Peek-a-boo with inverted buttoned shirts

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Last year the cleavage-baring inverse-buttoned shirt trend got an eyebrow-raising response during Spring/Summer fashion weeks across the globe. But we can tell you the secret to pulling off this oh-so-cool trend with élan. Adding a crop top underneath your open shirt can instantly make the trend wearable. You can add high-waisted pants if you want a peek-a-boo effect in your look. We have curated a look that will help you nail the trend, the right way.

Class apart : Emma Watson

EMMA WATSON SURE knows magic. At least her fashion evolution suggests so.

Over the years, she has conjured many style spells to stun the world with her very chic and classy sartorial choices. From her initial baby steps into fashion at the age of 11 with quirky gowns, fur boas, frilly dresses, and her penchant for boots, she has come a long way and proved herself every bit a style icon with her matured outfit choices in recent times.

Emma was selected the face of Burberry at a very young age and she has always adhered to extremely high standards in style in her growing up years, picking her outfits majorly from Chanel and Alexander McQueen. Simplicity in style is always her thing. She lets her costumes speak with very little interference from makeup and jewellery. We attempt to decode some of her looks on the occasion of her 24th birthday.

Look 1

Emma looked stunning in this white mini dress with embellished neckline and shoulders at MTV Movie Awards some years back. She teamed her dress with silver pumps and very minimal jewellery. Her eyes, however, had a dash of heavy makeup. Emma’s look was simple yet elegant and extremely matured.

You can copy the look with a simple white dress with an embellished neckline and team it with silver heels and minimal jewellery. Look 2 Fresh as a daisy, Emma stunned Cannes with her grace last year. Simplicity in clothes, shoes, makeup and hair do was her mantra. This basic maroon dress teamed with simple black heels and no jewellery helped her cut a pretty picture. The appeal of the look was in its simplicity. Try out our picks to experiment with this look.  

Look 3

Emma’s look at the UK premiere of her film, My Week With Marilyn reflected a grown-up sartorial choice. Her white peplum top and black pencil skirt were styled to perfection with a sling belt, animal print clutch and black heels.


Look 4

Emma takes her street style seriously. Again, simplicity forms the basis of choices for clothes. A 10 on 10 for our girl for wearing black denim paired with a white formal shirt and slouchy jacket for a day out on the streets. No makeup and no jewellery were again a feature in her look. Her love for boots was, however, reflected in this look. Try out our picks to recreate this look.



Checks on Checks


Last year we all saw checks being paraded on the international ramp (plaid, tartan, gingham) in abundance. Everyone wore the trend in their own style but we also noticed a micro-trend emerging from this checks wave, the checks-on-checks. If you are an all-things-checks fan and want to step up your game this summer then this one is a must-try. Pick two different checks preferably from the same colour palette and put them together in one outfit. It’s not a mainstream trend yet can turn out to be a total wardrobe game changer. Just add a monotone bag to complete your look.

Palazzo pizzazz

SUMMER FASHION IS synonymous with easy breezy clothes and it’s time to ditch those skinny jeans in favour of lightweight palazzos that let you breathe. Going strong for a couple of seasons, palazzos still remain your best bet to beat the summer heat.


Those of you who still haven’t got their hands on this must have piece, it’s not too late, as designers have created palazzos in all kinds of fabrics and prints for the coming season. Derek Lam, Dev r Nil, 11.11 and Gaurav Jai Gupta incorporated this silhouette in their summer and resort presentations.

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Sophie Choudry, Freida Pinto, Olivia Wilde and Kajol, all styled these trousers in their own ways. Take inspiration from Sonakshi Sinha and combine the crop top trend with a pair of high waist palazzos. Or add structure to the fluid silhouette with a sharp blazer like Kate Moss.


Lighter and more flared than wide-legged trousers, palazzo pants can be a little tricky to wear, especially if you are on the shorter side. But you can avoid being drowned by the volume by picking a fitted top and pairing it with bottoms in a similar shade and adding a pair of heels to give the illusion of height. If you have concerns about the loose fitting pants making you look larger, just add a statement belt to cinch your waist and give you an hourglass shape.

Floral printed palazzo pants scream summer and the best way to wear them is with a fitted tank or crop top in a bright colour and a pair of wedge-heeled sandals. Balance out the volume at the bottom with a statement necklace or a scarf.

And if you really want to push the boundaries, wear palazzos with a buttoned shirtdress open from the bottom hem till the waist for an interesting layered look. With so many ways to style palazzos, you have no excuses not to wear them.


Sheer and sequin for summer

WHILE SUMMER IS the time to embrace cotton and linen, the season’s party scene still pines for a little sheer and sequin. The play of glitz and glamour over sexy sheer has an undeniable appeal. The beauty of a sheer-sequin dress is in the way it shows skin strategically. Maxis, dresses and tops in sheer and sequin can be used for adding a dollop of oomph to your summer evenings.


Frieda is sure a fan of this trend as suggested by one of her sartorial choices at Cannes. Her black dress has been an inspiration for dressing sexy and using shine the right way.


The best way to sport the trend this season is to wear them only in the evenings. The summer sun can otherwise prove jarring in terms of comfort. Also, doing away with heavy accessories is important to avoid the appeal of the dress melt away in too much clutter.