March 29, 2012

Are comfortable heels a myth?

With a little research and experimenting with styles at the Steve Madden store made us realise that there are in fact certain types of heels that lend themselves to being naturally more comfortable, support our weight and not make us sprain our ankles.
Disclaimer: All views expressed in this post are pure personal and all these shoes are from Steve Madden. Anyone who thinks otherwise feel free to share your opinions, nicely!

Rock the Block:
The chunky block heels helps us balance our weight and doesn't put as much pressure on the foot like pointy heels do. We also like how they look – very vintage, very retro and very chic. Block heels can be found in various styles like strappy and pumps for instance. In our experience, the better they hold you foot, the higher the comfort. Single straps for instance even in block heels are tough to manage, for us anyway. 
Sledge a wedge: 
The wedge heels are timeless but we do hold our reservations for the jute and cork ones, they just wear out very soon. The close toe pumps and Maryjanes and peep toes styles however spell absolute comfort. Even in wedge heels we have seen ones that arch your foot to a great height, now those feel make your feet ache. You want ones where your feet stay as flat, as close to the natural shape as possible.
Perform the platform: 
Now let's face it! Block heels and wedges look lovely for many occasions but if you want to turn on the sexy metre, you have to pull out them high heels. But since we speak of comfortable heels, how do the slim sexy ones fit in? Well simple, try the cheat shoes with platforms. They look intimidating but they in fact reduce the arch of the foot and make your feet a comfortable platform to rest on. And we have easily spent a couple of hours in them so we know it's doable.

A big thank you to Tejaswita Sawant, Manager PR @ Reliance Brands Limited for inviting us to the store.

March 27, 2012

Hot Hot Hot

Yes, it's boiling in Mumbai and we both wore loose comfortable clothing to an informal meeting. In fact we are so drained with the heat that we decided to post this with no text at all (well except for this one sentence). Phew!

Sonu wore a scarf-print shirt with black denims
Shirt, Zara| jeans, C/o Calvin Klein| necklace & oxfords, F21| glares, Ray Ban| bag, Oberoi Shopping Mall

Jasleen wore an asymmetrical tunic with red pants
Tunic, Fashion Street (last worn here & here)| pants, Marks & Spencer| bag, Zara| shoes, Rohan Arora| necklace, KGF

March 23, 2012

Why Symmetry is overrated?

It's good to observe the Indian fashion has moved beyond 'matching-matching.' Having been born in an Indian family the pressure to match shoes to the purse, lipstick to the dress and nailpaint to the lipstick was immense. The same can be said for our love of symmetry and structures when it came to the Western wardrobe.
But the global fashion scene has been obsessing over asymmetry for a while and thankfully the trend was quick to catch up here as well. Zara, Vero Moda, Splash and roadside shops refused to be left behind.
What do I look for?
If you want to wear the trend, look for boxy shirt and tunics that are short at the front and long behind, this is the easiest to begin with. If you are slightly more adventurous we recommend the same in skirts and dresses. This combined with the trend of sheer fabrics is ideal but if you are not blessed with a fat-free disposition then look for opaque fabrics in the trend.
Why asymmetry?
 Besides the fact that it's trendy, you ask why should you adopt asymmetry this season? The answer is simple, asymmetry allows you to create illusions with body shapes and helps you carry off the layering trend even in the summer. You can create length, show off those coloured pants without wearing a short top and show legs without really wearing a mini skirt. Isn't that fun?
How do I wear it?
Wear your skirt with a blouse, shirt or graphic tee and if you're not happy showing legs, opt for a sheer skirt with a short skirt/ shorts inside, also a popular style these days. If you have picked up a tunic or shirt then wear it with coloured pants or jeans. Even in Indian wear, wear your gheredaar anarkali with a twist, long at the back and short at the front with Pakistani pants is a good way to begin. Remember, asymmetry is not just a blind trend, it allows colours to pop out more, creates interesting silhouettes and the cut usually suits most body types too. Try this is kaftan tunics and see how those problem areas like the midriff magically disappear.
Breaking the rules as we know them is always fun in fashion. We suggest you try this pretty soon as age or body type is no bar for this trend, the more that jump on to the bandwagon, the merrier the ride will be.
Stay stylish!
 This article has been published in Daily News & Analysis (DNA) in our column -- Style Quotient.
Grab your copy on Sundays and feel free to click on the pictures to see the whole post.

March 20, 2012

Delhi deeds

Thanks to W for Woman and Jasmine, we got to visit our capital once again. For those of you following us on Facebook and Twitter already know that we visited Delhi last week to participate in the Fashion Cafe as the spokesperson for 200 lovely ladies of NIIT. We spoke to them about fashion, personal style, versatility and variation within your existing wardrobe. Almost felt like we summarised our entire blog!
After the initial goosebumps, I think we did a good job. Of course an attentive audience and heart felt passion for fashion made our job much easier.
Day 2 was at the Great Place Mall in Noida where we met some lovely people and fellow blogger Japna (thanks for dropping in). Don't worry, we made some time to shop at Forever 21, some local boutiques and also relished the yum Delhi food.
The highlight of the trip was our life-size standee at the events. It was so overwhelming, humbling and exciting all at the same time. Once again, a big thank you to all of you who read our blog and appreciate our efforts to this level.
For more, browse through our two-day Delhi extravaganza.
Our standee at NIIT, Delhi
Early morning flowers outside our hotel room <3
Speaking about the importance of a fitted black blazer
Sugar rush: cupcakes at the event

A full house :)
Demonstrations on the sporting women of NIIT

With Japna from What's cookin, good lookin. She's a sweetheart!
Watch, c/o Roxy| bracelets, Aldo Accessories & Curio Cottage
Watch, Swatch| friendship bracelets, Aldo

On Sonu:Tunic & bag, c/o W for Woman| leggings, Forever New|shrug, Forever 21|heels, c/o: Steve Madden| necklace, Splash
On Jasleen:palazzo pants, c/o W for Woman| blouse, Zara| blazer, Style Platter| heels, Enroute


Until next time, keep reading Fashion Bombay!


March 12, 2012

Colour-block meets Monochrome



We both wore contrasting trends.
 
Colour-block:Using two or more solid colours together to create geometric blocks of colour. In this case, Sonu used two complementary peacock shades to finish her look.
See more colour-blocked looks here and here.
 
Monochrome:
Using the same shades in a top to toe ensemble. In this case Jasleen wore her whitewashed denim with a white blouse but to offset the plain-ness of the monochrome, she decided to wear a neon tassled neck - piece.

Both of us ended up sporting tassels in our looks. While Sonu wore her DIY bracelet, Jasleen wore her newly-acquired-at-the fashion week necklace by Pia Pauro. Which one do you like? 

Jasleen wore her monochrome look with a statement neckpiece  
Blouse, Zara (last worn here) | shoes, Catwalk| necklace, Pia Pauro| bag, PepperFry

Sonu wore a colour-block look with blue and green
 Blouse, F21| pants, Zara (also worn here) | bag, PAX| wedges, Bata| watch, La Mer| tassel bracelet, DIY (see the before version here) | on my lips, Bourjois

March 07, 2012

Fashion Week fever

At the Lakme Fashion Week we visited some of our favourite places like the Source, the Kingfisher lounge, the Grand Hyatt cafe. We also met some of our favourite people - fellow bloggers, old friends and some lovely readers.

Some things we've learnt from the past fashion weeks:
  • Don't overdo your look.
  • Stick to your style: opt for flats if heels aren't your scene.
  • Dress comfortably, yes even sweatpants are 'allowed' if worn well!
  • Lastly, NEVER ape someone or some trend because it's 'in.'
Coincidentally, we dressed up in bright colours, right in time for Holi.

Sonu wore a blazer with denims
Sweatshirt, F21| blazer, Attic| jeans, UCB| loafers, Charles &Keith| bag, Zara| assorted bracelets, Curio Cottage and Silver House| watch, La Mer
  • The neon sweatshirt inside matched with the bright blazer is a combination not many would try but don't be afraid to mix bright and bright colours together.
  • Denims are never out of style, especially the darker denim can be worn at many semi-formal events as well. Read more denim tips, here.
  • Changing up your accessories and footwear can make all the difference. I picked a fun mix with my snakeskin loafers to balance the bright hues.

Jasleen wore sweatpants and sneakers
Blazer, Attic| Top & bracelet, Zara| Sweatpants & necklace, Splash| Sneakers, Forever 21| slim watch, Aldo| bag, Pepperfry
  • This look may not be for everyone but the sweatpants and sneakers with the really mad blazer worked the OTT look. The recently acquired glasses added to the chaos.
  • Sweatpants are a comfortable yet chic look when worn well. A sequined blazer, high heels, rich blouses and great accessories are some of the ways of wearing this.
  • Sweatpants work well for travel as well, see more here.

See the last season here.
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