“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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“Create your own style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others”—Anna Wintour

If there is one accessory that every woman should have in their wardrobe it is the nifty scarf. No matter what the trends say, a scarf is one effortless piece of garment that can up the ante of any ensemble, throw in some personality to an outfit and take it to another level. I personally prefer the large ones in vibrant hues. Scarves have certain insouciance to them; it shows that there is an effortless element to you and your style.  I also love the fact that with one scarf you can create zillion looks.

When Monica asked me to review one of her scarves, I was chuffed. This handmade silk beauty with an exquisite print came in a beautifully wrapped white box; a small postcard told the story behind the print. The attention to detail really blew my mind.

How to wear silk scarves

In today’s post, I’ve used the scarf in four different ways but as I said when it comes to incorporating a scarf in your outfit the only limit you can have is that of your imagination. So, ladies bring out those beautiful pieces of clothes that is gathering dust in your wardrobe (I know you have them!) and have some fun twisting, knotting and turning your scarves and breathe some new life to them.

The Drape:

How to tie silk scarves

For this look, I’ve made a tiny knot in the centre of the scarf and turned into a triangle. Then I have put it around my neck and have simply taken the ends to opposite sides. This is my favourite and every day look.

The Vest:

How to tie silk scarves

This is a great style for summer however with the festive season upon us; I would use this style with my evening dress to keep me covered yet not reduce the beauty of my dress. Simply tie two ends of the same side and voila you have turned your silk scarf into a DIY vest.

The head scarf:

how to tie silk scarves

Turn your neck scarf into a head scarf for some old style Hollywood glamour. Think Audrey Hepburn in 1963’s classic Charade. Turn a square scarf into a triangle and place the longest end on your crown. Take the other two ends to opposite sides all the way to back and tie a knot to secure it. Bring the left over bit from behind to front.

The Everyday Style:

how to tie silk scarves

Scarf: Monaara c/o, top: H&M old, White Jacket: Columbia (old), Blazer: Next (old)

Simply throw your scarf around your neck to keep it simply yet chic. I prefer this way when used with a blazer. It is power dressing with some down-to-earth charm.

This post is sponsored by Monaara. The opinions are my own.

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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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“And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.”—Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada

Fashion has often been disregarded as capitalism’s ugly side and pandering to vanity. It often surprises me how many people hide their love for fashion just because they do not want to be seen superficial. As a fashion lover and style aficionado, I have always considered fashion and style as an art form. Master couturiers like Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta and Vivienne Westwood have proven that it requires great amount of skill, precision and imagination to make beautiful clothes whilst at the same time one of my favourite fashionistas the uber cool Michelle Obama has shown that fashion is both political and social. Bottom line is, as one of my favourite icons Coco Chanel said (and the subtitle of this blog goes), “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion has to do with ideas.”

winter fashion ideas

Speaking of ideas, I am always pondering about how I can use my summer dresses in the winter months. I am still trying to master the layered look. I have been looking for ways to make this dress from here suitable for me now in the winter months. This is actually my maternity dress and whilst I burnt and danced around in all my other maternity dresses (not really!) I kept this one as I worship the pencil silhouette. After a few clever nips and tucks, I have made it wearable for my postpartum body. I have layered it with an old sweatshirt. Truth be told, I am not a sweatshirt kind of girl. I am just not but seeing that it can be worn over dresses; I am slowly opening to them. To add a bit of pizzazz to the look, I have used my navy heels from this post and kept my hair in a messy pony with natural face. I have used my Zara bag from the same post whilst the earrings are from this post.

winter fashion ideas

winter fasihon ideas

As stated, style is a language with which you speak to the world. I feel only a handful of other forms of art inspire daily life as fashion and style does. It is an abstract form of art which turns into reality with your creativity, personalization and imagination. So go ahead and break the rules, make more rules and let your imagination dance wildly because fashion, my dear friends, really is in the ideas.

winter fashion ideas

winter fashion ideas

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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer–Albert Camus

Winter. It conjures up so many different ideas and emotions in me. I love the novelty of winter–the idea to sit with a cup of hot chocolate beside the heater or nice fire place (if I am lucky), doodling on fog stained windows and loosing myself in dog-eared pages of a book. Yes, winter can be special but at the same time the perpetual rain, greyness and shorter days gets on to me. When the gloom of winter strikes; I make it a point to inject color in my sartorial choices because sometimes that’s the best and easiest way to pep up your mood and your days.

Winter Fashion Coats

Much like the tell-tale signs of nature; fashion and street style too seems to gravitate towards the dark side. Suddenly, you see a plethora of head to toe black, grey and hints of berry ruling the streets. However, I can only take so much of darkness and my mantra in winter months is to throw in some bright hues to keep is sassy.

Winter Fashion coats

A bright coat has a certain je ne sais quoi  that lends you a vibrancy. In this look, I have used a delicious bright green color that is actually my mum’s. I took it (emotionally blackmailed her to keep it) from her when she came from Bombay (Mumbai) to help me during the last days of pregnancy. I have paired it with an old simple green T-shirt (from Dubai) and my Hobbs skirt from this post. I have used my trusted Timberland boots from this post and the over sized scarf is actually my blanket coat. I have also used a dark pink Gap bag  from this post to add another dimension to the look.

winter fashion coats

Talking about winter, I can vouch last year at this time I was still wearing summery dresses rather than covering myself in so many layers but the temperature has already plummeted to a -1 degree Celsius. And as soon as I got ready to step outside (mind you with an unpredictable baby on tow) it started pouring like cats and dogs. But a girl (and a fashion blogger) got to do what a girl to do. I happily kept the coat on me, took the photos inside the building and made peace with the fact that winter is coming back with a vengeance.

Winter Fashion Coats

Winter Fashion Coats

Bright coat similar option: M&S, Blanket Wrap: New Look, Similar boots: Timberland 

So who says vibrant hues are only for summer? Take a cue, bring out those colors and let your imagination run wild to keep you warm, bright and fashionably forward this winter. 🙂

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