Sheetal Mafatlal soothes your fashion woes
Glamazon industrialist Sheetal Mafatlal helps you stride forward fashionably.
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.