ideas and told you about the trend. Now all you need to do is wear it with an air of confidence with your chicest bag and your highest heels or maybe rain boots because the monsoons are here. These skirt + shorts or ‘skorts’ sure will help avoid the mucky situation which tends to happen with jeans and trousers. Do give them a try this season!
While wearing all things matchy-matchy has been a big fashion faux pas in the past, this season is all about matching your shoes to your shirt to your bag and even to your blazer. Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Fendi and Stella McCartney are some of the industry biggies who have given the fashionable nod to this addictive trend for Summer 2013. As black and white monochromatic outfits are on the forefront as the favourite color combination of the season, head to toe monotone outfits are the next thing. All you need to do is pick a color of your choice and play with it by pairing matching separates and accessories. This is a bold trend and definitely not for the faint at heart. But once you take that fashionable monochrome leap, there is no looking back.
We start our series of outfits with a bold and beautiful shade, which is sure to be a head turner. We picked a bright red Zara skirt to be worn with a chic red blazer. Break the monotony of the outfit by wearing a printed or patterned top inside. We chose stripes, which are bang on trend this season. Color coordinated platform pumps put the whole outfit together with ease while the subtle white accents help the ensemble be wearable for everybody.
- Zara Skirt (Rs. 2390)
- Forever 21 Blazer (Rs. 1840)
- Asos Striped Top (Rs. 1525 approx)
- Steve Madden Heels (Rs. 6,999)
- Aldo Hat (Rs. 1400)
- Nine West Bag (Rs. 2254 approx)
Safe in B&W
An all black and white outfit is the safest way to sport the monochromatic trend. We chose this pretty printed jumpsuit from Mango as the key element to work the outfit around. A chic white blazer and checker-patterned loafers make the look stylish and trendy. You can play around this trend even with the black and white pieces in your wardrobe. Just make sure to have the right balance of blacks and whites. You can even add a few greys for more variety
- Mango Jumpsuit (Rs. 3,390)
- Vero Moda Blazer (Rs. 2918 approx)
- Charles & Keith Loafers (Rs. 2762 approx)
- Forever New Bag (Rs. 2,200)
- Promod Sunglasses (Rs. 872 approx)
- Carlton London Belt (Rs. 1295)
A sunny summer dress in definitely the outfit for the season and its the cherry on the cake if it is a pastel yellow hue with a cutout detail. We would love to see this dress worn with a pretty summer ombre scarf and some quirky sunnies with floral detail. Stay comfy in this outfit with cutesy ballerina flats and a leather tote to accommodate that shopping haul.
- Forever New Dress ( Rs. 4400)
- My Foot shoes (Koovs.com; Rs. 799)
- Zara Bag (Rs. 4790)
- Forever 21 Scarf ( Rs. 980)
- Asos Sunglasses (Rs. 1549)
- Earrings (Stalkbuylove.com; Rs. 199)
Powder blue is the color to beat the unbearable summer heat. We paired pastel blue pants with a dipped hem top in a brighter tone with a light blue blazer. The key is to have differing shades of the same color to create the outfit. We accessorized this baby blue look with edgy beige accessories to play up the blue feel without going too loud on the accent color. Neutrals are perfect to team with monochromatic outfits.
- Forever New Pants (Rs. 2800)
- Forever 21 Blazer (Rs. 1567 approx)
- Asos Hi-Lo Top (Rs. 1535 approx)
- Clarks Wedges (Rs. 6499)
- Faballey Bag (Rs. 2000)
- Detachable Collar (Koovs.com; Rs. 799)
Designers extraordinaire have paved the way and we are giving you the green signal to wear all things matchy in your everyday lives without feeling conscious or out of place. Matching outfits are no longer frowned upon and we sure are going to make the most of it by flaunting the brightest of hues from head to toe. Hope this post inspires you to wear a monochrome outfit for your next big day out. Be bold, be fashionable and most importantly make the trend your own.
With everyone from front row regulars to your favorite celebs rocking the bookish look, there’s never been a better time to embrace your inner nerd. Although, wearing a statement making accessory on your face might require special sartorial bravery on your part, trust us when we say that it's the hottest new way to revamp your look. The best part - you don't need a doctors prescription to get on board this trend. Just take a look at our spec-tacular picks to find the most flattering frames for your face:
- Ben10 (Rs. 1260; 99lens.com)
- Rayban (Rs. 7990; Lenskart.com)
- Geek (Rs. 699; Healthkart.com)
- Fashion Street (Rs. 349; Yebhi.com)
- Zara Frame Glasses (Rs. 1190)
- Guess (Rs. 4300; Discountkart.com)
Summer is all about bright & bold colors and that extends to our accessory choices as well. Nothing looks as summery, colorful, youthful and a little mystical as the turquoise blue stone. Loved by boho starlets and immortalized by iconic tastemakers, turquoise accents can take take your look from boring to brilliant in a snap. It's a stone that looks fantastic dressed up or down, and goes with pretty much every color in the rainbow. Make a dramatic statement by teaming it with neutrals like black & white or color block it with other vibrant hues for a more trendy take. We have shortlisted a few gorgeous pieces guaranteed to give your jewelry box an extra dose of effortless cool:
- Zara Necklace (Rs. 1590) : Give your tried & true LBD an instant makeover with a big & beautiful necklace like this. It will look super luxe with your your hair up and some strappy heels.
- Mango Cuff (Rs. 1190): All it takes is one bold cuff to shine bright this season. Refresh your cocktail dress lineup with this one from Mango.
- Pipa Bella Earrings (Rs. 850): These cool blue earrings make a modern statement with any outfit. Wear them with a shirt dress for a new twist on office dressing. They would lend oomph to your weekend t-shirt and jeans routine without being overly distracting.
- Bib Necklace (Rs. 1420; Designemporia.in): Breathe new life into your white tees with this bib necklace. Pair it with your favorite summer white tee and printed shorts for a boho look.
- Bangle Set (Rs. 399; StalkBuyLove.com): This bangle set takes the work out of stacking up bracelets - its a welcome bit of arm candy to dress up your work-to-weekend look.
- Forever21 Ring (Rs. 350 approx): A statement-making ring is the perfect punctuation point to every summer look. Color clash this vibrant turquoise ring with a bright maxi for a day on the beach.