Crop n Hop!

fashion is all about rising and dropping hemlines, and when it comes to trousers, it is no different. Trending for a while now, are cropped trousers, that end anywhere between just below the calves, to just above the ankles.

The cropped pant can be a flattering piece, especially in slightly fitted styles, as it shows just a bit of skin and lets you flaunt your dainty ankles. And it also creates a very sleek silhouette because it doesn’t bunch up around the ankles like longer trousers that have not been hemmed properly.

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While cropped trousers may seem like day wear, the glitterati have taken them to the red carpet, making them a versatile option for formal wear too. Sonam Kapoor, Charlize Theron and Dia Mirza wore them on casual outings, while Miley Cyrus, Sophie Choudry and Emma Watson wore them to high profile events. The trousers also cropped up (no pun intended!) on the runways of Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurant, Payal Pratap and Aneeth Arora.

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This trend is not really for petite girls, as it tends to make you look shorter. But if you really want to try cropped pants, make sure they end just a little above your ankles, not higher. Alternately, wear them with heeled ankle booties or regular heels; they give continuity to the outfit and lengthen your legs.

Want to experiment with cropped pants before buying yourself a pair? Just give your regular pants a couple of neat folds and try it out.

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What we love about cropped pants is that they give ample opportunity to show off your funky footwear, be it pop coloured heels or brogues with contrasting shoe laces! The only thing you need to take care of is to have well groomed feet. After all, that’s where all the attention would be.

So crop off those pants and let the cool breeze caress your skin!

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Colour of the month – Radiant Orchid

every year, Pantone, the international authority on colour trends, announces a colour for the year and this year, it is a lovely combination of fuschia, pink and purple, the Radiant Orchid. This colour signifies great joy, love and health, and we wish this hue brings you the same in 2014!

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Neither soft as lavender, nor deep as purple, radiant orchid is quite a unique colour that can brighten up the dullest of days. It is the colour celebs choose when they really want to stand out. It seems to be a favourite with Michelle Obama who often wears different shades of purple. Sarah Jessica Parker colour blocked it with warm red jeans, Dita von Teese went the literal route with orchid flowers in her headpiece and Kelly Osborne went the whole nine yards and even dyed her hair in this colour! Closer home, Sridevi and Bipasha Basu went head to toe in a deeper shade of orchid and even Bollywood machos Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan weren’t afraid to wear this striking colour.

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Designers Swapnil Shinde, Krishna Mehta, Max Mara and DKNY also used this colour in different variations in their Spring Summer ’14 collections. Talk about being right on trend!

And now that radiant orchid is the color of the year, we are going to be seeing a lot more of it! So here are a few tips on how to wear this colour:

  • It is a very saturated colour, so you can use it as an accent with accessories like statement heels or a cute bag, like Jessica Alba, who carried a tote in the colour.
  • It is also great for colour blocking; combine it with other brights like orange, lemon or teal or neutrals like camel and grey. Make note of the dress Ms Alba wore! Keep the silhouette clean and the look accessory less.
  • Orchid really pops in a print, especially on a darker background. We predict more dark florals in orchid this year!
  • Let orchid give a fresh look to your make up. Try it in an eye shadow or nail polish, and if you are feeling bold, wear an orchid hued lippie, as seen in Prabal Gurung’s Spring Summer 2014 show.
  • It is easy for colour shy guys to try, as it is not as feminine as a baby pink or peach. Wear softer tones in formal shirts, and brighter ones in a t-shirt or sweater and you can always layer it with something in a more traditionally masculine shade. Still not convinced? Start with accessories like sunglasses or a cap.

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So go ahead and stock up on the colour of the year!

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Product Review – The Vanca wool dress

ladies, it’s time for our monthly product review post. In case you missed the last one, here it is. Since, the air still nippy and everyone is trying to make the most of the last few weeks of winter, I picked a wool and polyester blend dress from the women’s high street brand, The Vanca. I like that it’s in a refreshing green and has the right mix of va va vroom and functionality. That is my definition of a great dress.

Here is a video product review of the dress.

If your wardrobe is calling out to the dress, simply click on the link below and shop it.

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And you will find those brogues here.

First (Lady) in Style

The first lady with a sharp sense of style, Michelle Obama, has made her mark in the fashion world with her impeccable style. From glamorous gowns to cardigans and skirts, Michelle is not afraid to experiment. We wish Mrs. O a happy 50th as we decode some of her best looks.

Gorgeous in Gowns

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Being the President’s wife translates to a calendar choc a block with dinners and gala events. Mrs Obama makes sure she looks the part every time she attends an event in gowns in a wide range of silhouettes and designs. Her red Jason Wu chiffon halter gown worn for an inaugural dinner made everyone blush while she was quite the glam doll in her Naeem Khan worn at  the 85th Academy awards.  Most gowns look great with strappy heels, whether they come with delicate straps or thick bolder ones. Chandelier earrings that tease the shoulder are the perfect accessories.

Easy Chic in Dresses

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The lady can make any emerging designer a house hold name. Even when she has to work a casual look, she does it in a totally fashion-forward way. Low heel pumps look best with every day dresses, be it a knee length bodycon dress or a sheath number, which Mrs Obama is mostly seen wearing.

Sophisticated in Skirts

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Michelle Obama has made the skirt and cardigan look famous. Be it a dirndl or an A-line skirt with a high-waist belt, the cardigan always adds some structure and oomph. High heels will surely make this silhouette hot, while ballet flats are more relaxed yet sophisticated. A silk or knit skirt can be worn for occasions that are utterly formal or even to semi-casual dos.

Trendy in Trousers

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Mrs. Obama makes even the simplest of trousers look super stylish and wears everything the flared styles with fitted tops tucked in or slim fit trousers with a tee and cardigan in her down time with the kids. Trousers are an integral part of any woman’s wardrobe and should be treasured for their versatility. From pumps to pointy stilettoes, you can pair a whole lot of different shoes with trousers.

So learn to own your style like Mrs O, one look at a time!

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Trendy Thursdays – Sweater Dresses

what is it that has the warm, snuggly feeling of a sweater, but the fashion quotient of a dress? The sweater dress. It is the dress made to beat the cold wave in style and we couldn’t be happier about having a truly cold winter this year! No more adding layer upon layer on a cotton summer dress and looking bulky, winter has its own piece!

Sweater dresses come in different styles – texture less body con styles for those who have enviable curves to show off, and chunky slouchy ones to hide all that winter weight. So great is this piece that we actually wonder what took it so long to become a big trend here!

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While Hollywood babes Rihanna (wearing Marc Jacobs in grey and Chanel in white and purple), Miranda Kerr (in Alexander Wang and Juicy Couture) and Kate Hudson (in Jenny Packham) are often spotted in sweater dresses, Indian beauties are also catching up, with Sonam Kapoor and Indrani Dasgupta wearing Tommy Hilfiger’s designs.

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Here are some quick tips on how to get the most of your sweater dress:

  • During peak winters, wear it with coloured stockings or patterned leggings and boots and add a warm coat on top. Since many sweater dresses are solid coloured, patterned bottoms complement them really well. A beanie would add the cute quotient to the look.
  • When the weather gets a little more pleasant, wear the dress as is, with knee high boots and a statement necklace or scarf. The soft, fuzzy material makes a great backdrop for a chunky, statement piece of jewellery.
  • Layer it over a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings and add a belt to cinch your waist to balance out the slouchiness. This look can take you from work to an evening out in no time.

Expert Speak: Kolkata based designer Sayantan Sarkar says, “Sweater dresses have been around for a while in colder countries, where they are usually paired with leggings or stockings and a scarf. This is all the accessorising needed, as the knit texture is the main element of the look. Knitting is going to emerge as a strong influence in the coming years and the possibilities in patterns, textures and colour blocking are endless. Because of its low maintenance, sweater dresses are more suitable for daily wear, so for evenings or parties, wear dark coloured dresses which have metallic yarns in their structure.”

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