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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.

It’s time to clean out your purse and downsize to a mini-but-still-major bag. Small in size but big on style, mini bags are the must-have accessory this Spring. With their versatility and hands free perk, they are perfect for the girl-on-the go. Wear them casually during the day to lighten your load and look fashionable. They are also perfect for parties and events — adding just a bit of flare and letting the outfit shine. From shrunken satchels to petite cross-body bags, these fuss free mini bags are just too cute to pass up. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Lara Karen Petite Shoulder Bag (Rs. 999; Jabong.com): In a subtle gold shade, this eye catching accent works round the clock and will elevate every outfit that you pair it with.
  2. Zara Mini Bag (Rs. 3790): Between the structured shape, color-blocked hues and sleek hardware, we can all agree this is one stunning bag. Wear it during the day with a white tee and oxfords and take it out at night with a skater skirt and leather jacket.
  3. Mango Bag (Rs. 3490): The epitome of upscale, this bag in classic black hue with its rich texture and gold accents exudes sophistication. Sling it over your shoulder with a chic black white romper and gold pumps for that wow effect.
  4. Toniq Sling Bag (Rs. 1099; Myntra.com): So cheerful: a super-bright flash of sunny yellow at your hip. Wear them with everything from your floral dresses to your denim shorts.
  5. Forever 21 Bag (Rs. 1200): An ultra-ladylike take on a satchel style, with a compact size and gleamy hardware. Would go perfectly with a fitted sheath dress.
  6. Bebe Bag (Rs. 3850; Majorbrands.in): Sharp metal studs and hefty chain are a fun counter point to this elegant quilted mini cross body bag. Use it to add drama to a sexy body-con dress or team it with a pleated skirt and silk top for a day soiree.

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Nothing says summer like sun-kissed skin against a gauzy white dress. It's the go-to staple that's as fit for a cocktail party as it is for a weekend at the beach. The LWD though not as easy on the tongue as its noir counterpart really captures the spirit of the season and are versatile like blank canvasses. Whether you're looking for a casual version that's a step up from your basic white tee, or something a bit more festive (cutouts, anyone?), there's a clean-and-crisp offering out there for you. We have shortlisted our favorite fresh frocks for you to pick from:

  1. Zara Lace Dress (Rs. 4890): The simple, structured silhouette adds a bit of sass to a feminine lace dress. Wear it with flat sandals and wavy hair to a garden party. Add metallic heels and hot pink pout to transition for evening.
  2. Forever 21 Maxi(Rs. 1800 approx): Embrace your inner bohemian with this peek-a-boo maxi. Add on a pair of chunky boots and armful of bangles for a picnic in the park. An oversized sunhat will bring a perfect finishing touch to the look.
  3. Vanilla Sunrise Dress (Rs. 2250; Jabong.com): Your go-to work dress for summer - all this needs is a pop of turquoise. Throw over a black blazer and add pointy flats for a chic day at work.
  4. One Shoulder Dress (Rs. 2195; Koovs.com) You'll look like a goddess when you hit the town in this. Highlighting and creating curves, this is the perfect cocktail dress to show off your killer legs.
  5. Mango Ruffles Dress (Rs. 3490): Flirty and flattering, perfect for a beach getaway. Slip this on and feel like you're on a tropical vacation, no matter where you really are.
  6. Wills Lifestyle Dress (Rs. 2599): Ditch the short-shorts for a mini-minidress that is little sporty and little sweet. With cute details like peter-pan collar and cut-out pattern this dress is daytime-approved.

One of the easiest—and cheapest—pick-me-ups out there is a shiny new bottle of nail polish.  It’s the easiest way to add pizzazz to your digits and transform your look. You can go for a matching color to make the color palette a beautiful monochrome or you can go for a striking contrast to make your nails truly stand out, making a bold fashion statement.

Each new season brings with it a world of new manicure possibilities. But spring, with the arrival of bright flowers, strappy sandals and icy drinks is the best manicure season of them all. With so many new trends and colors out there, finding that perfect shade can be quite a dilemma. To make it a tad simpler, we came up with four key nail trends for spring summer 2014. We have got it all from minty pastel tones to glamorous shimmery shades from four of India’s leading websites which retail cosmetics at sweet deals and discounts. Let the finger painting commence:

Metallics
Its official, this season calls for lustrous shine – night or day. Get a glimmer of the season’s hottest trend with a sparkly manicure. The reflective finish of these polishes render them a rock-star-glam that will add a luxe statement to even the most boring of outfits.

  1. Konal Silver Nail Enamel (Rs. 440; Jabong.com)
  2. L’oreal Paris Color Riche (Rs. 235; Jabong.com)
  3. China Glaze (Rs. 490;Jabong.com)
  4. Konad Diamond (Rs. 390; Jabong.com)

Pastels
What better way to get you in a spring mood than with a springy bouquet of pastel shades. These soft dewy hues are bold enough to create interest but subdued enough to wear in to work. Our suggestion is to sweeten things up by wearing at least two at a time and trying out some graphic nail art.

  1. L’oreal Paris (Rs. 235; Flipkart.com)
  2. Maybelline Express Finish (Rs.210; Flipkart.com)
  3. Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist (Rs. 400;Flipkart.com)
  4. Maybelline Express Finish (Rs. 210; Flipkart.com)

Neutrals
Classy, elegant and simple, it is always a good change to give a break to the colors and go for a safe neutral palette. This is the best way to lengthen your nails and one can most definitely not go wrong with these shades no matter the color of their outfit. If you are going for a nude color, make sure to maintain a short shape and pick a shade, which compliments your skin tone.

  1. Maybelline Porcelain Party Enamel (Rs. 75; Myntra.com)
  2. Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist (Rs. 400; myntra.com)
  3. L’oreal Color Riche (Rs. 225; Myntra.com)
  4. Lakme Truewear (Rs. 150; Myntra.com)

Dark Metal
Dark and moody deep colours ranging from forest green, rich black and midnight blues lend a tough-girl edge to ethereal spring ensembles. Just keep them chip free and they will add a mix of sophistication to any outfit.

  1. OPI Nail Lacquer (Rs. 670; Nykaa.com)
  2. OPI Nail Lacquer (Rs. 670; Nykaa.com)
  3. Max Factor Glossfinity (Rs. 395; Nykaa.com)
  4. Deborah Pret A Porter Nail Enamel (Rs. 190; Nykaa.com)

Hope you enjoyed our spring nail trend report! Before we sign off we would like to share a few tips for the most appealing nails, starting with, if you cannot maintain them, keep them short. Always add a clear coat after your nail polish to make it long lasting. Every few days remove your nail polish entirely and let your nails breathe. Last but not the least, try out all the colors you possibly can and be truly experimental as this is one experience which can be reversed easily, so be daring.