Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Monochrome Outfit Ideas|Rock that One-Color

So this just popped up while I was wearing all blue outfit and thought why not make the most of it. How exactly does a Monochrome Fashion works? Is it trendy enough to be incorporated in outfit ideas, does it make a statement? and I will be covering up all that jazz with this post. There have been times when my closet was mostly one color, at times the color has been orange or others it has been pink. While monochrome can create monotony very easily but not if you play it right.

Monochromatic fashion outfit ideas

Fashion to me is all about finding your personal style without biding by the rules, some may hate what you love so don't be afraid to play with what you like and make them love it. Monochromatic fashion has made a mark time and again, here are some tips and tricks how to incorporate this trend in your style-

Definite Monochrome-
Play with one color in your outfit combination, no it's not boring if you plan it right. Wear the top and bottom of same color palette, create a vibe. I love to play with black on black or blue on blue with my denims usually and it has always worked in great looks for me. One thing to keep in mind, don't always just play with single solid colors(that's not harmful though) in your outfit as that's just lazy and common but incorporate the various hues and tints of it.

Like if you are going for White, then your options are white to silver grey or eggshell white to lightest pink. Plan the outfit between these shades and not just plan white from top to bottom all the time.

Monochromatic Palette idea for outfit-BlueMonochromatic palette outfit ideas-Pink
Add Texture-
If you have ever thought that monochromes are boring then you weren't introduced to textures. Play with texture of fabrics to create an awesome look. Layer Denim with Satin or Grey with Silver sequins, textures create contrast and break the monotony. Combo of tough and soft can create wonders on your skin plus imprint positive feedback on your audience's minds.

Break the Monotony-
Sometimes all you have to do to bring out the best of monochromes is to add a pop of color in accessories. A chunky belt or a head band, even the shoes matter when all your colors are one direction. This juxtaposition of accessories helps eradicating the idea of one color visual.

Mix in some Prints or Embroidery-
Again this one has to do with the visuals or eye concentrating on one solid color, just like textures, prints and embroidery helps to bring the contrast in the solid color family. Mix in the prints or embroidery in same color or contrast creating visually effective pair to be worn.
Monochromatic out ideas, add texture, prints and patterns

Play with Shapes-
Play with various shapes of the garments, combine the structured with flowy attire. This way you will break the monotony of solid colors. It's important to break the attention of eye than just focusing on one thing, give a little edge to your style by mixing structures.

Own your Choice-
Last but not the least, whatever style you pick-wear it with Confidence. You might be hell a wrong for others while making that choice but you might as well influence them with the confidence you carry.

monochrome fashion outfit ideas
Monochrome Fashion outfit Ideas

And then this happened, we both were single color co-ordinated😄

Monochromatic Outfit Ideas

These are tips and tricks from the one who has the closet full of solid single colors and finds her way each day to make her combinations work😅. Comment below your ideas of monochromatic fashion or how you like to style it.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Go for SUSTAINABLE Fashion without compromising on style

Since I started writing blog, I began to organise more than I used to, think more than I used to, put efforts more than I used to and today when I sat back to retrospect my lifestyle it was surely filled with thoughts to have a pretty house of my own, a decent wardrobe but on a closer look I wanted to be more responsible as a human of my choices now. I see new things coming every other second on my Instagram feed from home décor to clothes but this made me think, how much bad it is doing to us as individuals or nature as a whole.

Ways for sustainable fashion without compromising style
Organic Fabric-Khadi (is 1 option)

With this age of digitalisation, we are never satisfied with what we have and what is the sustainability of anything we own?

With fast fashion, sales activated every other second, new updates, how far we are from demolishing our mental self and planet earth as fast fashion comes at a higher price than what meets the eyes. From cosmetics to apparels, we are surrounded with things changing, updating, reforming every second and every thing shines on the outer skin but we fail to see the hard work of daily wagers who work harder each day to meet the demands at the lowest wages, even risking their lives at some places. We see the changing feeds and feel a little less of our lifestyle at times and that shouldn't, how life has to be.

We Indians are blessed with culture so rich that it provides us so much of variety with artists, attires, craftsmanship, architecture and much more. We are from the place which practiced yoga and meditation in the ancient times, we do sacred rituals to cleanse our aura which now thanks to digitalisation and it's benefits has left mark all around the globe. People all around the globe come to visit our culture, stay here, meditate, refresh, rejuvenate and go back to their countries with heart felt warmth.

Sustainable Fashion is not that hard, go for Vintage, Upcycle or organic fabrics

And with this post on #sustainable fashion, I wish to make a point to get closer to our roots to feel satisfied at most points. Either ways most of us are bred to maximise the use of everything in our lives(being from middle class family, I know it😉) so why should we start splurging on the things which are made to have shorter shelf life. Indulge in some of the sustainable/slow fashion for achieving something greater than just style. I am not suggesting something which we can't practice as we ain't saints devoid of worldly values or not all of us are rich to afford some of the bigger sustainable fashion brands but only having little trick here and there up our sleeves to extend the longevity of the fashion we choose.

Some old time charm exists in those age old attires and their embellishments or embroidery. There is nothing more pretty and fulfilling for me than the buried treasure of my mother's closet and which I leisurely hunt from time to time, sometime to wear a saree as it is, to pair the cardigans(some of which even belonged to my grandmother) she owns for winter season with my denims, sometimes to upcycle it. Trust me, old fabric is like gold value of which only increases with time. If fabric is in good condition, which always is (it will last for my lifetime I guess), I will cut and get it stitched to my preferences. Choose vintage over the new buys and pair it with yours regulars, you will surely make some heads turn.

Indian Prints and Crafts-
To my knowledge or what I have sensed, Indian crafts like Block Printing, Chicken-Kari, hand Embroidery work so far have less adverse effects on people's lifestyle as they are done on demand, mostly on cotton fabrics and by the people in civil conditions. Most pieces by themselves make a huge statement and they are really long lasting. Opt for more such apparels, this will benefit you, the environment, the craftsman and it will be MADE IN INDIA just like me and you. 😊

Research and Pick-
Before going right into the buy, learn about the brand more. There are some of the Indian brands which make cool fabrics and whole wide range for you to pick from. If you well are reading this post, read about the brand you buy from. It's not always the western brands which provide you with new styles, find your style in the regional drapes at khadi stores in India or various brands which are building more ethically. Even some of the western mass producers are making effort towards the greater good.

Second Hand-
What has been buried in your closet for probably a decade now, you are never gonna wear it. Give it to someone before it perishes in your closet itself, they will have a second pair to wear and be grateful about it. This is not per say the eco-friendly way but this plays with the psychology as another person will have one more pair to wear and one less to buy.

Cloth Swap-
This again is a known phenomenon for buying less and having more choices to wear from. Swap clothes amongst yourselves to broaden the options. I have worn many outfits from my friend's closet and they have mine (obviously if it fits or might need a little tailoring), I am not ashamed of it. we all spend fortunes on a single piece, why not let it be utilized to it's maximum potential.

Organic Fabric-
My love for khadi is immense and don't go by it's name, that darn fabric is costly but so breathable. Know your fabric or what you are buying. Choose natural fibre woven fabrics, if you are the one who can not make out the difference between fabrics then check for cotton (which is not heavily chemically treated), silk, rayon, linen, modal, wool(not that synthetic ones) etc. If you don't know it by feel, check the care label. This works well in your body's favour too. Organic fabrics absorb less moisture hence when you wear cotton which is not heavily treated, your body feels lighter as there is no chemical to absorb skin's water.

Another way to go about sustainable fashion is to upcycle things you own, design a dress out of already existing piece to your choice, DIY a kurta out of an old dupatta, do your print on a solid colour, give it some fusion. Make it you work of art, what bad could might not like the turn out or you may. Today even a rug maker came to my door suggesting to make rugs and tapestry out of old clothes(sadly I de-cluttered all mine right before Diwali).

With the increased demand of fabrics, machines are ruling the garment industry way and beyond but handloom has been there since the start. This craftsmanship should be valued for decades to come. I cherish the rugs and IKAT handlooms I own.

choose sustainable or eco friendly fashion

These are some simple, cost effective yet very workable tips to opt sustainable fashion maintaining your style. I will never throw away my denims I guess but it's going to look million bucks if I team them up with chicken-kari kurtas. Amidst all those updating feeds on Instagram, we have to find our p-ea/ie-ce, maximise the use of every closet and every garment we own, to choose wisely on our next buy. Even if we make conscious decision with one attire that would be a satisfaction we can never overlook.

Share these ideas around and comment below your tricks and tips towards opting sustainable fashion in case I missed any.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Layer Fashionably For Winter

So while I was getting to write about shedding few apparel layers this winter, runway was blazing with trends to layer more. Don't get me wrong, for the one who enjoys this season hardly for two months in it's bloom here in India, I love to layer myself up, as cold and me are best of friends in mind but with body...Naha! My body can't take it. So, as far as it's in trend, let me get my coats on.

HAH! That's interesting.

Layer up with Silver this winter season, Interpreting runway trends

Here I am finding my peace in between trends of pairing two to three coats together to incorporating silver with attire and making it to my style. I don't wish to be all Joey Tribiani (where he puts on all of Chandeler's clothes for the couch revenge and if you haven't seen F.R.I.E.N.D.S., under what rock are living?), seriously this was my first thought seeing piling of coats on coat trend and truly speaking at my place here, it doesn't get this cold either. I will start melting under that pile for sure.

Studying Trends this Winter-

Incorporate Silver-
This one is more like me, dazzled silver outfits were seen on the runway. I am not ever daring to compare myself with any of the styles out there on the runway, this one was my interpretation of the trend. Incorporate some silver in your clothing this winter.

Interpreting runway trend this winter, Layer Up this Winter

Make an statement with leather pieces as its so in this season on the runway and in every form, be it skirts, jackets, trousers, tops, you name it and its there. Make your pick and go out in style. I have yet to find my statement leather (of course Faux) piece.

Animal Prints-
On and off in the previous seasons, animal prints will never fade away in the near future. Make the bold choice with same upper and bottom if you are opting for the animal prints or go for the bolder/broader prints to make a statement.

It's a boss fabric and like a boss, Silk ruled again and it so brings the elegance to any outfit if worn right. Make an statement with silk scarf wrapped around the head or dress or go with the printed silk outfit. Find yourself the perfect pair of silk trousers to make a bold statement or feel free in the flowy silk top, it's up to you.

Hoods & Capes-
Bigger hoodies and bolder cape silhouettes were visible on the runway. If you are worried about those chilly winter morning then girls and boys cover your head with the hoddies, no one should mind. You are on point with the latest trends.

Rustic Charm-
If you are the one who admires old school, bring out all the shades of brown etc., go with the rustic vibes. Find your style with crochet, of which I am not a fan in summer because of the layering I gotta do underneath but hello winters and I am game.

Double Coat Game-
So this was one trend, I couldn't get. Maybe, because I am Indian and it doesn't get so cold but I am planning a visit to snowland soon maybe there, this trend comes handy. Wear two coats instead of one, three instead of two, Yeah! weird but it was seen highly on the runway so I had to include it.

Back of the Tweed-
If tweed sounds very professor to you then be ready to teach some runway fashion  to others. Tweed coats made an entrance and I have been a lover of these anyways. Tweed is winter functional and for me always fantastic.

I don't think they ever left and again I am a big fan. Bring out style and posture in the checks you own. Bolder the better(in colour or prints).

Layer more this winter and layer well, keep yourself away from cold because it's trendy.😉

Interpreting this season's runway trend

I will always suggest, to not go all crazy over the shopping and find out the piece you own which can be perfectly worked out with the trend. Be the boss (which was mostly the mantra on runway) of your choices and act smart with the dressing boosting your confidence.

Interpreting Runway Trends this Winter, layer it up

Share your thoughts in the comment section below and what you like about this season's trend.

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