Fashion queries, solved!
Glamazon industrialist Sheetal Mafatlal helps you stride forward fashionably.
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.