“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” –Oscar Wilde
After teasing us for a while, it seems summer has finally arrived in UK (although it is getting grey as I write this). I was originally saving this dress for a staycation next month but considering we get like five sunny days here, I decided to take it out. Summer is synonymous with summer dress. I like the versatility and the lightness of this style. Fashion trends change every season but this is a style that always holds a firm place in every fashion lover’s summer wardrobe.
When I saw this colourful number in Kerala (India) in Pantaloons (an Indian retail), I knew I had to have it. The colours, the print, the perfect blend of eastern and western elements and the lovely Elephant motif on bottom had my attention from the first go. Colourful dresses in “summary” fabrics like cotton sums up summer dress for me. I have accessorised it with a simple charm necklace, earrings and bangles. Sandals and a little yet roomy bag seals my look. My top tips for finding and styling the perfect summer dress?
Dress: Pantaloons, Bag: Own Design, Accessories: Dubai/ London Portobello Market, Sandals: Hush Puppies
1) Opt for light weight materials that are airy and not stiff.
2) If you have a boyish figure go for short ones. If you are pear shaped opt for short ones as it will elongate your legs. Cinch in the waist to give you an hourglass.
3) Midi length is great for those with a hourglass figure or are apple shaped. Wear it with wedges if you are petite.
4) Finally, don’t forget to carry a lightweight cardi or chambray shirt for extra layer because even the weather is warm and flowers are blooming it is Britain after all.
Bottom line is summer dresses are a great option if you want to play dress up yet feel happy, light-hearted and free 🙂
One of the trends that I wish would come back is the coloured jeans one. They are perfect for summer when you do not feel like showing your legs and want to inject some colour. During my sunny break in Mumbai, I used (and abused) my coloured jeans to the maximum. Here, I have used to meet my crazy BFF. In all honesty, we were not intending to do a fashion post but as we turned up looking and feeling fabulous, I could not resist.
Coloured jeans have been doing the fashion rounds ever since 2010. Many consider it to be a staple of teenagers however I disagree. Coloured jeans can flatter any shape, size or age. My top ways to style coloured jeans? Pair it with a blouse in shades like ivory or white for work, for after-work drinks, engage in some colour blocking and pair it with shades that compliment your jeans (for instance, red with minty pink can look great) or top it with graphic tee-shirt (like I have done here) for an effortless yet chic look. I always go easy on accessories while wearing coloured jeans because there is indeed one such thing called too much styling.
To keep her cool in sunny and humid Mumbai, Neha (my partner in crime) is wearing a green lightly knitted top with indigo jeans. Like me, she also has opted for minimal accessories like a long chain and sandals. I also love her hair style–a version of faux one side shave. So easy and chic with a hint of edginess.
Outfit details (me) Jeans: Levis, Top: Vero Moda (sold out), sandals: Hush Puppies. Her- Top: Vero Moda, Jeans: Vero Moda, Sandals: Unknown brand
The above two images shows my outfit in detail. As you can see, I have kept it minimal which is exactly how I like to style my coloured jeans. And what do you think of my new wavy LOB (long bob)? After ages I have experimented with my hair, this length is way out of my comfort zone and I have also coloured my hair in honey brown shade with mahogany red ombre tints. Isn’t it perfect for summer? I definitely think so. (stay tuned for my post summer hairstyles and care for short coloured hair)
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I do consider myself a truly Global person. But once in a while, I don’t mind going back to my Indian roots.
The Anarkali is a long, full-skirted dress that you wear over Churidar i.e. legging like trousers. A matching long scarf is added to most ensembles.
I’ve accessorized it with simple jewelry like statment earrings, bangles and a cocktail ring because sometimes you should let the outfit speak for itself.
The beauty of this outfit is that it has a touch of an ethnic appeal yet looks quite modern. A win-win situation at least for me.
Dress: Mum’s gift, Pouch bag: MIL’s gift, Shoes: Marks and Spence (old, flat option here), Statement earrings: Debenhams, Bangles: H&M.
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Today’s style guest post is from my BFF (Best Fashionable Friend apart from the obvious)…..drum rolls please…Neha, who lives in Bombay, India. Neha is my first fashion (and non-fashion) adviser, secret keeper and the most wonderful girl friend. I can sing paeans about her but I will just give this space to her. Love you, bestie.
Being from India, I have always had a fascination for bright hues. Pop colours, for me, are synonymous to summer. The silhouettes may vary, the fabrics may be different, but colours are right there getting all the attention they deserve. And this trend is definitely going to be a part of my wardrobe.
I have a few pieces in pop colours which I mix and match according to my mood. If you find pop colours too loud for your comfort, why not try accessories in pop colors to go with neutrals?
Here I am wearing a Mint Green top with a bright pink piping on sleeves. Summer fashion gets a fresh look with this light Georgette top. Fresh colours and contrasting detail gives it an understated chic avataar whilst the drop hem keeps it on trend. As this was a work day, I’ve teamed the top with tan coloured jeggings and brown ballet flats (I’ve to run around a lot!)
My style mantra is to keep it simple and be chic without trying! As a curvy girl, I definitely love sheer, light fabrics like this one as it does not cling to your body but lingers around it accentuating those deadly curves. Plus, the lightness of the fabric makes it perfect for hot (very hot!) Indian Summer.
Top & Jeggings: Vero Moda, Flats: Head over Heels, Suede Clutch: Next
I’ve added hints of blue and coral (on my nails) to add some fun. Don’t be afraid of mixing colours as it can sometimes bring together an entire look.
Adios my friends and remember….keep rocking those curves. 😀