How to survive a Monsoon Wedding

Its time to shake the dust off those dancing shoes because after a short hiatus, wedding season is back! The only challenge this time, is that with monsoons in full force, looking wedding ready rather than windswept can be quite a challenge!

Rain = Soggy Bottoms
The long and the short of it, is quite literally the long and the short of it. Monsoon = rain, Rain = water, Water = soaked and soggy clothes, particularly the bottoms turning your otherwise sensational lehenga into a glorified mop! Our solution: don’t be boring with a churidhar, try a cropped lehenga skirt like this Moroccan influenced cropped lehenga and top by Veda Raheja instead. Just grazing your ankles, the skirt is long enough to be conservative and traditional but short enough to save you from having a soggy bottom.

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Rain = 50 Shades of Grey
With the clouds constantly hanging around urban India begins to look 50 shades of grey more than anything else. Bring a little life back and banish the doom and gloom with a colorful outfit. Love pink? Then change it up this summer and wear fuchsia or magenta rather than baby pink. We love this concept sari by Papa Don’t Preach: the bright and bold print will lift even the gloomiest of days.

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Rain = The Ick Factor
Yup – it’s back, that icky sticky feeling. One that not even the blowdrys, serums and treatments can help as hair gains a life of its on as it begins to curl and twist, and stand on its ends, creating a fine halo of frizz on the hair – delightful. The ick factor also applies to clothes – when suddenly everything feels too small and constricting, and all you want to do is walk around in a kaftan all day. Keep your looks as simple and fuss-free as possible by limiting the number of overlapping layers. We love this gold anarkali by Ridhima Bhasin; with its attached dupatta you won’t need to fuss with the fabric and the frizz.

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Rain = Mud
As much as I would love to keep my little tootsies dry and tucked up nicely in socks, Indian clothes, particularly festive clothes, don’t seem to work well with wellington boots – trust me, I’ve tried. And you certainly don’t want to be the person waddling around the party, sinking backwards in your stilettos into the muddy grass. Try picking a look that goes well with a pair of flats or wedges – like this Papa Don’t Preach beaded peplum top and dhoti skirt. If you don’t have the luxury of natural height, this outfit would look great with a pair of wedges, or alternatively, if you prefer to stay closer to the ground, wear it with your favorite juttis or kolhapuris.

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Still sweltering? Check out our post on how to Beat the Heat!

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Trend Alert: How to Mix and Match Patterns

Patterns are big this season. Whether its tribal, floral or stripes – this summer it’s all about keeping and looking busy. So let’s take it one step further and mix it up!

The print clash fashion trend is probably the easiest trend of the season to replicate. It also happens to be incredibly budget friendly, as I’m sure that most you have hoards of old printed separates crowding your closet. The trick with patterns though is to make sure that you look more like Shahpur Jat and less like Sarojni Nagar threw up on you!

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Picking a colour palette is key when mixing prints. Too many colours spread between different prints can drown you out and make it look like it’s the trend wearing you rather than the other way around. Whether its all black and white, shades of the same colour or even pastels, mixing similar coloured patterns will keep you looking like you but on trend – like this lime green Banarsi silk sari by Raw Mango with a Navy and lime checked blouse.

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Break it up
Mixing too many prints can have the disastrous effect of making you look chunky and short. This is especially true for those of us who aren’t blessed with model like proportions. To balance out the print clashing, and add an element of relief, try to combine the prints with something plain like a blazer, or a dupatta like Sabyasachi has done in his floral printed lehenga with striped crop top. By also sticking to a colour palette he has created a look that is fashion forward yet flattering.

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“Yoo hoo?! Are you in there?!”
A trend stops being a trend when you can’t see the person wearing the clothes. It’s just stupid. So whichever combination of prints and patterns you decide to go along with, remember to balance – particularly if you are a fan of the bold, in-your-face, totally-awesome-but-super-hard-to-carry-off prints. The solution: balance. Pair a large print with a smaller one, and see how your look turns from crazy to chic. We love how Payal Singhal has paired the oversized paisley print with a simple geometric one – completely elevating the standard palazzo pants and cropped jacket look to a new level.

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So go on, don’t be a plain Jane, Mix it. Match it. Smash it.

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Trend Alert: How to wear stripes

Some things never go out of fashion. Stripes are one of these things. Season after season, year after year, their simple structured lines give even the most vintage style a modern twist. Vertical, horizontal or diagonal – like people, stripes come in many different sizes and colours.

But stripes come with a warning: the main thing to keep in mind when wearing stripes is that unless you are shaped like a model, stripes can make you look less zebra and more zebra crossing.

Horizontal vs Vertical
The golden rule when it comes to stripes is that horizontal can make you look broader, and vertical taller. However, stripes don’t always have to be so monochrome, rather they can be used to balance: If you are flatter on top, a horizontal striped blouse can give the illusion of curves, and vertical stripes on trousers or skirts elongate your legs making you look taller. Like this black and gold lehenga by Payal Singhal – the gold streaks at the bottom of the skirt will had length to any height. 

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Multi vs Mono
The same is the case with multi vs mono coloured stripes. Although they look super cool and fun, too many colours can be difficult to pull of by drawing attention to all the wrong areas. That’s why we love Papa Don’t Preachs take on the trend – their tone-on-tone striped beading is subtle yet on trend, and super easy to wear. 

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Mix vs Match 
The only thing better than stripes are more stripes! Mixing and matching different types of stripes to create a more unique and bold look. We love how Raw Mango has combined this white and navy striped silk sari with an inverted striped top. Super chic!

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Trend Alert: Sequins

All that glitters is definitely gold this festive season, as sequins and bling project themselves (literally) onto the catwalk and into your closet.

Gone is the season of subtlety; of linen, cotton, and a neutral palette; and in struts eye-catching, Insta-worthy outfits.

When it comes to bling and shine, no one quite lights up a room like Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. With their indomitable sparkling personalities, this fabulous duo does high shine better than anyone.

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Move over LBD, this season its all about the LSD (oh take a chill pill, we’re talking about the Little Sequined Dress!) This multi-textured sequin dress will keep you shining in a mellow sea of lace and crochet.

Hello happy shiny little disco ball!

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Stand out from the glitterati with this sequinned gown. That’s right – sequins no longer need to be restricted to the disco. The asymmetrical cut adds length to any figure, and the little circular back cut out adds a sneaky flash of elegance.

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Days don’t need to be dull with this trend. Add a little sparkle and glam to your go-to everyday look with a sequin blazer. It will instantly elevate even the most casual look from day into night 

Shine away little superstar!

Trend Alert: Red Haute!

Over the last few years an increasing number of Indian stars have decided to strut their stuff on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet as more and more Bollywood films compete on the international stage. As their films get judged by the film fraternity, we are taking the opportunity to judge their choice in wardrobe: so tell us, Cannes they? Or can’t they?

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Naeem Khan: Yes she Cannes!

Omg – how much do you just love this look! The beaded bodice that opens into a full ruffled skirt, Aish’s gorgeous flowing locks, and a touch of red lipstick to finish it off. Move over Julia Roberts, we’ve got a new Pretty Woman in town! No colour makes you stand out as much as red. Not only is it super easy to wear, but it is also great for those days when you are feeling blue. It’s also known to increase physical energy, stamina and passion – ooh la la!

We love this Veda Raheja tomato red gown – the geometric detailing on the waist amazingly hides all those little lumps, and the side slit is sure to get everyone’s blood racing. This is a perfect look for any summer wedding. Style it with loose flowing curls for a beach side breezy look, or wear your hair in a low ponytail and dramatic earrings for some city chic.

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Rina Dhaka’s red pleated gown with embroidered bodice is a stunning addition to any wardrobe. The ethnic embroidery makes it easily wearable for a chilled day-time event like a mehendi – just add on some gold jhumkas, stacks of bangles and simple gold sandals and you are good to go. Alternatively, you could dress it up with some red lipstick, some green coloured earrings and a pair of killer heels for a cocktail.

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If gowns aren’t your thing then you could always try this red jumpsuit by Ridhi Mehra. Incredibly flattering tone-on-tone embroidered bodice and flared trouser legs will suit almost every figure. Wear it with simple jewelry and an up-do to show off work. Or make like Aish, and leave your hair loose and throw on a spot of Ruby Woo lipstick by MAC.

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Come on – it’s time to get haute in the heat!

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Top 10: Wardrobe Dramas

Top 10 Wardrobe Dramas every girl has before going to a destination wedding:

1) Suit yourself!
What if I bring the wrong clothes? Chilled? Bling? Fusion? I don’t wanna be the odd one out!

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2) Save Your Sole
What shoes will I need? Heels? Flats? Wedges? Aargh! Why can’t you spell it out.

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3) Hail No!
What will the weather be like? Do I need a shawl? A coat? Um.. will it ruin my outfit?!

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4) We’re hair for you
Are there hair dressers? How will I tame this unruly mess! Frizzy girls unite!!

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5) Ex-crease Me!
So maybe I didn’t pack like my mama told me!

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6) Sari It Fell!
How will I tie my sari? No body needs 6 yards! Stupid safety pins.

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7) Weight For Me!
Uh oh.. this suitcase must have shrunk!

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8) Frock Off!
Oooo-Emm-Geeee… when someone else at the wedding is wearing the Exact. Same. Thing. {mortified}

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9) Just the weigh you are
Oops – those holiday pounds may have appeared a few days early and you didn’t bring a back-up!

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10) Emotional Baggage
When your suitcase seems to have had different travel plans.. and ended up in another city.

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Trend Alert: Sheer-ly Not!

Designers the world over are flooding their runways with swathes of net, chiffon and gauze, transforming otherwise mundane looks into games of peek-a-boo!

Sheer layers have the wonderful ability to keep you looking sexy and demure at the same time, and unlike other layers, keep you feeling as cool as a cucumber (pass the gin and tonic please!).

Take this Ridhi Mehra outfit: we love her twist on the traditional: rather than a kurta with dhoti pants, she gives us a net cape with gold embroidery, worn over a crop top to balance the volume of dhoti pants. Perfect for those days when you don’t want to completely bare you stomach. Wear it with your hair tied high, and a pair of earrings to complete the modern look.

 

 

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Nothing does sheer better than net. We are totally crushing on this white net sari-gown with gold applique flowers by Rina Dhaka. Light and easy to wear, net is perfect to keep you on trend on these hot summer evenings. Wear it with barely-there make up and simple hair to channel your inner Greek goddess.

 

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Never failing to turn a trend on its head, Payal Singal amazes us once again with this net lehenga skirt. Don’t worry ladies, the look comes with a pair of black leggings to keep your modesty intact! Stack on oodles of arm candy and a pop of bright pink lipstick to wow the crowds.

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Thai & Stop Us: Our Thailand Travel Guide

Our favourite holiday destination of all time has to be Thailand. From its idyllic beaches, luscious mountains and tantalizing capital, it’s a country that has it all. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, its only 3 hours away from India! Can I get a “YAY!”?

Bangkok with Gauri & Nainika
There’s no one better to go to Bangkok with than Gauri & Nainika – but sadly if you can’t take them, then at least take one of their dresses! We are lusting after this tangerine multi layered mini-dress by them. Super easy to wear, and perfect to take you from the mall to Maggie Choo’s. Style it with some statement jewellery and an over sized clutch and you are ready to go!

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Tangerine mini dress by Gauri & Nainika: Get it now!

Chang Mai with Anamika Khanna
Everybody’s favourite gal pal Anamika would definitely be our top pick to take to Chang Mai with us. We love the versatility of her looks – that can be easily worn together or as separates. Her ombre dress is perfect for wandering around some of Chang Mai’s historical sites – conservative and comfortable it is great for any cultural trip. Throw on the cape to keep warm in the evenings, and mix and match it with different bottoms to change your look every day.

 

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Ombre dress with embroidered cape by Anamika Khanna. Get it now!

 

Phuket with Papa Don’t Preach
For beach hair, sun-kissed cheeks and sandy toes, it can only be Papa Don’t Preach. Or more specifically, this multi-coloured embroidered peplum top with a dhoti skirt – swoon! ❤ ❤ Stunning worn together, it can easily be worn as parts: try the dhoti skirt with a cropped white t and some chunky earrings for wandering around Patong; or the top with a pair of shorts and some gladiator sandals for an evening at Ka Jok See.

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Embroidered peplum top and dhoti skirt by Papa Don’t Preach. Get it now!

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Sheikh It!: Our Dubai Travel Guide

We love Dubai. Whether you want to ski, dive or shop (or do all 3 in one day!), it’s the perfect holiday destination for everyone. It also happens to be one of the trendiest cities in the Middle East. But don’t fret – our fashion fairies will help you pack the perfect wardrobe for your trip:

Desert Safari x Shantanu & Nikhil
The desert safari is undoubtedly our favourite activity in Dubai. From racing over the dunes in a jeep, riding a camel, and our favourite part: the open air BBQ full of sumptuous Arabic delights like hummus, shish-taok and shawarmas… ooh our stomachs are grumbling already! And obviously no excursion is complete without the perfect outfit! Shantanu & Nikhil strike again with their bronze waterfall asymmetrical anarkali. Free form and flowing, team it up with some statement earrings to keep you looking desert chic!

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The Souks x Ridhima Bhasin
Whether you are after spices, perfumes or even gold, Dubai’s Souks are a feast for the senses. We especially love the Gold Souk (obviously!) with its never-ending lanes of gold and jewelry stores: the perfect time to stock up on some arm candy (and a magic carpet)! Just remember to bargain! And nothing would drive home a bargain quite like this fierce Ridhima Bhasin jacket with gold net dhoti pants. Super simple and easy, this outfit is a great addition to your travel wardrobe.

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Atlantis the Palm x Papa Don’t Preach
We love Papa Don’t Preach’s asymmetrical black embroidered sleeveless jacket with dhoti pants for a day at Atlantis the Palm. Whether you are frolicking at the water park, or visiting one of their phenomenal restaurants, this look is perfect to take you from beach to bar. Try the jacket over swimwear and a pair of statement shades for a little glamour by Dolphin Bay; or wear it with the dhoti pants and a pair of high heels to help you sheikh it at the club.

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Stay tuned to find out which city we cover next!

 

 

Trend Alert: Bloomin’ Brilliant

It’s official. Summer is not only in the air, but on the runway too. From Payal Singal, Anamika Khanna to Sabyasachi, designers are playing with bold floral prints and embroideries to lift traditional looks into the new season.

Whether it be dainty daisies or bright and colourful roses, flowers abound all styles of ethnic wear – and thankfully so – because this trend is one that is easy to follow no matter what your shape, size or mood may be.

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Fancy something more western? Then look no further than Payal Singhal’s printed lehenga and crop top. Perfect for cocktails, mehendi parties or anything by the beach, this easy breezy look will keep you feeling as cool as you look.

Need something a bit more traditional for your night out?

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Anamika Khanna effortlessly pairs the flirtiness of the floral print with a regal gold and ivory jacket – keeping you on-trend but with a hint of majesty for when you need that little extra oomph.

For those who prefer to channel some old-school elegance then:

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Sabyasachi stays true to form with this delicate floral printed sari. Perfect for both day and evening events, this subtle print oozes sophistication with a little whimsy.