Must buy: The Tulle Skirt

One of the hottest trends of Spring-summer 2017 is the tulle skirt. In fact, street-style evidence from the 4 fashion week destinations show that many fashionistas have already jumped on the bandwagon and are channeling this trend in advance.

Asos Tulle Skirt | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Buy this Asos tulle skirt here.

Tulle, is essentially net and it may be made from silk, nylon or rayon. Used primarily as fabric for wedding gowns, lehengas, veils and as tutus for little girls, the latter half of 2016 notices a shift in its functionality –  this once-in-a-blue-moon fabric is slowly inching its way into your everyday closet. Hurray!

Asos Tulle Skirt | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
But this Asos Tulle Prom Skirt here.

 

I understand that you may feel like this trend is not for you. That it’s too girlish and too princess-like for your refined (and sophisticated) fashion sense. But, trust me on this – the tulle skirt is more versatile than it may seem. For starters, everybody doesn’t have to buy the rose-coloured prom version. You can buy a black mini net version and team it with a black vest or black jacket for instant edginess. If you feel black is too gothic for you, you can choose a deep red or maroon version. If you’re feeling modest, there are tulle maxi skirts too – Indians, these are surprisingly similar to our net lehengas, so you can buy one and innocently wear it with a heavy blouse to your BFF’s sangeet.

The tulle skirt is a flouncy, candy-like item that every closet will benefit from. It’s great for days when you really want to dress up different, it promises to be your “happy-dress” – Mine is a ruffled version right now.

In fact, if you want some inspiration, here are some images I pulled out from Pinterest that are sure to make you want to buy this trend right away.

Happy Tulle-spiration. 🙂

 

How to layer like a pro

Hello everybody,

I hope you had a glorious weekend. So, if you’re bored and want to try something new this Monday, why don’t you try layering – a trend that’s suddenly gained focus?

To layer, no need to buy anything. Walk into your closet and stare at what you already have. Look for graphic tees, jackets, plain white tees, oversized boyfriend shirts, strappy dresses and silken slips.

Basically what you’re looking for is a combination of the following:

A: Something boyish

B: Something incredibly sexy, strappy or girly

C: Basics

Now, look at these images that I have borrowed from Vogue – and see how many of these looks you can channel today.

Graphic Tees

Wear your graphic tees with contrasting separates – a skirt or a blazer, for maximum impact.

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Strappy Slips

Layer your strappy slips with a plain white tee or toughen it up by adding some leather.

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3. Jackets

Wear a lot of jackets. Use them to layer and add interest to your everyday attires. Indians, yes, I know it’s hot for a jacket, but if you’ve ever fought with a colleague over the AC temperature, you know indoors, even India can be shivering cold. Yes, so buy some jackets to channel workplace chic.

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4. The boyfriend shirt

I decided to layer my white sundress with an oversized boyfriend shirt for just the right amount of playfulness. The best part? It covers the love handles and muffin-tops while accentuating the girlishness of the dress.

Wear an oversized boyfriend shirt with a sundress and white sneakers | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, that’s all for today. Do try any of these outfit ideas, take a picture, upload on Instagram and tag me at @shivani_krishan

Lots of love, and Happy Monday. 🙂

Shivani

 

5 types of ‘bloggers’ you’ll meet on Instagram

When you’re a wannabe blogger like me and are really-really interested in fashion (and stylish women), you end up following a lot of people online. You get their id’s from Vogue or you suddenly read about them somewhere, or your friend tells you that you have-to-have-to follow this one, and soon even Instagram is in on the plot (and guesses your secret ambition to harness a million followers) and begins to show you “recommendations”; and before you know it you’re following a 1000 people with very few people returning the favour – yes, let me be very frank about expressing my honest hurt. *sniff*

And after all that following and commenting (‘you-must-comment-for-them-to-comment-back’ – which NEVER works with me), you’re still stuck with 570 followers (Oh, shit, now its 566 – why are people unfollowing me?), you’re like @#$%, what am I doing wrong?

Anyway, long story short – I don’t think I have it in me yet to make it as an Instagram “visual” blogger – either I am really ugly or I lack skills, and so I have come back to wordpress, to well, try and analyse what are the “types” of bloggers ruling the online space.

But, before I start…

Disclaimer: This article does not intend to classify or discredit the uniqueness of each individual online by amassing them into “types”. It is merely an attempt to decode what is it that really works online.

  1. Head-to-toe perfectionists

They are the bloggers who look like they actually spent time to craft and curate every look for every photo they upload – I am sure every blogger does this – but this category actually adheres to the theme and pulls it off brilliantly. Case in point – That Boho Girl. Every look is perfect – boho – her makeup is never out of place – hair is always styled to perfection – her pictures makes me (and my blog) want to hide under a rock – yes, that level of perfection.

2. Wander-lusters

They are the bikini-clad, suntanned, beautifully-bleached haired people that you find sprawled under a coconut tree or sipping a martini on a hammock or water-babying it up at the Bahamas. In other words, they are the bloggers, who make the rest of us feel like we are leading really sucky lives. Their pictures make us want to throw a resignation letter at our bosses and take the first flight out to the exotic Fijis and Balis of the world – even when deep down we know that we neither have the money, the guts or the bodies to pull it off.

*Sigh*

3. Hot People

Well, this is a category of people who are just hot. They aren’t (usually) modelling clothes or selling looks or even promoting products – they are just really gorgeous and lead really gorgeous lives and post really gorgeous pictures of their really gorgeous lives. And since they amass an envious number of followers, thanks to their booming Instagram personality, soon they are modelling clothes and selling looks and promoting products. I think, they’re called “influencers”.

4. Hash-taggers

Well, this is a category of people who have managed to win followers thanks to using the right hashtags and following the right people, and tagging the right handles. Their content is average, their pictures are dull and they generally have no real theme to their blog. They are the ones who are just really smart. And really dedicated. And I tried to fit my blog into this bucket. But seems even this didn’t work out for me

5. Controversials

They are people who have an insane Instagram following due to cutthroat content that’s provocative and sometimes controversial. From a new generation of feminist artists like Nimish Bhanot to free-the-nipple activists, this is an interesting space to be in, if your work genuinely raises some good points. So, yes, some scope here.

Well, yeah, so that is it for now.

Some of you may argue that this is a simplistic view of the blogger landscape and I do agree – but who am I to delve in to the depth, anyway.

After all, I am just another wannabe blogger.

 

8 trends every fashion lover should own

Boyish Jackets

Though the Bomber Jacket has scored quite a few hits, a quick glimpse at street style across the four fashion-week destinations show that even military-inspired parkas and trenches are hot favourites at the moment.

And if you do buy this trend, DO NOT be dull and wear with denims. To really work it, wear your boyish jacket over your frilliest, girliest, flounciest skirt or dress. Another way is to throw it on over a ruffled top and distressed micro-mini denim shorts.

And that’s how you’ll create maximum impact.

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Shot by Diego Zuko. Image borrowed from Harper’s Bazaar – Read article here 

 

Bomber Jacket | Shot by Diego Zuko | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar | Shot by Diego Zuko

Cropped Jeans

This one’s simple. Keep your skinnies aside for a moment and pull on this trendier alternative to the mom jeans. Wear with a cropped top and a statement slip-ons to get the paparazzi rolling.

New York Fashion Week Street Style | Photos by Sandra Semburg | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Week started by Shivani Krishan
New York Fashion Week Street Style | Shot by Sandra Semburg

Edgy Ankle Boots

While, kolhapuris and strappy sandals may be your safest bet, edgy ankle boots will go a lot further in scoring you extra style points.  Wear with boho minidresses or boho maxidresses depending on your boldness level and get ready for love at first ‘style’. (Stupid wordplay, I know.)

BLACK ANKLE BOOTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE | IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK | READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE HERE

Boho Dresses

If you don’t already own these, well, what the hell were you thinking? Go all out and splurge on a couple of flowing, tasselled, printed and embroidered numbers. Wear with edgy boots to turn all the right heads.

Boho Maxi Dress | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar | Shot by Diego Zuko | New York Fashion Week Street Style

 

Oversized Graphic Tees

Graphic tees may be old news but teaming it with something flirty will offer a new approach to the basic. Wear it tucked into a tulle skirt to channel Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Debut or choose a floral Forever 21 mini version.

From Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior Debut | Image Credit: Vogue
From Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Debut | Credit: Vogue Russia | See source here

Super-flared pants

Even though I don’t like this trend on me, style editors and front row enthusiasts seem to pull it off impeccably. Wear with an off-shoulder top and pretty kitten heels.

GREEN FLARED PANTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – SØREN JEPSEN/THE LOCALS IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/paris-fashion-week-2016-street-style

The Slip

From slip-dresses to slip-tops, the underwear-as-outerwear philosophy is back and like never before. Toughen up a slip top with leather pants or make a silken slip-dress street-worthy with a leather jacket.

SLIP DRESS WITH BLACK ANKLE BOOTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/paris-fashion-week-2016-street-style
Slip top worn over white tee | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
New York Fashion Week Street Style | Shot by Sandra Semburg

Well, that’s all for today. Happy Shopping.

 

Humans stress me. Clothes de-stress me. 

 

 

Unless ‘clothes’ refers to a short sequinned (read ugly) number. Or worse, a my pure-white shirt has a spot of mustard. That’s when humans become a breeze.

I remember when I bought my first pair of boots. I was 21, in London for the first time. And my father bought me these really chic knee-high black boots. From Aldo. And oh, I was in love.

And, like all kinds of love, with it came a new set of anxieties.

What if, I leave my shopping bag somewhere. What if my baggage gets lost in transit? And with it go my boots? What if somebody steps on it – when I am wearing it? What if, it gets fungus? What if it breaks? What if a pigeon shits on it? 

And I realised, I share a weird relationship with fashion.

Inanimate, material fashion.

A ‘spontaneous anti-depressant’ in the words of Eugene Hutz, an instant excitement kick or a happiness machine – call it what you may, just the act of putting together fresh combinations from my closet is enough to bring on that sense of achievement. “Oh, why I didn’t I ever put those two together?”

 

And, the sheer joy on seeing a movie where the star dresses just like you do!  Keira Knightley in Begin Again, anyone? Or Emilia Clarke in Me Before you?

Clothes.

 

So, I wrote a silly poem about clothes.

Here it goes.

 

Clothes.

They won’t throw a fit if you don’t call them.

They won’t taunt you when you crib.

They won’t leave you for another country.

And they won’t make you feel like you’re shit.

They’ll be there for you when you’re happy.

And they’ll be there for you when you’re low.

They’ll make you feel fabulous,

even when you shed half a kilo.

They’ll bring out your best features

And they’ll notice your new haircut.

They’ll cover-up the extra inches – oh you dark-dark chocolate sundae!

And they’ll show-off all those curves!

 

Well, folks, that’s all for today. Drink lots of tea, wear lots of dresses, and laugh a lot.

Cheers.

Shivani

What would Shivani buy? 8 things to shop right away.

Hello people,

I know I’ve been away for quite sometime. Been  busy with stuff. Something really exciting is underway. (Shhh. Tell you about that later.)

For now, here’s a Chai High guide to WHAT TO SHOP this week. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s caught my eye in the affordable fashion market.

 

What: White cotton sleep shirt

Where: Buy in online here.

How much: Rs. 1790

White Nightshirt by The Label Life | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Cotton off-shoulder dress

Where: Buy in online here. 

How much: Rs. 2140

Pinstripe off shoulder dress by The Label Life | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Basic black tee

Where: Buy it in the H&M store

How much: Rs. 699

Tip: It looks blah, but trust me, it will go a long way. Wear it tucked-in with all your skirts.

Basic black tee by H&M | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Box Shirt

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 1600

A box shirt in a subdued lilac hue and wispy organic cotton by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Pleated Midi Dress

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 2600

A cloudy blue, organic cotton pleated midi dress by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Night Shirt

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 2800

An organic cotton nightshirt by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Off-shoulder cotton top

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 750

Off-shoulder top from Spring Break | Chai High is an Indian fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Backless maxi dress

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 1490

A backless maxi dress by The Spring Break | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, that’s all for today.

Happy Shopping. 🙂

 

 

I am turning into someone I once hated.

I am turning into someone I never wanted to be | Chai High is an Indian Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Anti-social. Eccentric. Chemically clean. Neatness-obsessed. People-hating. Super-stressed. Perfectionist (in all the wrong ways).

That’s who I have become.

Somebody dumping a wet towel on my bed is enough to drive me up the wall. Forget maid absenteeism, traffic and over-spending.

I expect things to be perfect. And people to be perfect too. And when that doesn’t happen, well, I start screaming in my head, scowling on the outside and snapping at my loved ones.

I have built a wall around me.  Concentrating on just getting to work and back. And managing to keep myself sane from the stress, by cozying up afterwards in my warm furry blanket and a hot cocoa. Alone. Without small talk, pointless chitter and anything to distract me from my “me” time. Because, sometimes I really feel like I would lose it. In the sea of petty conversations, overworked-ness, less money and a zillion other things that threaten to haunt me and drag me to the darkness.

“No”, I tell myself. And to stay afloat, I go home a little earlier, pamper myself a little more, dress a little brighter, and drink a little more tea.

A decade ago, I was pretty much the opposite. Like I was telling some people yesterday, I was crazy enough to rub “conjunctivitis fluid” in my eye, so I could get the illness too and therefore be able to bunk class and games and stay in the hostel with 20 other fellow patients who played cards  – spit and taboo, while we – the healthier ones sat and got bored in class. Talk about being rewarded for good health.

I was carefree enough to go a week without bathing – twice, and not give it a second thought – We’d wet our towels and wash our faces as proof of our “hygiene” to our matron.

And we would eat a ton of junk (I don’t touch fried food now – I get anxiety after every bite of unhealthy food) and we’d empty a dozen packets of Lays on the counterpane or bedcover, and eat it straight from that. Yes. We were a bit too dirty.

I am the exact opposite now.

And I don’t think I like me very much.

I think I miss the me who would laugh with her braces on display, and flap her hands around like a chicken.

I miss the me who wouldn’t stress over the sugary french toast I had for breakfast.

I miss the me who missed her friends, who could talk nonstop and laugh about the silly things.

I miss the me who wouldn’t care about a wet towel on the bed. Or the pile of clothes in the corner.

I miss the 13-year-old me, even as I know I could never be that again. And this 13-year-old me would hate her ‘twice-the-age’ version. Maybe this is growing up. Or maybe it’s me who has taken growing up too seriously. Or it could just be the circumstances that have changed me. Or it could just be the genes kicking in. I don’t know.

 

Well. From what I hear, I think this is just called “growing-up”. And I don’t think I like it very much.