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!

You can shop these looks by clicking on the following links:

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!

Easy-stripes-look-4 Look 4: Easy stripes
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.

Retro-Cool_look5 Look 5: Retro Cool
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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Flat-tering Forms

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it seems that fashion has halted for good in the 90s. It all started with the comeback of 90s Punk inspired tartan checks, velvet and distressed denims. And now it’s time to get reacquainted with the oh-so-90s flatforms! While some might not find it very aesthetically appealing, we totally dig its geek-chic appeal. Sure, these thick sole shoes cannot be carried off with everything but we love how design houses of Chanel, Prada, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang have reinvented the flatform trend. They have become chicer, minimal, futuristic and is also chanelling the now hot luxe sport trend majorly with its sporty appeal. These can now be teamed with most ensembles.

Think flatform sandals with a shift dress or flatform shoes with leather tights. Fashion leaders like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Carle Rae Jepson, Alia Bhatt, Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Rita Ora, Elle Fanning, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Hugh Jackman and Ranbir Kapoor are some of the repeat offenders of this uber cool trend.

Since the temperature can’t stop dipping, we have all the reasons to replace pointy sandals with flatforms. The trick lies in pairing the right kind of clothing with these and make a statement. Here are a few tips to rock your flatforms.

Try to avoid slouchy bottoms with flatform soles. They will make the look very bulky. Opt for tights or well fitted denims to team with flatforms.

Girls! Stop towering around in those five inches of pain. Take a break by pairing flatform sandals with your day dresses. They are great when worn with bodycon outfits and even long maxi dresses.

As for the boys, pairing thick white sole shoes with casual outfits is really hot this season. Just roll up the hem a few times and flaunt your sporty side. Opt for tapered bottoms (narrower towards the end) to pair with flatforms.

However, those on the heavier side should avoid wearing flatforms as they can make you look bulkier than usual.

So go on! Get your pair of flatforms today!

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