StylePile Magazine

Summer is the prime time to show off some skin, and while crop tops may have been the go-to item in the recent past, this season’s most sophisticated exposure comes in the form of bare shoulders. We dare you to show us one piece that’s sexier, simpler or more effortless than a strapless top or dress.

The only buzz kill is the whole what-kind-of-bra-to-wear-with-it dilemma but a strapless or even transparent straps should settle that. This week we have selected a few off-shoulder pieces that are the new frontier of sexy:

Forever New Dress (Rs.2935): 
Your favorite breton shirt converted into an elegant feminine dress. This dress is the best of both worlds - the little sleeves cover the widest part of your upper arm, but the neckline still gives your shoulders a moment in the sun. Team it with a floppy fedora and tan wedge heels for weekend picnic. 

Off-shoulder Dress (Rs.1550; The Closet Label):
If boho is your game, then we have found the perfect gauzy dress that you can wear now with some booties and tons of bangles and layer it under a slouchy sweater as the weather cools down. 

Mesh Dress (Rs. 995; Koovs.com):
A dainty floral number looks even sweeter with a little extra shoulder showing. 

Off-shoulder Crop Top (Rs. 650; Faballey.com):
A crop top that is also off-shoulder can easily veer into the ‘trying to hard’ category. To keep it tasteful and lady-like, we suggest styling the top with a flared tea length skirt and ankle strap heels. Add a hint of red on the lips and a sleek clutch and you are ready to hit the red-carpet.

Forever 21 Top (Rs. 1200 approx):
We love the feel of a looser, floral-print off-the-shoulder for a fresh '70s vibe. Wear it by day over a pair of vintage levis and flat sandals. Add a long necklace and mini shoulder bag to complete the easy breezy outfit. For double the pop, pair this clavicle-framing top with a flowing skirt in a contrasting print.  Florals in the same color scheme or dots are a great place to start!

Off shoulder Top (Rs. 1199; Myntra.com):
Team it with distressed denim cut offs , a bucket bag and and cool printed keds  for a look that begs you to take it to a summer concert. For a more trendy take on the trend we would suggest pairing the top with a pair of culottes and block heels for a look that comfortable to wear and undeniably sexy.

Metallics are typically reserved for an evening out but this season designers galvanized the high shine trend by rolling out everyday looks with reflective touches.

Whether in the form of liquid-gold lamé or shiny sequins, the precious-metallic fabrics of summer are sweet and ladylike. These iridescent metals lend instant glamour to almost any look. Here are this season's prettiest sparklers that we can't wait to slip into:

River Island Metallic Skirt (Rs. 2094; Jabong.com): 
The pencil skirt with its approachable silhouette will lend itself easily to a variety of occasions and outfits. Flaunt the sheen by teaming it with a casual top in a similar hue  to add interest to a monochromatic look. For a polished meets flirty vibe pair it with a flowy blouse and ankle strap heels.

Aldo Metallic Clutch (Rs. 2300 approx.): 
This clutch from Aldo is minimal and ladylike. It will turn any outfit into a streamlined look with a modern edge.

Mango Metallic Leggings (Rs. 3490): 
These gleaming pair of bottoms can look spot-on for a work day, girls' night out or and a cocktail party depending on how you style them.  Tone them down with an over sized black turtle-neck, black pumps and sleek satchel for a casual Friday.  Give them a cool street wear edge by pairing a loose tee and a cropped biker jacket to transform them for evening.

Forever21 Metallic Top (Rs. 1089): 
This metallic top in a soft neutral hue makes it easy to shine up any outfit (literally and figuratively, of course). It will look equally adorable with jeans and a skirt alike

Metallic Sweatshirt (Rs 1895; Koovs.com):
A little pop of metallic does the trick. Layer this over a lustrous miniskirt or a pair of white denims and finish with a pair of sneakers for a look that’s high on cool and comfort.

 Zara Metallic Wedges (Rs. 2890): 
​The easiest way to garner a little extra attention this season may just be with a flash of metallic on your footwear. The walkable platform and the open toe says casual but the silver finish on them tell a slightly more glamorous story.

While we'll always cherish a fierce pair of heels, this season we are having a love affair with our sneakers especially the easy to slip-on kind. Classy and playful, comfy and sophisticated, these luxe slip-ons have quickly become the go-to sartorial staples for the fashion forward crowd. After all a good pair gives just about any look an unpretentious touch of cool. We have culled 6 finds that guaranteed to up your shoe game:

Aldo Slip ons (Rs. 5500 approx.)

Steve Madden Slip ons (Rs. 4999)

Zara Slip ons (Rs. 4590)

Sequin Slip-on (Rs. 2200; Koovs.com)

Mango Slip-ons (Rs. 3490)

Sketchers Slip-ons (Rs. 1500; Jabong.com)

What looks casually cool like denim, feels soft like cotton, and will perfectly transition your wardrobe from summer into fall? Chambray.

The unsung hero of your off-duty wardrobe is the perfect summertime alternative to your favorite heavy denim. From loose and relaxed pants to a preppy button down shirt, chambray is comfortable, versatile and layer friendly in all its variations. We have shortlisted a few pieces to make the rest of your summer breezy: 

Linen Chambray Shirt (Rs. 1990; Mango): 
A chambray button down is a true closet chameleon. Need to dress down a dressy skirt? Add a chambray shirt. Need to dress up a casual pair of shorts or pants? Throw on a chambray shirt and you’re golden.

Criss Cross Back Dress (Rs. 845 ;Koovs.com): 
Chambray is mostly associated with laid-back casual pieces, but this dress with its criss-cross back validates the sassy status of chambray. We would wear it during the day with a cross body bag and flat sandals and glam it up for the night with high heels and a red lip. 

Forever21 Chambray Joggers (Rs. 1559): 
We love this new denim-hued remix of sweat pants. Try them on with a crisp white t-shirt for an especially easygoing look.

Lee Chambray Shorts (Rs. 2023; Shoppersstop.com): 
These shorts are the 

polished alternative to your favorite cutoffs. Team them with everything from a basic tee to a cropped top to create a variety of looks.

Aldo Chambray Sneakers  (Rs. 1200 approx.):
You can never have too much chambray in your day-to-day! These shoes will provide the perfect finishing touch for so many types of outfits. 

Asos Chambray Paisley Skirt (Rs. 1000 approx.):
This cute skirt needs little else to create a stylish outfit. Wear it with a white button down and switch between heels and flats according to the occasion.

Kangana Ranaut is gorgeous and has been flying high on our fashion radar for a while now. A brilliant actress from the get-go, sartorially speaking she has come a long way from her early days. She has refined her style with sophisticated silhouettes and edgier accents. Today we bring another edition of her comfortable off-duty style that made a big impression on us. We love how she has given the lady-like skirt a cool preppy twist with the addition of brogues and a crisp white shirt. We have shortlisted the pieces to help you recreate her look on a budget:

Mango Cotton Shirt (Rs. 990)

Zara Poplin Skirt (Rs. 1290)

Brown Belt (Rs. 999; Myntra.com)

Forever 21 Tote (Rs. 1599)

ASOS Brogues (Rs. 2500 approx.)