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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The fashion samosa!

if you are wondering what to do with all the lovely traditional jewellery you bought for the wedding season, we have just the solution for you. Don’t keep those kundan necklaces and gold jhumkas in velvet boxes and lockers just yet, there’s a lot more you can do with them. Pair them with your Western formal wear and party outfits and watch heads turn in envy!

Trust our Bollywood ladies to keep things spicy, on screen and off it too! Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Neha Dhupia have been frequently seen wearing Indian jewellery with their gowns, pant suits and dresses to spectacular effects. Such is the charm of Indian jewellery that even Hollywood beauties Penelope Cruz and Amy Adams picked up kundan earrings to wear at red carpet events.

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No matter which part of your body you want to adorn, there is always beautiful Indian jewellery for it. Wear a maang tikka with sleek middle parted hair and a long gown or maxi dress, or a statement necklace with an off shoulder dress, or large earrings with a tailored jumpsuit, or a meenakari ring with a tailored jacket with rolled up sleeves. It will make for a refreshing look in your evening wear. But whatever you do, don’t wear more than one piece of jewellery with western outfits.

If you are wearing traditional jewellery like kundan, meenakari, temple jewellery etc., don’t wear it with casuals. They deserve something as refined as their craftsmanship, so pair them with your eveningwear.

Not into too much gold? Try stone studded jadau and intricate meenakari pieces to inject some colour into your monochromatic outfits like an LBD or a pantsuit.

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Whether inherited from mom and grandma, or bought on a whim, nothing beats the beauty and grace of Indian traditional jewellery, so wear it often and wear it with pride! This is the most fashionable way of getting the fusion look right and also bringing in an element of heritage to your western wardrobe. It’s experimental, fun and beautiful. Go for it!

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Pleats, Pallu, Action!

The sari has come a long way in the Indian fashion scene but certainly its drapes have been evolving over time. While the traditional Bengali, Gujarati or even the Coorg drapes still find takers among  sangeet and mehendi invitees, the need of the hour is to transform the saree into a modern, global attire which will make it gain wider appeal. Designers have shown us various interpretations of the modern sari: right from Sabyasachi’s chotu (cropped) sari to Payal Khanwala’s sarees with shirts. Want to know how to contemporarise a sari? Well, here is a video that shows you how five modern ways of draping the sari. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Remember, it’s all in the drapes!

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Look 1: Maang tika, anklets, kohlapuri sandals

Look 2: Printed sari, leather pumps

Look 4: Gold tone watch, printed sari, black pumps

Look 5: Feather earrings, black pumps

Preppy Boy Imran!

the poster boy of squeaky clean preppy style, Imran Khan celebrates his 31st birthday today. While we hope that behind that charming demeanour and chocolate boy good looks, there is a badass waiting to get out, we give you a lowdown on Imran’s current style that is all about carefully put together, fresh and neat. We are sure you boys can take a tip or two from Imran’s style!

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Immaculately dressed even when on the move, Imran shows us some colour blocking in earthy hues. Dusty blue chinos, a solid tee and a brown jacket are basics that can be combined with many other pieces for a versatile wardrobe. And that brown duffle bag? A must have for every guy who wants to travel in style!

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Preppy style is not about being boring and that’s exactly what Imran shows us here. Grey trousers matched with a grey blazer are safe options, while a red tie, cufflinks and brogues add to the dapper factor. But the cleverly mismatched patterned socks show off that quirky individuality that all of us must flaunt! But try this only at semi-formal events, it might not go down well at an official seminar or a business meeting.

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The classic argyle pattern and preppy style are almost synonymous, and Mr. Khan wears his with pinstripe trousers. Canvas sneakers are an unexpected twist, but sticking to the colour palette makes the whole look come together perfectly. Now you know how to make dad’s old sweaters look cool!

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You don’t have to struggle trying to match and coordinate layers to dress up, sometimes simplicity is all you need to look clean and well turned out. All it takes is a pair of well-fitting chinos and great shoes to elevate a basic striped T shirt to something else. Wearing simple clothes that fit you well is your key to looking good with little effort.

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Imran’s style is all about classic pieces that never really go out of fashion. He spices up a 40’s style bomber jacket, white trousers and classic brogues with a graphic printed tee and black sunglasses. Part retro, part hipster and totally cool is what we call this look.

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