StylePile Magazine

With a jam packed social calendar for the coming months, we are all about fuss-free. easy-breezy outfits in summers. While a maxi or shorts take care of the clothing, it’s the shoes that make or break an outfit. With our hands full of iced lattes, who wants to deal with painfully skinny stilettos or has the time for laces or straps.

Spilling over from last year’s ugly-but-comfy-shoe trend, the cool kid shoes of the season are the slip-on slides. Designers took a sartorial trip down the memory lane and created the perfect lazy girl shoe by giving your trusty pool slides a second life. Emphasizing comfort and luxury, the summer slides provide a happy harmony between mules and birkestock. With a  silhouette is so simple and versatile, these babies will make any outfit feel more current yet incredibly convenient. This week we bring you our favorite easy, walkable styles for all occasions:

Zara Metallic Slip-on Sandals (Rs. 3990):
We are obsessed with metallics right down to our toes. The shiny gold finish gives the basic slip-ons a city-slick makeover that would work just as well on the beach as they would about town.

Mango Leather Slides (Rs. 5590):
These leather slides from Mango are the perfect cross between espadrilles and sandals. The metal studs amp up the pair and will act as a focal point for an all-white monochromatic look. 

Aldo Slides (Rs. 3000 approx):
A little embellishment goes a long way. These Silver stunners are sexy and practical and will allow you to glide effortlessly across the dance floor and to the after party without sacrificing any style.  

Forever 21 Crisscross Sandals (Rs. 1000 approx):
Everyone needs a simple pair of white sandals and these crisscross slip-ons will draw welcome attention to your fresh pedicure. Wear them to lend a casual flair to full midi skirts or style them with modern geometric prints and sharp tailored wide leg pants for a fashion forward feel that’s right for the office.  

Qupid Stacked Slip-ons (Rs. 2200; Koovs.com):
Tread into cool girl territory with these stacked floral slip-ons. The patent straps accented by a thick floral sole has the power to make any outfit effortlessly more rad. We would suggest contrasting this tomboy style with a dainty sundress. 

Blue Button Sandals (Rs. 1499; Jabong.com):
The cool blue hue along with embellished strap gives these slides a little something extra to set them apart from the rest. Wear them to add a little intrigue to your LBD or play up your off duty look complete with crossbody bag and distressed tee.

Fall may have brought us some proper plaids but the spring season is all about its warm weather cousin - Gingham. The feminine and flirty print is ready to give Breton stripes a run for their money and replace them as your go-to print this season.

Blown up in size or sexed up in sheers, this season's iteration of gingham is as cool and confident as it is sweet and retro. From glamour girl to urban hipster whatever be your style, we have rounded up pieces that will draw out gingham’s vintage charm:

Zara Skinny Trousers (Rs. 2890):
In the spirit of ‘go big or go home’ we would suggest pairing these neutral hued pants with a bright kaleidoscope printed top for an unexpected pattern clash that will lend an edge to the outfit’s conservative silhouette. 

Kanika Goyal Top & Kanika Goyal Skirt (Rs. 1300 & Rs. 3500; Jabong.com):
Stay ahead of the style by channeling a double dose of the retro appeal with this cropped top and pencil skirt set. The slim fit skirt and the cheery sunny hue of the top counter the traditionally feminine feel of gingham with a figure flattering silhouette and strategic flashes of skin.

Dress (Rs. 1199; Shopnineteen.com):
The bright blue dress is the most lovely of ways to do gingham. Give these teeny tiny checks a blast of modern energy by pairing it with slingy cocoon coat in a contrasting print or you could dress it up with espadrilles and this utterly feminine dress would become the prettiest cocktail look for a pool party.

Mango Bermuda Shorts (Rs. 2990):
Refresh your spring bottoms with this gingham find from Mango that you can wear from brunch int he morning to cocktail hour in the evening. Throw a band tee and a pair of slip-ons for a casual laid-back look while sipping mimosas and go for a pair of bright pointy pumps along with a one-shoulder top for a smoldering evening look. 

Skater Skirt (Rs. 722; Stalkbuylove.com):
Slip into the trend with an everyday skirt style that you can mix and match with your printed tops or finish just like so, with a classic collared button-down.

Romper (Rs. 1450; Faballey.com):
This red gingham romper will lend a pop of color with the freshest, preppiest tilt to your summer wardrobe. Just add a pair of strappy sandals and a sun hat to complete the look.

 

Trend Alert - Fringe
11 Apr 2015

A little shimmy here and a little shake there - this spring is all about movement. The 70’s trend that is swinging harder than ever is the flapping fringe.

We are super psyched about the resurgence of fringe everywhere and this season it is not limited to your typical suede jackets, this 70’s trend is hanging off the hemlines of skirts, it’s showing up as adornments on your blouses and it’s completely covering dresses. Whether you are ready to shake up your entire look or just test drive a touch of the detail, we have rounded up few of our faves:

Fringe Wrap Skirt (Rs. 1699; Amazon.in):The subtle accenting of the hem of this wrap skirt makes for a high impact look that you just don’t forget. Since the hemline of the skirt gives it a flirtier vibe, we suggest keeping the rest of the look sophisticated and understated, by teaming it up with your regular button-downs or t-shirts for a night out.

Rena Fringe Top (Rs. 1400; Koovs.com):This top proves that fringe can play dress-up too. Because it's such a statement-making piece, keep the rest of the look muted so that the fringe steals the show. Pair it with boyfriend jeans to balance out the glam or if have somewhere extra fancy to go, then try on a full metallic skirt in a bold hue. 

Forever 21 Shorts (Rs. 1100 approx): These are what we call the perfect festival shorts - ideal for frolicking around soaking in the sun and the music. We love the bohemian vibes they give off  when paired with an off-shoulder blouse and booties.

Fringe Top (Rs. 699; Ladybug.in): It's hard for a piece to feel sophisticated and genuinely fun to wear at the same time. Temper it with a leather skirt or your favorite jeans and add heels to tie the whole thing together for date night.

Mango Top (Rs. 3490):If you're feeling more adventurous, go all scarlet like a fully fringed top for a sleek take on texture. The long strands dance with every gentle breeze. Wear it on its own or layered over an old tee with baggy jeans for a getup that will make you look awesome sipping that mimosa at brunch. 

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):Give your go-to, throw-on dress a little something extra with added fringe contrast - it’s ideal if you're looking to take a break from your LBD. The dress allows you to sport the artful swish and swoosh of fringe that is more high-concept hippie than coachella wannabe. 

If like us, you have started to feel a bit fatigued by the typical oversized necklaces in your closet then we are happy to report that the statement necklace as we know it now is about to change. The necklace this season is all about the tight embrace - with chokers taking a chic hold in heavy metals and bold shapes. We have seen them around the necks of street style hotshots like Alexa Chung and strutting down the runway at Chanel. Style this new neck-hugger with a crew neck tee to dress up a simple silhouette or adorn it over a strapless dress to make an already fashion forward shape more compelling. Whether your personal style is sleek and minimal, slightly punk, or decidedly bohemian, we have shortlisted few of our favorite pieces to satisfy our blast-from-the-past cravings:

Adrika Necklace (Rs. 495; Myntra.com):
We love the tough-but-glam aesthetic of this necklace. The contrast of sharp collar with a tear drop gem stones is intriguing and guaranteed to be a compliment-magnet. Wear it dress up a sporty outfit of jersey midi dress and sneakers.

Sparkle Street Choker (Rs. 233; Flipkart.com):
Love the soft lady-like touch that the pearls and the crystal flowers add to this sleek metal choker proving that chokers can look as delicate as they can edgy. Wear it to compliment a bare neckline at your next dinner date.

Multicolored Choker (Rs. 2600; Limeroad.com):
Use this colorful, summery and youthful necklace to add a little bohemian flair to your day. Go full on flower child in a peasant crop top and floral bell bottoms at a music festival or wear it with a denim shirt and a midi skirt for a look that is more grown-up folk chic.

Forever 21 Necklace (Rs. 660 approx.):
This bauble from Forever 21 will come handy on days when you can’t seem to dream up of a more creative outfit than your good old jeans and tee combo. Layer this choker with several gold chains of varying lengths for an on-point accessory game.

Rhinestone Choker Necklace (Rs. 795; Koovs.com):
A jeweled choker that is both statement making and intricate. Give your trusty LBD a last minute oomph that it seeks or multiply the glamour by teaming it with a band tee and leather pants.

Mango Metal Choker (Rs. 1790):
This version from Mango is the perfect understated jewelry for the uber minimalist in you. This sleek modern take on the 90’s staple will look chic in the boardroom peeking from underneath a crisp button down and will give instant it-girl vibes when styled with a deep v-neck silk blouse.

It's easy, it's classic, and it's refined - a shirtdress is one of the few pieces that is truly a  closet workhorse. This staple can take you from a cubicle to happy hour to a hot date with a simple swap of accessories. This season the basic shirt dress received a high fashion treatment with designers like Altuzarra  and Rebecca Minkoff reimagining the classic shape with asymmetric hemlines, thigh high slits and dropped waists. We have shortlisted few of the buttoned-up frocks that are challenging us to kick up our dress game this spring:

Window Pane Shirtdress (Rs.1495; Koovs.com):
This grid print shirtdress with its combo action needs little else to make it a knockout. The nipped in waist covertly injects a feminine vibe into this creation making it equally suited for office hours as for museum hopping on the weekends. Just add ankle strap heels during the week and switch to loafers for your off-duty jaunts. 

Black Shirt Dress (Rs.1499; Myntra.com):
This black maxi length shirtdress is neither too dainty nor too delicate with just enough ‘statement’ to it. The monochrome frock will look equally chic paired with wedges and tote for a daytime stroll or dressed up with heels and a moto jacket for a night out. To up the glam quotient even further - leave the top and bottom of the dress unbuttoned

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):
When it comes to keeping it casual, the denim shirt dress is the perfect example of a go-to piece that will look just as good layered as it will on its own. For a weekend outfit worthy of praise, wrap a thin belt around your shirtdress, toss a boho bag over your shoulders and finish the look with a pair of suede ankle booties. 

Masaba For Stylista Dress (Rs. 3160; Myntra.com):
The quirky print of this Masaba dress with contrasting yellow tones will brighten up even the groggiest of mornings. Go bold and elevate the entire look with a pair hot pink pumps. 

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1380):
We are swooning over this delightfully simple iteration of the shirtdress. The sharp cut and uneven hemline give this otherwise straightforward piece a dramatic spin. A highly versatile blank canvas, this shirt dress can look polished and work appropriate with a black blazer and pointy toe flats and can be turned it into a fun evening alternative with a pair of thick platform heels and a chunky choker necklace. 

Mango Leather Dress (Rs.14900):
If the traditional button-up frock feels a just a little bit too tame for your taste then we suggest giving this mod boxy silhouette from Mango a try. Create a total tomboy moment with a pair of platform espadrilles or give it a slight feminine twist with wooden platforms and a sleek cuff.