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

 

We need better clothes

I am going to burn my jeans, my bra and every pokey, itchy article of clothing I find. It’s hot. It’s so hot in Bombay that you feel like you’re about to explode. In fact, yesterday I had a breakdown. It was so hot that I died at least once. I went home early because my stomach was queasy, my head was wheezy and my legs were like jelly. But going home didn’t make it any better.

I had no book to read, no show to watch (smartly, I’d left my macbook at work) and no drawing to sketch (again left it at work). So I became a ticking time-bomb. I lay down, sat up, walked around and repeated the process for a good two hours. As the air-conditioning tried its best to keep up, panting and fainting and ultimately giving up. Which lead to the fans having a field day, running round and round, rustling the curtains and anything that would fly.

And me, a jittery mess, fluctuated between restlessness and tiredness.

It was so damn hot both outside and inside. My stomach was burning, my cheeks were flushing and the air was thick with the smell of fish, open drains and frustrated humans on their way home from work. The sound of incessantly honking auto-rickshaws and cars didn’t make it any better.

The phone rang. Ooh I have a date. What do I wear? I hopped, skipped and jumped to my cupboard in the balcony, and the evening babble greeted me. Honk, Honk, Peep Peep… Argh, I was so excited to dress up. So many new clothes to wear. But damn the weather!

So I rummaged through my balcony-cupboard inhaling hot air, the internal bomb just a few seconds from detonation. And my sweaty fingers grasped a pair of cut-offs and a thin white tee in urgent need for ironing, pulled it from under more layers of clothes and toppled everything in the process. And it was so hot, and the clothes were on me, and I was already burning from within, so i stuffed the falling piles of clothing back into the cupboard and shut the door angrily on it and rushed indoors to change. I was breathing fast, my face and organs were steaming and I changed into my date outfit. Darn, the ends of the bra were poking and turning the hot, sweaty me even hotter and sweatier. And the denim in the shorts was feeling alien. Man! Since when do you feel hot even in shorts?

So I went back to my fiery cupboard in the balcony and pulled out a thin, low cut cotton dress and wore it, removing my bra. And oh my God! It felt better, but was it too revealing?

My phone started vibrating, and I got even more hyper. Shit, he’s here! And I am still not ready. I ran, back into the balcony and looked at the tumbling bits of clothing in my cupboard and the weather, in the mood for vengeance, threw balls of fire in my face, as it grinned cheekily at my state.

I looked at myself in the mirror and sighed. I checked out my hair. Disobedient hair. Refuses to curl. Refuses to straighten. Hangs haughtily around my shoulder every strand in a different direction silently revolting. And my face had little dots, threatening to burst into full-bodied zits, in the heat. Argh. I was definitely losing it.

I rushed back in and picked up the phone. “Hey! Oh, you’re here. Coming Coming!”

And then changed back into the white tee and shorts, picked up a sweatshirt (In case we’re watching a movie) and a dupatta (I don’t know why) and stumbled downstairs, clad in an unfortunate combination.

I cursed the weather for a good 15 minutes and I would have cursed it for the next 5 hours, but I got myself some yummy frozen yoghurt with strawberries on my date, and that changed it all.

Anyway, the whole point of this story was, gah, we need more designers making white, cotton flowing, loose dresses, thin enough to feel cool and thick enough to let us go bra-less.

Signing off now. Need to get myself a cool glass of water.

Happy Summer, folks. (yea, right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 10 best dressed everyday showstoppers

If you follow Chai High on Facebook, you’d know about this. For others, Everyday Showstoppers is an album I created on Facebook. An album populated with pictures of the best dressed men and women.

This post will compile the 10 best pictures of Everyday Showstoppers, Season I.

Those of you who haven’t been featured yet, don’t worry, Season II will be happening soon. 😉

 

  1. Me. Of course 😉 me2. Naina | Read the full article on Naina’s style herenaina3. Reemareema4. Azra
  2. azra_daily_style5. VedantVedant6. Sangeetasangeeta_daily_style

7. ShivendraShiv

8. Sarahsarah9. Rebeccarebecca

10. DipikaDipika

Well, with that we come to the end of the 10 best everyday showstoppers on Chai High.

Stay tuned for Season II.

🙂

 

 

From the real world

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If you’ve been reading my blog, chances are you’re wondering why I seem to be obsessed with “craft” and “creativity” in daily dressing.

And honestly, I don’t blame you. Apart from attaching a couple of links to some great labels and designers, I haven’t really shown you any real examples of women who dress well. Who put some thought into what they wear. And yet emerge looking effortless.

While “thoughtful-effortless fashion” may seem a tad oxymoronish, there’s a very strong difference between effort-fashion and thoughtful-fashion. The judge being the end result.

You could be wearing jeans and a tee and it could seem as though you put in a lot of effort and someone else could be dressed in a dress and tons of jewellery and still look effortless.

It all has to do with how you pull off what you’re wearing. If you pull it off, like its your second skin, you will look effortless.

One of my favourites quotes is “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.”

I wrote it on one of those days in 2014 when the amount of effort people were putting in their fashion (and still failing) was getting to me. (yeah, yeah, I get dramatic sometimes.)

Enough of the jargon, let’s see how Naina effortlessly pulls off this beautiful look.

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What I love about her is that she has combined contrasting elements and made it work so well. She’s borrowed a belt from a kurta and matched it to these lovely handcrafted beads and sandals. Her face is scrubbed clean, her hair tied back, and her bubbly personality – all the makeup she needs.

And the result is this well put-together outfit that’s effortless, breezy and oh-so-summery.

Girls, I am going to give you more examples of creativity in daily dressing, soon. Till then, get inspired from this lovely lady.

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Love,

Shivani