Glam up your monsoon look with right scarves, jewellery

When work gives you less time to plan out stylish outfits for office, sometimes the best wardrobe staples to have in hand are scarves and jewellery as they are not only flattering, versatile but also when worn, can add a certain level of polish thereby adding drama to your look.

Meesha and Trisha Khanna of brand Meesha Scarf share tips on how one can add scarves to be on-trend this monsoon.

* Scarves are the saviour on bad hair days and their accessorising potential is boundless.

* For the Indian monsoon, seek refuge in lightweight cotton malmal and handloom cotton Jamdani scarves. They up your fashion quotient; protecting you when it’s a bit sunny outdoors and as a cover up when the temperatures start to cool off.

* Add flair to a simple outfit by draping a large, fringed scarf over your shoulders. This would also make for a fashion staple nowadays.

* Also you can tie a scarf as a headband or bandana to tame that monsoon hair frizz and it also doubles up as a cool head gear.

* Take your bun or ponytail to the next level by wrapping a thin scarf around it and letting the tails flow free. Get creative by turning your scarf into a hat band that will add some extra oomph to your look.

Gauri and Radhika Tandon, co-founders of Isharya, shared tips on choosing the right jewellery

* Delicate but oversized hoop earrings are in trend.

* Classic ear studs can add up glamour to your personality.

* Multiple layers of chains in uneven lengths and multi finger rings are an easy way to make a subtle statement. This is how minimalistic pieces can be worn together.

Priyanka Chopra or Malaika Arora: Who is rocking the stripes better?

We have seen trends and fads in fashion being made and fade, but stripes are a classic. Re-emphasising that stripes never go out of style, Priyanka Chopra was recently seen in a multi-coloured striped suit from Etro, as she was vacationing in Prague.

priyanka chopra, malaika arora khan, stripes in fashion, priyanka chopra latest fashion, priyanka chopra in stripes jumpsuit, malaika arora navy blue stripe jumpsuit, indian express, indian express news, trendingThe Quantico actor shared the photo on her official Instagram handle, with the beautiful city in the background. While it may be a tough job to pull off so many colours, Chopra – who has been acing the style game both in India and abroad – pulled it off yet again. The pink-blue-beige-black-red stripes of the bell-bottomed, bishop-sleeved pantsuit, cinched at the waist with a red belt, was a retro rainbow that hit gold. Her hair fell casually across her shoulders and the oversized retro sunglasses and marsala lips rounded off the look.

Mira Rajput’s wedding style is giving us all kinds of fashion goals

Mira Rajput might not be setting benchmarks with her casual style, but when it comes to Indian wear, this beauty is a pro. Take the example of her wedding outfits which were pure elegance. Be it the pink Mira Rajput, Shahid KapoorAnamika Khanna lehenga which she wore on her wedding day or the white and blue Manish Malhotra lehenga for the lavish wedding reception in Mumbai. What we could fathom from her traditional wears is that this is a lady who likes simplicity but also has an eye for detail. Rajput who was recently seen in London at a wedding, followed the same philosophy this time too.

Deepika Padukone shows us how to dress down sequins

Including diva-level sparkly in your wardrobe is never easy. Even though you have a great sense of style, there’s always a fear of overdoing it. We are sure that most of you might have even googled on how to add an element of sparkle to your look. Well, the trick is to balance it out. For instance, if you have to wear a sequins dress, make sure that the neckline is a little high as it will help you keep your look on the sophisticated side of sexy. If that’s not your style then you can simply shrug a sparkly blazer over your shoulders to add some oomph.

The internet is flooded with celeb style inspiration and the latest one to join the list is Deepika Padukone. At Imtiaz Ali’s birthday party, our very own Bollywood diva was seen in a sequin look. The beauty who was styled by celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani rocked a shiny racer-back top from Ralph Lauren.

Deepika Padukone, Imtiaz AliThe Padmavati actress styled shimmer with an amazing pair of wide-legged jeans from Stella McCartney. An interesting touch, don’t you think? The style lesson that you can pick up from here is that even if you are going for basics, choose something which has an element of surprise to it.

With hair in loose blown-out waves, she rounded her look with minimal make-up and a pair of pointy nude pumps that matched the colour of her top. We like this look, it’s not too flashy nor drab. Just the perfect amount of bling.

Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Malaika Arora: Who wore the humble white top better?

A simple white top is a wardrobe essential and can be worn with practically anything if you know how to style it well. In a country that looks up to Bollywood celeb for fashion inspiration, we have seen divas amping their game in the classics in the past. Recently, we spotted Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Malaika Arora paying respect to the humble white top. Three completely different looks but totally worth your time. Take a look.

Malaika Arora, Katrina Kaif, Alia BhattKatrina Kaif was seen leaving a Mumbai studio post ‘Jagga Jasoos’ promotions in summer staples – a white knotted top, floral printed tiered skirt from Topshop Unique and sneakers.

We think her laid back style is something that you can easily pull off and is perfect to beat the summer heat. if you are not comfortable with letting your hair tumble over your shoulders, you can pull it up into a neat high ponytail or go for sexy side braids. Whatever you do, just keep the make-up minimal.

Would you ever wear this Donald Trump swimsuit at the beach?

Bizarre trends catch on fast, sometimes within the blink of an eye. First, it was the hairy male chest swimsuits that got people talking, now it’s the ‘Shocked Donald Trump’ monokini that is making the rounds. We aren’t a big fan of the first creation by Beloved Shirts with the male torso design on it as it looks really gross on women. The latest one on offer by the same company is also not something we would recommend either.

Known to create wacky clothes, this US-based company isn’t holding itself back at all. The swimsuit shows a wide-eyed, open-mouthed Trump looking out in horror.

This creation – which is sold in a range of sizes from XS to XXL – will set you back $49.95, that is approximately Rs 3,000. In a statement, the company says, “The swimsuit made in the USA contours your form and is meant to flatter.”

We ask ourselves, why would anyone want to wear it in the first place?

Even though it’s good fun to see these quirky items, not everyone is keen to try it on. When Beloved Shirts shared a photo of the eccentric design on Instagram, people went wild.

One Instagram user wrote, “That man is an animal how can you sell things with his face.” While another one quipped, “If I wanted to look like a disgusting POS at the pool id just wear a two piece. And less people would be offended and also harassed lmao.”

Sayani Gupta, Yami Gautam show us how to ace monochrome

In an industry where celebs are under constant scrutiny to look good, keeping up with people’s expectations can be really tough. Of course, there are stylists to help but it can still prove to be tiring. What we mostly get to see is that Bollywood celebs in order to stay cool also end up trying out similar trends. Cold-shoulder and denim-on-denim are huge right now. Also, doing the rounds for sometime is monochrome. Recently, we saw Sayani Gupta and Yami Gautam embracing the trend. Two completely different looks, but really cool ones.

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At an event, Sayani Gupta was seen giving out major chic vibe in a monochrome outfit from BENNCH. We love how celebrity stylist Shreeja Rajgopal and the Jolly LLB 2 actress made it work. We say that because this outfit looks a little tricky to pull off but we are glad that Gupta surprised us once again with her effortless style.

The foldover at the hem of the pants and the tube top with a pop of yellow right near the slit upped her style quotient. Coming to footwear, we think those pointy black stilettos are the perfect choice. We are also in awe of the fierce beauty look with bold winged eyeliner and dark lips that celebrity make-up artist Shipra Acharya gave her. One of the best looks of the season, we say.

Looking for some inspiration? Malaika Arora lists her must have yoga outfits

Take your fitness style quotient one notch higher this International Yoga Day with Bollywood actor, style icon and fitness enthusiast Malaika Arora as she decodes the perfect yoga wear for the style conscious fitness freaks.

An endorser of Yoga and well known for reinventing her fitness regime with Aerial Yoga and other forms, Malaika has recently been announced as part of Reebok’s ‘Fashionably Fit’ family.

Here are her top picks for the International Yoga day that is celebrated on June 21.

yoga, yoga pants, fitness and yoga, yoga outfits, malaika arora khan and fitness, Indian express, Indian express news* Black is back in vogue: For the actress, black can never go wrong if you are ready for yoga sessions.

* Style-up with graphics and stripes: Stretch, bend and flip with tights that infuse comfort and style. In addition to giving flexibility, the tights also enhance the experience of your Yoga session, making it ideal for any body type. Opt for the graphic prints and stripes to stay in your fashionable best.

* Be spotted with the right accessories: If you are a fitness diva yourself and believes in posting before or after your regime, do not forget to wear the accessory like the slim fit bomber jacket, that blends leather and nylon to give a contemporary look, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor sessions.

Are you buying the right leather shoe?

If the right choice is made while buying a pair of leather shoes and they are maintained well, they can last for quite long. Check the texture, insole and lining of the shoe, say experts.

Ishaan Sachdeva, Director at Alberto Torresi and Tabby Bhatia, Director at Voganow.com, have shared tips on how to go about buying a leather shoe:

* One of the easiest ways to check the authenticity of leather is through touch and feel. By pressing the texture of the leather if it is real, the texture would seem wrinkled and pulled. Also, genuine leather gives more of a natural and swanky touch.

* Shoe fitting is another is a most important factor to be considered while buying leather shoes. A leather shoe — if made by an experienced craftsman — will not only fit you well but will act as a part of your foot. A good fitting shoe will last longer as the chances of getting wrinkles or the shoe getting out of shape is ruled out.

* The insole and lining of the shoe also play an important role for shoe life than the shoe upper. A perfect pair of shoes should have an extra padded insole. An extra layer of cushioning between the feet and the shoe makes the grip comfortable and sturdy.

Genuine leather on the insole and lining helps the shoes to revive for longer and also eliminates the chances of bad foot odour.

* Another important aspect of leather shoes is its fragrance. Leather shoes have a rich fragrance which is typical of leather and cannot come from fake leather. Also, genuine leather does not have odour of chemicals or plastic.

leather, leather shoes, how to maintain leather shoes, leather shoes buying tips, Indian express, Indian express news* Examining the details of the sole is also considered to be an essential element before investing in the shoes and can be an important quality indicator. There are varied types of soles ranging from rubber, leather sole, to extra lightweight sole for longer walking hours.

It is recommended that the soles of the shoes should be stitched to the upper surface rather than glued. Genuine leather shoes sole can be replaced anytime throughout its life and can get a life again after wear and tear.

* Follow aesthetic and visual sensibilities while shopping a pair of leather shoes. If the pairs are handcrafted or hand painted, one should analyse the finesse in terms of colour finishing and stitching details. The stitching should be neat and barely noticeable.

* Check if the shoe has any kind of plastic coat or an extra unreal shine on it, which on the touch can make you feel that there is a layer between your touch and the material of the shoe. This shiny coat applied to the leather shoe loses the shine with growing usage, and eventually not only peels off but takes the colour coat with it — reducing the shoes’ life to one season.

Tips to match jewellery with Indo-western attire

A simple pendant, danglers or elaborate round neck-piece — it is important to know what accessory to pick for the Indo-western look to get the fashion statement right, say experts.

Pankaj Anand and Anil Arora, Founders, Sabhyata and Swapnil Eaga, co-founder, Zinarya, share some tips on the mix and match of Indo-western attire with the unique style of jewellery.

* Halter neck crop tops with patterned earrings: A halterneck crop top is the best to compliment your summer look. You can style it with a particular pattern or design earrings to bring elegance.

* Boat-neck crop top with simple coloured pendant: A boat-neck crop top with a matching traditional bottom or coloured lehenga can be your look for a casual day out or a function. Add a simple coloured pendant to enhance your look.

* Ethnic mixed with western outlook: This summer give your ethnic jumpsuit that Indo-western look with designed dangler earrings to make the look smart and simple.

* Front slit Indo-western long kurta with silver heavy earrings: Guess what’s saving kurtis this season? A slit in the front. This attire can by adorned with heavy silver earrings to add a carefree vibe.

* Plain crop tops and floral palazzos with elaborated round neck-piece: Crop tops, paired with floral palazzo are an in thing, this season. Spice up the look further with an ornate round neck piece to accentuate the hippy look further.

* Boldness with the shine of gold: Big gold finger-rings with Indo-western collared kurtas are the best for the fashion season. But steer clear from overdoing it- you don’t want to look gaudy in any special occasion.