StylePile Magazine

Summer dresses have had their day in the sun and now it's time to embrace autumn and turn our attention to warmer layers and dresses that are equal parts function and fashion. Long sleeved dresses will help you solve your chilly dilemma the entire season - perfect to wear solo right now and layered with jacket or a chunky knit in the coming weeks. We have shortlisted the six best cozy-cool dresses with sleeves that filter out the freeze: 

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1500 approx):
The short hemlines make it sexy but the covered-up arms and abstract print keeps it elegant. Wear it with sky high pumps and a sleek pulled back hair for maximum impact.

Print Dress (Rs. 699; Flipkart.com):
Keep summer alive in your fall wardrobe by opting for this aztec print dress. The warm hues and the full sleeves will work great with tights and chelsea boots for a chilly morning commute 

Mango Leopard Print Dress (Rs. 4590):
Stay warm and toasty during those winter evening bashes by teaming this leopard print shift dress with tights and pointy booties. 

Zara Pleated Dress (Rs. 5990):
Giving us straight-from-the-runway vibe, this Zara dress offers the easy chic approach to outfitting fall. Team it with classic oxfords to give it a preppy twist or accessorize with sharp accents like knee high boots and a mini clutch to give it a more feminine touch. 

Forever New Striped Dress (Rs. 3800):
Winter dressing with a french accent - this jersey knit striped dress requires very little styling and would look great with sneakers on a weekend. 

Snakeskin Print Dress (Rs. 1995; Koovs.com):
This dress in slick reptilian print with lace accent injects a double dose of exotic texture and playfulness into any look. 

Sporting mismatched plaids may not be an obvious choice for an outfit but one glimpse at Jessica Simpson and we were believers that it's a total wardrobe game changer. Jessica skillfully mixed in two competing patterns to deliver a sophisticated look that gives a fresh spin to the classic pattern. The trick to nailing the plaid on plaid look is to stick to coordinating color schemes so that neither print overpowers the other. To help you recreate her standout look, we have combed the internet to pick out pieces that will fit within your budget: 

Plaid Top (Rs. 1295; Koovs.com)

Plaid Skirt (Rs. 1250; Theclosetlabel.com)

Mango Bag (Rs. 6790)

Forever 21 Pumps (Rs. 1800 approx)

Waist Belt (Rs. 1600; Faballey.com)

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.