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

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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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Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months ~Oscar Wilde

There are some things in fashion that are so inexplicable that one should just enjoy it without questions. The vest jacket or sleeveless jacket is one such thing. No one can really understand its efficiency but also cannot ignore it completely. When the hubby dearest saw this in my wardrobe, he shook his head, ttched-ttched and called it the man-repeller jacket!

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However, as I am a rebel without a pause, I still kept it. The vest or the sleeveless jacket is edgy, rebellious and effortless (just like my mood some days) throw is over a simple jeans and tee for a casual look or pair with suede mini, roll-neck and boots for added oomph or mix it with a pencil dress…the options are plenty.

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how to style sleeveless jacket

Here, I have used it to give a pop of colour to my all black ensemble. I have thrown it over a black cardigan, ankle boots and black leggings. This is the kind of look I go for when I am spending my off-days running errands or when I am at work.

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sleeveless jacket

Cardigan+jeggings: H&M (old), Jacket: local shop also like this one, bag: Osprey London

Man-repelling or not; if I can throw just one garment to look put-together and fun it is a winner in my eyes.

Do you agree?

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“People will stare make it worth their while.”—Harry Winston

The past week Britain continued to feel the chill thanks to the cold wave. However, instead of complaining about my almost numb fingers and toes, I thought why not actually try and enjoy the season, if only for a tiny bit. After all, if you can’t beat them; join them right? So, I fished out this gem of a coat from my wardrobe and played around with it. Faux fur is one of favourite items. I have dressed it here, here and here.

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Faux fur is a trend that refuses to die. Each year it comes back in different avatars as trend makers and followers are just too eager to put it in the style map time after time. I definitely feel that with its obvious chic factor; it is an irrefutable shorthand to glamour.  It puts a pop of sophistication to a plain outfit and also takes a great ensemble to another level. At the same time, it has an undisputed edge to it.

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In my outfit today, I have gone for layering (loads of) and used my faux fur coat for an elegant yet rebellious finish. I have worn it over a vest, thermal roll neck and an animal motif sweater. I have paired it with DIY ripped jeans. As it was an all black look, I decided to use my sugar-hued coat almost as afterthought. To finish, I have used woolen gloves, a simple clutch and leopard print boots. If you have been reading/following my blog, you would know that I love animal prints especially from the cat family.

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Coat: Select fashion (old), sweater: H &M (similar), roll neck: trespass, jeans: DIY, booties: M&S (sold out). 

So who says winter dressing has to be boring? With my handy tips you can definitely heat up even the coldest day. I love taking style pictures in ramshackle almost staid background. Here, I have used a parking lot (hence the sign). What can I say? I love contradicting factors.

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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

I have been a little slow with style posts. It hasn’t been intentional but juggling baby, studies and work leaves me utterly without any minute some days. However, without delving into lengthy excuses I will dive straight into the outfit post and the inspiration behind it. Britain, as some of you are aware, is under a massive cold wave and this weekend we were finally treated to a wee bit of snow.

Dressing up for extreme cold/snow has been my biggest fashion quandary. How do you dress smartly and look good while making sure you do not freeze to death? Answer: clever layering and a military style, khaki coloured parka. Military influence in fashion is so persistent that we almost do not notice it. This season too it is a look that sees no signs of dying down.

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On spring catwalk, Marc Jacob’s show was quite memorable as he turned his models into an army who strutted down in his military-inspired collection. Designer Jason Wu showcased camo prints with panache; my favourite however was Ralph Lauren who effortlessly mixed androgynous military style with femininity of ball gowns.

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A parka jacket/coat is one of the easiest ways to wear this trend and the high street has a plethora of varieties suiting every budget. Here, I have paired my parka with my trusty Levis jeans and boots. I have worn a vest, basic cardigan and a tee underneath the parka . This utilitarian look is all about practical elements so I have added a bold, leopard print scarf and statement earrings to put a chic spin to the look.

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Parka: New look, Jeans: Levis, Boots: Timberland, Scarf: H&M, Bag: Zara

Lesson learnt from this look? You can be practical yet chic and more importantly you can keep yourself wonderfully warm without sacrificing style.

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“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” — Bill Cunningham

Learning the fine act of balancing things is certainly the toughest thing I have learnt as a new mum. Among all the daily tasks, things to be done, lists and baby duties it is natural one forgets about oneself and things like style and fashion takes a back seat. However, I firmly believe that individuality is one thing that I must teach my little one and as I have always stated styling is one definite and perhaps the most personal stamp of individuality. Here, I share with you style lessons that I’ve learnt after the birth of my darling daughter.

Make an effort: 

When you are exhausted beyond words it is but natural to let go. But one thing I’ve experienced is that sitting all day in my yoga pants however comfortable it seems just leaves me feeling miserable. Taking even ten minutes to put on some kohl, lipstick or a nice, freshly washed t-shirt is happiness in an instant. It brings back my confidence and puts a spring in my step. For a pit stop to the shops to get our weekly shopping done; I chose to wear this oldie but goldie of a floral dress and a long cardigan. It is normcore yet with a feminine twist.

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Don’t throw away your old wardrobe:

Do not get disheartened and simply throw your old clothes thinking you will never be able to fit. Go through your wardrobe with a fine tooth comb, there would be things like a shirt which can be used for layering. Pack your favourite items because you will eventually fit in them.

Recycle and re-style your old stuff:

Breathe some new life to your old clothes by re-styling and recycling. Your old shirts, cardigans and sweat shirts are great for adding a layer and perfect to hide any sins. When picking new things, looks for elasticated waist–it is an invention that I thank God for every day. Get some inexpensive t-shirts in a plethora of colours to mix with things in your wardrobe.

Persevere and don’t give up:

Yes your little one will spit on you and cover you with dribble. But that does not mean you have to give up dressing up. As stated in the first point, dressing up is not just for vanity but for confidence. And if you can achieve some happiness with something as simple as a dress then why not? It is definitely worth it.

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