Shee­tal Mafat­lal soothes your fash­ion woes

Gla­ma­zon in­dus­tri­al­ist Shee­tal Mafat­lal helps you stride for­ward fash­ion­ably.

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I’m tak­ing off on my beach­side hon­ey­moon soon and look­ing out for some new biki­nis and swim­suits. I’m a lit­tle con­cerned about choos­ing a style that com­ple­ments my pear shaped body though. Any ad­vice?

Karuna Ni­rali, Pune

The pear shaped body has a heavy bot­tom, so avoid any­thing which has lat­eral place­ments. Opt for di­ag­o­nal or ver­ti­cal stripes - no hor­i­zon­tal! - which will draw at­ten­tion away from your wide hips. Avoid biki­nis with side tie-ups or any side waist de­tail­ing. In­stead, choose monoki­nis or tank­i­nis with in­ter­est­ing neck­lines like deep plung­ing Vs, so that fo­cus is shifted to your up­per torso in­stead of the hip area. Try and stick to one shade in a dark pal­ette as the mono­tone will help you de­fine your body frame bet­ter.

I’m 40 and my wardrobe is dom­i­nated by sim­ple out­fits in dark, earthy tones. My chil­dren, how­ever, insist that I change my look. How do I go about this?

Sak­shi Nan­doskar, Mum­bai

There’s noth­ing wrong in adapt­ing to a new style with­out com­pro­mis­ing on your sig­na­ture appeal. Don’t fall into a vi­cious cir­cle of seiz­ing trends. Stick to your orig­i­nal taste of earthy tones which beau­ti­fully blends with fresh greens or cool shades of blue. Think of com­bi­na­tions like mint green and brown, ap­ple green and coco, or even olive green with deep ma­hogany. Bur­gundy and am­ber blend very well too. To give your wardrobe a truly fresh feel, opt for slight ac­cents with prints or metal­lic trim­mings. And yes, don’t forget to have fun with ac­ces­sories.

I’m a fash­ion dis­as­ter and find it dif­fi­cult to put to­gether even the sim­plest of looks. Please sug­gest a few ba­sic style point­ers so that I can avoid mak­ing a fash­ion faux pas. Fa­tima Sheikh, Delhi

Un­der­stand­ing your body type and what com­ple­ments your skin tone is the first step. You can’t go wrong with a pair of clas­sic, well-fit­ted jeans teamed with a crisp white shirt or a wrap­around jer­sey dress. In­vest in a time­less shift dress, a turtle­neck sweater, a polo T-shirt, a pair of khaki car­gos, a well-tai­lored grey suit and a neu­tral trench coat. Keep it sim­ple and min­i­mal, and re­mem­ber, the clas­sics will never let you down.

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