Saturday, 6 July 2013

5 easy-to-carry fashion trends you must try

5 easy-to-carry fashion trends you must try

5 easy-to-carry fashion trends you must try
5 easy-to-carry fashion trends you must try (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Every fashion trend may not suit your body and comfort level. But there are certain trends that are less risky and easy to pull-off. Here's the list

1. Peter pan collar: Although it's named after a male, it's quite a dainty trend. From lace to studded to leather to plaid, you will find various varieties. You just need to decide on the type that suits you best. Just put on the collar and transform your plain tee into a signature one!

2. Peplum: Though not many are open to experimenting with this trend, it is one of the most versatile trends. It hides your tummy bulges and creates great curves. It's a fabulous trend that makes you feel instantly sexy.

3. Loafers: If you you think loafers are something your dad or grandfather would love to sport, you are absolutely wrong. Loafers give a fresh approach to a basic flat. Casual in appearance, they look very stylish on a pair of hot shorts or chic pants. These days loafers are available in every possible pattern, finish and colour.

4. Statement pants: Choose from a variety of printed, metallic, colour-blocked, striped, or embellished pair of pants. This trend isn't very difficult to pull-off if you know to choose something that suits you well. Moreover, if you wish to draw attention to your lower body, these pants do it quite well for you. Metallics, striped and floral pants are in this season.

5. Gloves: Gloves are a simple way to finish your outfit. Leather, suede, fur, bow details, lace frills... there is no end to varieties of gloves you can choose from. It can be worn by anyone and everyone. Just make sure to pick the one that matches your outfit and style

A skirt, a pant or a brand new trend?

A skirt, a pant or a brand new trend?
A skirt, a pant or a brand new trend?
Even as Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence's recent appearance at a fashion event in Parishas sparked off debates questioning whether she was appropriately dressed, her pants may set off a new trend.

These billowing woolen pants, where one leg is quite wide and loose compared to the other one, has sparked off curiosity.

Interestingly, Jennifer's look at the show was weirdly coordinated, where she wore a crop top and woolen pants, with embroidery that had an implied connect on one side of the top and pants, despite showing off her midriff.

Palazzos and harems have been making sporadic appearances at some of the big dos, with some of the fashionistas choosing to sport them when opting for 'different; ensembles. We wonder if this new trend will pick up in the coming days.

Delhi Couture Week begins July 31

Delhi Couture Week begins July 31
Delhi Couture Week to start July 31
The fourth edition of the PCJ Delhi CoutureWeek 2013 will kickstart July 31 here, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), India's apex fashion body, announced on Thursday.

The five-day fashion event will be held at The Taj Palace Hotel.

"We are happy to announce the prestigious PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013, and are back with animpressive line-up of the best design talents in the country. The style gurus for the couture week have been carefully selected by prominent jury members," Sunil Sethi, president, FDCI, said in a statement.

Nine veteran designers will present their collections and exquisite designs for a discerning audience. The names aree Anamika Khanna, Anju Modi, Arjun Khanna, Gaurav GuptaManish AroraManish MalhotraRitu BeriSabyasachi Mukherjee and Varun Bahl.

Earrings for your face shape

Earrings for your face shape
Earrings for your face shape

It's time to flaunt the best accessory! Whatever may be your face type, there is always an earring to compliment your face 

There are some general rules that we delve into while selecting the right earring for your face type. Shalini Mehta, Apparel Designer & Film Stylist, says, "Most Indian women have an ovalor round face. Straight edgy earrings are best suited for them. People with a heart-shape face could also go in for the straight ones, since it adds length. Further, square faced women could go in for rounded, oval accessories which are also very trendy." 

Oval face 

You have the most versatile face shape and you can sport almost anything! Soft shapes like teardrops, pearls, studs and ovals are the most recommended. Remember to choose something which will be in proportion to your head size and body scale. 

Celebrities - Angelina JolieJennifer AnnistonJulia RobertsSharon StoneMadhuri DixitPriyanka Chopra 

Round face 

You should wear longer earrings which will add some angle to your face. Angular, long and lean earrings are the best. Dangles, ovals and bold angular studs would also suit your face type. 

Celebrities - Kate WinsletCameron DiazPenelope CruzPreity Zinta 

Heart - shaped face 

Your face is more similar to the oval one, but is narrower below the cheekbones and pointed at the chin with a wider forehead. You should opt for earrings which are wider at the bottom. Ovals and teardrops are the best ones for you. You can also sport the pyramid style earrings for a trendier look. 

Celebrities - Sohie Dahl, Reese WitherspoonScarlett JohanssonRani Mukherjee, Sonakshi Sinha 

Square face 

You should opt for earrings which are longer than they are wide. Earrings with curves at the bottom, small circular earrings, large oval shapes are the best for you. 

Celebrities - Sandra BullockDemi Moore, Isabella Rosellini, Amrita AroraSonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor

12 fashion combos that work wonders

12 fashion combos that work wonders

12 fashion combos that work wonders
12 fashion combos that work wonders

Mix and match your favourite fashion trendssmartly without becoming a victim of fashion faux pas, says Purvaja Sawant

Fashion has come a long way from the time when sporting two contrasting trends together was akin to committing a sartorial crime! Today, mixing and experimenting with two or more seemingly opposite styles can open up your wardrobe to dozens of new options.

While there are no fixed rules when it comes to merging different patterns, prints, silhouettes orcolours, you want to make sure that when you do so, you highlight the USP of each trend, even if it means thinking out of the box and straddling the fashion fence! With a little confidence and a few smart choices, you can transcend your fashion sense to a whole new level.

Patiala & Pumps
If fusion fashion is your calling, take a cue from a leading designer's collection and add a western touch to your traditional patiala salwar, by teaming it with a short jacket kurti and pumps in pastel shades!

Gold & Nude
You can't go wrong with this combination. Pick any shade of nude for your dress and detail it with dainty metallic gold embroidery or embellishments to create a glamourous cocktail dress.

Sports luxe & colour blocking
If loud prints and patterns aren't your thing, don't sweat it. Wear smart colour-blocked sportsstaples instead, to bring out the best of the sports luxe trend.

Peter pan collar & Polka dots 
Peter Pan collar on a polka dot dress is a classic combination the world over. But combine these two hugely popular trends by sporting a polka dot Peter Pan collar on a plain dress. Femininity personified!

Leaf print & petal skirt
If you want your wardrobe to have a nature-inspired outfit, choose a blouse with a leaf print and team it with a girlie petal skirt. But instead of using the usual shades of green, opt for a monochrome palette.

Dress & shorts
Loose, long shorts over a drop-waist dress sounds like a tricky mix-and-match look to pull off but it can make a drab dress look quirky. Do away with accessories for this one.

Floral & military
While wearing a ditzy floral print dress, think out of the box and add an androgynous touch, by carrying a khaki bag. Alternatively, you can wear a well-fitted military jacket.

Sheer & applique
Strategically-placed cutwork appliques on a solid-coloured sheer fabric can enhance any dull-looking outfit. The applique can be knit, woven or printed. Make sure the garment is semi-transparent and in the same colour as the applique.

Ombre & peplum
This unique peplum dress was a winner on the ramp, especially because of the ombre scheme, which is a subtle alternative to colour-blocking.

Handkerchief hem & sheer
Looking for an asymmetrical sillhouette? Find a dress with a handkerchief hemline in a sheer fabric. This combo is not for pear-shaped women.

Long jacket & playsuit
Designers gave jackets a twist by combining long jackets with playsuits and shorts. You can do the same by opting for sheer fabrics, with embroidery or applique for your jacket.

Tribal print & neon
Make tribal prints eye-catching by wearing them in vibrant neon hues of yellow, indigo, orange, pink and electric blue, instead of dull earthy tones, to give a nostalgic yet contemporary touch to your ensemble

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Make a Splash with Trendy Monsoon Footwear [Lust List]

खुद बनाएं मनपसंद हेयर स्टाइल

खुद बनाएं मनपसंद हेयर स्टाइल

खुद बनाएं मनपसंद हेयर स्टाइल
आपको पार्टी में जाना है और हेयर स्टाइलिस्ट के पास जाने का वक्त नहीं है! ऐसी स्थिति से महिलाएं अकसर दो-चार होती है। समय की कमी के चलते अकसर हमें अपने हेयर स्टाइल को इग्नोर करना पड़ जाता है। फिक्र न करें। जावेद हबीब आपको बता रहे है कुछ आसान और क्विक हेयर स्टाइलिंग के टिप्स जिससे आप बालों की स्टाइलिंग खुद कर सकती हैं।
1. अगर आपको वेवी लुक पसंद है तो बस हेयर ब्रश, टेक्सचराइजिंग क्रीम और हेयर ड्रायर के सहारे आप अपने बालों को वेवी लुक देकर उनमें वॉल्यूम पैदा कर सकती हैं।
2. अगर आपको स्ट्रेट हेयर लुक चाहिए तो शॉवर के बाद अपने बालों को तौलिये से सुखा लें। फिर टेक्सचराइजिंग जेल को उंगलियों में लगाकर बालों की लटों में फैलाएं और कंघी करें। इससे आपके बाल सुलझे और स्ट्रेट दिखेंगे।
3. बालों को बाउंसी लुक देने के लिए सिर झुकाकर उन्हें पलट कर ब्लो ड्राई करें। करीब दस मिनट तक पलटे हुए बालों में कंघी करने से बालों में अच्छा बाउंस आ जाता है जो आपको फ्लैट और बोरिंग लुक से निजात देता है।
4. अपने बालों में खुशबू पैदा करने के लिए कंघी या हेयर ब्रश पर अपना मनपसंद परफ्यूम स्प्रे करें। इससे बाल सुलझाने पर बालों में महक आनी शुरू हो जाएगी जो लोगों को आपकी तरफ आकर्षित जरूर करेगी।
5. बालों को स्वस्थ बनाए रखने के लिए अच्छे शैंपू और कंडीशनर का प्रयोग भी जरूरी होता है। ज्यादातर शैंपू व कंडीशनर इतने गाढ़े होते हैं कि सिर की त्वचा पर जम जाते है और अच्छी तरह से साफ भी नहीं होते। ऐसे गाढ़े शैंपू या कंडीशनर्स को प्रयोग करने से पहले पानी डालकर पतला कर लें।
6. घर में सलून जैसी हेयर स्टाइलिंग करने के लिए सबसे पहले बालों को छोटे-छोटे सेक्शंस में बांट लें। हॉट रोलर्स, ब्लो ड्रायर और स्टाइलिंग जेल के साथ इनमें से एक-एक सेक्शन को कर्ल करें, बेहतरीन हेयर स्टाइल तैयार हो जाएगा।

Style tips for monsoon.....

Style tips for monsoon

Style tips for monsoon
Style tips for monsoon

Monsoon is here and it's time to update your style mantras. Here are a few tips to help you sizzle despite the rains

Go bright to beat the monsoon blues
Bright colours like hot pink, turquoise, orange and yellow best suit this weather as it helps to brighten up the grey atmosphere.Despite transparent rain coats being an all-time favourite with most people, neon and sequin raincoats have also become popular especially pairing them up with bright pop colours it can be great for people that would like to experiment with their style this season.

The right fabrics
Poly fabrics are the best in Monsoon as they dry up swiftly, one should definitely avoid denims as they stay wet for a long time!

Bubble raincoats
One should definitely invest in a raincoat and wellies for the monsoon. Bubble raincoats have proved to be quite convenient as the water does not touch your feet but instead sweeps of the bubble skirt and hits the ground.

Layer trendily
Layering is clever this monsoon and this can be done with soft fabrics, a transparent raincoat on top of layers or even a transparent poncho.

Wonder accessories
A waterproof bag, plastic bangles are wonder accessories for the monsoon and a trendy printedumbrella would be a great help as well. A perfect monsoon ensemble would be a neon raincoat with a shift dress underneath, a transparent waterproof bag, and a pair of knee high wellis!

5 wardrobe essentials for the dreaded monsoons
- Raincoat
- Wellis
- Waterproof bag
- Hairband
- Umbrell

Dressing up for a job interview in monsoon

Dressing up for a job interview in monsoon

Dressing up for a job interview in monsoon
Dressing up for a job interview in monsoon

The prospect of going for an interview fills us all with both anticipation as well as dread. Neha Karmarkar Joshi lists do's and don'ts when appearing for a job interview during the monsoons 

Whether one is going for a walk-in interview or on getting the "call" after their resume has been shortlisted, it is a day that we look forward to - but with butterflies in our stomach!

Worse still, is when you need to attend one while valiantly fighting the rains! It is then that the additional stress of wondering how to manage it all gets added to the emotional cocktail. And rightly so, since we all know how difficult it is to step out of home when the rains are in full swing.

Keeping that in mind, here's a list of do's and don'ts to help simplify your life when preparing for an interview during the monsoons:

- Call up the organisation a few hours in advance and confirm that the interview is going ahead as and when scheduled. Also, in case the officeis in an unfamiliar area, make sure you confirm the address and jot down a few landmarks as well. This will save you time, money as well as the effort wasted running around in circles figuring out the address at the last minute - all of this while it rains cats & dogs.

- Dress smartly. Yes, it is raining, but that doesn't mean you should show up at an interview in shorts and a t-shirt. The easiest way out is to opt for formal/ semi-formal clothing which is monsoon-smart. For example, wear synthetics which dry faster than cottons, or women can wear skirts instead of trousers.

- Ladies, tie up your hair in a bun, a plait or a sleek ponytail so that even if it gets a little wet while travelling, it doesn't look untidy.

- Keep extra copies of your resume along with any other documents that you need in a plastic folder and carry it with you for the interview. Ensure that the papers are stacked neatly and are protected from the rain.

- Carry an umbrella without fail! Even if it's sunny when you're leaving home, don't forget that the rains come uninformed.

- Leave at least 30-45 mins earlier than you generally would have, and choose your mode of transport wisely. Low-lying areas can waterlog quickly even if it has only drizzled. If you're going by road, try and avoid these areas since the traffic there will move at a snail's pace. Also, it becomes difficult to get a taxi/ auto-rickshaw if you live in a waterlogged area, or are travelling to one. Hence, take into account that much additional travel time.

- If the weather is bad, never assume that your interview has been cancelled. Always confirm with the organisation directly. Don't rule the possibility that in all the commotion, they might forget to inform you of any change in plans! - Avoid cotton clothing as far as possible, as it clings when wet. It is inevitable that in the pouring rain your clothes are bound to get a little wet, so prepare accordingly. For example wispy, pastel shirts that become translucent when wet are a big nono.

- Sadly, an interview is not the place to flaunt fancy shoes you picked up for the monsoons. Wear them while travelling if need be, but ensure you're carrying an additional pair of formal footwear to change into once you reach the office. Easier still, get a pair of all-weather formal footwear!

- Never walk in soaking wet and freezing (plus, the powerful office AC won't help!). This will not only affect the interviewer's opinion, but more importantly it will distract you and you may not be able to give it your best. Carry a towel, pack it well so that it stays dry and wipe yourself once you reach. Then, you're ready to roll!

Ultimately, an interview is an interview no matter what the season. There are just a few more pointers to keep in mind when you're going for one in the rains, that's all. Keep calm, stay focussed and remember that the one thing that is discussed the longest in any interview is you! As long as you know yourself, everything falls into place. Don't forget the cardinal rule of interviews - first impressions usually last the longest