ome summer and our eyes long for the azure blue of the high seas and the cool, cool breeze to playfully flirt with the bronze of our skin. And what better way to surf the white waters than to embrace sailor chic or nautical stripes and patterns and take the boat out to the waters or simply sip cocktail by the beach.
The international runways have been flooded with designs that scream nautical, just in time for the well-heeled folk to take off on their exotic beach holidays. While Kenzo combined two trends together for their take on nautical – logo Tees and the classic combination of white and blue, Tanya Taylor went easy on the silhouettes with her nautical inspired collection for resort fashion. With Viktor & Rolf’s ensembles you could easily go from prep school onto your sail boat. Valentino took classy navy shades and brass buttons and put together a look for the elegant dresser. J Crew combined denim hot pants with a blazer to give it a formal look.
Having its early roots in Madame Coco Chanel’s designs, nautical prints and designs seem to be a huge hit among the who’s who of Hollywood. While Liv Tyler can single-handedly lift the trophy for channeling cool elegance, the wild child of fashion, Kate Moss too took to the Breton stripes and paired it with classic denim for a comfort look. While Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has raised the flag high for the nautical trend, Zoe Saldana looked the high street way while shopping for her $50 nautical striped dress.
Wearing horizontal stripes could add to the optical illusion of a broader body type. So tread with caution. You could opt for solid bottoms if you want to wear your stripes on top. To play safe, you could keep your wardrobe colour limited to the classic white and blue. But if colour is more your thing, try stripes in a variety of hues. For a casual, laid-back look, pair a blouse with nautical motifs with blue denims. For a slightly formal looks, you could pull on a navy blazer and throw back a square kerchief around your neck. While choosing the right footwear, men could opt for casual loafers while women could slip on a pair of espadrilles for a completely head-to-toe nautical look. Big, slouchy hand bags look best with this trend and you could get inspired by the colours of the ocean while choosing the right one for you.
So now all you need to do is to plan a perfect picnic on the yacht and sail away. Aye, aye, Captain!
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s the winter climes give way to balmy weather, there is no need to pack your pants away, yet. The world is still going gaga over the layering trend – that seems to transcend season changes as well as geographical boundaries. You can still wear your pants but replace your warm winter tunics for a summer dress.
While this not so run-of-the-mill trend is proving to be extremely popular with bloggers, celebrities too seem to have given in to their allure. Emma Watson turned heads at the Golden Globe Awards this year when she made a grand entrance in a Christian Dior dress, open at the back and paired with black trousers – a look that was a spectacular combination of demure and edgy.
Jessica Biel and Zoe Kravitz incorporated the sheer trend into their ensembles, while Kareena Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz wore front-open dresses with bottoms. Deepika Padukone’s Naeem Khan crop top and trousers with a flowy skirt-train was refreshingly different from all the gowns galore at the IIFA awards.
Given the edginess of the ensemble, to style it right could be a tad difficult. But once mastered, it will win you brownie points from your fashion-forward friends. To escape the onslaught of a chilly office environment, pair a smart shirtdress over slim-fit trousers. A sheer maxi dress worn with distressed skinny jeans exudes a rocker-boho vibe and is perfect for a music festival under the stars.
And for those who are willing to experiment, Arjun Saluja designed an interesting skirt-over-trouser combo for Autumn Winter, 2013. But if it’s not your cup of tea, try pairing a high-low skirt with faux leather pants and a crop top for an edgy take on this trend.
So if you are the kind who likes to wear the pants in your everyday life, this trend is a must-try. One word of advice — Never say never!
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s summer inches closer, hemlines go shorter. But it looks like the swish set is not letting go off their sleeves, instead preferring to keep them full-length or long enough for the fabric to kiss the wrists. Wearing this style statement on their sleeves (pun intended) gives us glam girls the freedom to experiment with the length of our hemlines. Perfect it for a dazzling red carpet statement or go for a demure design for the workplace.
While Gwyneth Paltrow scored some sizzling brownie points with Saint Laurent’s LBD, Taylor Swift went for glam shine with her Zuhair Murad rendition. In anticipation of spring, Kerry Washington slipped into a soft pink Stella McCartney ensemble. Closer home, Parineeti Chopra opted for polka dots on her long sleeve-short dress while Lisa Haydon oozed elegance in her outfit. Singer-VJ Anusha Dandekar opted for some feathers and fun with her cobalt blue dress.
On the runway, Lebanese designer Elie Saab sent his models out in bejewelled dresses, in his trademark textured and iridescent designs. From Valentino, the colours were earthier instead of the ephemeral while Victoria Beckham’s designs were more fun and frolic, steering away from the regular red carpet prescription. Aneeth Arora (Pero) had the quintessential Indian summer in mind when she added long sleeves to her floral designs while Sanchita kept hers cool and casual.
If you are more inclined towards a cleaner look, keep accessories to a minimum. You could opt for delicate charm bracelets dangling off your wrists to add an extra dollop of elegance. To look like the belle of the ball, step into a pair of stilettoes or induce some extra glamour by donning a pair of shiny metallic sling-backs. And if comfort style is more your thing, you could pair your attire with a pair of smoking slippers. In terms of pairing a bag with your dress, steer clear of large hobos and instead opt for dainty clutch purses to complete the look.
No points for guessing that this trend could be your best bet to enter the season’s coveted dress circle.
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ith winter on its way out, can spring be far behind! Embrace the warmer evenings with gusto as you start peeling off some layers of clothing and show off some skin. And what better way to go daring with dresses that are barely-there on your back.
The focus seems to have shifted to the behind, with celebs sending the mercury soaring as their necklines take a plunge at the back – both at red carpets as well as public events. From Priyanka Chopra’s edgy leather dress to Sonakshi Sinha’s elegant gown, and from Amy Adams’ barely-there halter to Emma Watson’s avant garde look, the spotlight right now is on showing off bronzed shoulder blades and back.
It’s the element of surprise that makes the backless dress work so well. You can have a demure neckline up-front but viola, you turn into a sexy kitten as soon as you turn your back. Pick a dress with an interesting cut-out detail for a party, a fun cross-back dress for a brunch date, or a sexy halter dress when you want to be the centre of attention. A slashed-back top is what will set the mood at a music festival or a rock concert.
To play a little further with this trend, experiment with fun hairstyles like a top knot or a messy bun, or even a side braid that lets you show off your statement making outfit.
But you might want to skip this trend if you are not blessed with a perfectly toned back, but even if you don’t, there are plenty of options for you. Lace panels on the back give you enough coverage, while still revealing a hint of skin. Take cues from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s emerald gown with a lace behind if you want to give this trend a shot.
Spring is in the air and let the gentle breeze caress your skin, girls!
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unk has inspired fashion for decades, reflecting an attitude that is strong, often rebellious and sometimes downright scandalous for the conventional clotheshorse. Recent outings on the runway raised eyebrows with screaming mottos splayed across T-shirts. Going in the right direction to bringing out the punk side in you, these tees are definite conversation starters.
If this trend is giving you cold feet then the bevy of A-listers rocking it will totally nudge you towards embracing it. From Halle Berry to Katy Perry, most celebs have sported a tee with fun text on their public outings. Whether it’s Chris Martin rooting for saving the planet or Salman Khan spreading a social message through his Being Human tees, this trend is definitely on an upward swing. Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra could have not done it better with their motto tees too.
Designers like Zoe Jordan and Paul & Joe boldly printed their brand names across tees, while Kenzo opted for sending a message to help protect the environment. The runways of Ashish, Versace, Devastee and Maison Martin Margiela were funkier with statement slogans.
Tees are sexy and cool, perfect for the warmer months of the year. Style yours to look laidback or dress it up with pumps for a look that is more chic than chilled-out. A long tee can be worn over leggings or just throw on a pair of jeans or shorts with sneakers. There are no limits when it comes to how you can work this trend. But you wouldn’t want to mortify relatives at a family gathering with mottos too bold sprawled across your chest.
So when going punk, remember to wear your attitude on your sleeve and your message across your chest!
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