“AWW-ING and CUTEEEE-ING” over mindless chick-flicks, dramas OR reading a solid novel in paperback and not online. One lifts my mood and the other my mind. Let’s ignore that useless over-thinking mind and delve in stupidity for a few more hours/days/years..#rantmode

Invest In a Professional Photographer

Invest In a Professional Photographer

Every girl dreams of a magical wedding. The day she gets besotted, she lets her imagination take her to the land of fairies and princesses, surrounded by a thousand crystal chandeliers, flowers and love all around. She envisages herself and her handsome groom, covered in fairy dust, standing below intricately knit arbors; saying the two words ‘I do’; which will bind them infinitely, irrevocably, forever.

These moments are meant to be captured just like they were imagined and only a good photographer can create memories that can be reminisced way past their time. Therefore investing in a good photographer would be the wisest decision you will ever make on your wedding.

Five Reasons why one should invest in a professional photographer

  1. Wedding expenses have skyrocketed in the past few years and in a bid to follow the hottest trends, couples spend a chunk of their budget on booking lavish venues, ridiculously extravagant cuisines and day inspirations. It’s important to note that DIY tin can lanterns and paper flower arrangements that might seem terrific on Pinterest and Youtube, will probably look like junk if they are not captured on reel by a highly creative photographer. Also, copying every cool new trend blindly is not the wisest thing to do as current trends will eventually fade with time only to be replaced by something even better.
  2. A few years down, your wedding album should look gorgeous and elegant, not a testimonial to how much budget you dished out at the decorations that day. Without spending the budget on random extras, keep your focus on creating something timeless, simple and classic which would translate nicely onto a wedding album even when viewed after 30 years.
  3. Treasured moments, if not captured on time, are gone forever. In a bid to save their budget, instead of hiring a professional photographer, couples tend to rope in a friend or relative who is good with a DSLR with a popular Instagram following to do the photographer’s They don’t realize that there is so much more than a click of a button that goes into a single shot. Those who think,“why should I spend thousands of dollars on something that lasts only a single day?” should know that once the day ends, wedding photos are the only way they can re-live the moments from the most important day of their life.
  4. An experienced photographer can make your wedding look even better than it actually was. They know how to add those meaningful touches and details to your photos and capture all those sweet emotional moments that can only be felt when two people come together to form a bond of love. At the same time, a failed photographer can make a million dollar wedding look like total crap as they wouldn’t know when to take the best shots.
  5. A good photographer can anticipate things before they happen and have the ability to highlight beautiful aspects of your day that even you might not be aware of. They possess the expertise to produce well-composed shots and bring out the best in your wedding using excellent lighting techniques.

The best part of investing in a good photographer is that when you open your wedding album, it reads like a storybook, revealing the events of your wedding in a dream like manner where emotions are uncovered, one stunning shot at a time, till its conclusion.

 

Wedding Outfits

Wedding Outfits

 

The wedding season is just around the corner and if you are in a fix about what to wear to the nuptials, here is a detailed guide on what to wear at each wedding theme out there.

 Garden Weddings

Garden weddings are extremely romantic and traditional. A backdrop of lush gardens and fountains calls for a very floral, feminine dress theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blush pink in this dress is perfect for a garden wedding, combined with patterned block heels and a subtly embellished clutch with similar detailing as the floral dress.

 

Pastel dresses also look fabulous in a garden setting. Pick a delicate shade of pink or delve in mint green, violet or pale blue tones in the shape of cascade crepe sheath dresses. Accessorize with a patterned clutch as arm candy and sophisticated heels to ground your outfit.

 

A floral maxi dress or one with a classic print or solid colour is another good option for a garden wedding. Accessorize your maxi with silver jewellery and metallic heels.

 

Beach Wedding

When picking an outfit for a beach wedding, I will advise you to go with something that is colourful and flowy with a simplistic look. Keep your make up light and natural. For footwear, let go of the heels and pick easy, breezy tastefully embellished sandals. You can also wear heels and put on slippers when you go in the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

This flowing, floor length kaftan in an amalgamation of all shades of blue with little pops of orange and lilac and is really cool for a beach setting. Pair it with a shoulder clutch with funky details and go for blue tote striking sandals.

Other options can be:

  • Crop Top and Pants

This is the go-to outfit for a casual beach wedding and keeps you in groove with the beach theme. Choose interesting prints for your pants and pair them with a muted top with light embellishments on the sleeves or neckline.

  • A blue maxi dress

A Blue Maxi Dress which will blend in well with the background. Use natural flowers for hair accessory.

  • A Cocktail dress
  • A sparkly Cocktail Dress will flatter your curves best at formal weddings if you are in good shape.
  • A Pleated dress with strappy sandals
  • A Pastel Printed Dress, especially for bridesmaids
  • Bohemian floral dress

Something you will wear to prom as a teenager, it is ideal for beach weddings and make you stand out in a crowd of regular gowns.

  • Cascading Gown

A belt cinched at the waist over a cascading gown will flatter any body type and is great for women in their 40s and 50s.

  • A Crochet Dress
  • Delicate Lace Top with a swingy Skirt
  • Tunics
  • A Chiffon dress

 

Foreign Wedding Inspired By Greece

The tricky part of a destination wedding is that you couldn’t be sure what the weather will be like on that destination. In a UK wedding you know how hot a British summer day can be or how chilly it is in winters, but a foreign wedding asks for an extra effort in terms of selecting a dress. It could be a humid Thai wedding, or located on the breezy beaches of the Caribbean. Africa and Ireland are also common destination options. For a warm destination wedding, you can nicely carry off lace, chiffon, silk and organza dresses. It is also easy to carry mixed or patchwork prints with effortless charm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This navy blue embroidered knee-length dress is a simple yet classic take on a destination wedding outfit. We will let the shoes add the bling factor in the form of silver strappy flats. Heels are not recommended if the location doesn’t have a patio and has a rocky or mountainous landscape. A white woven shoulder bag with tussles and minimalistic earrings and handcuff will beautifully finish off your foreign look.

 

You can wear a cocktail dress to the church, preferably grey, because this colour embodies a lot of grace and sophistication. Make sure it is not revealing, high-slitted or off-shouldered. You can go wild with your dress choices at the after-party but if you want to rock the same cocktail dress at both occasions, throw a blazer over the cocktail dress at the church. Finish off the look with elegant high heeled pumps and carry a fancy clutch.

 

Carry the ethereal look by adorning a floral print silk chiffon gown with a printed box clutch and Sophia Webster embellished patent leather sandals.

 

You can also go for a bold, theme-inspired outfit if the location is exotic for example at Hawaii beaches or at rainforests of Costa Rica. Just make sure your dress maintains its elegance and doesn’t look like a costume. You can’t go wrong if you follow these below mentioned styles:

  • A Dolce & Gabbana Majolica-print frilled hem dress accessorized with a Mark Cross “Grace” mini enamel and gold plated box bag and “Keane” sandals
  • Anna October ruffle dress and Bally leather sandals and a Michael Kors leather-trimmed raffia bag.

 

Country Wedding

A countryside wedding will be all about blossoming floral prints in bright hues and delicate lace details. Go for a traditional look with a charming rural touch to it.

The best option to create countryside, lightweight aura is by picking a black dress from your collection with standout prints and spaghetti straps as shown below. Wear Studded closed pumps and accessorize with a bird shaped clutch and a statement necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

Other styles include:

  • Tomas Maier washed linen wrap dress and Tibi silk anorak with Tabitha Simmons embroidered suede pumps
  • Blue rose mesh midi dress with blue floral print sandal as suggested at the Debenhams website
  • a lace dress from the website self-portrait-studio.com, Tory Burch suede sandals and a Next beaded clutch

 

Vineyard Wedding

Vineyard weddings are the prettiest and most romantic. Not all of us have attended a vineyard wedding as it is a newer trend so you might be at a loss for what to wear to a wedding at the wineries. Choose a classy dress with some romantic vibes to keep with the spirit of a vineyard. Here are a few tips on how you can achieve the perfect look at this fancy occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this romantic red silk maxi look. Paired with a vintage styled clutch, drop earrings and red stilettos, you can absolutely slay in this latest wedding look at night. Carry a wrap for your shoulders for a chilly evening.

 

Another alternative is a pretty floral deep plum chiffon dress. It has a very feminine and sophisticated vibe to it and can be worn even by a 70-year-old due to its flattering silhouette and versatility.

Also, A wine red lace cocktail dress is lovely for late afternoon weddings in the months from September to November.

 

City Weddings

There is a lot you can experiment with at a city wedding depending on what kind of event it is; formal, casual or black tie. Play with modern cuts and shapes and graphic prints to create a contemporary look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This look is ravishing for a July or monsoon wedding with a silk navy blouse tucked in dark navy blue pants. The moon star embellished clutch and silver toed navy blue stilettos will be a vision in the night scape of a city wedding. Always pick a statement necklace to compliment your urban style wardrobe.

 

Formal:

For afternoons, a peach-collared sleek jacquard dress with glimmer metallic detailing and a fitted bodice and full skirt is truly appropriate. Also, It is the perfect choice for the mother-of-the bride/groom because of its glowy vibe. Diamond jewellery will compliment it so well and enhance the delicacy of this dress.

For night nuptials, wear a French Connection linen jacket and matching trousers with a silk top.

Casual:

A vibrant green colored dress with eyelet details and tank styling will give a fun, preppy feel. It can also be worn to a rehearsal dinner or bridal showers.  You can prep it up with oversized costume pearls and navy clutch.

Black tie:

The safest and most sophisticated option is to wear a full length gown. The second option that inspired us consists of a relaxed-fit suit made of a sequined blazer and cropped pants with metallic leather sandals and onyx pendant necklace.

 

References:

 

http://www.debenhams.com/content/weddings/womens-what-do-i-wear-to-a-wedding

Wedding Guest Attire Guidelines

Beach Wedding Outfits-14 ideas What to Wear on Beach Wedding

http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/wedding-guest-outfits

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/wedding/bridal-fashion/g2049/dresses-to-wear-to-summer-wedding-guest/

Summer Wedding Guest Dress Ideas from ModCloth

Gorgeous Ideas for What to Wear to a Garden Wedding

TYPES OF SKIRTS

 

TYPES OF SKIRTS

There are many styles of skirts to select from. The most fun part of wearing a skirt is that it has a personality of its own and ups your style game when worn with any suitable top. One should know which skirt would suit their body type best and then they are free to play with colored and patterned skirts with varying cuts. Here we will give you an analogy for each type of skirt and their wear ability according to each body type along with throwing in a few brands where you can find the skirt of your choice.

A-Line Skirt

Popular amongst curvier women, an A-line shirt obviously takes a shape of an ‘A’ with its tight waist line emphasizing thighs and hips and then it flares up at the bottom

Standout Feature: they draw attention to the waistline
Basic Length: Knee, ankle, calf length A-line skirts are acceptable
Best option For: Curvier Women or Hourglass Shape along with Pear and Apple Shaped women can carry them best
Worst Option: Very petite or Rectangle Shaped girls should avoid them
Best Occasion: Formal or Casual Wear
Pair This up with: Cotton or woolen Blazer, Well-fitted shirt, Corset, T-shirt, Heels, Boots
Fabric: Silk, Cotton, Wool, Linen, Lace
Best Brands: 

1.     Asymmetrical Skirt

Asymmetrical skirts are super interesting with varying lengths on the hem and are also known as high-low skirts.

Standout Feature: they are very elegant
Basic Length: Varying Lengths
Best option For: Taller women with well-toned bodies can carry them well
Worst Option: it is not a good option for very slim women
Best Occasion: can be worn at the beach or pool parties or as casual wear
Pair This up with: Full-sleeved buttoned-up Shirt and High heeled Lace Boots
Fabric: they can found in brocade, silk, lace and linen materials
Best Brands:

Next

Nixon

Aqua

Aries

 Aquilano Rimondi

 

2.     Denim Skirt

Denim or jeans skirts are popular with cowboy styles and are usually embellished with laces and other fabrics for a more fashionable look.

Standout Feature: The denim fabric
Basic Length: All lengths
Best option For: Well-toned bodies or triangular and hourglass figures can carry it well
Worst Option: plump women should not wear them
Best Occasion: For casual wear in winters
Pair This up with: They look amazing with high boots and a denim jacket
Fabric: Denim
Best Brands: NEXT, Gucci, Britney Spears, Hobo, Sydney Evan, Canali, Independent

 

  1. Flared Skirt

Derived from A line skirts, flared skirts are wider at the hemline. They are a bit wider at the bottom and can be adapted to semi-dressy or formal wear depending on the material used.

Standout Feature: they add height to the body
Basic Length: they can be worn up to ankle length, knee length or calf length
Best option For: It is best for petite or statuesque girls because the extra flare covers the fat over thighs and hips
Worst Option: Plump and ample shaped women are advised not to wear them
Best Occasion: It can be worn to parties or as casual and formal wear. It is also best for interviews
Pair This up with: They look classy when paired with cardigans, tank-tops, and t-shirts with high-heels as footwear
Fabric: Nets, satin, cotton, lace and linen is the fabric of choice depending on the occasion
Best Brands: Calvin Theory, Tiny, Token, Cazal

  1. Godet Skirt

 

These skirts are great for those who have a wider waist. They create a slimming look because the fabric is inserted in triangular pieces from the body to the hemline to enhance the volume.

Standout Feature: Draws attention from the waist to the hemline to create a slimming effect

Basic Length: it can be worn till the ankles or at knee and calf length
Best option For: Hourglass Shape, Pear shape, Apple Shaped
Worst Option for: Rectangle Shaped or Statuesque should not be wearing godet skirts
Best Occasion: Formal as well as casual wear
pair This up with: it looks fabulous with t-shirts, blazers, corsets with heels or boots

Fabric: they are available in every fabric ranging from linen, cottons to silks, wool and georgette
Best Brands: Canali, Tedora, Inbarni, and Tom Ford

 

  1. Gored Skirt

These skirts also employ fabric stitched together in triangular pieces but it is different from gordet skirts because the fabric is stitched midway from the hemline and not from the top. They need constant ironing to keep the seams straight.

Standout Feature: It provides ease of movement
Basic Length: Below Knee-Length
Best option for: it looks super-sexy on well-toned legs and hourglass or pear-shaped figures
Worst Option: it is not advisable for skinny, rectangle shaped or statuesque women to adorn this type of skirts
Best Occasion: it is best for pool parties and beach wear
Pair this up with: paired with tights and ballet flats, they can make any woman sizzle due to their super-cool shape
Fabric: it can be found in the market in the following fabrics

Ponte Knits

Denims

Leather

Polyester

Rayon Blends

Best Brands: Versus, Jura, Chilewich

  1. Gypsy/Tiered Skirt

 

Gypsy skirts are fitted around the waist in an A-line style but they are usually worn as long skirts. Ruffled and wrinkled horizontal tiers of fabric are attached to the hem to give a flowy effect and give shape to the body.

Special Feature: it is shaped in a way that the hem is more prominent
Basic Length: these are ankle length skirts
Best option For: best advisable for women with pear, apple shaped or hourglass figures or women with a curvy body
Worst Option: Rectangle Shaped or Statuesque women should not pick these skirts and additional crinkling and paneling of the skirt on pear-shaped women should also be avoided because t draws attention to the hip area
Best Occasion: they are best for a casual outing
Pair This up with: they can be paired up with Cotton or woolen Blazers, t-shirts and denim jackets and boots and heels go nicely with the overall look
Fabric: they can be found in Georgettes, silks and cotton cloth
Best Brands: Primark, GAP, River Island, Debenhams, Ralph Lauren

 

  1. High-Waisted Skirt

Tied high at the waist, these are tightly buttoned skirts around your true waist and mostly come with embellishments at the waistline.

Standout Feature: they Flatter your waistline
Basic Length: All Lengths are suitable for this type of skirt
Best option for: if you have a toned waistline and hipline, high-waisted skirts are highly recommended for a flattering silhouette.
Worst Option: Heavy-set Women should not wear them

Best Occasion: they look great in plaids and can be worn casually or formally
Pair this up with: huge belts, blazers and crop tops look super-cute when paired with high-waisted skirts
Fabric: Cotton, you can find them in the market in woolen material as well as cotton, leather and knitted.
Best Brands: Marks and Spencer, Atmosphere, Primark, TopShop

 

 

  1. Layered Skirt

These skirts are voluminous because layers of fabric are stitched one above the other from the hemline.

Standout Feature: it adds a lot of volume to the body
Basic Length: Above Knee Length, Knee-length and Calf-length
Best option for: slim, thin-framed girls can carry these skirts fabulously
Worst Option: Pear Shaped and apple shaped figures are not suitable for layered skirts

Best Occasion: Party-Wear, Casual
Pair This up with: layered skirts give you a very carefree, easy breezy aura when paired with cardigans, tank tops or tees with a hat and heels to add measure
Fabric: they are a class above the rest when worn in lush material such as satin, silk, linen, lace and nets
Best Brands: Marks and Spencer, Zara, Next, River Island, Per Una

 

  1. Maxi Skirt

These skirts are one of the most comfortable ones and keep you covered in winters due to their waist to ankle length.

Standout Feature: it is suitable for all seasons
Basic Length: Ankle-length
Best option for: tall and Hourglass figures can carry it best on their waists

Worst Option: Short and Apple Shaped should avoid wearing maxi skirts
Best Occasion: Casual wear
Pair this up with: maxi skirts can be paired with just about anything to make a statement e.g. denim blazers, cardigans and crop tops. They look really cool when belted around the waist with some cool boots to go along with the look.
Fabric: you will mostly find chiffon, linen and cotton maxi skirts on the rounds
Best Brands: Cluse, Yoki, Zuny, lemaire

  1. Mermaid/Fishtail Skirt

Mostly kept for formal outings, mermaid skirts are fitted at the top, fuller around the hips, narrow down on the knees and then flare out at the heels like a fish cut.

Standout Feature: you can flaunt your figure to a maximum in a mermaid skirt due to its curvy cut
Basic Length: Calf-length and Ankle-length are common
Best option For: those with a perfect, well-toned body and hourglass figure can totally nail the mermaid skirt look
Worst Option: Heavy-bottomed women should not attempt to take up this look
Best Occasion: it is strictly for parties and formal outings
Pair This up with: you can pull on a  Buttoned-in Shirt, crop top or Halter Tops over this skirt for a classy look
Fabric: mostly found in: Silk, Linen and Georgette
Best Brands: Zoppini, Camilla, Inverni

 

  1. Mini and Micromini Skirts

Mini skirts are strictly for casual, informal outings. Due to its hemline that lands just above the knee, it barely covers your legs and is inappropriate to be part of an office wardrobe. It is advisable to wear them with a bodysuit underneath.

Standout Feature: it’s a perfect wardrobe option for younger women
Basic Length: Above Knees, Midway Thighs
Best option For: it is perfect to pull off a tomboyish look
Worst Option: it doesn’t suit muscular or tall women at all
Best Occasion: you can wear them to cheer-leading events or friends party
Pair This up with: pair your mini skirt with high boots or sneakers as footwear and a fitted top, or full-sleeved shirt on top
Fabric: it is available in varied textures such as corduroy, cotton, chiffon and linen
Best Brands: Teva, The Gigi, The Bridge

 

  1. Peasant Skirt

Inspired by the peasant culture of wearing rugged, wrinkled fabric with different fabrics adjoined to form one piece of skirt, the peasant skirt is now a great casual wear outfit. Those who are looking for a bohemian touch to their outfit can adorn these skirts and they look great when accessorized with gaudy belts and jewelry.

Standout Feature: they are ethnic
Basic Length: they are always worn Ankle-length
Best option for: they are flattering on anybody regardless of your shape
Worst Option: Very Slim women might not look great in these
Best Occasion: Casual Wear
Pair This up with: they are multi-faceted and can be paired with any kind of top to form different looks. Denim jackets, woolen cardigans and t-shirts are a good choice when worn with boots or flats.
Fabric: Knit-Wool, cotton and linen
Best Brands: came, Tedora, Taylor Says

  1. Pencil/Tube Skirt

Pencil skirts have a straight cut and are very tight at the knees. One must know how to walk with ease when wearing a pencil skirt. They are straight and very tight at the knees. If not worn by a proper body type these can be a perfect disaster!!

Standout Feature: Flaunts your hipline
Basic Length: Knee-length, Calf-length, Ankle-length
Best option For: Strictly hourglass figured women should try this look.

Worst Option: Muscular and Heavy-bottomed women should stay away from them
Best Occasion: Party-Wear and Formalwear
Pair this up with: kinds of tops that go with a pencil skirt are:

Crop-tops

Buttoned-in Shirts

Sleeve tops

High-necks

Contrast Belts and Blazers

Fabric: Linen and Silk create a more flattering look followed by woolen or cotton material
Best Brands:

Issa

Ivanka Trump

Issey Miyake

Issey-Miyake

  1. Pleated skirts

These skirts are your best wardrobe option when you don’t have enough time for ironing. With vertical pleats all over its length, the skirt appears to open up when one is walking which is a nice effect.

Standout Feature: the best last minute choice out f your skirt wardrobe
Basic Length: any length is suitable
Best option For: it works for All body types
Worst Option: Apple shaped or very plump women are advised not to follow this trend
Best Occasion: Party-Wear and Casual
Pair This up with: T-shirts, Shirts, Pullovers, Cardigans, Tank tops, Heels, Hats, Cardigan vest

Fabric: Net, Lace, Satin, Silk

Best Brands:

Carol Christian Poell

Carole Hochman

Carolee

Carolee Lux

Carolina Bucci

 

  1. Sarong skirt

 

It is great for beach wear.

Standout Feature: great for Beachwear
Basic Length: Ankle-length
Best option For: Women with well-toned waists
Worst Option: Plump women should not wear them
Best Occasion: for the beach
Pair this up with: Tees, Tube Tops, Tank Tops with Flip-flops and Gladiators
Fabric: Satin,silk, cotton and Georgette
Best Brands: Chicnova, Dolce & Gabbana, Dondup

 

  1. Straight Skirt

Unlike A-line skirts, straight skirts maintain the same width from the waist to the hemline and they clung to the figure more.

Standout Feature: they are great if you want to flaunt your perfect figure
Basic Length: calf-length, knee-length and Ankle-length is good
Best option for: strictly for well-toned body types
Worst Option: Heavy bottomed women should not wear the
Best Occasion: it can be supported at formal outings as well as parties and casual wear
Pair This up with: any nice top would go with it like cardigans, t-shirts or shirts with heels
Fabric: they are great in silk, woolen, and cotton fabrics
Best Brands: Marks and Spencer, chanel

 

  1. Tutu Skirt

A tutu is made of a standout fabric called Tule and is categorized as a ballet dress and now is the norm at parties because of its popularity at the fashion weeks.

Standout Feature: it Adds extra Volume just below your waistline
Basic Length: Above Knee-Length, Knee-length
Best option for: Hourglass, Pear Shaped, Inverted Triangle
Worst Option: Very heavy bottomed girls, Apple Shaped
Best Occasion: Party-Wear
Pair this up with: Halter Tees, T-shirts and Tank tops worn over a tutu is just fine. Accessorize with a headband for a sweet look

Fabric: Linens, Silk, Satin, Lace and Nets
Best Brands: H&M, Fendi, Dondup

 

  1. Wrap Skirt

A rectangular piece of fabric wrapped around your waist which then takes the shape of a skirt, it can be fastened with a button or a tie.

Standout Feature: a women with any body type can carry this look with perfect ease
Basic Length: Above Knee Length, Knee-length, Ankle Length or Calf-length are fine
Best Occasion: Party-Wear, Beachwear and Casual wear
Pair This up with: they look remarkable under Halter Tees, T-shirts and Tank Tops with Sandals and a hat
Fabric: Linens, Silk and Satin are the most used fabric for wrap skirts
Best Brands:  Gilt, Gucci

 

References:

https://www.looksgud.in/blog/types-of-skirt-styles-patterns/
http://www.formalworkattire.com/different-types-of-skirts-with-pictures/
http://www.rockying.com/a/214
http://www.stylishboard.com/types-of-skirts-select-the-right-one-for-you/

http://www.ebay.com/gds/15-Essential-Skirt-Styles-You-Should-Have-in-Your-Wardrobe-/10000000177628604/g.html

 

Leggings As Pants-Yes or No?

Leggings As Pants-Yes or No?

Leggings are the most versatile piece of clothing till date but they have also been a part of a long-running debate. The world is still at loggerheads with the idea of leggings as pants. Leggings have metamorphasized over the years and seen various trends. Now they have become a closet staple no one is willing to let go of.

Why women wear leggings

Leggings are one of the most comfortable items you can wear. The best thing about leggings is that they are multi-purpose. You can snuggle in your bed with them and you can attend a party with those same leggings. I will not impose any sort of opinion on you. I just want you to decide for yourself if it’s something you must be including in your wardrobe or not.

Let’s discuss the do’s and don’ts of a woman wearing leggings. In this article I will talk about the types of leggings, latest trends to follow as well as share tips on how to wear them.

Types of leggings

First I would educate you about various types of leggings so that you can style them like a pro!

  • Footless (Ankle Length) – They are the standard ones essentially like tights without the feet
  • Calf Length – They sit just below the knee or mid-calf
  • Stirrup Style – This legging style partially covers your foot and is best when worn with boots.

Colors of leggings

The most flattering color for leggings is black. A black pair of leggings, when worn with any type of tunic, short or long, does an amazing job. There is lesser chance your camel-toe would be visible in black, and they literally go with everything and anything. I would advise you to keep a few spare black ones and also some other neutral shades that can be paired with any top. Light grey legging outfits are a safe option.

If you are planning to go for patterned non-pants, I would advice to pick something that is light on the eyes.

Don’ts of wearing a legging:

If you are following the below stated rules, you are on the right track as far as leggings are concerned

  • Avoid leggings with crazy patterns on them
  • Avoid bright neon colored leggings
  • Don’t wear black faded leggings
  • Wear the right underwear
  • Don’t wear ill-fitted or loose leggings
  • Don’t wear see-through leggings
  • Avoid shiny leggings
  • Make sure leggings are exactly your size
  • Don’t wear leggings that have a tear in them
  • Only wear white leggings when you are wearing a dress or tunic over them
  • Only wear leggings which you are comfortable with when wearing in public

How to wear leggings

Make sure your shirt or tunic goes past your butt with leggings on. It’s extremely embarrassing for others and especially for your own self if you have a cameltoe and you are standing completely unaware of it. Look yourself up in the mirror before heading out. If your shirt is a little short and doesn’t cover your camel toe, wear a longer tank top under it or go for a long shirt and leggings outfit. Lack of self-awareness can land you in highly awkward situations especially when riding public transport or standing at bus stops. You cannot be flashing in the front or back just for an outfit. You must wear leggings with a top that completely covers your butt. You can wear leggings with a short shirt on top but only when hitting the gym but make sure they are heavy enough and don’t get transparent when you are crouching or bending forward when doing crossfit or yoga. If you still feel the pairing might be a little immodest, recall if you have ever seen someone wearing a similar pairing. If yes, did you see people giving them awkward glances or taking pictures from a corner?

Leggings are super-comfortable, and I would recommend you to definitely wear them keeping the above stated rules.

Can plus size wear leggings?

It is a wide misconception that heavier-set ladies cannot wear leggings. You just have to know the tricks to wearing it with the right tunic top and accessorize it accordingly. The best way to carry plus-size tunics with leggings would be to wear it with a belt. It shows off your curves just in the right proportion. Choose plus sized legging outfits wisely, it should be something that would not make you look like a shapeless bag of potatoes. A shirt that is tight around your bust and is almost knee-length would really project your figure nicely.

Leggings for travel

Although leggings as pants have not yet been universally accepted as a permanent part of one’s wardrobe, they are great as comfy travel outfits.

You must have travel leggings because firstly they save a lot of space in your suitcase. If you are carrying pants instead, you have to dedicate one whole suitcase for them while leggings can be rolled into one corner of your travel bag and you are good to go.

Secondly, they are versatile and can be paired with almost anything under the sun as long as your top is covering your butt. They can easily replace your PJs, act as your workout gear, your sweats, something that you can always wear under your tunic and they can even be used as undergarments under your pants to keep you warm in winters.

Thirdly, they will bring down your laundry bill to a half as compared to pants.

Lastly, they are great for dressing up or down. You can carry a lot of stuff to wear with pants. You simple have to pack one over-sized sweater or travel tunic which will go with any pair of best travel leggings. I would pack pleather leggings to wear at formal outings. Throwing in a pair of shiny flats or heels won’t hurt as you would already have enough space for shoes and accessories as leggings fold up to the size panties. I would also include belts as part of my accessory kit as they look great when tied over long button-downs.

Best leggings for travel are Topshop leggings, Express leggings, Vera Wand leggings and Old Navy leggings.

WHAT TO WEAR WITH LEGGINGS

Leggings are insanely comfortable and easy to wear. If you have kept leggings as gym-wear until now, I can assure you that they are super-easy to dress-up and worn as formals. Take a leaf out of a celebrity’s instagram page and see how they are rocking tights as casuals and formal wear.

Many people are confused about what and what not to wear with leggings. It’s a very tricky item and if it’s not paired with the correct piece of clothing, it can become a fashion faux pas.

Here are some tips on how you can make leggings part of your daily wardrobe:

How to wear tunics with leggings

Tunics with leggings are a popular choice for many. Asymmetric tunic tops for leggings create an interesting silhouette by lengthening you through additional vertical lines. Tunic tops for women over 50 should be loose and flowy which work well with fitted leggings. You can look for summer tunics and leggings or cute tunic tops for the Fall season at Topshop and H&M stores at a reasonable price.

 

 

 

How to wear dresses with leggings

You can buy long dressy tops to wear with leggings without any qualms about it as they are a no-fail anytime. One look I really like is a loose dress with leggings pushed up underneath.  Legging under a dress is perfect for relaxing at home, or wearing to yoga class. Also, I absolutely love the dress, leggings and boots combination for Fall. It’s great because it keeps you warm, especially if worn with tall boots that cover almost all your legs. Moreover, I would recommend boots and black leggings under a dress like a long vest, a tied dress or even a floral dress. Layering with oversized, longer tops can also add so much personality to your non-pants and you can keep you rear-end covered that way too.

Long tunic sweaters to wear with leggings

This will be the ideal winter look I would go for. You can make it high-end and chic by using the right combination of colors.

Layering over leggings

For the FALL season, add layering using jackets, coat and mufflers with dark leggings to add drama to your winter wardrobe.

Plaid tops to wear with leggings

Plaid tops with pleather jeggings and sneakers are a no-fail look.

Hoodies to wear with leggings

Leggings are great with hoodies if you are about town.

Long tops to wear over leggings

Long tops are a very safe option as they cover your butt and also make a best travel outfit.

Shirts to wear with leggings

I have lots of long shirts and sweaters to wear with leggings; especially pairing your leggings with nice long v-neck shirts is great. Pull a jacket over it to make it formal if you are on a fancy outing. You can also replace the jacket with a black blazer

Striped shirts to wear with leggings

Stripes, when paired with leggings of a similar color, give a classic feel to your outfit. They look great paired with leggings of a similar color.

T shirts to wear with leggings

Tee shirts make a more comfy outfit when worn with leggings instead of jeans. They look lovelier when put together with cute boots.

Blazers with leggings

Black leggings with a white blazer is a classy outfit and you can never go wrong with this look.

 

What kind of shoes can be worn with leggings?

Flats

Leggings and flats are peas-in-a-pod. You can never go wrong when pairing them both so when in doubt, rest your case by simply picking cute pumps, and it would be a bonus if they match the color of your leggings as they make your legs look longer.

Boots

Boots and leggings are best for Fall. It keeps you warm and tall boots will cover most of your legs.

Heels

Wearing heels with leggings is not everyone’s cup of tea and I will recommend them to those who can carry it with grace.

Leggings are all the rage these days so you better embrace this takeover like a style diva!

References:

http://wetravelandblog.com/2013/travel-fashion/leggings/

http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-wear-leggings-over-40-an-extensive-guide/

http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Outfits-Leggings-39499469#photo-39499497

Styling Tips For A Job Interview

Styling Tips For A Job Interview
One of the most daunting tasks ahead of a job interview is choosing a business style outfit which will make a long-lasting impression at your new job. It is completely normal to be nervous before an interview and you must have practiced your introductory lines in front of the mirror a million times, but do not let all that anxiety impair your dressing sensibilities. It is imperative that you invest in your appearance as much as your resume in order to nail the interview. There are four things that you should put your focus on before selecting your wardrobe:

  1. Are you comfortable in that outfit?
  2. Does it give you confidence?
  3. Does it look professional?
  4. Does it reflect your own personal style?
  5. What kind of style statement are you aiming for?

Fashion is in a constant state of flux but it is very important that you maintain your own personal style. You must know the do’s and don’ts of business style attire and at the same time be on top of the fashion radar.

Here we will lead you through a list of styling tips that will help you breeze through the job interview and make sure your look becomes your career asset and not a liability:

The Sophisticated Look:

Sophisticated office wear can really keep you on the safe side especially when it is your job interview. Experiment with different men inspired looks. A dark-colored suit or a blazer with a statement piece of jeweler will provide you full marks in the style department. Take your inspiration from the current fashion weeks and go for pantsuits and jumpsuits. A skirted power suit paired with a light colored cotton shirt can be styled with bright colored shoes and matching handbag.  A suit commands respect and gives off all those serious vibes. Accessorize it with a necklace or earrings. As long as you have styled your look and made it office-appropriate, you can even wear sport luxe sweatshirts with classy pencil skirts. Pair your look with a hat and super sexy heels and you are good to go.

Simplistic Feminine Look:

If you love wearing dresses and skirts, let your inner stylist out and think up good ways you can convert your dresses into something with a professional punch.  Go for the elegant look by wearing a wrap blouse with tweed or flowy skirts. Finish off your look with a skinny waist belt. A muted turquoise or deep red dress will also make you stand out in a bunch of potential candidates outside your new office. Don’t accessorize much and make sure the dress has appropriate neckline and hemline. Round off your look with a cross-body bag and a pair of black heels or ballet flats. Dresses can also be paired with smart blazers and make you look casual smart.

Business Casual Look:

Invest in a good pair of quality dress pants and skinny jeans which can then be worn with a sweater, a men-shirt or a structured top. You can also go for chic silk chiffon button downs. You don’t have to be boring. Select a top with interesting details and pair them with peep-toe fashion-forward, moderate heels. Side parted hair with a side ponytail can complete your look. Just combine three simple, yet extremely versatile pieces to form a business style outfit and carry a tote or briefcase as arm candy.

Glamorous Look:

If you can carry sky-high heels and bright lips perfectly, you are welcome to the glamour department. Here we would advise you to glam up your look with statement golden necklaces, oversized bags, silk tops and pencil skirts in rich fabric. Just embrace every bling that comes your way with style and don’t be afraid to flaunt those expensive pieces in your wardrobe. The key here is to not go overboard or look non-serious. Let the professional in you peek through all that glam in nice proportions with a blazer, coat or thin belt over your dress.

Careless Chic Look:

If you are street-style smart, you can pull off anything with sophistication with minimum detail. Play with shapes and clash different style items to create interesting silhouettes with high heels as footwear. You can experiment with culottes, flared pants, blazers over T-shirts, whatever defines your street-style look best.

 

 

 

References:

https://www.thebalance.com/interview-outfits-for-women-2061091

http://oureverydaylife.com/wearing-blazer-vs-wearing-suit-job-interview-7686.html

http://thefashiontag.com/2014/05/05/7-office-wear-ideas-how-to-not-dress-boring-to-work/

http://thezoereport.com/fashion/style-tips/outfit-ideas-for-your-first-day-at-a-new-job/?mode=view-all#slide-5

 

Five Trending Colors for Pantone In 2017

Five Trending Colors for Pantone In 2017

According to Pantone, “for Autumn/Winter 2016/17,1 we explore color that is “real” and “unreal”, absent and present and a mixology of what is in between. We are polarized between colors that are simple, honest and unassuming and stronger, more saturated tones that make a bold statement. For those in the middle? A third platform of color that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud – or both at the same time.”

This fall, the fashion weeks have taken us on a very earthy, natural journey with its multifaceted, androgynous color palette which exudes warmth and brings us closer to Mother Nature. Be it hues of blue or lush greens or pretty pastels, not only all the colors can be taken as unisex, they can also be juxtaposed against each other to bring out a vibrancy we seldom saw in the past seasons. When you adorn these pantones, it will be you speaking through those shades as they can reflect the inner you with their beautiful, celestial aura. Here is a short description for all the pantones; highlighting their uniqueness and effortless sophistication. Decide for yourself which one will compliment your personality best.

 

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara

Niagara Blue absolutely cannot be missed in the pantone palette this fall. It undeniably takes precedence over all others with its cool, calm vibe. There is a certain sophistication associated with this color and yet a subtle vibrancy which is exciting.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

This Primrose Yellow Pantone is so exotic with a spicy mustard undertone. Surprise your fellows by adorning this uplifting and vibrant shade and add the unexpected to your wardrobe for a change. Designers employed geometric and abstract accents this fashion week to make this color stand out more.

PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue

This powerful Lapis Blue is ahead of all other pantones due to its versatility. It can be paired with all its shades. If we run an overview of the fall/winter trends this fashion week, we could see how the navy blue has been juxtaposed against cobalt blue and a lovely teal to form a bold statement. Myriads of designers used it in the naval officer coat trends, slip dresses, skirts, turtlenecks and maxi dresses.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

This flaming, mysterious red/orange surely set the runway on fire this fall and was much welcomed amongst other subtle options. Flame is immediately pleasing to the eye with its sensual and warm vibe. It pantone added so much dynamic and confidence to whatever piece it was ingrained into and totally slayed in velvets and furs. No table was left unturned to maximize the use of this pantone; from lip colors to bags to shoes, to splendid evening gowns, it absolutely looked ravishing.

PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise

This light as a feather Island Paradise sky blue evokes such beautiful feelings in a person like breaking free and flying high in the ever-blue skies.

Many designers mixed Island Paradise with Lapis Blue to form monochromatic outfits and fur pieces that left us shouting for more. Its enliving and powerful potential was tapped to full use in the form of angelic blue, mind-blowing, evening gowns and cocktails dresses.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

 

Definitely one of the most delicate colors this fall, pale dogwood was found in abundance on the runway. It’s a welcoming dustier shade of pink which exudes warmth and brings an element of suspense to the wearer. It brings an upscale 60’s twist to the forefront with its soft pink hue and looks fabulous on gowns and dresses and fur coats.

.PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

Greenery pantone brings to mind the freshness of lush meadows foliage. It is an elevation from the natural greens towards a very sophisticated and rich color palette. Whichever designer employed it in their collection, it brought elegance to the runway.

Pantone 17-2034 Pink Yarrow

This shade of pink stood out amongst it relatively dull counterparts like a ray of sunshine. With its freshness and vibrancy, it can be taken as a festive color and only the ones young at heart would understand what kind of feelings this pink could evoke. It peaked out of many monochromatic outfits in the form of statement jewelry or a bag and also in form of a main color employed in pantsuits and skirts.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

The love for military suits and khakis hasn’t died down yet from the previous season and we saw that the runway was ruled by the adventurous pantone Kale this time around. This earthy tone was circulated on safari themed slouchy pants, tops and puffer jackets. Olive green and khaki were juxtaposed to form some outstanding dresses.

 

PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut

Hazelnuy is a very stable, reassuring and rooted kind of shade and gives off those wintery vibes. It has a hearty, pleasing, approachable feel to it. Designers took a very grounded and organic approach by tastefully matching it with other pantones. It was a favorite color for the trench coat line which is one fashion statement which is definitely here to stay.

References:

http://www.today.com/home/pantone-spring-2017-colors-t103095

http://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-report-fall-2016#bodacious

http://www.eclectictrends.com/pantone-aw-20162017-color-trends/

Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Color Trends