StylePile Magazine

There are times when dainty jewels just won’t do the trick, that’s the moment to bring out the big guns. We are talking about major baubles that make a major statement. 

Quirky and edgy all at once, these pieces  can help inject some red-carpet sizzle to your everyday looks. A well paced piece of eye-catching jewelry  can help transition a simple black maxi or a plain white tee from day to night. Show off your wild(er) side with our handpicked pieces that are a welcome change from your go-to chain bracelet and necklace:

Azteca Necklace (Rs. 3200; Bansari.com)

Hammered Cuff (Rs. 12,000; Amrapali) 

Drops of Gold Ring (Rs. 4250; Einaahuluwalia.com)

Akaliko Clock Necklace (Rs. 9600;  Bombayelectric.com)

Arm Cuff (Rs. 999; Trinketbag.com) 

Double Square Bangle (Rs. 7600; Suhanipittie.com)

Rock Necklace (Rs. 2626; Pipabella.com)

Tentacles Waves Cuff (Rs. 9000; Isharya.com) 

After multiple seasons of carefully mixing and re-mixing prints, this season designers set out to break the quintessential fashion rule and declared it’s not only okay but fashion forward to be a little matchy-matchy.

Matching sets are a dynamic duo that do double duty, they produce show stopping results on their own and maximize the potential of your closet when mixed in with other separates. Be it a cropped or boxy top and matching midi skirt or a tank and shorts, coordinated separates are your ticket to instant coolness. Not only do they streamline your a.m. routine but also help you look put together with minimal effort.  We have scoured the internet for finds that you can just throw on and go - it’s about time you met your match: 

Forever 21 Top (Rs. 1440) & Forever 21 Skirt (Rs. 1320):
A unique take on the summer florals, this embroidered set from Forever 21 gives the illusion of one piece, thanks to their coordinating print. Its monochrome palette and intriguing texture will look great for the warm weather now and will transition beautifully for the upcoming winter months. 

Zara Top (Rs. 2990) & Zara Trousers (Rs. 2990):
This Zara sets combines youthful separates in coordinating prints for a punchy update to the jumpsuit. 

Houndstooth Crop Top (Rs. 800; Faballey.com) & Houndstooth Pencil Skirt (Rs. 1200; Faballey.com): This chic houndstooth set of crop top and fitted skirt takes the whole matching trend to newer and more glamorous heights. All it needs is a swipe of red lipper and sleek black pumps to get you out of the door. 

Future Folk Print Top (Rs. 1495; Koovs.com) & Future Folk Print Skirt (Rs. 1995; Koovs.com):
This great graphic print set has perfect makings of a high impact look. The demure length pencil skirt with a loose fitted top will give you an edge over your co-workers in the boardroom and will look equally chic for any after hours event. 

Dorothy Perkins Tropical Top (Rs. 1150; Jabong.com) & Dorothy Perkins Tropical Skirt (Rs. 1245; Jabong.com):
A fun tropical print like this one speaks loudly of your personality and will turn heads wherever you go. Dress it town with your favorite sneakers or opt for bright strappy heels for an element of polish.

Floral Top (Rs. 1150; Theclosetlabel.com) & Maxi Skirt (Rs. 1350;Theclosetlabel.com) :
The small hint of midriff in this floral set helps break the monochrome effect. Complete your ensemble with gladiator sandals and dainty accessories, for a more modern take on the hippie vibe. 

Trend Alert - Kimono
05 Sep 2014

The traditional Japanese robe was given a fresh life this season.  It's the ideal lightweight topper that adds interest to an outfit without the weight or the sweat of a heavy jacket. 

A kimono is a versatile cover-up perfect for everything from beach days to evening barbecues by adding that light, extra layer along with jazzing up those warm-weather frocks.  We have picked up few pieces to help you get wrapped up in style in this super shrug:

Block Print Kimono (Rs. 1450; Theclosetlabel.com):
This block print kimono would be a great layering piece instead of your go-to blazer for a relaxed vibe. The muted colors and subtle print would work both for office and weekend.

Forever 21 Maxi Kimono (Rs. 1400 approx):
Complete with a button-down front, a V-neckline, and an elegant sheer floral print, this kimono is the perfect piece to boost your carefree spirit. We love the styling on the model here with distressed denim and moto boots, the swingy long kimono channels and effortless and easy look. 

Floral Kimono (Rs. 2145; Voonik.com):
This floral kimono with lace edges would look playful and fun styled with a pair of denim-cut offs, a graphic tee and a fringe bag for the day. Transition it for night by layering it over a fitted long dress preferably in a solid hue. 

Snakeprint Kimono (Rs. 650; Snapdeal.com):
Embrace the barely there brilliance of a kimono with this snake-skin print one. It would add polish when layered over your office separates and can look laid-back and cool when paired with a body-con dress for the cocktail hour

Polka Dotted Kimono (Rs. 1400; Faballey.com):
This flowy topper achieves that perfect hybrid between elegance and ease. Wear it to complement a monochromatic look or use it to ground a more vibrant outfit. 

Fringe Kimono Jacket (Rs. 1995; Koovs.com):
With its sleek cut and edgy tweaks, this jacket is a sophisticated take on the bohemian staple. Layer it over your favorite LBD to give it a high-impact makeover. 

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.