Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face—Victor Hugo

When I was in Bombay (Mumbai) I could never understand why the tourist friends I made from UK spoke so much about weather. Talking about whether so regularly is a very quintessential British tradition. Only after making Britain my new home have I realised why. It does dictate every facet of your life. Be it your activity, your clothes and whether or not you should carry a brolly (the answer is yes, carry it always). No doubt in guessing that this post is also about weather or rather British winter.

When it comes to winter dressing my biggest rule of thumb is—comfort. I especially get drawn towards big, chunky knits that I can practically hide under. Indeed, it is my fashion de rigueur. So, when I got a chance to collaborate with Romwe once again, I naturally picked this oversized sweater in the prettiest shade of blue.

Oversized sweater from Romwe winter fashion

Oversized sweater from Romwe winter fashion

Now, don’t assume that just because we are talking about winter dressing and chunky sweaters it would mean grand mommy fashion. This pretty blue thing comes with a pretty back lattice design and can be worn as an off-shoulder top. I have paired this with black ripped jeans and ankle booties. I have used nifty little accessories like beret, a red bag and statement necklace and earrings to give a boho touch.

Oversized sweater fashion from Romwe

Oversized sweater fashion from Romwe

Oversized sweater fashion romwe

Sweater: Romwe, Jeans: DIY, Accessories: India street shops, Bag: Next (old) like this one too, shoes: Marks & Spencer 

This is the kind of thing I wear on a busy winter morning when I want to be comfortable, colourful and free spirited.

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The yellow-orange leaves that you collect for no reason, the pain that you hide in your laughter, the first love letter, now crumpled and lost in the pages of an old book, the peck on the cheek that you get after a hard day, the hug that you give when your own strength is ebbing away, the helplessness hidden in your sigh and the dance in your step that doesn’t die away. These are just some of the things that make you, that complete you. That tells, carry on soldier, you are doing great.

At times I am convinced that I am full of paradoxes. I am calm and the storm, the black and the white, the vice and the virtue, the mess and the harmony. Most of the time (especially of late) I am trying to find myself amidst all the haze and the chaos. What has all that got to do with fashion you ask? I hear you. As I have often stated in this blog, fashion or style is not an entity existing alone in an ivory tower. It is personal, political and everything in between. Above all it is a way you express yourself (and your various moods to the world).

Of late I am all about experimenting with colours, textures and unlikely combinations. In my previous post, you saw me wearing Gingham blouse with Indian style jhumkas. In here, I am mixing two unlikely colour and textures. Although I love colourful ensembles, I would have never thought of wearing pink with olive green. I literally threw this look together when I was dashing for work early in the morning. But I was surprised how well it came together. Another experiment I have done here is combining leather with knit wear. Once again, I never thought it could be done but as I have shown you here it can be. Paradoxes, you see.

leather skirt style

leather skirt style

To bring out the look in its completely, I have gone for black accessories like polka dot tights, knee high boots and bag. But once again to give it a dash of sass, I have used quirky and colourful earrings. If you are still unsure of colour blocking, I would suggest to start small. Pair bright colours with a muted ones, add colourful accessories and voila you would have a look which is easy to pull yet make you stand out of the crowd.

leather skirt style

leather skirt style

Sweater: Ralph Lauren, Skirt: Amazon Fashion, Boots: Ego, Bag: Osprey, Earrings: Independent designer 

So, next time if you are bogged down about paradoxes don’t be after all a bit of variety hurt no one.

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“They laugh at me because I am different; I laugh at them because they are all the same”–Kurt Cobain

It is -3 degree celsius as I write this which means that it is freaking cold, officially. With fog kissed skies, mist laden air and sleet filled streets there is no denial that winters are here to stay.  Brutal winters mean it is all about knits, knits and knits. The knit wear trend is not exactly ground breaking but a necessary evil if you are a huge fan of working limbs and comfort. Although I admit knitwear has gained a bad reputation of being more of a grand-mommy fashion. However, it is good to know that we have some great knitwear including dresses, skirts and cardigans that are flattering, chic yet cosy.

Knitwear/ Sweater Dress trend

This post is all about sweater dress or knit dress. At first, sweater dress can look very intimidating but it can be very versatile, comfortable and chic if done right. The easiest way is to get a sweaterdress in a lightweight knit and pair it with tights and over the knee boots (like I have done here). Put on some interesting accessories like statement necklaces and a colourful bag, a woollen hat, perhaps sunglasses (for peek-a-boo winter sun) and you have an undeniably stylish day outfit.

Sweater Dress/ Knit Dress Trend

Sweater /Knit Dress Trend

You could also get a slightly more thicker knit wear and pair it with leggings, riding boots, a waist cinching belt to give you more form. Or throw in layers like a long cardigan or a sleeveless jacket to add some drama. Another option is to wear chunky roll neck dress in neutral colour and add colourful accessories like a short cardigan or scarf and gloves. Pair with boots or wet look leggings plus ankle boots. As I said, this does not have to be intimidating look just step out of your comfort zone and you might be pleasantly surprised.  Sweater/Knit Dress Trend

Dress: Primark, Boots: Ego, Necklace: Mango (old), Bag: Borrowed from Sister, Overcoat: New Look

So go ahead and try this versatile dress and make winters fashionable again.

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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art—Oscar Wilde

Art and fashion has always had a nudge-nudge, wink-wink relationship. A quiet flirtation that never dies. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is often considered the original architect who brought the two worlds together the first time in 1930s. In 1937, American socialite, Wallis Simpson wore the eponymous printed silk organza lobster dress created by the artist Salvador Dali and Schiaparelli for a Vogue spread. And since then fashion and art has often collided. Famous couturiers like Coco Chanel, Paco Rabanne and Yves Saint Laurent have often been inspired by art.

In 2012, fashion designer sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who have worked with high-street giants like Gap and target took artistic inspiration from Dutch designer Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting for their fashion canon. For last few years, this wave has also hit the high-street (and boy aren’t we glad).

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

The irony is that whilst art is seen as an erudite passion, fashion often is relegated as frivolous and time-waste. To me, style (the personalisation of fashion) is a form of art itself, the way we express our various moods and the way we speak to the world. It is a language that can really transcend the boundaries of race, region and class. And yes, it can be political, poetical, personal and artistic too.

My mantra really is to be a work of art or wear art. And wearing art has actually become easier than you think. When Romwe approached me to collaborate with them, I was happy and when I saw this skirt featuring my favourite painter Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, i was overjoyed. Van Gogh painted this in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealised village.

When Fashion Meets Art: Prom Night

I will admit, I was a bit nervous about how I would style this skirt. But after a bit of freewheeling thinking, I realised that it is so versatile. It is natural that I wanted this skirt to be the centre of attraction, so I have opted for minimal look. I have paired it with a cut-out black blouse, a waist cinching belt and ankle booties. I have also kept my short hair in a bun and have worn dangling yellow statement earrings to coincide with the yellow of the skirt/painting. I would wear it this way for a lunch date or going out with my girl friends. 

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

But I realised it can also be worn with a simple black polo neck and brogues for work and yellow tube top/ sleeveless blouse and navy heels for a date night. See, versatile?

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

Skirt: Romwe, Blouse: New Look, Booties: New Look and Earrings: London designer 

So, how do you manage to make your style a piece of personal art? And do you really think that art and fashion/ style can go together? Because let’s not forget fashion really is in ideas.

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Who run the world? Girls — Beyonce 

If the American Presidential elections have proved anything it is this: that women no matter how experienced, how passionate and how hardworking she is, she has to work double the amount than any man to get the same position.

Work Wear Fashion

Women, have been constantly told that they have to be strong but not strong enough, clever but not clever enough and dare if she has an opinion about anything she would become “nasty” instantly.

Work Wear Fashion

You do not need Presidential elections to show you that gender issues especially in the work place are, for a lack of better word, skewed. Women, by nature, are incredible: we are strong, powerful, versatile and most women I know handle several million things without battling an eyelid with a charm only we possess.

Unfortunately, even in 2016 this does not get translated into equal opportunities, equal wages and an over-all respect for woman kind. I can only wish and hope that the future generation does not have to wage the same battle.

Work Wear Fashion

However, despite all the challenges thrown at women, we continue to rise up to it, not even bothering about the glass ceiling. And it is really heartening to see some men joining her and strengthening her.

What has all this got to do with fashion and clothes, you wonder? Well, a lot. With so many challenges already present why should sartorial work choices become another dilemma? My work wardrobe has few essentials: skirts, blouses in various hues, dark jeans (because it is allowed) and some well-fitting trousers. I also like to inject colour every now and then to my work wardrobe via accessories, shoes and subtle prints.

Here, I am wearing a white blouse (which every woman should have) with a knee length skirt featuring spiffy, tiny roses. I like to keep it simple for work. So, I have used minimal accessories: a delicate chain with owl pendant and owl earrings and my favourite coral pumps. Keep it chic and simple, I say.

Work Wear Special

Skirt: Dubai (also like this one), blouse: Next, Pumps: BHS and Bag: Kate Spade (gifted)

For my face, I have used primer from Barry M, concealer, CC cream from Bourjouis and finally dusted it off with some powder from Revlon. On my lips, I have used Mac’s Chatterbox and baby lips lip balm from Maybelline.

But the most important thing you need to carry at work is confidence (fake it, if you must) and do not forget: who runs the world? Girls.

Undoubtedly.

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