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A bag is an ultimate accessory to a woman’s ensemble. A bag is also a woman’s confidante when she is out in the streets. A good style is when fashion and function amalgamate. You may have a parade of bags lined up in your closet, but do you know when to use them? Writer’s Pad brings you a list of five standard types and their functions….
The term ‘tote’ means ‘to carry’ and that’s exactly what these bags do. Generally made of sturdy canvas or leather materials, totes will hold anything that you throw in them unless overloaded beyond capacity. Totes are mostly unfastened bags, have sturdy parallel handles and a single spacious compartment.
Very chic and stylish, a sling bag has a long strap that goes over one shoulder and rests on the chest. These bags are not too big or spacious but are perfect for a girl’s day out.
The quintessential party companion, clutch bags are nifty strapless bags small enough to be carried in hand. Clutch bags have just enough space to hold bare necessities like money, cards and touch-up articles.
A hand bag is smaller than a shoulder bag but much larger than a clutch. Hand bags are supposed to be carried by the wrist and are best suited for a normal day at office.
So now you know when confiding in which bag will up the ante of your outfit. Wherever you maybe, a woman always needs some one to watch her back. Your bag is your most faithful friend, and it knows how to keep a secret.
If your wardrobe still has just blue jeans as bottom wear, then girl you need a style check! Fashion is ever changing and you’ve got to keep yourself updated if you don’t want to look like you’re from the previous generation. Jeans will always remain our favourite, but it’s time you added a few other stuffs to your closet. Here’s a list..
These are long trousers with extremely wide legs flaring out from the waist. Palazzo pants were very popular in the 40’s and 60’s and came back with a bang on this year’s spring-summer runaways. Be in solid shades or pretty prints, palazzo pants are very comfortable and versatile –they cover up as well as flaunt, as and when the need be.
Cigarette trousers are body hugging trousers that are often high waisted and cropped at the ankle. Mostly tailored in cotton and elastane, cigarette pants give a sleek look. If you’re blessed with an hourglass shape then this should be on your immediate shopping list.
This slim fitting skirt with narrow cut waist seems to be a hit with the woman of power. Sleek, stylish and classy, pencil skirts accentuate your waistline and pelvis. There maybe variations in length but the perfect size is the one that ends in the knee. Pencil skirts often come with interesting twists like the peplum waist.
High waist skirts
These skirts are worn from the mid riff and end in the thigh giving the effect of a short skirt, but more sophisticated by far. Unlike pencil skirts, these flare from the waist. High waisted skirts look extremely classy when paired with cropped jackets.
Well I never said you should abandon your jeans did I? Only this time when you stock up on jeans, get a couple of pastel shade ones. Think powder pink or lilac or mint green.
A new hit among the people who like to keep it short –the boyfriend shorts add an androgynous twist to a feminine style. Boyfriend shorts extend till the knee and the cut is very similar to men’s shorts.
Cowl trousers or Dhoti pants are loose at the top and tighten as they go down. Wear these trousers to incorporate an ethnic element in your look.
So now you know what the fashion situation is like. Feel free to share pointers incase we have missed any. Watch this space for more updates on fashion. Let’s keep it stylish ladies!
The female tress has been the poet’s muse since time immemorial. Alexander Pope’s ‘The Rape of the Lock’ is a mock-epic of five long cantos lamenting the impeachment of Belinda’s beautiful locks. But due to the polluted atmosphere we live in and the stressful lives that we lead, the poets’ inspiration is on the verge of losing its charm. So sit up ladies, it’s time we took action to preserve our beautiful tresses. Here’s a list of products that will help you in your quest.
In the course of the day, a lot of dirt particles accumulate on our scalp which may cause infection. Brushing hair regularly not only removes the dirt considerably but also promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. A brush and massager combo is therefore the first product on your list.
Hair Protein Cream
Protein creams nourish hair with natural proteins generally like wheat germ and chickpea. The main function of protein cream is to restore hair’s lost shine and strengthen hair roots to prevent hair fall. With the amount of stress and pressure we take today, trust me, you’ll need it.
Application of hair oil seals the cuticles of hair, imparts great shine and makes hair soft and touchable. A hot oil treatment with carrier oils like coconut and almond is a must at least once a week.
Mild Gentle Shampoo
Only part of the dirt collected on the head is removed by brushing. For the other more stubborn part you have to wash your hair with shampoo. A mild gentle shampoo with inbuilt moisturiser should be used everyday to keep your hair squeaky clean. The inbuilt moisturiser will protect your hair from feeling dry.
Conditioner or Softener
Even if your shampoo has inbuilt moisturiser, using a good conditioner or hair softener will keep your hair soft and tangle free. Apply to the lower end of your hair, leave on for ten whole minutes and then wash off. NEVER apply conditioner to your scalp or your hair will loose its bounce.
Frizz control serum
Use a frizz control serum to keep your hair frizz free. Use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week to avoid building up.
This is our list of six products that will give you beautiful hair, undoubtedly. If you’ve got more tips, feel free to share.
The rich culture of the natives determines the cultural heritage of a place. Their richness of culture is reflected not only through their art and music but also their clothing and jewellery. It’s marvelous how these primordial tribes made fashion happen at a time when the human race was only grasping the meaning of progress. Today, designers from all over the world are taking inspiration from the blueprints they left behind.
The earthy designs, metallic texture and vibrant colours are what tribal fashion is famous for. The bold prints in highly eye catching colours set this fashion genre apart from the rest. Sometimes we sport tribal fashion without even realizing it. Animal prints, geometric shapes, threadwork, weaves, bead work and ethnic designs all come under the umbrella concept of tribal fashion.
This season, tribal fashion is all about weaves and prints. The Burberry 2012 men’s collection has a host of outfits in prints inspired by the Aztec and American Indians. Donna Karan’s collection for women’s tribal fashion is based on a dark palette and relaxed patterns that make it wearable during the summer. Paul and Joe’s odd prints in vibrant colours were also a hit with the women.
Donning tribal fashion can be quite tricky and it is absolutely important to keep certain things in mind in order to do full justice to the style. For example, if your tribal outfit is brightly coloured and printed, then the only other thing that you’d need to complete the look is a pair of sexy sandals. If you intend to wear rustic tribal jewellery, then maybe that bright top should wait. If tribal outfits seem too loud for you , you can still incorporate the tribal element into your ensemble by sporting a bag or belt in tribal design.
Being in 30’s has its own perks. You have been working for sometime, you have earned respect, you know how the world works and you have evolved. At the same time you’re youthful, you’re fun loving and you are determined to live life. Writer’s Pad brings you a few tips to let that maturity, sophistication and youthfulness of age flow in the way you dress.
You are sophisticated and earning. You’re finally a man! But for most men, by the time they are thirty, they have already settled in a quintessential black and grey corporate look and they refuse to think beyond that. First of all, change that thought. You’re still very young and you’re allowed to bring out that liveliness with some colour.
You already know the value of suits. But do you know the value of ties and waistcoats? A silken tie in a complementing shade can add some much needed colour to your black suit. Waistcoats look very smart, hot actually! When it comes to suits, explore colours like navy and cream too. All we say is wear different colours or at least different shades of the same colour, people shouldn’t think you’re wearing the same thing everyday.
Nothing beats a tuxedo. This apparel can take you from drab to fab in seconds. Every woman would agree that a man looks best in his tux. In formal events, you’ll have to abide by the dress code if there’s one. If not, then play with colours like mint green or periwinkle. Stick to lighter shades for the day and plunge into darkness at night.
You don’t have to slip into baggy daddy jeans. Not yet. Wear sweatshirts, t-shirts, leather jackets…don’t stick polo necks only. Cargos and casual trousers that fit properly are good options. Loose jeans are cool but baggy jeans are not.
You’re beautiful, you’re attractive, you’re the PYT! Almost everything will look good on you, so make the fullest of this advantage.
Pencil skirts, tuxedo jackets or cropped jackets, solid coloured silken tunics, shirts and trousers…. all of this will work. Just don’t forget to accessorize with chic statement necklaces and enviable hand bags.
Cocktail dresses and saris look very elegant. Short dresses look gorgeous too; just make sure they are not too short. Elegance and class is what you should be focusing on and a short dress that’s too short will mar it all. Again, don’t forget to wear your heels and don’t forget to carry a nice evening clutch.
Here, we give you full freedom to wear anything you please. Just don’t try hip hop street fashion, that’s all.
Dressing up well is important because it makes good impression and will help you to keep climbing the ladder of success. The best thing about being thirty is that you can actually afford all the beautiful things in the fashion world. So sometimes do pamper yourself with a big label accessory or clothing. It’ll cost a pretty penny, but it will be worth it.
It’s July and while Monsoon has hit some parts of the country, other parts still await its arrival eagerly. But it’s never too soon to stock up your wardrobe with fashion items that you’ll need this season. Writer’s Pad brings you a set of Do’s and Don’ts of Monsoon Fashion…
Stay away from knits and linen since they tend to stick to the skin. Denim, once wet tends to stay wet for a long time, so if u cannot avoid wearing it, try not to get it wet.
Leather is an absolute no-no! The moist and humid weather aided with the mud water will kill your leather.
Don’t wear light coloured clothes, especially for the bottom. These will get stained by the mud and dirt. Besides light coloured materials become transparent when wet.
Don’t add on to the gloom of grey clouds by wearing dull colours. Think bright!
Designer Deepika Govind suggests wearing high quality cotton and natural fabrics like bamboo fibre in Monsoon. Crepe silk and gabardine can be considered too since they bounce of water.
Who said rain coats aren’t trendy? Check out the rainwear designed by Christopher Raeburn. Well, you don’t have to get a Christopher Raeburn but you can buy rain coats in bright colours and stylish prints.
Wellies and rain boots are must-haves. They not only look super but also protect your feet and bottom wear from mud. Besides they can be cleaned easily.
Invest in waterproof watches and plastic or metal accessories. No wood and no fabric, you can save all that for later. Did you know you could accessorize with a very stylish umbrella too?
As mentioned earlier, go bright when it comes to colours. Go for fuchsia, blueberry, lime, bright yellow, olive-green and any bright colour that you please. Neon shades and fluorescents will work great too. Have you tried colour blocking yet? Now would be the time to start.
Monsoon is cloudy and gloomy and in Indian streets, pretty dirty. At the same time, Monsoon is the season of rain, the season of romance and rejuvenation. So if you have to protect yourself from the mud and sludge, do it in style. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself!