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A perpetual fall favorite, a plaid button-down is one of the most democratic pieces in the fashion sphere, working on every type of girl, in every type of closet. Depending on how you put the pieces together, plaid can work as easily for a 9-5 routine as it can for a laid-back weekend outing. This week we show you a tartan shirt styled from minimal to preppy to uptown chic:

Look1

Fight the midweek slump with an outfit that's as easy as it is eye-catching. Just add a plaid button-down to your slouchy jeans and a pair of metallic heels to capitalize on the cool-girl vibe. Finish off with a few polished yet casual accessories namely a white bag and a gold necklace for a look that take the smart casual route with your plaid.

  1. Reiss Saffi (Rs. 1200 approx)
  2. Mango Jeans (Rs. 4590)
  3. Necklace (Rs. 899; Stalkbuylove.com)
  4. Forever 21 Pumps (Rs. 1500 approx)
  5. Guess Bag (Rs. 7140)

Look 2

A plaid shirt goes the extra mile when paired with a bold leather pencil skirt. More pretty than punk, the addition of a pencil skirt and pointy pumps make the outfit look both elegant and provocative. And you thought plaid couldn’t play for after hours.

  1. Reiss Saffi (Rs. 1200 approx)
  2. Zara Skirt (Rs. 2990)
  3. Aldo Heels (Rs. 5000 approx)
  4. Steve Madden Bag (Rs. 2799)

Look 3

To really step up your game this season, try mixing two plaid patterns. Sporting mismatched plaids may not be an obvious choice, but trust us when we say that it's a total wardrobe game changer. The trick to nailing the plaid-on-plaid look is in focusing on coordinating color schemes so that neither print overpowers the other. Here, we opted for a red and gray palette, accenting the ensemble with a deep, oxblood tone via ankle booties for added depth.

  1. Reiss Saffi (Rs. 1200 approx)
  2. Vanca Skirt (Rs. 899; Jabong.com)
  3. Booties (Rs. 3119)
  4. French Connection Satchel (Rs. 3000)
  5. Leggings (Rs. 449; Jabong.com)

Look 4

Make your plaid the focal point of your whole ensemble by wearing it with skinny black denim, black boots and a fur (real or faux) vest in black. It makes for a great off-duty ensemble with some attitude.

  1. Reiss Saffi (Rs. 1200 approx)
  2. Vero Moda Faux Fur Vest (Rs. 3295; Koovs.com)
  3. Zara Booties (Rs. 2790)

One of the most pleasantly surprising trends of the season has been the sweatshirt. Thanks to designers like Givenchy and Kenzo, sweatshirts are no longer reserved for the gym or for lounging at home. They have taken on a whole new persona with quirky, embellished and graphic options that are a sure shot way to amp up your cool factor.

The best way to style this sporty top is with unexpected pieces to create an effortlessly cool look. We have hunted down a few of our absolute favorites that don't sacrifice any style for comfort.

  1. Zara Sweatshirt (Rs. 3790): Adopt the luxe sweatshirt trend with this faux leather version. A midi-skirt, metallic pumps and a statement cuff take the sweatshirt into fancy after-hours territory.
  2. Mango Sequin Sweatshirt (Rs. 1495): This sweatshirt makes a pretty sweet replacement for your typical party top plus its warmer too. All you need to make it go from gym-time staple to on-trend outfit maker is a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans, rolled just at the ankle to reveal a pair of hot pumps.
  3. Printed Sweashirt (Rs. 519; Yepme.com): Put your playful sensibilities on display to take laid-back dressing to a whole new level. For the daring amongst us, we suggest styling a bright sweatshirt like this with bold accent pieces, like a botanical print skirt and some high tops.
  4. Forever 21 Paisley Sweatshirt (Rs. 1200 approx): This preppy yet feminine sweatshirt provides day-to-night-to-weekend dressing in one easy step. Team it with your favorite jeans on weekends and wear it with a skater skirt and ankle strap pumps for a fun evening outfit.
  5. French Connection Sweatshirt (Rs. 2500): This embellished sweatshirt offers a chic and sophisticated take on the silhouette, making it as ladylike and feminine as it is comfortable. Layer it with a collared shirt and slouchy denim for a corporate-meets-stylist, ready to conquer any kind of day look.
  6. Sweatshirt (Rs. 1495; Koovs.com): For days when you are sartorially stumped, let this sporty chic alternative come to your rescue. Dress it up with a pair of black waxed skinnies and a military jacket for a ruggedly casual outfit. Add some sparkling earrings to lend a contrasting bit of feminine glamour to this borrowed-from-the-boys look

Source: Style.com; Bazaar

A turtleneck might not sound like the most groundbreaking of the winter basics, but you'd be surprised by just how chic this cold-weather essential actually is. A slim, figure-flattering silhouette is timeless, but the modern turtleneck looks just as sharp when it's a little oversized.

Chunky or skinny, this up-to-the-chin pullover is not only sure to keep away the shivers, but it can also look chic and dressy enough for all your big, Saturday night plans. Whether you want to style it up for a day at the office or layer it underneath your favorite party dress, there are more than few ways to make the most out of one turtleneck sweater. We bring you a few of our favorites with a bevy of smart tricks you can use to freshen up this closet staple:

  1. Zara Dress (Rs. 1290): This dress is an ideal option for ladies who don't want to add too much all-over bulk to their outfit. Wear it on its own under an oversized coat or use it as a layering piece with a red shift dress for an eye-catching, effortless ensemble.
  2. Only Sweater (Rs.1795; Jabong.com): Just because it's sweater weather doesn't mean you have to give up your print-mixing ways. Opt for a color-blocked turtleneck like this one and pair it with a patterned skirt that picks up one of the hues.
  3. Mango Turtleneck (Rs.1490): All this needs is a pair of slouchy fit denims, loafers and a black blazer to create a chic parisian look.
  4. Forever 21 Highneck (Rs. 1000 approx): Give your t-neck an unexpected contemporary twist by layering it underneath a buttoned-up collared shirt for a perfect office-to-happy-hour look. For a chic off duty look, go with your trusted skinny jeans and black boots.
  5. Elle Sweater (Rs. 2295; Myntra.com): Shake up a drab midweek morning with a pop of color, pair your colored turtleneck with a sharp blazer in a contrasting hue, then pull on a pair of good old black pants for a touch of casual-chic.
  6. Species Sweater (Rs. 1279; Limeroad.com): A turtleneck does not have to be the most boring thing in your closet. In this case, a soft pastel turtle neck can plenty of pizzazz to a sleek black pencil skirt and heels.

As we get into the dead of Winter, putting together a good outfit needs more creativity than you would think. The quickest way to cozy up your ensemble and pull yourself out of the slump is by adding a new scarf to the mix.

These easy-to-wear neck pieces add a roomy, oversize glam to your Winter wardrobe. Whether thick and chunky, big and blankety, or printed and patterned, a scarf with a personality will be your winter wardrobe’s best friend. We have shortlisted our favorites that'll never leave you sacrificing style for functionality and warmth:

  1. Zara Maxi Scarfi (Rs. 990): A sweet touch of fair aisle with a black and white combination makes it as stylish as it functional.
  2. Knitted Scarf (Rs. 995; Koovs.com ) The rich mustard shade of this knitted version will lend a truly season and on-trend touch to every outfit. Love the idea of teaming it with an army green parka.
  3. F21 Open Knit Scarf (Rs. 950 approx.): This scarf has the quintessential preppy vibe that will be fun to mix and match with your different outwear options.
  4. Mango Faux Fur Scarf (Rs. 2,990): The ultimate statement maker, this faux fur leopard beauty offers a luxe look for much less. Just wear it with anything black and you are all set.
  5. Forever New Checked Scarf (Rs. 695): On bitingly cold days, it's the little things like this scarf that make all the difference. The warm hues of this cozy scarf makes it versatile and can be worn with neutral coats as well as with bright ones for an interesting contrast.
  6. Asos.com Fringe Scarf (Rs. 2500 approx.) For a bohemian vibe add a little or a lot of fringe to your winter wear. The fresh pop of color would make it the center point of your outfit.

Source: Stockholm streetstyle; Syle

Va-Va Velvet! Formally reserved for magicians and nineties grunge, we think it’s time to get reacquainted with velvet. Fall’s most sumptuous fabric is making a post-90’s retro revival with tons of inspiring velvet outfits on the Fall/Winter 2013 runway from embellished dresses and pantsuits to bejeweled heels.

The au courant take on the fabric is baroque with a little bit of rock and roll mixed. Sure, its not the easiest fabric to carry, but the secret to making the material feel current is to choose pieces with modern cuts and tailored details. Dodge the costumey pitfalls of the opulent fabric by staying away from crushed velvet, opting for deep jewel tones and to incorporate the fabric in unexpected ways with the help of chic accents. We have rounded up few of our favorite iterations of the refined fabric:

  1. Zara Dress (Rs. 4990): This dress screams night out on the town as it's still sweet, but a little more sophisticated. The straight cut gives it an instant modern vibe and the lace sleeves enhance the glamour quotient. All you need are some heels and a clutch and you're set for any party.
  2. Mango Pants (Rs.3990): A great alternative to your regular black pants, these velvet ones when paired with a structured top keeps the head-to-toe effect sharp.
  3. Peplum Top (Rs. 1450; Faballey.com): Night time is when velvet really shines, so don’t be afraid to dress it up. The subtle sheen of burnout velvet mixed with a sheer panel makes it one standout piece. Wear it with structured pants and ankle strap heels or team it with a fitted skirt. Finish with a bold red lip if you're feeling fancy.
  4. Burgundy Blazer (Rs. 2490; Jabong.com): Harness the luxuriance of velvet into an unexpected everyday staple like this burgundy blazer. Its sleek and streamline silhouette helps to balance texture and dimension of the fabric - a perfect topper for both pants and dresses.
  5. Forever New Shoes (Rs. 1915): Add a touch of elegance to your ensemble with the help of these plush velvet slippers. Pair them with your everyday jeans to vamp up a casual look or add them to a formal pant suit for a relaxed vibe.
  6. Forever 21 Skirt (Rs. 1000 approx): Fun and flirty the skirt makes enough of a statement, you can just add a neutral blouse or simple T-shirt to create an easy-chic look.

Source: Style; Stockholm Street Style