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Being stylish on a budget

Stylists swear by them, college girls love them and working professionals can’t get enough of them. Street-side shops are a treasure trove of chic and comfortable outfits that don’t burn a hole in your wallet. Nikshubha Garg scouts the streets of Colaba, Bandra and Lokhandwala to show how you can look trendy this summer by shelling out less than Rs 2,000

Gone are the days when Fashion Street was one of the few places in the city that stocked the trendiest and cheapest apparel for women. Over the years, Hill Road and Linking Road in Bandra and Colaba Causeway in tony Mumbai have evolved as fashion hubs in the metropolis that have the latest outfits and accessories.

Though high-end stores stock apparel that have excellent cuts and silhouettes and luscious textures, when you aren’t in the mood to splurge but still want to look your best, street wear is a good option.

Also, with trends changing every season, it makes perfect sense to pick up budget-friendly outfits so that you can upgrade your wardrobe more frequently. Make heads turn with these looks without burning a hole in your pocket.

Night out
Coral is the flavour of this season. It is one of the few shades that compliments all skin tones. Opt for a coral dress and team it up with a statement neckpiece, preferably in a contrasting colour. Complete the look with minimalistic earrings and flats.

Why should black always be the colour of the night? It can be coral too!
Why should black always be the colour of the night? It can be coral too!

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Dress: Rs 650 from Hill Road
Neckpiece: Rs 300 from Colaba Causeway
Golden earrings: Rs 200 from Colaba Causeway
Bracelet: Rs 150 from Colaba Causeway
Ring: Rs 50 from Colaba Causeway
Sandals: R400 from Hill Road
Total: Rs 1,750

Casual date
Beat the heat this summer with comfortable palazzo pants and a crop top, which is currently a must-have item for all fashionistas. Accessorise with bangles and slip into a pair of glitter shoes. Complete the look with sunglasses.

Kalpita Deshmukh gets the casual look just right. PICS/RONAK SAVLA
Kalpita Deshmukh gets the casual look just right. PICS/RONAK SAVLA

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Top: Rs 250 from Hill Road
Palazzo pants: Rs 300 from Colaba Causeway
Sunglasses: Rs 120 from Colaba Causeway
Earrings: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Bangles: Rs 150 from Linking Road
Ring: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Shoes: Rs 450 from Hill Road
Total: Rs 1,470

On a shopping spree
When you are out shopping with friends or with that special someone, opt for this comfortable yet chic look. Team up a coloured pair of tights with a plain-coloured top to ensure that the tights stand out. Throw in a bag and a funky ring to complete the look.

A no-fuss look, to help carry those shopping bags with ease
A no-fuss look, to help carry those shopping bags with ease

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Top: Rs 100 from Hill Road
Tights: Rs 600 from Lokhandwala
Sunglasses: Rs 120 from Colaba Causeway
Neckpiece: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Ring: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Bag: Rs 400 from Hill Road
Chappals: Rs 200 from Colaba Causeway
Total: Rs 1,620

For the young at heart
If you are tired of the usual denims and want to settle for something equally casual but funky, then these checked pants are a good option. Pair it with a spaghetti top and complete the look with a scarf and glitter shoes.

Try this look for a  day at college
Try this look for a  day at college

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Spaghetti top: Rs 100 from Linking Road
Check pants: Rs 500 from Lokhandwala
Scarf: Rs 80 from Linking Road
Black earrings: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Glitter shoes: Rs 450 from Hill Road
Total: Rs 1,230

A formal affair
This floral-printed dress is the perfect choice for a formal event. It makes you look simple, yet elegant, and wins you brownie points as floral patterns are in vogue this season. Keep the accessories minimal, to ensure that your dress makes a statement.

Make a statement with minimal accessories and a flowery dress
Make a statement with minimal accessories and a flowery dress

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Dress: Rs 550 from Hill Road
Neckpiece: Rs 200 from Colaba Causeway
Glitter shoes: Rs 450 from Hill Road
Total: Rs 1,200

Luncheon with friends
Opt for a light, netted, self-printed top and team it up with bright-coloured shorts. This is the perfect way to lift your spirits in this sweltering heat. Complete the look with a low-tied ponytail, earrings, bangles and gladiator shoes.

For a casual, yet stylish lunch with your BFFs
For a casual, yet stylish lunch with your BFFs

Cashometer
Crop top: Rs 250 from Colaba Causeway
Shorts: Rs 300 from Colaba Causeway
Earrings: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Set of multi-coloured bangles: Rs 100 from Linking Road, Bandra
White ring: Rs 100 from Colaba Causeway
Gladiators: Rs 350 from Colaba Causeway
Total: Rs 1,200

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