The first question that comes to our mind the moment we're invited on a date or for lunch is: "What am I wearing?" Crucial, you see. What you wear is a message to the world about who you are as a person - and so very, very important to get it right!
(Best to forget about the times we've worn the wrong stuff to the wrong places... A less-than-formal skirt at a meeting? We've all been there!) And that's why we're here to help. We got you 5 amazing (and doable) looks to get you through most everyday situations - and for every body type! - from Westside, India's one-stop shop for all things fun and fabulous.
Look #1: What to Wear to the Movies
Yes, you'll be sitting in the dark for 3 whole hours. But that does not mean you wear a frumpy outfit, hoping to sneak out right before the credits. Wear a pair of basic black leggings and a neat scarf-print top to add the glam factor and stay fun yet casual this month. Scarf-print tops and tunics rank high on the style radar and are really comfy too (plus, they hide the flab! Win-win). Carry a shawl to stay warm and cosy up in your seat while you enjoy your flick with buttery popcorn and hot samosas.
How to accessorize: Go easy on the eye makeup, or you'll exit the hall raccoon style if you're the weepy kind! Keep jewellery to a minimum: simple hoops should be enough. What really elevates the look is the cool chain-link ballet flats - stylish enough to stand out, and cute enough to wear with anything. The only colour you need to get this look rocking is a nice coral blush and some peach on your nails.
#Look To Buy: Basic black leggings, Rs 999 ; Scarf-print tunic from LOV, Rs 1,299 ; Chain-link ballet flats, Rs 1,099; Gold Hoops, Rs 349 for a pack of two; all from Westside. Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in Fatal Tangerine and Tarte Cheek Stain Tipsy in Sheer Coral.
Look #2: Dressing Up for Date Night
Dressing up for a date should not be this stressful, right? If you dress down, you risk looking shabby; if you dress up, you might come across as high-maintenance. Decisions, decisions! Take the simple way out: wear this little black number that's fuss-free yet trendy. Pair it with a pair of classic black pumps, then add some playfulness to the look with a nice little charm bracelet and oodles of attitude.
How to accessorize: Wear makeup that doesn't overpower the outfit - no crazy eyeshadow experimenting! Try an orange lipstick that is bold and eye-catchy without being overwhelming the way red can sometimes be. Simple hair, held back with a hair band (Blair Waldorf style) is ideal. When in doubt, go with black pumps.
#Look To Buy: Nuon LBD, Rs 1,499; Charm Bracelet, Rs 299; all from Westside. Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Spicy Orange; Gianvito Rossi Stiletto High Heels.
Look #3: The Concert/Clubbing Arsenal
Whoever said that clubbing can only mean sequins and other blingy ideas? At POPxo, we like it edgy yet sophisticated. Leather jeggings team up happily with a peplum top - very monotone, very statement-making. The only shine comes from the accessories - subtle, yet effective! The secret ingredient for this look is the body-friendly jeggings - they can keep you going without feeling uncomfortable for hours as you dance away to "Chaar Botal Vodka".
How to accessorize: Remember not drown yourself in jewellery. You don't want your necklace or your delicate bracelet getting ripped off your hand or getting stuck in a stranger's jacket while you're grooving, right? Wear a pair of embellished ballet flats that are fashionable yet kind to your feet. Add on some mascara, and a gorgeous statement piece - a chain watch that's bold and delicious!
#Look To Buy: Nuon Faux-Leather Leggings, Rs 999; Black Sleeve-less Peplum Top, Rs 1,099; Lace Ballet Flats, Rs 1,499; all from Westside. Maybelline Hyper Curl Mascara, Sara Designs All Chain Wrap Watch.
Look #4: Board Meeting/Marketing Conference Powerhouse
Gone are the days you had to wear a formal suit or a dressed-down LBD. This season is all about bright shades and beautiful cuts - which is why a draped dress that accentuates all the right assets ought to be your pick. Red is the new black, and this jersey dress can work wonders for all body types. After all, a well-cut red dress not only makes a strong style statement but also signals to the world that you're a force to be reckoned with!
How to accessorize: Invest in good quality accessories even if they are a tad expensive. Pearl studs during the day; add a gold cuff for an evening drink with the boss/clients. A neutral shade of lipstick is important since you don't want to look like you're trying too hard. Nude pumps are great - they add depth to your look. So does a slim gold watch. A signature fragrance is important too - you want to smell like roses every time you step out.
#Look To Buy: Wardrobe Red Wrap Dress, Rs 1,699; Gold Cuff, Rs 299; All Westside. Classic Pearl Stud Earrings; L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude; Gianvito Rossi Leather Pumps in Nude; Chloe Chloe Eau De Parfum.
Look #5: Shopping with the Girlfriends
Shopping with the girlfriends is easy - so is dressing up for the day out! Since what you want to go for is comfortable yet trendy, what you need is effortless styling. If you're planning to be out the whole day, slip on a playful print skirt with a fitted white tank. Add on brogues, a nice neckpiece and cool sunnies, and you're good to go!
How to accessorize: Channel the boho vibe by wearing a neckpiece that's chunky and accentuates your personal, playful style. Brogues are this season's comfiest shoes, so choose a shade that goes with every outfit - red fits our bill! Wear your favourite body mist and your coolest gloss, and you're set. Our best fashion bet are the sunnies - round frames a la John Lennon work wonders for your style.
#Look To Buy: Sassy Soda White Tank, Rs 299; Sassy Soda Printed Skater Skirt, Rs 899; Chunky Diamante Necklace, Rs 799; all from Westside. Liera Oversized Hippie Sunglasses; Keds Champion Sweater Lace in Burgundy Pink; Victoria's Secret Garden Forbidden Fantasy Silkening Body Splash; The Balm POP Pretty Smart Lipgloss in Nude.
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