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Plaid might rule the fall runways, but gingham is the king for the spring season. These petite checks are more town than country, despite their cli·chéd picnic theme association. Gingham is as cool and confident as it is sweet and retro and is super easy to dress up or down thanks to its simple and timeless weave. We have shortlisted our favorite pieces and some tips on getting the cheerful checkered pattern right. 

Zara Shorts (Rs. 2890):
Zara brings you a fresh iteration on the classic, preppy print. Mix it in with a denim a shirt and boyish brogues for a modern take on the trend.

Mango Top (Rs. 2290):
Add drama to this gauzy gingham top by contrasting it with a pair of floral pants. Finish off the look with some polished flair with a sleek watch and black tote.

Forever 21 Shirt (Rs. 700 approx):
A knotted button down lends a cool-girl touch to a gingham button-down. Pair it with a voluminous A-line skirt, bright pumps, and a swipe of red lipstick to complete the feminine vibe.

Scarf (Rs. 175; Freecultr.com):
This adorable scarf in an unexpected chirpy yellow is the perfect summer accessory. Team it with a white tee and boyfriend jeans and some cool heels.  

Nineteen Dress (Rs. 604; Myntra.com):
The most lovely of ways to go gingham. Balance this sweet checkered dress with sporty add ons like converse sneakers - preppy and way more comfortable than pumps. 

Bag (Rs. 1295; Fashionara.com):
This white bag with a hint of print will lend the freshest and preppiest tilt to whatever you have on. 

With the longer days and warmer nights of the summer season, it’s time to tuck your basic black back in your closet and experiment with some serious color. Since Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the official color of 2014, this royal hue has been taking  off - no matter the exact shade or intensity, its proved to be an attention-getting color palette for the season. 

The hot pink-infused purple is an enchanting floral hue that exudes femininity. This particular shade of purple is soft enough to emphasize a sweet, feminine sensibility and cool enough to balance edgier add-ons for a surprise twist. This multi-faceted hue is seductive when combined with red, pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink and can be partnered with neutrals like grey and black for a universally flattering appeal. We have shortlisted our favorite purple buys to enhance your wardrobe's palette for the season: 

Zara Top (Rs. 2990):
Nothing says "sweet" like a flowy top in a light fabric. We'd wear this wispy top with a pair of printed skinny jeans and bright pumps to look chic from 9-5 and beyond.

Forever 21 Romper (Rs. 1800 approx):
Liven up this solid-hued romper with fierce accessories like metallic pumps and a box clutch.

Sling Bag (Rs. 698; Myntra.com):
A cool clutch is an accessory that helps bring together an entire outfit. Pump up a LWD with this pint sized purse in punchy purple.

Two Tone Dress (Rs. 1695; Koovs.com):
The lace bodice, the eyelet skirt, the pretty color — there's so much to love about this dress - perfect for ladies who love some girlie flair. 

Aldo Shoes (Rs. 3500 approx):
These radiant orchid sandals with printed heel will make any boring outfit stand out. They'd look great with wide legged pants and dresses alike.

Shopnineteen Dress (Rs: 719; Jabong.com): 
We love the shape of this vibrant dress - an oversized cut and A-line shape instantly provide a cool-girl vibe to this flowy purple frock. Get creative with your accessories to take this dress from the beach to the backyard barbecue.

Priyanka Chopra is a phenomenal actress, a red carpet ace and an all-around Indian beauty who’s captured the hearts of everyone around her. But it's her offscreen expertise as a red carpet beauty, street-chic queen, and singing sensation that has us under a major style spell. She has knack for creating chic, effortless ensembles that are both inspirational and attainable. At a recent event to promote her new single, she opted for a sultry aesthetic echoing the sportswear trend. The mesh detail gives the otherwise conservative silhouette of the skirt a sexy edge and the cropped tee helps achieve a cool eclectic mix. Read below to recreate her look on a working girl budget with our picks:

Mesh Overlay Skirt (Rs. 4200; Koovs.com)

Zara Cropped Tee (Rs. 1290)

Forever 21 Body Chain (Rs. 800 approx)

Forever 21 Ring Set (Rs. 300 approx)

Aldo Heels (Rs. 5000 approx)

Rompers are your one-stop to seasonally breezy styling. They're one of the most versatile go-anywhere solutions to our Summer dressing queries - no more fretting over mixing and matching; it's all done for you. They're a little spunkier than our sundresses, go perfectly with flats or wedges, and happen to look fantastic under blazers, oversized cardigans, and denim jackets. It's a little like a one-piece wonder! We have rounded up 6 sweet suits that hit the fashionable high note and are equally playful:

  1. Rinku Dalamal Romper (Rs. 2950; Jabong.com): With an ultrachic snakeskin pattern and long sleeves, this piece retains its cute and casual feel in a noticeably more grown up and feminine way. We could see this striking all the right evening notes paired with a long pendant necklace and sexy ankle strap heels.
  2. Benetton Romper (Rs. 1999; Myntra.com): With its standout stripes and beat-the-heat cut, this would look just as good on the street as it would on the sand. The perfect look for your lazy days lounging around the house or running errands in the neighborhood.
  3. Warehouse Romper (Rs. 5000; Koovs.com): The unique bird print along with the black contrast panelling makes this a cool, modern pick, perfect for pairing with a blazer. You'll look stunning meeting the girls for cocktails or heading to work (casual Fridays just went up a notch).
  4. Forever 21 Romper (Rs. 1500): Basic black but with a pretty lace detail, this romper is set to give your favorite LBD some stiff competition. Its a perfect blank canvas to add all of your fabulous summer accessories — a pair of flat sandals and a tote by day, a luxe clutch, and gold cuff by night.
  5. Mango Overalls (Rs. 3490): Be a blue jean baby in this casual and playful like a denim onesie that will make you forget your tired cutoffs and tank tops. For a summery play on this 90’s classic, layer it over a striped tee along with lace-up flat sandals and a bright crossbody bag for weekend errands.
  6. Blue Romper (Rs. 1295; Fashionara.com): We love the bright hue, collared blouse, and folded detail at the bottom of the shorts. Dress it down for an outdoor barbecue with a hat and pair of wedge heels or style it for after dark appeal with a pair of metallic platform sandals and a bold lip to get a sexy, of-the-moment look.

We've long loved an ankle-crop pant, this season designers urged us to consider the new shape of things - the models on the runways of Jil Sander, Armani, Etro showed off their ankles in wide leg pants that didn’t quite hit the floor yet took the Bermuda short a little further. Either fully relaxed, or featuring a tailored silhouette with a slight flare at the bottom, culottes are a welcome step outside our comfort zone. Sporty or sleek, laid-back or super-sharp they do carry a certain level of sophistication, despite their apparent casual feel especially when styled the right way.

With Summer hovering right around the corner, culottes are the coolest way to let your legs breathe.When it comes to styling this mid calf pant silhouette, don’t be overwhelmed by its proportions. Simply treat culottes like midi skirts and balance out your outfit by keeping the rest of the look sleek. Counterbalance the extra volume on the bottom by going for a more fitted top, so any crop top—from a bralette to a more boxy option would be a great option. A tucked in blouse or simple T-shirt works well too. And although a heel or platform is the safest shoe choice - helping you elongate your frame, you can get away with flats as well. The trick is to pick shoes with a thick sole - you need something more substantial to anchor all those extreme proportions. See some perfectly styled culotte looks, plus shop the trend below:

  1. Zara Culottes ( Rs. 3990): Cautious about a wide leg? Start with a classic navy pair in a more structured shape. When it's time for work, add a button-down and throw a blazer for further polish. Convey a sense of laid back cool by ditching fussy heels in favor of flat sandals for a chic weekend look.
  2. Oliv Culottes (Rs. 1500; Koovs.com): For modern, sophisticated look that's unbelievably flattering, stick to one solid color from head to toe. Team these cobalt blue culottes with a similar hued top and some black heels for summer’s answer to power dressing. For the weekends, you can punch this pair up with a bright-colored top for a look that’s guaranteed to get you noticed at the bar.
  3. Forever 21 Culottes (Rs. 1200 approx): This flowy pair of culottes read as a swingy midiskirt and function as an office-appropriate alternative to go-to bottoms. They are slightly dressier but not over the top and will take you straight from work to hanging with girls or on a date.
  4. Debashree Samantha Culottes (Rs. 6800; Jabong.com): For a bold take on culottes, pick a printed style like this one from Jabong. The soft pastel hue with its cool hand woven design has spring written all over it. Go laid-back and sporty by pairing these with a slouchy tank or a simple white tee and classic white trainers that are so on trend these days.
  5. Forever 21 (Rs. 1400 approx): Welcome back the culotte into your life with a cheerful floral version like this from Forever 21. A flowy silk tank with a statement necklace and block metallic heels is the fashion forward way to dress up this season.
  6. Asos Culottes (Rs. 4500): Flash a bit of toned tummy in a cropped tank top for a more youthful look. To rock these for nighttime, just add a leather tank and the highest of heels.