“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants”–Whitney Houston

One of my goals for this year is to consciously get out of my comfort zone, to take risks and hopefully become a stronger person. After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Sartorially too I want to take risks and experiment in my ensembles. I have always shied away from bodycon dresses. Although I have admired them from afar, I thought I would never have the spunk to pull it off.

bodycon dress style

A party night staple, the body con dress goes back to 1980s when Tunisian born couturier, Azzedine Alaia, first put it in the fashion map. Alaia soon came to be known as “King of Cling.” However, it was legendary designer Hervé Léger who really made this silhouette a force to be reckoned with in late 80s and early 90s. Since then the bodycon dress has been making fashion waves in many avatars. It has been called bender or bandage dress because of how it clings to you and molds the figure.

bodycon dress style

Clingy dresses have never been my friend. Post baby, there was no way I thought I would start incorporating this style in my wardrobe. However, after seeing my favourite Christina Hendricks pulling it off so audaciously well in Mad Men, I thought why not give it a try?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS at Promo Shoot for Mad Men Season 5

bodycon style

I brought this dress with trepidation. But as someone very wisely said confidence is one accessory that will never go out of style. So I put my most confident self and donned this vibrant bodycon dress. If you have been eyeing this style from far and want to wear it then opt for printed ones in vivacious hues as opposed to solid colours. It gives an almost illusion affect. If you are wary of short dresses then throw in tights and never forget to accessorise it appropriately.

bodycon style

bodycon dress

bodycon dress style

Dress: Marks& Spencer (similar), Coat: Jessica Simpson (old), Earrings: Accessorize, Bag: Osprey London (old) 

Colours have been my best friend for ages and there is no way that I was going to pass on this dress just because of my doubts. Although I was initially going for dark opaque tights, I thought why not up the ante of the outfit with sheer ones. Sheer tights have been making a comeback thanks to Saint Laurent catwalk last September. I have added a basic black bag and some statement earrings to complete my look. Finally, I have added my warm quilted jacket because it was 0 degree Celsius outside. In any case, feeling cold and turning blue is not a fashionable look no matter how high the style stakes are!

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”–Leonardo da Vinci 

Ever since becoming parents, the hubby and I rarely get to spend time alone with each other. So, when the opportunity presented suddenly couple of weeks ago I was both excited and overwhelmed. Suffice to say, I had a mild panic attack because I was like I don’t have anything to wear–at least anything that fits me perfectly now that I am five and half month postpartum. But I took a deep breath and really searched my closet and fished out this simple yet chic black midi dress.

midi dress style

midi dress fashion

I have been on a midi spree of late. I have sort of become a midi devout and why not? There is something so elegant, graceful and lady like about this silhouette. This length, first appeared in the style circles in the 1940s but  disappeared by the swinging 60s as the mini came into force and was seen progressive. Though it tried to make a comeback; the fashpack weren’t happy and it faced stiff resistance. However, since the  Naughties; the Midi has stamped its mark and is here to stay.

midi dress style

midi dress style

Fashion history aside, I picked this dress for its vintage vibe—a throwback to the demure 40s. I feel that the fashion industry is often not privy of the fact that real women sometimes have curves. On that note, I feel that Midi is universally acceptable whether you are young or old, curvy or skinny, trend setter or trend seeker. The mellifluous midi is effortlessly chic with a dollop of sophistication. I picked this dress from Sri Lanka five years ago when I went there for my honeymoon. I instantly fell in love with its twirl-worthy vibe. The “V” back I thought gives it a playful edge. I rarely showcase my tattoo but I love clothes with an interesting back and this dress shows-off my tattoo rather well.

midi dress fashion

I have kept it simple (partly because I did not have time to dress) and have completed the look with simple earrings from this post, my dancing girl necklace from this post and my slightly sparkly clutch from this post. I am also rather pleased to say that I have managed to go without shopping for one whole month and in the process discovered several great styling options right from my closet. But I cannot wait to pick some key pieces for the festival season next month. I think I deserve it 😉

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