(We introduce the Dress Your Personality series that explores different style personas and gives tips on how to identify and dress according to your personality.)
If we allowed ourselves to dress exactly the way we wanted, we would all develop strong personal styles. Unfortunately, most of us listen to friends, colleagues and even mummy dearest and dress in a socially acceptable manner, which can be quite boring. However, there are those who choose to march to the beat of a different drummer.
Over the years, a few celebrities stole the limelight with their fabulously quirky outfits. Katie Perry has been spotted in everything from Manish Arora’s carousels to a dress strewn with dice. Lady Gaga went the Muppet way with a Kermit jacket designed by Jean Charles de Castelbajac. In India, Anushka Manchanda and Poorna Jagannathan are famous for their unusual clothing choices. More recently Priyanka Chopra and Prateik Babbar were spotted in camera print dress and pyjamas by designer Masaba Gupta. Not one to be left behind, Neha Dhupia wore a snail patterned outfit by Kallol Datta and Sonam Kapoor rocked the Pacman sari by Yogesh Chaudhary. Not everyone gets it right though. Chris Brown has experimented with red lapel tuxedos and a floral print blazer, only to make it to the Worst Dressed List. But he doesn’t care and that’s the quirky personality trait no. 1.
The past year saw many quirky elements going mainstream. I guess it all started with the owl – graphics, pendants, home décor – everything had a bit of owl in it. Then bird prints became popular with everyone from Carolina Herrera to Marc Jacobs. Chanel played around with sea horses, while Prada had Cadillac inspired shoes and prints. Among Indian designers, Dev r Nil did honeycombs and Aartivijay Gupta did croquis and pie charts.
Here’s how you can incorporate quirk in your wardrobe:
Wear clothes with fun prints like animals, vehicles, fruits, people, everyday objects like mobile phones, cameras etc.
Pick unique bags and clutches with prints or embellishments like typewriters, auto rickshaws, vehicles etc and stockings with retro patterns like cherries and bows. Buy footwear with cartoon prints or go for classic masculine styles like brogues and Oxfords in pastel shades of pinks, blues and yellows.
Tips: Keep the silhouette simple (A-line dresses, pencil skirts, fitted trousers) if the pattern is busy. Balance the printed pieces by pairing it with pieces in neutral shades like black, white or grey. If you’re not up for it, experiment with jewellery in fun designs like cherries, gifts etc.
Wear shirts and trousers in fun prints like the ones mentioned above. You can even wear prints that are typically feminine like florals and paisleys. Tees with funny graphics and messages also add quirk to your look. Invest in hats – the more unusual, the better.
Tips: Accessorise your casual looks with quirky additions like colourful socks. If the situation allows, you can get away with a funky printed tie or cufflinks in designs like accordions, pineapples etc. Don’t forget to add watches to your collection – Mickey Mouse watches are a great place to start.