July 31, 2012

Steal versus Splurge

We often hunt for budget buys because we just want so many things that we need to divide our money to buy them all!


We've therefore taken some of our all time favourite looks that can be bought on budget from Pepperfry.
 
Look 1: The pleated pants  
Mango pleated pants, Rs.2,250/- versus Femella trousers, Rs.990/-

Look 2: Aviators
 Rayban aviators, Rs.7,000/- versus Fast Track aviators, Rs.1,995/-


Look 3: Coin necklace
Mango coin necklace, Rs.1,800/- versus Sharnam Art coin necklace, Rs.240/-

Look 4: Pussybow blouse
Zara pussybow blouse, Rs.2,650/- versus Femella tie tunic, Rs.650/-

Look 5: Jutties
Jutties from Colaba Causeway, Rs.850/- versus Jodhpuri jutties, Rs.649/-

July 27, 2012

Ancient Treasures

We are literally getting in there and churning our wardrobes inside out and coming up with things that were long lost and forgotten. In fact In Jasleen's look every single piece is gifted while Sonu is wearing her barely worn clothes in a nice mish mash.

Jasleen's look:

Tee, Vero Moda gifted by husband G| pants, c/o FCUK| shoes, gifted by my friend Twinkle| clutch, courtesy Cupidity at Pret-Amoda.com| blazer, Forever 21 gifted by my sister| bangles, MNG

  • Every item in this look is gifted.
  • She is wearing her workout tee with trousers.
  • When you wear a boyish look, always add feminine accent with your accessories like Jasleen adds bangles, a bow ring and an oversized clutch.
  • Wearing boyish trousers, it's always fun to fold them up, they look chic and more feminine too.


Sonu's look:
 Blouse, H&M| jeans & bag, Zara| cape, Fashion Street (last worn here) shoes, c/o Steve Madden| watch, La Mer| bracelets, F21, Aquamarine & Aldo Accessories

Clicked by Hiral Ruparel
  • We have spoken about mixing prints here and here. This look is an effortless and really cool way of doing it.
  • A cape or a wrap is a good way to add drama to a basic pants and top look. It takes it up by several notches.
  • Although coloured pants are trendy, red is a colour that is quite classic and won't be governed by trends. 
  • See similar looks here and here.

July 25, 2012

Fashion Bombay now on Video!

Your fun and friendly neighbourhood blog is now on video. You can now see us beyond our pouty (and sometimes photoshopped pictures) on Fashion Bombay. We are here to talk about fashion trends, must-haves and most importantly, keeping fashion real. Hope you enjoy our first video and stay tuned for regular videos from August onwards!
Subscribe to our Youtube channel here and once again, a big thank you for all your support and love!

July 21, 2012

The Dhoti Trend

Variations of the dhoti pants are a must in every wardrobe but most people struggle to find the right one to suit their personality and body type. Here's a step-by-step guide to the quintessential dhoti pant…


Harem Pants

 Made famous by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met and Golmaal 3, harem pants are simply loose silhouette pants that bunch up at the ankle, a very belly dancer style as well.

Who should wear it?Since this is a straighter style, it suits the Indian pear shape body and wider hips very well.

How to wear it?Option 1: Wear a sequined number with a soft silk blouse with high heels and a sleek ponytail for a fun evening look or night out with friends.

Option 2: Team jersey or cotton harem pants with a basic t-shirt and add mojris and a slouchy leather bag to complete a boho chic look.


Drop crotch pants

These pants are tighter from the knee to the ankle and loose from the waist to the knee and have a long fork as the name drop crotch suggests. You may have spotted a lot of men wearing this silhouette as well.

Who should wear it?

This silhouette is best carried by very skinny banana shapes, hourglass bodies and can also be worn by apple shaped-women who have narrow hips. This is also a better choice for pear shapes instead of pleated pants or Jodhpuris.

How to wear it?
Option 1: Wear with a mulmul or cotton tunic to hide the fork slightly and give a very relaxed silhouette. This is especially recommended for the apple shape since the tunic combined with pants will add to the hips and wearing a t-shirt may not be an option because of the thick midriff.

Option 2: Wear a shirt in a solid colour and add a thin belt to the waist or under the bust. Wear this look with pumps, ballerinas or kolhapuris depending on how much you want to glam it up. Carry a
satchel bag in any colour to complete the look.

Jodhpuris

Made famous by Maharajas and royalty on horses and polo matches, Jodhpuris are a favourite with fashionistas. Jodhpuris are pleated pants that get tight from the knees to the ankles.

Who should wear it?
This silhouette is best worn by apple shapes, banana bodies and hour glass shapes. Wide hips will look wider in these pants so beware!

How to wear it?

Option 1: Wear with a silk blouse, floral top or feminine ruffles because all of these pair very well with the Jodhpuris. Wear high heels in nude pumps, caged gladiators or some lightweight booties. Pair with a tote or an oversized clutch for a formal look.

Option 2: Wear a graphic t-shirt and pair a big shoulder bolero or boyfriend blazer with your jodhpuris. Combine this with flats for a relaxed yet fashionable silhouette.

Where to shop?
Promod Rs. 2,250 onwards
Zara Rs. 1,790 onwards
Fashion Street Rs. 300 onwards
Colaba Causeway Rs. 250 onwards
Bandra Hill Road Rs. 300 onwards

Do have any fashion queries? Email us at info@fashion-bombay.com and we'll solve all your fashion traumas.

July 16, 2012

To wear or not to wear

We both were in the mood to experiment and wore some really fun looks for a casual meeting at Phoenix Mills today.


Sonu's look: 
Romper, Fashion Street| shoes & blazer, Zara| bag, Pax| bracelets, Accessorize| brooch, Claires| watch, Guess

  • Sonu's romper is the newest style doing the rounds internationally. Keep a look out for this wide leg, skorts style when you are out shopping.
  • The perfect way to add character to a monotone outfit is by using pops of colour. It can be with your bag, your shoes, a blazer or simply your nailpaint too. Sonu did most of these but a great tip is to invest in leopard print accessories. The animal print quickly adds drama to any outfit.
  • If you are blessed with the typical Indian figure with big hips and a thin waist then you want to wear a cropped blazer as opposed to a boyfriend style, this accentuates the waist and doesn't add bulk to the hips. 
  • See more cropped blazer looks here, here and here.
Jasleen's look:

Pants, Kazo| top, Zara| mojris, Chandigarh| necklace, Blur| bracelet, Curio Cottage| bag, c/o Calvin Klein| lip colour, Heat Wave from Nars
  • Most people think that you have to always wear tight and loose together. That's not entirely true. Jasleen mixed two loose silhouettes together. By just unevenly tucking in the top, it adds shape to the body but also lets the problem areas breathe.
  • While wearing a loose and loose silhouette together you can use belts to add definition to your body. If you have a thin waist, cinch your belt there, if you have a thick midriff, wear the belt on your hip bone.
  • It's always tempting to add chic accessories to your western outfits but how about taking a different route with ethnic/Indian accessories? Like Jasleen wears her look with mojris, an Indian bracelet and a tribal inspired necklace.
  • See more looks with the same pants here and here.

July 11, 2012

Monsoon Dressing

The rains have officially arrived and we are thinking of ideas to keep away from splish splash stains and also wet bottoms.

Look 1: Layer up
Wear your regular dress with a button up shirt. This layer keeps you warm in the slight chill and looks stylish too. Here, Jasleen is wearing a casual shirt but you can throw on your office shirt or even a light jacket for work or a meeting.

Look 2: Crop top
This season saw a lot of cropped tops. Wear one with you dress or skirt and create a laid back yet chic look. We suggest bright colours for a grey day.


Look 3: Wearing pants
While we totally refrain from wearing jeans, cropped or folded cotton pants are a great way to go. Wear with a tank top or a cropped tee.

Look 4: The skorts
Shorts are not for everyone and that's where the skorts come in. Not too short and the flare makes it right for most body types. Easy to wear with box blouses, button shirts and even tunics.

Get these looks at all FCUK stores (On sale now!)

July 02, 2012

Framed!

We love adding that chutzpah to our looks with glares. Good sunglasses can revamp even the simplest outfits. Here are a few key points we keep in mind when we buy our eyewear.

#1: Colour
 Choose glares that highlight and complement your colour base (cool/blue or warm/yellow base). For those of you wondering, a cool complexion has blue and pink undertone and warmer tones have peachy and ruddier undertones.
Sonu has a cool undertone and chose reflective blue wayfarers. Other colour options for cooler tones are silver, pastels, rose-brown, blue, magenta and plum.
Jasleen with her warm undertone tilts towards black. Other options are camel, gold, copper, coral, and tortoise. 

#2: Frames

Your frames should contrast your face shape. So, if you have a round face, invest in angular frames that will lengthen your face. Oval shapes should pick wide frames to maintain the natural balance of their shape. Diamond-shaped faces have a narrow jawline and broad cheekbones. Highlight your eyes and cheekbones, look for rimless or cat-eye shapes.

#3: Size
The frame should rest on your face comfortably; they shouldn’t fall, slip out or too tight. Other than that, make sure the frame size should be in scale with your face size. Try at least 50 different styles and shapes to know what fits you best. 

#4: Originals

As tempting as it may be, avoid picking roadside cheap glares. Invest in fewer but original eyewear. Choose classic styles: aviators, wayfarers and round frames, so you can use them for many years without worrying about trends.
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