4 Ways to Style a Blue Coat

4 ways to style a blue wool coat

You read it right! My Diwali look post made me aware that it has been a while since I wrote about beauty and fashion and was really missing doing those posts. So today, I am going to share my experience of styling a thick woollen coat. Having lived all my life in Mumbai, I had almost no experience of a proper winter. I had a great fascination for winter wear though. Who wouldn’t? Those long coats, the high boots.. they instantly glam one up. I bought a brown coat when I first moved to Delhi. It was a flattering cut, the colour was versatile and it served me well for a few years. However, being the lover of colour that I am, I wanted a brighter coat and a thicker one too.

During my North East trip in 2012, my leather jacket sleeve tore and so, I bought myself a long, thick wool coat in the most gorgeous blue and dark blue pattern. The only other option then was a drab black coat and I decided to chuck practicality out of the window and follow my instinct. The only things I looked for are good quality material, a good finishing and lots of warmth. I am so pleased I made that decision. This coat has been my faithful companion on all my travels so far. Here are some ways I have styled it.

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Last Minute Ideas for New Year Dresses

If you are the kinds who leave things till the last minute or you thought you would not go and party this new year’s eve but only just decided that you will in fact go and party, chances are you are wondering, “What Do I Wear”? Before you go hunting the malls or boutiques for new year dresses, pause and think. Can you wear something from your wardrobe? Is there a way you can avoid breaking your bank and still sport some fabulous new year dresses?

Last Minute Ideas for New Year Dresses

Am sharing a few ideas here that will perhaps help you look into your wardrobe. The key is to sport a memorable look and all said and done, the new year dresses are nothing but regular dresses incorporated into your entire new year’s look. The dress at the end of the day is just a part of the look!

Style a seldom worn dress differently

This used to be a big challenge for me. I always had the same accessories, the same styling for a garment. Then I started reading a genius called Imogen Lamport, and learnt loads about body shapes, flattering cuts and unflattering styles. Go read her if you haven’t already. She marries the art and science of styling in a way that every woman can benefit! Okay, I digressed. So pick a dress you have morn maybe once or twice and style it differently. In the example below, I am wearing a long black dress. The first option is where I added a lacy shrug to it and the white lacy shrug captures all the attention. In the second option, I shrugged off the shrug and let the pearl neckline take the centre. I also tied my hair up in a french twist so that the look changes.

Refurbish an Old Dress

So you have a dress that your third aunt gifted you a year back when she visited you that was completely wrong for you? See if you can refurbish it. Maybe cut off the unflattering puffed sleeve or get rid of the high collar for a deeper neckline. Maybe take in the flare or take the waist up. Small alterations like this can make a dress usable. If you can manage a little more than that by being a master seamstress yourself or sweet talking your local tailor, then head over to New Dress A Day by Marissa. You’d never want to throw old clothes again! An hour on her blog can give you inspiration to turn any dress from Meh to Wow!

Wear a Dress as Skirt

By wearing an eye catching top over a dress, it can be converted to a skirt. This works well if you want to –

  1. Wear a statement print but feel the entire dress is too much
  2. Wear a top with a lot of detailing
  3. Save money on a skirt / jeans 😉

A combination you have not work before will give you the look of a new dress.

Create your New Year Dresses from separates

I love to do this. If you have a skirt and top in the same solid colour, it can be worn together to give an illusion of a dress. This would work especially well for black. Fish out that black pencil skirt and find a fitted tee or tank top in the same shade of black. Be sure it is the same density else the look fails. Add a lacy shrug or a blazer to it and you have a brand new dress! You can just buy a tank top in the same colour as your skirt and you have a new dress! This will not work for constrasts though and definitely not for a day time party. But it works great for new year dresses since you are most likely to be in a low light setting.

Stack up on loads on Accessories

I cannot stress this enough. Accessories like scarves can completely change the look. I have used scraves in different ways and long shrugs as statement pieces. They catch so much attention that the other elements of the dresses fade away in comparison!

So these are my ideas for rocking your new year dresses. What are yours?

5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers

If like me, you are a working mum then chances are you are always short on time. Between professional commitments, household demands and caring for the baby the thing that often gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list is me time and caring for our own appearance. The lazy shopping weekends make way for playdates and mothers often learn to speed shop. Also, trendy makes way for comfortable and practical. Now if you are like me then shopping for clothes can be a challenge.

  1. I have a classic chic taste in clothes. I might experiment sometimes but keep going back to classic chic. That makes finding stuff I like a real task.
  2. I am curvy and plus sized so the number of options is always limited.

Often, I end up picking not so great pieces just because they fit me. Do you mommies have similar problems? If yes, then this post is for you! Accessories are a sure fire way of taking mundane outfits up by a notch or two. I use them all the time and here are my must have accessories for working mothers –

 

  1. A stylish watch. Get a stylish versatile pair that can go with formal and casual alike. My favourite Ragaa watch has stood the test of time. I wear it with saris and skirts, with suits and kurtis. A pair like this is a great investment. A good branded watch will last you ages and if it has a unique twist, it can even be a conversation starter. A friend of mine had one with amother of pearl inlay in the dial. The design never failed to get compliments.5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers
  2. Statement necklaces. Today statement necklaces come in all sizes and shapes and all sort of materials imaginable. I have enamel, metal and even terracotta in my kitty besides the usual beaded ones. They are easy to find, can fit any budget and can spice up even the most basic outfit. Most statement necklaces require little maintainence. Keep your pieces hanging on the dresser and pick one on the go. A word of caution though. Avoid these when going out with the babies. They may take a fancy to your neckpiece!5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers
  3. A travel edition perfume. Keep your perfumes in your bag or office desk. Spritz some on when you arrive at work. It just makes you feel good and that is one of the most important things about accessories! 5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers
  4. A bright lipstick. Whether you are into makeup or not, you must have a bright lipstick in your arsenal. The right shade can transform your look instantly. I remember a friend once called a lipstick ‘instant facial for her face’. That is the power of a good bright lipstick. 5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers
  5. A wide hairband. For all those days when you spent the morning coaxing the baby to drink milk and it ate into your shower time. If you can’t manage to wash and dry your hair, a wide hairband would come to your rescue. 5 Must Have Accessories for Working Mothers

So that is it from me! What are your must haves?


Day 23 – September Blogging Challenge


 

 

How to Beat Monsoon Blues like a Fashionista

Monsoon Blues Fashionista

I had a few thoughts on how to beat the monsoon blues like a fashionista. I jotted them down and was quite happy with the result. So, I sent it as a contribution to a fashion site. Guess what? They published it!

My ideas for beating the monsoon blues are –

Monsoon Blues Fashionista

  1. Bring out the colours in your outfits
  2. Use popping accessories
  3. Wear platform shoes
  4. Get fun monsoon gear
  5. Keep the makeup waterproof
  6. Buy quick dry fabrics

Head over to How to beat the monsoon blues like a fashionista to read the full article 🙂

Your Style – #NaBloPoMo May 5 – #Fashion

Your Style

Todays Prompt: Your Style

My style is very relaxed and a cross between classic chic and urban comfy!

Your Style

What is your style?