5 ways to wear a skirt.

  1. With a top (duh)

    Obviously. But in case you’re at a loss of which top to wear, wear a vest or ganjee tucked into your floral skirt.

How to wear your skirt in innovative

 

2. Under a dress.

A skirt is a good way to add length to your favourite mini dress. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, team prints together.

Layer your skirt under a dress | 5 ways to wear a skirt

3. Over a dress

If you’re bored of everything in your wardrobe, layering a floral skirt over an old dress can totally revamp the look.

How to wear a skirt in 5 different ways | Wear it over a dress

4. Under an oversized shirt or jacket

Throw on a denim or houndstooth jacket/oversized shirt over your top-skirt combo.

How to wear your skirt in 5 ways | Wear it under an oversized jacket or shirt

 

5. Under a slit dress

Have a dress or tunic with a surprisingly high slit? Wear a skirt underneath for a fun peekaboo moment.

How to wear your skirt in 5 ways | Wear it under a slit dress

 

Okay, that’s all for now.

Tell me what you think about this post in the comments below. 🙂

 

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 outstanding examples of creative dressing

I am not a good photographer. At least not yet. Which is why, to illustrate my yarns of copy (yes, I love to write), I shall attach images borrowed from Indian blog wearabout. Beautifully shot by photographer Manou, wearabout curates images of street style from Indian and Bhutan.

And I’d like to share some of these photographs to help you guys get an idea as to what I mean when I say “dress creatively”.

Check it out.

  1. Opposites attract | When Check met Floral

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What I love about her is how she has combined seemingly contrasting prints (checks and florals) and made it work so well together. Well, well, on first glance, most of us if asked if the two go together would undoubtedly exclaim, “Hell no!”.

Doesn’t hurt to experiment does it? Well, the results clearly show. The fitted vest balances the looseness of the anti-fit skirt/lungi.

Chai High Tip: Next time, think twice before you throw away that old wraparound.

2. Layer, layer on the wall

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He has worn a shirt. And then another shirt. And then wrapped a jacket around his waist. Wait, are those pants knit? Love his flair. Especially because, not many men can pull it off.

3. Because, Orange is the new black.

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Don’t shy away from wearing socks with pumps. See how it good it looks!

4. Comfy in a saree

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A striped blouse and a printed saree? OMG! One would never think, right? You’d be like, “Hey ,wear a hot-pink blouse. It’ll look epic.”

Thank God, she didn’t take your advice.

5. Flower girl

Here’s how to wear the midi skirt. Go today and buy one.

6. Librarian-chic

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Stern yet fun. Wine and purple and brown and white. Interesting colours. Interesting silhouettes. Interesting hair. Interesting expression.

Who said, dresses were just meant for “girly”girls?

7. Dark romance

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Dark slinky fabrics, a burgundy lip and Mary Janes. It’s like the girl-next-door just found her dark side.

8. Local inspiration

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No earrings. Just a chunky choker and a matching watch. Love the ethnic inspiration in this uptown look.

9. Sieves for style

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Nothing like a bright smile and happy shoes to lift up an outfit. The sieves? Well, she’s pulling it off!

10. “My sun and moon”

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Night-sky dress and a morning-light jacket. With a neckline that cuts through it all. “Small” women, when it comes to skimpy necklines, you’re blessed. So don’t take it for granted. 😉

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Well, so with this gorgeous selection of images from wearabout, I’m sure you guys will now look at your wardrobe in a completely new light.

As for the people featured here, guys keep doing what you’re doing. Cause its working.

 

Until my next post.

Shivani

 

 

Quick tips from a self-confessed fashion snob

1. There is a story behind every outfit

Okay, I don’t mean to put designers out of business… I just aim to put you into one – the business of creating your own fashion. Of styling yourselves for self-expression.  Of dressing according to occasion, weather, mood… In fact, consciously or unconsciously, already, everything from your state of mind to the exciting date you went for the night before influences your choice of outfit at a given moment. Don’t snort! I am not kidding.

I don’t know about you, but my baggiest t-shirt miraculously finds its way through my head onto my shoulders, on days that I am too bored/lazy/irritated to dress up AND more interestingly, on days I am feeling…hold your breath… naughty, excited or even SEXY!

Now, that I have (and embarrassingly so) described my go-to outfit for two extreme situations, I realize, that since I am going to be feeling a lot of the former (if not the latter) situation, I had better stock up on tees that don’t have my college logo emblazoned across it!

Talking about t-shirts, I personally like them a little slouchy, with wide armholes. Forever 21 has some amazing options for basics.

Like this one.

Forever 21 T-shirt

Get it here

The best part about this tee? You can pull it on upon everything from withered, fraying denims and little floral skirts to even maxi dresses!!

Here is an interesting way to work the slouchy tee trend.

Forever 21 T-shirt

Get it here

So, can you pull this off?

Tip: Look it up online to choose styles that interest you, and head to the store the following weekend to grab it! ALWAYS try before you buy.

The good thing about Forever 21 is that their basics can even be worn with ghagras and sometimes with sarees too!  When you go in, analyse a style based on what it would look like with shorts, sarees, skirts, lehengas and dresses!

For example, a black fitted basic works wonders with a silk saree and an ornamental neckpiece.

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Maybe its time we look to Anamika Khanna for inspiration. Her knack for creating fabulous outfits from seemingly contrasting elements for Sonam Kapoor is something we can all be inspired by.

2. An interesting thing about crop-tops

I know…I know…I have bitched about this style in a previous blog post, but that was primarily because the streets of Bandra and Colaba were exploding with machine-made replicas of the same pattern in alarmingly-large versions of prints that once dominated the runways.

The motifs of sunglasses, owls and elephants. God!

But, (and this is where the story gets a twist), should you choose to walk in one of the many boutiques Bandra has to offer and pick up a fitted version, say a gold sequinned one that may seem too jarring at first glance, pause and think of the old Kanjeevaram in your mom’s closet. Looking better already?

3.  When it comes to Indian-wear, everything doesn’t work anymore

No more shoddily tailored anarkalis or Christmas-tree inspired sarees. It’s time to build a skyscraper-high bonfire OF EVERYTHING that has polyester, nylon or synthetic in it. No faux-chiffons or georgettes, please.

When I say Indian, I mean true Indian. Go back to the loom, go back to the start. Go back to khadis, block-prints, silks, tussars, cottons… Get ‘class’ back into Indian-wear.

Think sustainable, green and natural.

4. And when it comes to western-wear, walk away from the usual

A heady mix of sets and separates are ideal for a well-rounded wardrobe. From boyfriend-tees to statement-setting dresses, from distressed jeans to bright gypsy skirts, from sheer blouses to hand-embroidered jackets; your wardrobe should be a canvas painted on with a myriad different hues and mediums.

Especially, as you have the advantage of being born in a country admired for its colours and crafts. Borrow the colourful skirt from the Banjara tribe in Rajashtan, the gold hoop earrings, the nath and the fitted blouses from the Maharashtrian woman, the anklet from the local woman who giggles on her way to her chores, the gajra from the Tamil (check reference) woman, the big red-bindi from the Bengali mother, and use it to lend interest to your everyday attire.

There is no classification in fashion. It’s about whether you have the balls to pull it off. And, the desire to make a difference. To preserve the heritage of a country so rich in culture, to celebrate the yarns that the village-woman passionately weaves into fabric, to wear what this country so passionately produces, that which has awed outsiders for generations.

To wear that which has lovingly been created.

That’s all. Till my next (and hopefully more visual post)

– S.K