Showing posts with label petite styling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label petite styling. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Gone With The Wind

Hello Chicas,

As I turn a year older today, I look back and realize that life has been a roller coaster ride for me. In life you may not get what you want, but someday you will surely get what you deserve. People who know me are aware of the fact that I had been pursuing CA for the past few years. However, whenever I use to daydream (which by the way, I do a lot) about the future, I always thought of myself as working in some swanky fashion company. So, very recently after all these years it occurred to me that to fulfill this dream of mine I need a degree in fashion. :D
And, finally, after clearing a few tests and interviews, I got the chance to be a part of the very prestigious fashion college, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata. I am pursuing Master's in fashion management there and thoroughly enjoying every bit of it. Never in my wildest dream had I thought that I will actually be a part of NIFT and be able to make a career shift. This past year has been incredible to me, from travelling to some amazing places, to moving a step closer to my goals, I feel extremely blessed and thankful to God and my parents who have always been my support system. So, guys dream on and work hard to achieve them.

 As we all know, off-the-shoulder silhouettes are all the rage right now and very summer friendly. Personally, I love this shoulder peeping style and find it very sexy. They look flattering on every body type and come in various forms. A few easy peasy ways of styling them are:

  • You can dress an off -shoulder dress by pairing it up with heels or dress them down by adding sneakers and a backpack.
  • For a fun beach look you can wear a bardot top with shorts or skirts.
  • Whereas, people who are not so comfortable with a full bardot neckline can opt for cold shoulder tops or dresses.
  • For office goers, a structured off-shoulder top with a pencil skirt or trousers is a great way to try this trend.
  • You can go bare neck or accessorize with layers of necklace or just flaunt a statement choker for a boho-chic look.

Coming to my birthday outfit, I chose an off-shoulder dress in floral print. The dusk blue color of the dress was the first thing which caught my eyes. And the smocking pattern with the off shoulder neckline further enhanced the beauty of the dress.
 I have styled my off shoulder dress with a sleek silver choker. As the dress was pale and subtle, I thought of adding a colorful punch with pom pom shoes which I created myself using pom pom balls on a black lace up wedge heels. These colorful bunch of cuteness looks good on almost everything and I'll be very soon sharing with you all a post on how to make your own pom pom shoes. I opted for a tan fedora and tassel sling to complete the look. Also, this is my first time with purple lips and I'm totally loving it. MAC Heroine is an amazing shade and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for purple lip color. All thanks to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for making purple lipstick so popular post her red carpet appearance in Cannes. I wanted a mid-parted straight hair look, but the weather God had something else on his mind so please excuse my frizzy, wavy hair.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Monday, 25 July 2016

Power Dressing

Hello Chicas,

Gone are the days when formal wear denoted boring suits in unflattering colors. With the corporate organizations becoming more liberal with the dress code, it's time to get adventurous and experiment with what you wear to work. As the old age saying goes " Dress not for the job you have, but the one you want", dressing for success doesn't stop with the job interview. Your personal style in your workplace projects your creativity and certainly boosts up your confidence. Focusing on outward appearance may sound superficial, but let's accept the fact that turning up at work in a dull, sloppy outfit will get you nowhere. Formal clothing for women can mean many different things from pant suits to pencil skirts, we have an array of choices to pick from.

Here are a few ways to dress to impress:

  • The most obvious advice would be to wear well-fitted clothes.  Wearing clothing that is too tight is unprofessional on the other hand dressing up in an ill fit outfit might make one look sloppy. Tailoring your cloth is a great way to look sharp.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with bright colors. A statement blazer in royal blue or a red blouse, but remember to keep the other elements sober.
  • Print clash is another way to make your outfit look edgy. However, don't go overboard with it, mix and match statement with simple to work this trend.  
  • Put your best foot forward. While pumps in black or nude are a staple piece in one's wardrobe, oxfords and brogues are a great alternative to killer heels.
  • Accessorizing is the key to make office wear fun. A statement necklace or a scarf/tie is bound to make heads turn at your workplace.
  • Lastly, take extra care to wear clean and neat outfits. Tucked in shirt and wrinkle free clothing are a must at a workplace.

Coming to my outfit, I have paired a grey pencil skirt with a pastel blazer. The lace detailing at the hem of the skirt added a feminine touch to an otherwise very basic skirt. The powder blue blazer is trending right now. While black and navy blazers are a timeless and versatile piece in one's wardrobe, blazers in sugar colors like powder blue, mint, pastel pink are a refreshing alternative to don this summer. To accessorize the outfit, I traded my statement necklace for a skinny scarf, another trend from the '70s, which is very popular with the celebrities right now. I love the fact that how an accessory as simple as a scarf can take one's look to  another level. I have used a white scarf and basically knotted it around my neck in the fashion of a tie. For footwear, I opted for black Oxfords and mirror aviators. A sleek pony tail with bold red lips completed the look.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Sunday, 3 July 2016

Styling Culottes

Hello Chicas,

Cropped pants are one of the hottest trends this season, but styling them can be pretty tricky. Being a petite, I dread of anything which falls at the mid-calf area. Wearing them is one of the biggest fashion faux pas I have committed in the past which made me look short and stubby. However, after spotting them everywhere around I thought of giving it a go.

Styling Culottes

Culottes or gauchos pants are basically wide-legged cropped pants, which comes in different lengths. Despite of their awkward length, there are numerous ways to actually work around this trend. 

  • Finding the right length is the key to ace this look. While tall ladies can effortlessly work the mid calf length, petites  should stick to knee or ankle length culottes which would create an illusion of longer legs.
  • As they mostly come with a mid/high rise, the best way to style them for a pear or apple shaped figure would be pairing them up with a crop top so that it doesn't make your waist look wide. 
  • As they come in different prints and fabric they can be totally work appropriate as well. A pair of well tailored culottes with a structured blazer is sure to turn heads at your work place.
  • Tribal or Ikat print culottes can be worn with a breezy flared top for a bohemian look. You can also check out culottes in ethnic styles available in Max stores. You can add a kurta over it for a fun Indo-western look.
Lastly, the cropped hem brings attention to your footwear. So, complete the look with a pair of chunky heels or pointed pumps. 

How did I wear culottes.

Coming to my outfit, I wore a black ankle length culottes. The ribbed pattern with elasticized waist makes it a cool and comfy casual wear. I have paired it up with an orange floral top. Orange has been my favorite color since my childhood. I have an entire section of orange clothes, lipsticks and accessories. I feel orange is totally my color as it really flatters my dusky complexion. Anyway, I can go on and on about my love for orange so let's not get into that. Other than the color of the top, I loved the dramatic bell sleeves and the plunging v-neckline. A black choker and round sunnies gave the entire look a retro touch. I have accessorized the outfit with a tan backpack and chunky block heels.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal




Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A Neutral Saga

Hello Chicas,

Neutral colors continue to dominate the fashion industry after taking over the fall fashion last year. I'm personally all about wearing bright and loud colors so this time I thought of trying something different and challenged myself to create a look with neutral colors.

So, what are neutral colors?

A color can be considered as a neutral on the basis of how effectively it blends into with other colors. Neutral or universal colors comprise of black, white, grey and brown. Different tints of the above mentioned shades is also referred to as neutrals, like, ivory, cream, tan, camel. Although they may sound dull and boring to many of us, but styling them is the easiest job. Also, one cannot ignore the fact that these colors are so versatile, I mean we can just throw a pair of beige shoes on any outfit as they go with almost every color.

Why neutrals?

  • A neutral outfit can be one's go to to look. They literally go with everything and anything. 
  • One can wear them again and again, unlike other outfits in statement colors which cannot be repeated often.
  • Neutrals are versatile as you can wear them a number of times with other neutral as well as bright colors thereby creating multiple looks.
  • Neutrals are always on trend and can be worn all year round.

How to wear neutrals?

  • For someone who is not yet ready to give into this trend, they may experiment with different shades of colors like navy blue or pale pink which are also neutrals.
  • Neutrals build the foundation of our basic wardrobe. Buying basic tees or trousers in tan or military green is the best way to incorporate them in our daily wear.
  • Neutral accessories are the best investment. They go with most of the outfits and helps to achieve a sleek look. Footwear, belts and handbags in neutrals are classic buys and never go out of style.
  • One can also add a pop of color to a neutral outfit. A red blouse with a white skirt or a tamarind tote with an all black ensemble will break the otherwise monotonous look. 
  • Special attention must be given to the fit and shape. As the color is not the major focus here so, naturally the attention diverts to details like fit. An ill-fitted neutral outfit can make one look sluggish.
How did I wear neutrals?

Coming to my outfit, I chose a pleated maxi skirt in olive which has buttoned sides and an attached buckle belt to it. I was pretty happy with the color and the material of the skirt, but something which totally annoys me about maxi skirts from Forever 21 is their length. They are abnormally long, like even after wearing a pair of 5 inch heels. Anyway, being a petite I am used to this situation so got the skirt customized by a local tailor. I have paired the skirt with a peach floral print top which has a round neckline and bell sleeves. The blue floral motifs on it added a pop to the outfit. Accessory wise, I have again opted for neutral colors, a brown tassel sling and a black choker. Finally, a messy braid and coral lips completed the look.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Wednesday, 8 June 2016

It's Raining Ice-Creams

Hello Chicas,

Being a big foodie, summers have always been synonymous with ice-creams for me and that's the reason when I came across this beautiful maxi shirt dress with over all ice-cream print on it, I couldn't afford to let it go. Plus, the pastel baby blue color is such a refreshing treat for the eyes. I have been pretty much obsessed with shirt dresses these days as they are absolutely perfect for the current weather. Also, they are quite versatile as they can be styled in numerous ways. As a shirt dress is basically a longer version of shirt, one can dress it up by wearing it as a dress along with some statement accessories or dress down the look by layering it over our everyday outfit for a more casual look. They come in a variety of shape and length, thus giving one ample options to choose from.

Coming to my outfit, I have accessorized it with these really cute heart shaped sunglasses and a white box purse. For footwear, I have opted for Roman shoes which are back in vogue. A dainty charm bracelet and pink lips completed the look.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal




Thursday, 26 May 2016

Peppy Palazzos

Hello Chicas,

Come summers and we all look for clothes which are comfortable without compromising on the style quotient. One such pleasant wardrobe staple piece is palazzo pants. The relaxed silhouette from top to bottom makes ample room to move around freely. The best part about them is they compliment all body types by making a slim figure look fuller whereas a curvy shaped body leaner. The key to styling them successfully is balancing proportions. People with petite frames can opt for high waist palazzo pants, which would further elongate their legs while taller ladies can add a kurta for an Indo-Western fusion.

Coming to my outfit, I am wearing a rust orange palazzo with micro pleats on it. I have paired it up with a white cold shoulder top with bell sleeves. Accessory-wise, I have opted for an oxidized silver choker necklace. To compliment the warm earthy tones of the outfit, I have added a tan fringe bag and blush pink pumps. A floppy hat to shun away the harsh sun rays completed the look.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Slip Dress

Hello Chicas,

Today's post is about slip dress which originated during the 90's and was made famous by supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. 

Slip dresses are the so called lingerie inspired clothing which one can wear outside their bedroom. They usually come in plunging v-neckline with spaghetti straps. Lacy hems coupled with silk muslin silhouette make it look like a sensuous night wear. I opted for a casual cut out slip dress sans the lace detailing. The lime color screams summer and the vented neckline provides such a relief from hot sunny days. Slip dresses come in a variety of lengths ranging from mini to midi ones. For those who are a little apprehensive about trying out this teeny tiny dress, worry not as they can be worn in following different ways for a more reserved look:
  • Pair it up with a basic tee or a shirt underneath for a casual day look.
  • Add a pair of sneakers to tone down the sexiness of the slip dress.
  • Layer it up with a denim jacket or a long line shrug during cooler days.
  • Add a structured blazer to balance the flowy silhouette of the dress.
  • Lastly, if you have tried the above ways of wearing them, embrace them as it is and own the look.
As the dress was simple, I have styled it with some funky accessories. I have opted for two of my most loved accessories this season. One is this super cute cupcake purse in metallic pink and the other a multi-colored striped pumps. Somehow looking at them gives me a massive urge to indulge my sweet tooth in red velvet cupcakes. :D

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Sunday, 24 April 2016

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hello Chicas, 

The soaring high temperature these days makes us all wish to be clad in minimal clothing sans accessories. I came across one such feather like outfit recently while sitting at home with a tub of ice-cream and hunting for summer clothing online. It was a beautiful peasant dress with a delicate paisley detailing along the neckline and sleeves. Peasant dresses are characterized by easy flowing silhouette with a certain folksy element in the form of floral embroidery and dramatic sleeves. It's perfect for people looking for comfort without compromising on the style quotient. Coming to my outfit, the soothing white color of the dress and the airy chiffon material makes it appropriate for summers. This ethereal tunic like dress can also be worn over a pair of denim or leggings. To give the look a bohemian twist, I have added a golden floral head gear, which is nothing but a hair band worn across the forehead. I have never been a big fan of accessories and considering the current weather condition I opted for metallic tattoos, which I feel is such a great alternative to the usual ornaments. A tan fringe bag along with gladiator heels tied up the look together. 

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Thursday, 3 March 2016

Off The Shoulder

Hello Chicas,

 With the scorching heat making a comeback, it's time to shrug off the polo necklines and embrace the very sexy off the shoulder trend. From cutesy bare neck tops to a sleek one-piece, there are numerous ways to wear them. 

I chose a maroon off shoulder crop top which has a cute bow detailing near the elbow and flowy bell sleeves. A black button down skirt turned out to be a perfect match for it. The a-line pattern of the skirt looked very flattering on my pear shaped body type. Off shoulder style really elongates one's neckline and is a great way to flaunt the collarbones. One can draw the attention away from the bare neck, by opting for a statement neck-piece. I went for a chic plastic choker in black. Chunky block heels and a backpack in tan completed the look. Makeup wise, I went with maroon lips and kohled eyes. Also, came up with a last minute hairstyle with the help of my photographer, who suggested me to braid my hair sideways, but since I have uneven locks that didn't work so I just twisted it up sideways with the help of bobby pins.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tough Girl Leather

Hello Chicas,

Today's post is about the very versatile leather jacket. It's one of the classic trends which never goes out of style and is therefore a must have in one's wardrobe. Adding a leather jacket on something as plain as a basic denim and tee can elevate the entire look. One can also layer it on a bright summer dress for a perfect fall look. For the above reasons, I consider a leather jacket, a great outfit transforming piece and an asset to one's closet.

I have styled my moto leather jacket by pairing it up with a grey paneled maxi dress. The flowy pattern of the maxi dress together with the edgy biker jacket lends just the right amount of sass to my outfit. A biker jacket is a fancy variation of leather jacket which comes with zips and studs and is usually close fitted. To tie up the look together, I went for combat boots and oxblood lips.

Photo Credits: Mayank Doshi



Thursday, 28 January 2016

Laced-up in Military Green!

Hello Chicas, 

How are you all doing? I'm so glad that there is a drop in temperature here in Calcutta since I finally will be able to flaunt my winter wardrobe which I hoarded last month. 

The outfit I'm sharing today entails favorite current trends of mine, the front lace up pattern and the color of the season, military green. From runways to celebrities, the lace up trend is everywhere. The look I'm sporting today is a suede jacket in olive green shade which is on the androgynous side. I have layered it up on an edgy black shift dress. The lace up front of the dress serves as a bold statement to an otherwise basic winter ensemble. As the deep neck lace up front might be too revealing for many of us, now is the best time to embrace this elegant style by layering it up with a trench coat or a casual knit underneath. Also the lace up detailing comes in a variety of styles from leggings to crop tops to shoes (I'm planning to get hold of all of them), so one is bound to find something which will work for them. 

I have accessorized the outfit with a pair of black stilettos which is on the same lines with the criss-cross fashion of the dress and an envelope clutch in rose pink. Vampy oxblood lips and the cat eye shaped bridge sunglass elevated the bold look.

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Monday, 18 January 2016

Vintage Vibes!

Hello Chicas,

How have you all been? I started my new year with a mini vacation to Darjeeling and Gangtok. I had one heck of a time on the hills, enjoyed playing in the snow, dressed up to my heart's content, ate delicious food and last but not the least did some street shopping. I have shared a few pictures taken from my cellphone on my Instagram and Facebook account. I'm glad to have taken this break, couldn't have asked for a better start of the new year.


Coming to today's outfit, I shot this one a while back when there was no trace of winters. I fell in love with this maxi skirt, the moment I saw it. Maxi skirts are a must have in one's wardrobe as they are versatile and can be worn all year round. The maxi skirt I have worn is in a beautiful light pink shade with  pretty pleats on it which added to its flirtatious beauty. I have paired the skirt with a delicate floral embroidered lace top. The mock neckline of the cropped blouse gave a very vintage look.


As the outfit was all romantic and girly, I decided to make it edgy by accessorizing it with combat boots. Round sunglass and dainty pearl baubles added to the retro vibes. The low bun I'm sporting was very last minute and I have no idea how I did it. To complete the look, I went for a bold red pout which brightened up the entire outfit. 


Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal





Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Shirt Dress!

Hello Chicas, 

Today I'm sharing with you all the last OOTD of 2015, a denim shirt dress. A shirt dress is an elongated shirt which is worn as a dress and I find it really sexy as it gives the illusion of being dressed up without pants. :D The most amazing part of shirt dresses are that they can be worn in a million ways all year round. 

 I remember, I wanted a shirt dress real bad but couldn't find the right one. During my hunt I came across this shirt dress online, the indigo color and the light denim material made me instantly click on the buy now button. After receiving the product I wasn't really happy with the big arm holes which is actually trending right now. I personally don't believe in following trends blindly. So the dress remained somewhere stacked below a pile of clothes in my wardrobe until recently when I thought of wearing it as an outerwear beneath a mustard yellow knit. I ditched the belt, which came along with the dress as I wanted more of a laid back casual look. 

Coming to the accessorizing part, I have added a tattoo choker necklace, a very popular 90s trend which has made a comeback. Camel backpack and tan combat shoes completed the look. To break the monotonous combination of neutral colors, I wore Mac Rebel, which is a purple-fuchsia shade. Also, not to forget the most important part of the look, the fedora hat. I love collecting hats and I recently bought a beret, can't wait to flaunt it in my next blog post.

Here are a few ways on how to make the most of your shirt dress:

  • Add a few fun accessories like a scarf or a hat to pep up the look. 
  • Layer your shirt dress over a colorful sweater or a printed shirt. 
  • To combat the cold weather, add a leather jacket or a blazer over it and accessorize it with combat boots.
  • Keep it casual by pairing it with your super comfy slip on sneakers. 
  • For everyday work look, add a sleek belt to highlight your waistline. You can also pair a shorter shirt dress with leggings for a more winter appropriate look.
Photo Credits: Pranay Ghosh



Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Color Splash!

Hello Chicas,

After a long wait, winter has finally struck Calcutta and I finally got the chance to wear this woolen sweater. Orange is my favorite color and therefore I couldn't afford to let go of this sweater when I saw it online. It turned out to be a great buy, even my mother appreciated my online haul this time, which I have to tell you doesn't happen very often.

I personally love to wear colors and mixing them in contrasting shades. So in today's OOTD, I have paired the sweater with a purple skater skirt which has made a comeback on the blog. It's the best skirt I have till date, the color, fabric, everything is just amazing about it. I avoided accessorizing too much as the outfit itself is loud. My new pair of combat boots completed the look along with black round sunnies. Also, I tried different hairstyles, do let me know which one do you like the best. :)

Photo Credits: Jyotika Baijal



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Grunge Look!

Hello Chicas,

Today's OOTD is a grunge look, a style based on the music scene around 90s which saw the beginning of rock music made popular by bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam. The main idea behind the grunge fashion is an unkempt messy look created with inexpensive clothing. This style combines elements of punk mixed with working class clothing.

 Here are a few ways on how to rock the grunge look:

  • To work out a grunge look, all you need to do is revisit your wardrobe and find out those super old worn out clothes which you have discarded. You can also pay a visit to the local thrift shops in your city or go street shopping.
  • Go for ripped, super torn denims which are actually a trend now. You can also rip your own denim for a more authentic grunge look.
  • Say yes to layering. Add an old sweater or plaid shirt over a casual tee or dress or tie it around your waist. 
  • Grunge footwear mainly includes sneakers and converse. Invest in a pair of chunky combat boots which you can pair with torn stockings or colored knee high socks. 
  • Go for a messy hairdo, wear it loose, or you can even bleach it to go with the unkempt look. Makeup wise, go heavy on the eye makeup. The dark smudgy Gothic look goes best with this style. If you don't want to opt for heavy eye makeup, you can add a bold red or maroon lipstick.
  • Last but not the least, don't forget to flaunt the "I don't care" attitude which is the main message behind the grunge style. 
Coming to my outfit, I'm wearing a maxi T-shirt dress with a thigh slit. Whether it's the charcoal gray color or the Ed hardy inspired rose and skull print, the dress speaks super grunge to me. I have added a red plaid shirt around my waist to layer the outfit. Accessory wise, leather combat boots and my super exploited black back pack completed the look. I left my hair open and added a bold red lip color to elevate the grunge look.

Photo Credits: Pranay Ghosh



Thursday, 19 November 2015

Celebrity Style: Deepika Padukone - Tamasha

Hello Chicas,

Today's post is a special one as I'm doing a break-up of the look sported by my style icon and inspiration Deepika Padukone in her upcoming movie Tamasha. I'm a huge fan of Deepika, this women gives me serious style goals! She has come such a long way from a reserved girl next door kinda girl to a bold fashion diva who doesn't shy away from experimenting and trying out new trends. Whether it's a saree or a pant suit, she carries it off with equal elan. 

In the movie, Deepika is seen in a very casual chic look sporting the recent trends, from fringe bags to sneakers in neon shades. The look I have created is from the song Matargasti where she is wearing a sleeveless lip print shirt on a navy blue A-line dress with barely there make-up. I found this shirt few months back on Flipkart and the quirky lip print on it made it an obvious must have in my wardrobe. As it was my first apparel purchase from Flipkart, I was a little skeptical about the quality of the product, but it turned out to be a decent buy and I am quite happy with the fit and material.

Coming to how I recreated Deepika's look from the movie, I have added the lip print shirt on a Cami acid wash dress with a sweetheart neckline which I absolutely adore. To accessorize the outfit, I went for a sleek brown belt along with my tan fringe bag and block heels. Taking cue from Deepika, I parted my hair in the middle and wore it down. Make-up wise I went for kohled eyes and bright red lips to amp up the look.

Photo Credits: Soumya Gangopadhyay 
Do check out his blog here




Monday, 9 November 2015

Swing Dress!

Hello Chicas,

So it's that time of the year again where the weather gets super confusing. There's a nip in the air but, the moment I start layering myself up it gets hot and uncomfortable. To switch on the AC or fan, to apply a body butter or a moisturizer, to take a hot water bath or not, life is super confusing these days. 

Coming to today's OOTD, this has to be the most comfortable outfit I have ever worn. I can spend my entire day in this dress without complaining. Oversize dresses are a thing right now and it looks flattering on all body types. What makes it comfortable is the flowy silhouette which makes it apt on a hot and humid day. The dress I'm wearing is in a coral shade in an A-line pattern. The relaxed fit of the dress makes it really easy to move around and is my go to outfit on a busy day. 

I have dressed up the outfit with a golden cuff, midi rings and a minaudiere. One can dress it down for a more casual look by layering it up with a leather jacket and sneakers. I can't wait to try this look myself in winters. For a color block effect, I have added blue stilettos and sunnies to pep up the look.

Photo Credits: Soumya Gangopadhyay 
Do check out his page here