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How to Wear Pastel Colour Outfits

How to wear Pastel Shades 

Who doesn’t love a wardrobe filled with garments in soft pink, ivory beige, peach or powdery lilac?  Pastel colours are favourites of all those who want to spice up their looks, with pale pink, mint, lavender, baby blue, sky blue, light yellow and all the Easter egg, ice cream and cupcake inspired colours.

Although the shades are mostly worn and meant for spring and summer, you can be a little creative with the shades and wear them in autumn and winter too, by combining your pastel shades with dark colours. For example, a pastel sweater with  dark coloured jeans will look amazing, or you could go with the current fashion and use pastel coloured coat or shawl over your outfit to lift your look.

Ridhi Soft Woollen Stole

However, incorporating pastels into your day to day ensembles can be a little tricky. As an Indian, I am always cautious of wearing pastel colours, but I think we have a misconception that pastels don’t suit dark skin tones. Pastel colours  can make any women look gorgeous if the right colour match is chosen. Everyone will notice you as you make your entry to any occasion.

Here are some style tips for pastel colours.

-Pastel Colour Match: All pastel colours look amazing with one another, and you can mix and match more than two pastel shades in a look. Pastel colour blocking is one of the ways to wear pastel trends. You can confidently combine pink with pale lemon, blue with mint green, creamy orange with purple, but pastels can also be worn with brighter shades too. If you are not sure ,you can use a colour wheel to match your colours.

Pastel Colour Wheel

Source: Pinterest

Key points to remember:

Minimalism – Keep things simple, but do not use too much of one colour. This might look good on a catwalk, but can be rather overpowering for normal wear. In reality, it may be too much. Try to match your pastel outfit with accessories in black, white or other neutral tones. Make sure that the design of the garment is emphasised by shape and clean lines rather than the pastel shade. 

Colour Mix – Pastel colours look amazing with grey, blue, and cream. Do not be afraid to mix them with neutral colours like beige and coffee shades, which will help to balance the girly nature of the colour.

The most versatile pastel shades are cream and beige, as these will literally go with any other pastel shade. Pastel shade clothing mixed with beige or cream looks sober and elegant, and is an ideal option for work wear. Cream and beige accessories can be used to finish off the desired look.

Mix with Black and White – Pastel colours go very well with either black or white. With black being a dominate colour, any pastel colour matched to it will create a modern polished look. As for mixing a pastel colour with white, it will enhance the softness and femininity of the pastel tone, and will balance the ensemble for a more harmonious look.

Mix with Bright colours – Try mixing pastel colours with brighter tones. This will give your outfit a playful and vibrant look, and at the same time will show off your creativity and unique taste in style. For instance, think beige pants matched with a bright purple on peach border.  You just need some neutral shoes and a bag to make things pretty and cool.

Net Anarkali Suit

Prints on Pastel Colours – Although pastel colours are not new, prints on pastel are the ‘in trend’ this season and are incredibly versatile when adding some springtime cheer. Pastel coloured clothes look especially elegant in combination with printed and patterned pieces.

Pink Floral Silk Tunic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monochrome Pastel Look – A smashing look can be created by picking a single pastel shade for your entire ensemble. Adding creative accessories to your outfit will draw the spotlight, but  the pastel shade will elongate and slim down your silhouette.

Accessories – Accessorise you pastel outfit with bright matching colours to lift your ensemble. Go for metallic accessories when choosing bags, jewellery, or belts, as this will give your ensemble a chic look. For shoes, pick neutral or bright shades to create harmony and give a balanced look.

Pastel shades have been right in fashion for that past few seasons, and this season will continue to influence outfit choice. The use of pastel shades in Indo Western outfits is a relatively new concept, and is emerging as a favourite look among the young generation and fashionistas alike. 

Yasmina Dhoti Suit with CapeNisha Chiffon TopIndian Wear for Pear Shape

Pastels are fresh shades, and can easily be incorporated in your day to day wear. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor functions, as they can be repeated in various contrasts and combinations.

If you haven’t tried pastels before, then now is the perfect time to try them. I hope this blog will inspire you to add some pastel colours to your ensembles and wear pastels with confidence.

Rita

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6 Styles of Flattering Necklines

Necklines are the most important things to consider when choosing a new outfit, as they draw attention up to your face and can determine whether the outfit is flattering or not.

Just like the waistline, the style of neckline is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.

Different necklines defines the outfit, whether the outfit is formal or casual, playful, or sophisticated and stylish.

Factors to consider when choosing the neckline of your outfit include body shape, bust size and concealing chest line. Also take into account size of shoulder, length and thickness of neck, and face shape.

To help you decide on your choice of neckline with ease and confidence read on. This guide will tell you all you need to know about choosing the best neckline for you.

Strapless Styles – Makes a perfect neckline for those with narrow shoulders a slim arms. It will highlight your entire upper body area and is perfect for those who like to show off their collarbone and neck.

Strapless necklines are not recommended for those who are small breasted. But work well with firm breasts.  Women with a broad shoulder line should be mindful of this neckline because of its widening effect on the shoulder.

If you choose this neckline, be prepared for its minimal support. Wear a good strapless bra that provides firm support.

Banhi Italian DressCharvi Harem

Round Neck Style – The round neckline is also known as a necklace neckline, and is sometimes called a scoop neck. This design follows the natural contour of the base of the neck, and is generally a gentle curve.

Round necklines are best for small to medium bust, Long neck and wide shoulders.

This simple neckline is great for anyone who has a long and thin neck because of its shortening and widening effect.

Rani Dhoti SuitOrange Hand Embroidered Cape

Boatneck Style – Boat neck neckline styles Are used more to create feminine designs. Outfits with this neckline rest from the shoulders and have a wide opening for the neckline that hangs just a bit in the front and back in a kind of bowed shape.

Boat neckline outfit is a very elegant garment style that uses the larger volume of fabric to help the wearer look smaller and more petite. The boat neckline sits much closer to the neck, creating a sense of volume and bulk, and drawing attention to the neck.

The boat neckline style is good for any bust size but works well with small bust since its shape creates the illusion of a bigger bust.

Lily Embroidered DressEleanor Net Skirt Suit

Illusion Neckline – The illusion neckline also known as sweetheart neckline is something of an on trend feature at the moment. It is stunning neckline, appropriately demure, yet hinting at being revealing. Illusion necklines are an alternative to the strapless style.

Illusion necklines are limitless when it comes to style. They instantly transform the dress or gown’s look to a more romantic and vintage feel by adding a lace to the neckline. The illusion neckline is widely used for wedding dresses and gowns.

It is a popular neckline because of its ability to be universally flattering. For busty women it enhances your natural curves, while for smaller assets the heart shape line creates the illusion of a larger bust.

Aara Skater Dress

Halter Neckline – This style is where an outfits neck runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, and leaves most of the back uncovered. Halter necklines are great for showcasing shoulders and drawing the eye upward, creating a balancing effect.

Halter neckline styles also help to balance petite women who have broad shoulders because it helps to portion their halves with their bottom halves.

This necklines will not work for bustier women with bulkier arms, because it will create more volume in the top, visually making you look wider than you actually are.

Bardot Neckline – or off the shoulder neckline. This neckline is elegantly flattering, and instantly makes you stand taller, with your shoulders back. Off the shoulder showcases the sexiest of areas, the collarbone, shoulders and back.

Off the shoulder dresses can be worn anytime of the day with the right accessories, and make you look chic and dramatic at the same time (in a good way!).

The off the shoulder style should be avoided if you have a heavy bust and muscular shoulders, as it will accentuate them. In this case choose dress with one-shoulder necklines for the added dramatic effect.

Sheena Lace Prom Dress

Lastly, you should consider looking at your shoulders, as these provide the frame to your neckline, so you want to be careful when choosing your necklines. For example, if you have broad shoulders you want to avoid any styles that make your shoulders look broader. If this is you, it would be better to stay with bardot or boat necklines. If you have sloping shoulders, you Can avoid drawing attention to them by staying away from strapless or halter neck necklines. Try choosing Bardot or boat neckline styles, which will make your shoulders look more horizontal.

Rita

 

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What to wear for your Christmas or New Year Eve Party?

A party is something we all look forward to. It’s an opportunity to dress up after all. Whether its a summer party, Garden party, BBQ party, Halloween, Diwali or a Christmas party, we want to look our best. However, it can sometimes be a challenge deciding what to wear. Do you sometimes draw a blank when trying to decide? I certainly do! I am never sure of what to wear, and I am sure it’s the same for some of you too.

Christmas and New Years Eve are fast approaching, so if you are struggling to find something to wear, or you are generally looking for party outfit ideas, here are some suggestions that may help you.

The obvious choices for a Christmas or New year party outfit are the little black dress, a red dress or something lacy, but why not try something different? How about trying a long evening dress, an all in one suit (jumpsuit), or a monochrome dress, accessorised with statement jewellery and a complimentary clutch bag to complete the look.

The type of party outfit you wear will depend on the occasion. Whether it’s a work party, informal night out with friends, a house party or a formal party. Below are some options to get you thinking.

Work Party

When attending a work party, you want to look professional, but still feel stylish. Pick an outfit that you feel is comfortable in, and don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour or piece of statement jewellery. 

  • Try a ruffle shirt with your regular work trousers, and add a bejewelled clutch.  ruffled blouseRuffled bluse & clutch
  • Dress up your monochrome work dress by adding shimmery shoes and statement                  jewellery.
  • Why not be brave and wear a blazar with a sequin skirt and high heels.

sequin skirt

  • Wear a fun top with classic pants, or a all in one piece.

You can upgrade a regular work outfit by adding statement jewellery, shimmery pumps, bright high heels, or a brocade blazer to top off your workwear.

House Party 

When attending a house party you can agonies for hours over what to wear, so just try to remember that when it comes to house parties there are usually no rules or dress-code (do check with your host though, just to be sure). All you really need to do is to make sure you look fabulous, whilst staying as comfortable as possible.

  • For a house party, you don’t need to worry too much about what footwear to choose, because you can wear anything from boots to high heels, or those strappy sandals you’ve been wanting to wear for ages. The best thing about house parties is that if you are uncomfortable in any pair of shoes you can simply kick them off!
  • You can go all out for a house party, or you can go totally casual. Both are acceptable.
  • Every one else can go in a party dress, but you can still wear a chic pair of jeans and your favourite pair of heels and look fabulous.

  • If the mood takes you, wear a summer dress and you’ll still be cosy as the house is likely to be warm. You just need to remember a coat or wrap for when you are outside.

Chavi Black Net DressBela Jute Embroidered Dress

  • You could decide to go all out and wear a glamorous embellished party dress or evening dress and it will be equally acceptable.


Net Embroidered Gown

  • Another option for a house party is to wear plazzo pants or harem pants, and dress them up or down as you feel.

Charvi Harem

Formal or Semi Formal Party

For a formal party you would generally wear something a little dressier than you would wear to a work or house party. Most formal parties are black tie events, where men wear tuxedoes, women wear long dresses, cocktail dresses or party separates. A little black dress is also acceptable attire for a formal party. 

Yamini Sequin Skater

Semi formal party wear is a dress down form of formal attire, you do not have to wear a ball gown,  but equally should not wear denim or a sundresses.

  • Wear a long flowing dress, or ball gown if being comfortable is a priority.
  • Sequinned or embellished dresses make an ideal outfit.

  • You can choose dresses that are little above the knee, on the knee, or at the ankle, but avoid wearing mini-skirts.
  • Choose satin, velour, silk or chiffon fabrics.
  • Some trouser-suits are acceptable as formal party, particularly those that look like an ankle-length skirt when worn.
  • For a semi formal party, a stylish all in one suit can be acceptable.
  • A black cocktail dress is always a safe choice, and a stunning look for a semi formal party.

Below are some outfit ideas for a formal /semi formal party wear.

 

Saara Glitter MaxiMia Net Evening Dress

Hope the above tips are useful and you find that perfect out fit for your party.

Rita

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What to wear for Diwali ?

Dear Readers

Today was the Diwali lights illumination night in Leicester. In the UK, Leicester’s celebration of Diwali is one of the biggest outside of India. The festivities in Leicester are held along Belgrave Road (known as the Golden Mile) in the heart of the city’s Asian community.

Diwali Belgrave Road

The streets and the shops are decorated with lights that stretch across and along Belgrave Road. The lights switch on is accompanied by cultural event programmes, from theatre performance to craft activities, cultural talks and exhibitions on Cossington Street Recreation ground along. There is also spectacular fireworks, which are a traditional part of Diwali celebrations. Over 30,000 people of all faiths attend the switching on of the lights on the Golden Mile. More people come along on the Diwali day itself (on the 7th November this year) to experience the lively street atmosphere, dazzling colourful fashion and gold jewellery, indulge in the mouthwatering food in the finest Indian restaurants and buy the famous Indian sweets and savouries.

Diwali Fireworks

So what is Diwali?

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights which is celebrated every autumn.

Diwali is one the most popular festivals of Hinduism, symbolising the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists all over the world. The Diwali celebration lasts for 5 days.  

-First day  (the start of Diwali) is dedicated to Goddess Laxshmi, the Goddess of prosperity. 

-Second day is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Goddess for abolishing evil. 

-Third day – This the Diwali day. Lighting of diyas (candles) takes place. Rangoli (powder art) is used to decorate the ground in front of the houses. Fireworks are let off, and food and sweets are shared with family and friends.

-Fourth day – the start of the Hindu new year.

-Fifth day is the celebrations between brothers and sisters, which is an important function in Hindu culture.

Hindus celebrate Diwali for the return of Hindu God Lord Rama and his wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year s of exile, having defeated the demon King Ravana. Diwali is also celebrated for Mother Goddess Durga, for destroying a demon called Mahesha. 

Though Diwali is also celebrated by the Sikh’s, they are actually celebrating Bandi Chhorh Divas, which means prisoner release day . This happens to be at the same time of the year as Diwali, and is celebrated for the release of the sixth guru Hargobind Shaib from Gwalior Prison in India. 

A Diwali festivital not only brings religious rituals and ceremonies, traditions of colourful rangolis, resplendent diyas, mesmerising firecrackers and mouthwatering food. Diwali is also a time of generous gift giving and a massive dose of amusement, laughter and sharing of food with family and friends. All this socialising generates  a shopping frenzy for clothes and outfits to wear for the Diwali and New Year functions.

Diwali Rangoli

Here are some outfit suggestions for this Diwali.

Net Anarkali Suit Long Silk Dress with CapeAlpa Lengha CholiNeha Silk Kurti SuitPriya Floral Long Dress with Net TopOmana Skirt & Top

For those who do not like to wear traditional outfits, why not try a two piece skirt suit, or something different that you can wear with jeans. Complement your jeans with a traditional jacket, or try a bright coloured straight trouser suit to fit in with the festivities.

Rupa Trouser SuitAnieka Long Embroidered TopRabia Dhoti & Top

Isabella Floral Gown-3Shri Pant Suit

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Diwali and like some of the outfit suggestions above. As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

 

Thanks for reading!

Rita

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Are you ready for Navratri?

Hello Readers

Are you ready for Navratri? 

For those who are not ready, or not even aware of Navratri, here is a brief overview. 

Navratri is the festival of nights (lasting nine days). It is celebrated twice in a year with great devotion all over India, and also in parts of other countries where there are Indian communities.

Navratri means nine auspicious nights, and the festival is celebrated for Goddess Durga in her nine different forms on the scheduled nine days of the Hindu calendar. One of the most celebrated festivals amongst Hindus, Navratri symbolises the destruction of the evil, and the triumph of good over evil.

There are two major Navratri’s celebrations; Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in spring (around March ) and Sharad Navratri is celebrated in a big way in Autumn. This year Navratri starts from 10th October to 18th October.

The Navratri celebration and worshipping style varies from state to state in India, and also around the world, but the devotion is same for the festival wherever it is held. It is widely celebrated with great enthusiasm, but sometimes with different names given to the goddess.  For example Durga Puja or Jagdamba are used in some places.

This festival is celebrated for nine days by two popular dance forms dandya and graba dance forms. Dandya is performed with two sticks, and Graba is generally with the clap of your hands to the beat of the music. These dances are usually performed in the evening.

Navratri season is eagerly awaited every year, and gives everyone the opportunity to dress in traditional attire. Indian women started to wear different colours on each of the nine days. This trend has become increasingly popular, and is now followed by majority of women during Navratri.

The colours for this year (2018) are as follows:

Day 1 – Royal Blue – represents strong energy and tranquillity. The Goddess will bless the devotees with prosperity and happiness.

Day 2 – Yellow – represents happiness and brings optimism and confidence in life. Meditating in yellow will help in the development of a positive attitude.

Day 3 – Green – represents prosperity, unconditional love and richness. This is the colour of nature, which is calm and gentle. By wearing this colour devotees believe they will improve their relationship.

Day 4 – Grey – will connect you to divine power and protection.

Day 5 – Orange – colour of fame, name and money, and also increase the charisma of your aura.

Day 6 – White – is the symbol of peace, prayer, faith and stability. The Goddess will cleanse the devotees mind and spirit of those wearing this colour on this auspicious day,

Day 7 – Red – the symbol of power, passion and fervour. This is the Goddess’s favourite colour

Day 8 – Sky Blue – represents immensity and faith. This colour helps you in gaining the spiritual awareness.

Day 9 – Pink – represents hope and new beginning. 

What to Wear?

For those of you who would like to know about what to wear for Navratri, I have put together some ideas and tips. These can be found below.

You can wear a variation of Channiya Choli, Salwar Kameez, Saree, or a Lengha Suit and Long Dress.

If you are going to wear a Channiya Choli or Lengha Suit, wear a comfortable one so that your outfit does not get in your way whilst dancing. Remember to pin your duppatta the right way so that it doesn’t fall off your shoulder, meaning you have to keep adjusting it time and again. 

The length of your outfit should be just below or above your ankles so that it won’t get under your feet while dancing, as this dance is generally performed in bear feat. If you are going to wear shoes make sure they are flat, or you can wear mojari (traditional Indian shoes). These are comfortable, easy to wear, and are available in various colours to match your outfit.

Generally, outfits for this festival are very bright and colourful, full of heavy embroidery and glass work, and worn with a contrasting colour choli (blouse) to stand out. Here are some ideas for those who would like to wear a simple yet elegant outfit, but still want to stand out from the crowd.

Alpa Lengha CholiSneha Lengha CholiNeha Silk Kurti Suit

Omana Skirt & TopRoshni Silk Lengha CholiSwati Skirt & Top

Nishma White Skirt With Chiffon Top

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How to style your outfit for Autumn Chill

Dear Readers

After a short break for my summer holiday, I’m pleased to be able to share my latest blog post with you.

This week I thought I’d write about autumn fashion and wrapping up warm. We have had a wonderful summer, but as the days go by and the sun is shining, the mornings and nights are getting cooler and autumn will soon be upon us. 

As the temperature starts to slowly fall it can be quite hard to get outfits just right. On unusually warm days that you might forget to wear a jacket or an extra layer, only to find that the temperature drops quickly as the afternoon draws to a close. Sometimes you add too much and end up being too hot, and at other times you don’t add enough and end up being cold.

However, if you have the right accessories it can be easier than you think to get it right and look stylish.  The must have accessory to finish off your silhouette, by day or night is a  scarf, stole, shawl or a wrap. All are a great final touches for a stylish look, and make perfect companions to elegant evening dresses. At the same time, they cover the shoulders, upper arms, neck and back; helping to keep you warm on cooler evenings. A wrap made of cashmere or wool may also be worn over your jacket to wonderful effect.

How to best wear these items? The simple thing to do is to carry a medium sized, matchable colour scarf either in or tied to your bag, to protect your neck should it turn windy or chilly. In one of my my previous posts Best Ways to Wear a Scarf I gave you some tips on scarves. Scarves are a stylish addition to your outfit, and an excellent way to keep you warm, but sometimes they aren’t enough and something a little warmer may be needed. This is when a stole, shawl or a wrap is perfect.

A stole is typically narrower than a shawl, and is simpler in construction than a cape. It is usually made of expensive fabrics such as fur, cashmere, silk, wool or velour, wrapped and carried about the shoulders or arms, over a party dress or a ball gown.

Evening Stoleparty stoleevening dress with stole

When it comes to casual dressing there are plenty of ways to go. You can knot it, drape it or simply let it flow.

Peach Silk Scarfcasual stole

A Shawl is a larger rectangular/triangular/square piece of fabric, generally draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the body. The shawl can be draped to accent an outfit for style purpose, or to cover bare shoulders on formal attire. Shawls are great for stye, but also to help keep you warm on cooler autumn days. 

A shawl can also be tied around your neck as a scarf.

Soft Woollen ShawlGrey Silk Scarf

Wear your Shawl looped around your neck. Add accessories like Coat, and boots to your jeans to give a glam look.

Shawl with jacket

Why not wear it as a cape, then drape it over one shoulder to look super chic.

Ridhi Soft Woollen StolePolyester Viscose ScarfPolyester Viscose Scarf

For a another stylish look, simply put your shawl around your neck, leave the ends hanging down, and then belt it. It almost look like you are wearing a sweater.

shawl as capeshawl as cape

Just let your shawl hang on your shoulders, or wrap it around you to keep warm and still look stylish.

Ridhi Soft Woollen StoleCream & Pink KhadiBlack & Cream Khandi Scarf

A shawl can also be worn over your Anarkali or Kurti as a scarf, and used to keep the chill off when needed.

Shawl as scarfshawl

A wrap is a more recent fashion term, and used primarily to describe shawls and stoles. Effectively, it’s a word used to describe any loose outer garment, or piece of material that can be wrapped around the upper body. Wraps are easy to style. For a simple look, you can drape the wrap over your shoulders and  arms, for a pretty cover and a little extra warmth.

Chloe Beaded Wrap – Navy BlueTess Mustard WrapTess Kingfisher Wrap

Wrap it around your shoulders, or add a colourful scarf on your wrap for an elegant look.

Tess Navy & Black WrapTess Silver Grey WrapTess Silver Grey Wrap

I hope you liked this post about styling your outfit for autumn. If so, please share with your friends!

 

Thanks

Rita

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What is Rakhi – (Raksha Bandan)?

Dear Readers

It’s the Indian festival time of Rakhi (Raksha Bhandan) on 26th of August. For those who do not celebrate and do not know what it means, this blog will give you a general idea of Raksha Bandan (Rakhi). A Rakhi is a threaded bracelet, often made of silk including gold and silver threads.

The relationship between Indian siblings is extraordinary, and is given importance in every part of the world. However, when it comes to India the relationship becomes all the more important, and there is the festival called “Raksha Bandhan” (Rakhi) dedicated to sibling love.

Rakhi Threads

As mentioned above, the festival is made up of two words, namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan”. As per the Sanskrit terminology, the occasion means “the tie or knot of protection”, where “Raksha” stands for the protection and “Bandhan” signifies the verb to tie. Together, the festival symbolizes the eternal love of the brother-sister relationship, but this does not only apply to blood relationships. It is also celebrated amongst cousins, sisters and sisters-in-law (Bhabhi), fraternal aunts (Bua) and their nephews (Bhatija), and other such relations.

Therefore, Raksha Bandhan typically means the sign and bond of protection. It is a much-awaited Hindu festival that bonds and strengthens the relationships between brothers and sisters of all ages. Rakhi is observed on the final day of the month of Sharavana according to the Hindu calendar, which falls in August every year

On this day, a sister ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother, offering protection and prayer for his prosperity, health and well-being. The brother in return offers a gift, and promises to protect his sister from any harm under any circumstances. The festival is also celebrated between brothers and sisters belonging to distant family members, relatives or cousins. Extended families are very important to Indian culture.

tie a rakhi

Around July & early August, sisters begin to buy rakhis for their brothers that are specially decorated for the occasion. The sisters look out for special rakhis incorporating colourful threads, silver rakhis, bracelets, amulets and other mens’ wrist accessories for the occasion.

rakhi

On the day of Raksha Bandhan, brothers and sisters wear new clothes and observe the festival in the presence of their parents, elders and grandparents. The ritual involves lighting a diya (a type of earthen lamp) that represents the fire deity, and performing of Aarti (a type of blessing using a candle) by the sisters. They perform prayers for the well-being of their brother and apply a “tilak” (a red dot) on the forehead of their brothers. Along with this, a portion of sweet dessert or dry fruits is fed to the brother, and finally the rakhi is tied around the wrist of brother.

rakhi thali

After the rakhi is tied around the wrist, the brother will offer a gift to his sister. The gift could be in the form of money, a dress, a piece of jewellery, or any other such present. For brothers who want to buy gifts for  their sisters, Laality has some great ideas in the accessories section of the website.

Gifts

It is not always possible to tie the rakhi on a brothers wrist personally if the sister and brother are living in different towns and countries.  Often the sister will send a rakhi and a card to the brother, sending her blessing for protection and well being. The rakhi will then be tied on his wrist by his wife or a cousin.

I personally can not tie a rakhi on my brothers wrists due to the distance of our dwellings, but I am very lucky this year to be spending raksha bandhan with both my brothers. This will truly be a special moment for me.

For all the ladies who are celebrating this day and have the opportunity to tie rakhi on your brothers wrists, here are some dress ideas for you to wear for the day. You can see these and more on the Laality website.

Net Anarkali SuitLong Top Trousers Suit

 

Happy Rakhi day to everyone.

Rita

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How to Create an Indo-Western Capsule Wardrobe

Hi Readers

This post follows on from my previous blog posts, Styling your Western Wear and Tips for wearing Indo-Western Clothing. These articles were about the different collections in your wardrobe, and how to use the items within as fusion capsule fashion. 

Most of us have different clothes for different purposes, and this takes up an enormous amount of wardrobe space. The problem becomes even worse when storing both western and Indian style clothing.  Many modern women like wearing western style clothing for its comfort, style and convenience, but sometimes would also like to wear Indian style clothing when the mood or occasion fits. The many different choices can lead to confusion and much wasted time when getting ready. So how do we overcome the problem of overspill in our wardrobe, without sacrificing our desire to look right in a variety of situations?

Usually, a capsule consists a set number of clothing items that are worn on a mix and match basis for an entire season before starting the next capsule. Clothing is only added to the selection at the start of each capsule season, encouraging you to remix and re-wear rather than shopping for new pieces every week or so. 

According to the many articles on the internet, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential. This collection of clothes can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions.

As this blog is generally about Indo-Western wear, I’ve offered some recommendations and tips below to help simplify your wardrobe, and use the fusion of both western and Indian outfits to create your Indo-Western capsule.

We all have different types of bodies, lifestyle and tastes, therefore there is no one perfect capsule wardrobe that will work for all. You will need to experiment a little until you figure out what works best for your taste and lifestyle, keeping your body shape in mind.

A capsule Wardrobe is typically built with 33 basic items, but as we are creating a fusion of indo-western I suggest starting with a small number of your favourite pieces and colours of clothing. Try the following items of clothing, which can be mixed and matched to make up your fusion wardrobe:

Jeans, trousers, Indian trousers such as plazzo (wide leg trousers), dhoti, herem pants, and any other trousers you would wear. 

Dresses, tops and t-shirts (both Indian and Western).

Skirts (including Indian Lengha).

Blazers, Jackets and stoles

Jewellery

Accessories – bags, scarfs

Shoes – Flats, heels, boots

From the above list, pick 5 to 6 of your favourite items from each  category. This will give you 35 to 42 items to try and work with until you are comfortable and find your style. This can then be broken down further if you wish, to around 33 items.

Just because you have chosen your favourite pieces, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your remaining items. Box these items, and hide them for a while. You can then revisit your boxed items after 3 or 4 months and swap any items as you feel necessary, or can give them to charity if you decide you no longer need them.

Here is some examples of fusion capsule wardrobe

Jeans are one of the basic items that can be used for your capsule wardrobe. Jeans can be worn with a shirt, t-shirt, jacket (Indian or a western style), and can also be worn with Kurti tops, Indian long tops or even with an anarkali. 

Jeans Capsule Wardrobe

Indo Western Capsule Wardr

Choose Plazzo pants (wide leg trousers) or a Dhoti, and create a fusion look by adding a shirt, tank top or a long anarkali top.

Plazzo or Dhoti capsule wardrobe

For Dresses and skirts, you could wear your Kurti as a dress, or add a legging to your western dress to give it an ethnic look. Skirts can be worn with a tank top for a western look, with an ethnic top such as a lengha to create that perfect indo-western outwear style.

Dresses & skirts capsule

Jackets and stoles can be added to your outfits to create an elegant look. Jackets & Stoles - capsule wardrobe

Jewellery, bags and shoes can be added to your taste, but I would suggest going for simple bracelets and earrings or jumka earrings, which will go with both western and Indian wear.

Accessories for capsule wardrobe

Bags and shoes in neutral colours will go with all your outfits. Go for a Tote bag, shoulder bag or hobo bag and a couple of clutch bags. I personally would go for high heels, but if you are not high heel fan, block heels or wedges could be chosen for a more comfortable wear. Flats and maybe a pair of kolopuri can also be included, as these will look fab with jeans. 

Shoes for capsule wardrobe

Why not give it a go, and create an indo-western capsule wardrobe. Overcome the overspill in your wardrobe by creating your perfect capsule. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, and that it has given you the confidence to create your own capsule wardrobe.

Rita

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Body Shapes – How to use Clothes to your advantage

Body Shapes

Have you ever wondered what to wear looking at your body shape? I personally have moments of uncertainty after buying an item of clothing. When it comes to looking good its not your size or shape but its the fit of your cloths that matters. It’s not about wearing the latest fashion trends, but it should be about choosing that suit you, and that you feel comfortable in. Body shape tends to influence what people wear.

To use Clothes to your advantage, you first need to know your basic body shape, and understanding the type of clothes that will accentuate your good features. You can then choose clothes, and dress in a way that suits you. By following some simple guidelines, you will not only be comfortable, but will feel

more confident about your look.

To determine your basic body shape, take a look at the chart below. These are the most common body shapes.  Check to see which one most closely matches yours. 

Body Shapes

Apple Shape (Triangle Downwards)

An apple is used to describe a person who has broader shoulders and bust than they do hips.

That is “top heavy” meaning you have a wide torso, broad shoulders and a full bust, waist and upper back. Ladies with an apple shape tend to have thinner arms, legs and hips.

To dress an apple shaped body, draw attention away from your middle. To distract people from your middle, direct attention elsewhere or create more definition on your waistline.

It is best to avoid the following.

-Low cut shorts or pants.

-High cut Shirts.

-Tops below or above your middle

-Thick belts, as these will draw attention to your middle.

-Outfits with a different pattern in the belly area.

-Clingy Shirts or dresses are also a no no.

-For Indo-Western dresses, avoid wearing heavy embroidery and too many layers and frills.

-Avoid wearing salwar with tighter cuffs, which will make you look fuller.

Ladies with an apple shaped body generally have a great bust, and great pair of legs. Showing off your bust will emphasise your most amazing feature, and will draw attention away from your middle. Try the following ideas.

-Wear V necks, plunging necklines or A line dresses to lengthen your body.

-Wear shirts or dresses that flow from under your bust expanding at the waist. 

-Show off your legs with a pair of short shorts.

-Try high heels to lengthen your body and balance our your bottom half.

-To define your figure ,wear a shirt or dress that you can tie at the waist.

-Wear a long flowing top that falls below your bottom or tops with flare or cuff sleeves.

-Tops with shoulder details like sequins or flowers will work well.

-Wear plaza suits or patiala salwar (which has a heavier bottom), giving you a balanced look.

-Go for a masakali dress instead of an anarkali, and avoid heavy fitted kurtis. Also try a short jacket to style gowns.  

Dress for Apple ShapeTops for Apple shapesIndian dresses for Apple shapes

Pear Shape (Triangle Upwards)

Ladies with a pear body shape have  hip a measurement greater than their bust measurement.

Pear shape bodies come in all weights and heights. To be classified as pear shape, your body’s biggest measurement will be the hips followed by the rib cage and chest, then the waist. The pear shape is often confused with the hourglass figure, because they are quite similar. 

 To draw attention away from your hips:

-Avoid tops that are too long or too short.

-Avoid wearing skinny trousers/jeans (although high waist jeans/trousers will look great, as will a boot cut flare. This as this will make your legs look long and lean).

-Avoid cargo pants, funky pockets or embroidery on pants.

-Avoid dresses that are tight and stick to your hips.

Those with pear shaped bodies should wear clothes that minimise the hip and thigh area, and wear designs that will draw attention to the upper part of the body. Another area to focus on is below the knees, to draw attention outward and lengthen that central area.

-As you are mainly trying to draw attention upwards, wear shirts that have a dressed up neckline, or wider neck holes dropping over your shoulders (off shoulders).

-Or you can wear loose tops such as Ponchos or baby doll tops.

-Draw attention to the upper half of your body by choosing, slim, fitted tops, button down shirts and cardigans

-Wear statement accessories to draw attention to the top half of your body.

-If you are bold, wear bright colour shoes which will draw attention away from unflattering regions of your body.

-For Indo-Western wear, try straight cut chudidaar suits, or A line salwar kamiz.

-Choose Indian wear that highlights your shoulders, upper torso and slim waist.

 Dress for Pear ShapeMia Net Evening Dress Indian Wear for Pear Shape

Hourglass Shape (Triangles Opposing, Facing Inwards)

A woman  with an hourglass body shape has hip and bust measurements that are more or less equal, with a narrow waist measurement. 

The typical characteristics of hourglass are a defined bust, same size top and bottom, neat hips, and a curved bottom.

Generally this body shape is easy to dress, with the key being to wear fitted styles that show off your body’s shape. However, there are some things to avoid.

-Avoid wearing loose tops with loose bottoms, as this will do nothing for your shape.

-Avoid High necklines

-Try not to wear low rise jeans

-Avoid overly embellished dresses and skirts, empire cut dresses and tops.

-Avoid wearing straight or boxy tunics and tops.

With an hourglass shape, you can be very flexible in what your wear. The choice is yours, but a good choice is to opt for fitted styles.

-Wrap tops, waistcoats, layering and crossover tops will highlight your shape and waist.

-Any style dresses, either shaped or belted, short or long will work.

-You can wear straight, A line, pencil skirt, dropped waist line or biased skirts, pleated, waistbands and full skirts, All will work so long as they have waist definition.

-Any type of trousers or jeans will work whether they are long, short, skinny, wide, pleated waist, with or without turn ups etc.

-Wear belts to accentuate the waist.

-With Indian wear there are almost no limits for an hourglass body shape, but it’s best to avoid overly clingy or baggy styles if you want to make the most of your body shape.

 Net Embroidered GownRadhani Velvet MaxiIndian Wear for Hour Glass s

Straight or Banana Shape ( Rectangular)

A woman with a rectangular shaped body has waist measurement that is less than 9 inches smaller than the hip or bust measurement. Approximately a third of all women fall into this shape category. The rectangular body shape is evenly proportioned, but the waist is not as defined. Ladies with this body shape may have wide shoulders and chunky calves.

With this body shape, it’s best to avoid the following styles.

-Cropped tops that elongate the torso

-High waisted pants.

-Straight line garments from heat to toe

Instead focus on wearing shapely garments. These help to create a waist line, giving a slimmer and more curvaceous look.

-Wear tops with cross over, v-neck, cowl neck, square neck or rounded neck. Any of these necklines would be a great choice.

-Raglan (cape sleeves) tops that are slightly smaller than your regular size, will skim your upper body and create instant shape.

-Shirts with extra darts or pleating at the back will create more upper body width, preventing pulling at the front buttons.

-A high waist definition in a dress will work to make your waist look smaller.

-Most pants and jeans work well with rectangular shape. Slim, straight, bootleg or wide leg all work well.

-Tailored jackets work well, and leaving your jacket open gives your top the chance to create slimming, vertical colour block for a great look.

-Have fun with belts to create curves.

-For Indio-Western, go for Kurtis and tunics with a longer flare. An Anrkali with emperor line and v neck will work well. Go for full length with ample flare, with a waistline in gathers or pleats, and match this with crop-top style tops.

pastedGraphic.png  Bela Jute Embroidered DressIndian wear for rectangular body shape

I hope the above will help you determine your body shape, and give you some confidence when deciding what styles to wear. However, do remember that everyone is different ,and you do not have to stick to the guidelines to dress well. My suggestion is to at least try to understand your body shape, and then use this knowledge to help you choose your clothes. The result should be that you look good and feel confident in your outfit.

Rita

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Colour Combinations for Clothes – A Simple Guide

Hello! Again Readers,

Struggling to match the colours of your clothing? If so, read on to find out about choosing the right colours and colour combinations. 

Colour plays a very important role when it come to selecting clothes. Colour also effects our mood and our fashion sensibilities. The garment that looks beautiful on one person can look the opposite on another. 

Therefore, knowledge of different colours and the ability to identify the perfect colour for an individual can have a lasting effect on their whole fashion outlook. Picking colours suited to our own skin tone will enhance our features, bring vitality to our complexion and be much more pleasing to the eye. When done well, it just looks right.

According to the traditional colour wheel, the natural order of colour is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Colour Wheel

The colours which are side by side on the colour wheel work well with each other, because they blend well. These are known as analogue colours (e.g. Pink & Red).

Colours which are opposite to each other on the wheel are known as complementary colours, and these also work well even though they may come across as being too bold on paper. In reality, they complement each other and work well together (e.g. Green & Orange).

Shades of a single colour, but in various gradients are known as monochromatic (e.g. pink, light pink, baby pink, rose and hot pink).

Triadic colours (meaning three colours) also work really well in combination. These are colours that are a distance apart from each other on the colour wheel, forming a triangle, (e.g. green, orange and purple).

Harem Pants

Neutral colours (also known as earth colours) are shades of black, white, grey, and sometimes beige and brown, can work well to provide a calm and natural look.

Crop Top Trouser Suit-1

When it comes to choosing colours, there are various ways of putting together colour combinations. Below are a few suggestions for mixing and matching colours to find the right colour combination for your clothes, to help you create chic combinations that suit you.

White – will go best with black and other bright or dark shades.

Nishma White Skirt With Chiffon Top

Beige – match this with black, maroon, red, brown and green.

Large Beach Scarf

Grey – goes well with all pale and bright colours, and will also work well with maroon, light blue, red, and bottle green when grey is used as prime colour.

Lace Crop Top Trousers Suit

Sky Blue – these shade will go with all dark shades, but especially maroon, bottle green, pink, purple, pastels and grey.

Light Blue – try matching this with forest green, mint white and scarlet

Ridhi Soft Woollen Stolelengha sky blue with maroon

Pink – lots of options here. Try with cobalt, black, purple, light and dark or navy blue, grey, orange, tan, maroon and red.

Yellow – work it with black, brown, red, grey, navy and sky blue or beige.

Morocco - Laality

Orange – goes well with white, yellow, black, and green. Other colours that also work well are navy, sandy, beige, army green and purple.

Nina Asymmetric Silk Top

Black – all light colours  work well, but white and beige are my personal favourites.

Eleanor Net Skirt Suit

Brown – white, beige, black, red and green.

Brown Outfit Match

Red – works with white, pink, beige, navy blue, black and brown, or with lime, salmon, fuchsia and chocolate.

Red Jacket Style Silk Suit

Green – will work with beige, light blue, yellow, dark/navy blue, eggplant or black.

Vishwa Dhoti Suit

Light green – match with navy, yellow, tangerine and pewter grey or pink.

green & grey matchgreen & tangerine

 

Sea green – khaki, scarlet, peach or navy all work well.

sea green outfit sea green outfit

I hope the above has given you some insights into the basics of of colour theory, it will give you some confidence when matching your clothes, and help you to avoid colour clashes and mismatches.

A way to simplify the process of colour matching is to print out the colour wheel and stick it to your wardrobe’s door. The next time you pick out an item, just refer to the colour wheel and see what other colours in your wardrobe will complement it best.

If you are going out to shop and want to buy mix and match items, but not sure of the colour combination, why not carry a print of the colour wheel in your bag to refer to?

Thanks for reading!

Rita