Saturday, 21 January 2017

The wardrobe basics- how to wear a leather jacket



Hey everyone

Trends come and go some last a season and some a few but there are items that last in your wardrobes forever, you can call them a basic or a classic but they really are the fundamental pieces that make your wardrobe functional. Miss out on them and you will find yourself in a crisis situation more often than not. The workhorses as i like to call them are the building blocks that help you rock and shine in those trends in a chic and put together way. As per the pyramid rule of fashion styling your wardrobe should have a minimum of 35% basics to keep you well turned out every single time. More on that later!

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I think basics can be different for different people depending on their lifestyle, work, place of living and personal preference. For e.g for some a black jeans maybe a basic and for some a blue so it really depends and i suggest you take a stock of your wardrobe and your lifestyle, etc write the basics for your wardrobe and then make sure you always have them stocked in the perfect condition, I strongly suggest investing in basics so do not hold yourself from spending.


Having said that there are a few items that work for majority of us so i have decided to create a new series on the blog, the wardrobe basics, dividing it further into summer and winter for obvious reasons. In this series i will be talking about the mood of the piece, what to look for while shopping and also some ideas on styling. To start the series, today i am going to talk about the first item in the winter wardrobe basics, a black leather jacket. 

A leather jacket is really a timeless piece that gets better with age.

What a leather jacket does-              1. Adds rocker edgy vibe to any look.
                                                           2. People generally perceive the wearer as more confident.
                                                           3. Makes an outfit casual but still keeps it polished.
                                                           4. Black is a universal colour that goes with everything.
                    

What to look for when buying a leather jacket - Great quality, do not hesitate from splurging as you will wear it year after year.  

                                                
Consider your body type before you buy  
  1. rectangular/ hourglass shape- flare detail or metallic details highlighting the waist.
  2. apple shape-  choose one that is longer with not many details to bring focus to your heavy part i.e the upper body.
  3. pear shape - just the opposite choose shorter length so the focus is on your small part i.e the waist and not your hips.
And here are some ways i wear it and some suggestions to wear:

Go to outfit-               skinny jeans+ tee+ boots
To brunch-                 with a midi skirt / midi dress + sneakers
To afternoon tea-      culottes+ fancy blouse+pointed toe heels
To meetings-             tailored trouser+ shirt+ pumps
To date night-           shirt dress+ leggings+ booties
When its very cold-  over knit or under coat

How to wear a leather jacket in  2017
  1.  wear with pleated metallic skirts + ballerina flats.
  2. high waisted straight leg embroidered denim + choker neck knit+ embroidered jacquard boots.
  3. fringed denim + loafer/ slippers + bell sleeve blouse.
  4. zipped inside a long puffer jacket.
  5. a dark floral lace or mesh detail maxi dress + velvet boots .
               

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This is one of my go to looks that i have been wearing for many years and would wear for many years to come. 

Pin the picture so you can refer the post in future! 

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What i wore- Denim, Jacket- Topshop, Blouse- H&M, Booties- Zara


A leather jacket can be part of your wardrobe for 3 seasons, autumn, winter and spring so the many ways you can wear it is really endless. To help you more i have selected some leather jackets both in the reasonable and budget category that you can check.

Budget 


Reasonable



I hope these tips are helpful! In the comments, pls share how you love to wear your leather jacket?


Thank you for stopping by! See you in my next.

Love
Chichi

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Tarun Tahiliani x Obeetee, Proud to be Indian collection launch




Hey everyone!

India is the worlds largest manufacturer of carpets and Obeetee carpets is one of pioneers of hand woven rugs in the country. To take the incredible indian craft and quintessential indian designs to the world they have collaborated with the countries most exciting designers to bring a spectacular collection of hand knotted carpets. 

I had the pleasure to attend the launch of the first of the four designer collections, Tarun Tahiliani x Obeetee, in the beautiful Bikaner House in New Delhi and was completely awe struck by the simplicity of the collection. 

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About Obeetee- Founded in 1920 the company has grown to 650 permanent employees and engages over 20000 independent artisans for weaving and processing. It is the leading producer of hand knotted, hand tuffed and flat woven carpets in India, holds the worlds first wool mark license for hand knotted carpets and the recipient of many national and international awards. Obeetee care’s for the extended families of its workers and is committed to becoming more and more environment friendly. They strive to bring the best quality products to their customer with focus on innovation while preserving the old indigenous crafts and designs of India. 

Tarun Tahiliani X Obeetee- Celebrated Indian couture designer Tarun Tahiliani is known for his focus on indian embroidery like chikankari in his collections and there is great synthesis between his work and Obeetee. Together they have come with a collection that is a nod to India’s glorious heritage and her vibrant present. The framework of the collection is based upon three distinct design structures- The Antique Frames Collection, The Chikankari collection and The Abstract Art Collection and thus making it truly global but with an Indian soul. There are many firsts in this collection like for the first time fine Zari threads have been woven into rugs, classic indian motifs like Kairi booties and stylized floral patterns like lotus and rose have been extensively used to add significant detail and lusture. The carpets are produced in as natural surroundings as possible and are very close to sustainability, one rug taking almost a year to produce these masterpieces are no less than a timeless treasure. 

There are plans to take these limited edition collections, rightly being called the ‘proud to be indian collection’ all over the globe beginning with New York, USA in February. 

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I was completely smitten by the muted colours and details in the carpets, they celebrate modern India in its truest form that is moving with all the technological and other advancements with the rest of the world but very conscious and proud of its rich culture, design and craft and very confidently wears the #proudtobeindian.  

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And finally here is my outfit for the event, my version of a suited look, effortless and relaxed.  You know i love checks and leopard print and these two pieces here the woven trousers ( super warm) and the loafers ( super comfy) i am totally obsessed with, very practical and very chic.

Get the look



Thank you for stopping by, see you in my next one.

Love 
Chichi

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

how to make a chic style statement in winter outfits



No matter how much you love winters, one month down the cold season, dressing up really becomes a task, specially chic and stylish! I mean all we want is have clothes on and be warm, fashion and style almost takes a back seat.I used to be like that too but i came up with a few tricks that help me keep looking on top of my style game after all i believe in the power of a good outfit on a bad day aka also a grey day! And today i am sharing my 8 easy tips to follow to make a chic style statement in winter outfits -


  1. wear a statement outerwear, think colour, prints and embroidery so you can still stand out even if wearing an all black or a neutral outfit.
  2. keep the colours in your whole look limited to a max of 3-4, different shades of one colour is fine. Since we wear layers we might get carried away with colours but to keep the outfit looking chic and put together dont mix too many colours. 
  3. specially for this year wear an updated bottom. ones with embroidery or frayed or fringed tasseled hems or a different fit like a straight leg so to look trendy even if paired with simple classics like a high neck knit or a blazer.
  4. keep the outfit neutral and take the leverage with footwear, seriously there are too many trendy options this year like velvet boots, embroidered footwear, ballerina flats, white and nude footwear look very fresh.
  5. wear a hat or a beret to add extra chic points to the look.
  6. choose one statement accessory and let it speak could be a handbag or earrings or necklace.
  7. a high neck or polo neck knit or top always makes a look polished and chic.
  8. play with proportions when layering outfits e.g a long shirt inside and a cropped jumper.


    Todays outfit is a great example of how to work with the above rules. I am wearing 3 statement pieces (statement outerwear, refreshed denim and trendy footwear) which can be too much but the look is still chic because i kept the colours limited to 3 and wore a high neck knit inside.

    What i wore- Coat- Lightinthebox, Denim- Lightinthebox, high neck knit- Asos, Boots- 4thand reckless

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    What i wore- Coat- Lightinthebox, Denim- Lightinthebox, high neck knit vest- Asos, Boots- 4thand reckless




    Checks are my fav print in winter, shirts, bottoms, outerwear, bags i love it all and i couldn’t be happier about this red and blue plaid coat. The colours work well with most of my winter wardrobe of neutrals and its really my sure shot piece to wear to get compliments. Having talked about the coat the denim is no less, fringed and step hem perfect to spice up the most classic outfits. They are both from lightinthebox, i am very impressed with the delivery, the fastest of all similar sites and loving sooo many of their other check coats, they literally have all the colours and styles!



    Hope the above tips are helpful in keeping you chic and stylish during winters! Are you a fan of statement outerwear or updated denims? Do you have other tips to make a statement with winter outfits? Please share in the comments.

    Thank you for stopping by! See you in my  next one.

    Love
    Chichi

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