Gone are the days when a little black dress was your best bet for a date and a trouser worked just fine in the boardroom. It’s time you got trendy — though not overdressed — to stand out. Shreyanka Mazumdar talks to designers on how to look chic and fabulous anytime, anywhere
Shopping with friends
Model Pryanca Talukdar sports a crop top with ripped jeans for a day out shopping. PICS/ SHREYANKA MAZUMDAR
What to wear: Comfort over style is mandatory for this look. A loose-fitted shirtdress, a pair of shorts with a top or ripped jeans with a tee is perfect.
What not to wear: A flowing dress teamed with heavy jewellery
Designer speak: Designer Anita Dongre opines, “Your shopping look needs to spell comfort since you’ll be store hopping and juggling shopping bags. You can opt for a comfy T-shirt and pair it with culottes or palazzo pants. Opt for neutral colours such as beige, peach, gray, oatmeal or white. Avoid tight jeans or pants with buttons, zippers and belts. Go for airy pleats, or a pencil skirt to make a casual chic statement. Keep accessories to a minimal — studs, bracelets or just a scarf complete the look.”
Clubbing with pals
A short dress with high heels, as worn by actor Priyanka Chopra, makes for ideal partywear. PIC/ afp
What to wear: A snug short dress with high heels or, if you wish to wear jeans, pair it up with a printed shirt or a sequined jacket. If you cannot wear heels, add bling to your look with bejewelled flat shoes.
What not to wear: Avoid sloppy clothes, flip-flops, floaters and gaudy accessories.
Designer speak: Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed suggests slim pants— either jeans or trousers— with a tailored shirt. Go for two prints combined in a monochromatic scheme. Pay special attention to your footwear as it makes a great impression. If you are wearing prints, match it with the colour of your shoe. Avoid transparent, net and chiffon shirts.
Slip into a sundress like actor Kalki Koechlin for Sunday brunch. PIC/AFP
What to wear: Brunch is a casual affair and a sundress or a floral maxi is perfect for the occasion. You could wear a maxi skirt teamed with a crop top and statement earrings or a jumpsuit. Go easy on the accessories.
What not to wear: In an attempt to look casual, do not go out for a brunch wearing a worn out pair of jeans. Avoid heavy jewellery and heels.
Designer speak: Designer Nachiket Barve suggests light, sober colours for brunch. Floor-length gowns and skirts in neon, blush pink and lime are in vogue, he says. Go for statement hand-knotted metal pendants and a long-strap cross body bag so your hands are free. Ditch the heels for flats or wedges.
Look elegant for a date night in a crop top paired with a maxi skirt and flats
What to wear: While a classic LBD (little black dress) might top your list of ‘the perfect date look’, it’s too passé. Try a cropped top with a knee-length or maxi skirt or a sheer top with matching lingerie and a pair of denims. You could also go easy and opt for a comfortable short dress with a funky jacket.
What not to wear: A super-revealing dress is a strict no-no.
Designer speak: Designer Nikhil Thampi gives tips to help you get a change from the same-old outfits. Keep the location in mind, he advises. If it’s a movie date, opt for boyfriend jeans with a cropped top and sneakers and the same look can be converted to a night-out look with a well-fitted blazer and strappy stilettos. If it’s a romantic dinner date at a classy place, a LBD teamed with beautiful accessories (read-pearl necklace and sleek bracelet) will be perfect.
Shun the black trousers for a dress teamed with a formal blazer and black pumps.
What to wear: Ditch the same old black trousers for a pencil skirt or cigarette pants in nude or slate grey shades and team it up with a plain white Chinese-collar shirt and a navy blue blazer. Your shoes are the first thing people take notice of, so a worn out pair will play havoc on your persona. Go for black or nude pumps for a suave look and tie your hair into a neat and high ponytail.
What not to wear: Loud nail colour, too much jewellery, bright lip colour and over the top make-up.
Designer speak: Designer Leepakshi Ellawadi advises to go for buttoned up shirts that fit well. If you are wearing trousers, go for non-crease ones that are at least one and a half inch above the heel. Blazers are synonymous with boardroom meetings so keep one handy. When it comes to accessorising, do not overdo it. Avoid bright handbags, opt for sleek laptop bags and totes in neutral colours such as beige and grey
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