Fash­ion queries, solved!

Glama­zon in­dus­tri­al­ist Shee­tal Mafat­lal helps you stride for­ward fash­ion­ably.

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I fall into the small bo­som cat­e­gory and eth­nic In­dian wear al­ways makes me look flat and curve-less. What out­fits should I wear to look more curvy and volup­tuous?

Sneha Seth, Ahmed­abad

Most mod­els have a small bo­som. Look at the run­way shows of the top In­dian de­sign­ers and you will see how ad­van­ta­geous it is. You can wear ev­ery­thing with no re­stric­tions. Flow­ing anarkalis that are ac­cen­tu­ated at the waist, or even the now trend­ing long jack­ets with your midriff show­ing, would suit your body type. My all-time fa­vorite and clas­sic is the sari. This gar­ment in­stantly makes one feel fem­i­nine and adds shape to ev­ery body type. You can show your waist and midriff off by drap­ing the sari be­low your belly but­ton. The choli can have padded cups to give you a fuller bo­som. All tra­di­tional In­dian wear can have in­built pad­ding and cups that help cre­ate a more volup­tuous look.

The checks-on-checks en­sem­ble is some­thing I de­sire to wear. Please give me some styling tips on checks that pair well, the colours that can be used etc.

Roanna D’souza, Mumbai

Checks-on-checks is the new fash­ion trend that will con­tinue for at least the next two sea­sons. On the run­way, de­sign­ers have paired checks with tar­tan and flo­ral prints. If you want to be flam­boy­ant and make a fash­ion state­ment, you can do the same. Or you can cre­ate a more clas­sic look with nude/ plain ac­ces­sories. Keep­ing the ac­ces­sories neu­tral, ir­re­spec­tive of the colour of the checks, is key as this pat­tern is heavy on the eye. Nude or black wedge heels or stilet­tos with a fuss-free cross body bag looks smart with the checks style. Wear checks as per your frame; if you are pe­tite, opt for larger checks which adds an il­lu­sion of height. If you are broad, choose smaller checks as it re­duces the frame of the body. But the most im­por­tant ac­ces­sory is al­ways one – con­fi­dence!

I am fond of ath­leisure as it is very com­fort­able and easy-to-wear. I’m a mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional in a fi­nance com­pany. I wanted some tips on in­cor­po­rat­ing ath­leisure in my work wear to break out of my re­stric­tive cloth­ing pat­tern, and feel com­fort­able even when at work.

Heena Shah, Delhi

Be­ing a mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, I would sug­gest you stick to ‘power dress­ing’. But if you want to in­cor­po­rate ath­leisure, then ex­per­i­ment with stretch work pants that are com­fort­able al­beit stylish. Merg­ing ath­leisure with work wear can be done with ba­sic jeg­gings/ leg­gings teamed with a blazer or dou­ble breasted jacket, in­side which you can wear a t-shirt. High heels can make the look for­mal or train­ers (which is the cur­rent fash­ion trend) can make it in­for­mal – de­pend­ing on your work sched­ule.

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