February 14, 2015

Build your signature style

Every style icon espouses the what, where, how of building one’s go-to personal uniform from the ground up, to create a more confident/ dynamic appearance every time they step out. And, for the sake of sanity in the mornings, we suggest you find yours too!

How to choose your signature look?
It’s a simple 4-step process:

1. What makes you feel your absolute best? 
We all have those days when you have “nothing to wear” in a wardrobe full of clothes. Then there are the days when you simply slip on a plain white tee, boyfriend jeans and canvas shoes and feel like a million bucks. Those are the looks that should be potential contenders for your personal style uniform. Next time you are dressing up, pay attention to what you are naturally drifting towards: blacks, blazers or high heels. You can also create an inspiration board and build a huge mood board full of images that inspire you in some way with regards to your style

2. What’s in your closet?
Next up is to see what you have the most of in your closet. Personally I have a lot of layers: kimonos, wraps, light-weight jackets and tailored crisp blazers. Those items are definitely be part of my signature style. Your cue is if you have too many, you obviously like it enough to keep stocking your closet with them.

3. What do you drool over?  
Shoes, bags, lipsticks or jewellery. Jenna Lyons from J. Crew makes a suave entry in her thick rimmed glasses and bold red lips. Consider small nuances like these part of your uniform. They are a mix of utility and style and if these pieces make you happy, why not incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe?

4. Why develop a style mantra?
The majority of us wear only 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Having a signature look will help you get that crucial 20%absolutely 100% right. This is the most effective way to a functional wardrobe because once you have found a look that you truly love, you can invest in those focused items and create a versatile mix-and-match system. 
Every style icon – from a timeless diva to this moment’s it-girl - has a go-to fashion formula/uniform. 

Quick tip:
Having a signature style can mean having a predictable look every time. But it’s your style, your formula so you can decide how closely you want to define your signature look. You can be super specific or create your signature look around a specific set of items that you wear a lot with only minor variations. So if you want to include blazers, change it up with a loose jacket or a cape for greater variety! A signature bag can be a classic tote one day and a quirky clutch the next. And nothing changes up a look like shoes – oxfords, wedges, stilettos; leather, satin, lace; straps, embellishments, embroidery – it’s like being a kid in a candy shop!

Jasleen's go-to style decoded: Loose on loose
I'm one of those people who will swap her heels for a pair of flats right before leaving the house. To me comfort is paramount and that to me is a summation of my style. My go-to silhouette has to be pairing loose and loose together. Fashionistas will be weary of this and my mom especially always tells me wear tight pants if you are wearing a loose top and vice versa but this is one fashion rule I certainly don't abide by.

(Shot by Rohan Tulpule)

Sonu's go-to style decoded: Third piece magic
 My love for layers is no secret but the more I experiment the more I realise that my blazers are actually like my second skin. They add an instant spunk to anything I wear and make everything look chic. Im on a constant hunt for the most unique vests, jackets and gilets to add to my collection.

Written by Sonu Bohra for Muscat Daily -- In Style

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February 11, 2015

Street Smart

Doing casual is easy when you add on a jacket. My obsession of late has been long line jackets and dusters.  This one here is pretty light in material and therefore wearable in Bombay  (air conditioning). When I go for work dates I hate doing the same old boring and being a part of a digital agency gives me all the leeway I want. This is what I wore for a Monday morning meeting.

Jasleen wore a long line jacket with creepers 
Jacket, Dorothy Perkins;  jeans & Tee, Zara; shoes, Forever 21; brooch, Aquamarine;  bag, Coach 

  • The long line jacket is so versatile and even works on all body shapes. Whether you have a thick midriff or generous hips, this silhouette is forgiving.
  • Wear with a pair of shorts and heels to brunch with the ladies or with matching trousers for a meeting. Throw it on a pair of sweats or jeans for a more casual take.
  • A comfortable alternative to your regular blazer, this is great for travelling too. A perfect blend of casual and formal it is a must in your wardrobe.
  • See more outfits with long line jackets here, here and here.
Shot by Rohan Tulpule

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