Glamazon industrialist Sheetal Mafatlal helps you stride forward fashionably.
Sheetal Mafatlal solves your fashion worries
Hi Sheetal, I just love your elegant-meets-sexy style! I’m 24, 5’2” with quite a pretty face and a pear shaped body. Currently, I’m a li’l plump but am working on maintaining a diet ‘n’ exercise regime. Please tell me how I too can dress like you – graceful, sophisticated yet smokin’ hot!
Smriti Sen, Kolkata
Thank you for your kind compliments. Every body type has a plus and a minus. And it’s great to know that you are following a diet and fitness regime. It’s always important to dress for your body type, so you can emphasis the plus and camouflage the negative. In your case, I would emphasize the waist and deemphasize the lower body to create a balanced appearance. Wear jackets, tops, dresses and anarkalis that are fitted and clinched on the waist. Show off your shoulders and cleavage. High heels are a must - not because they add height, but because they help balance your silhouette. If not comfortable in stilettos, opt for a thicker heel with platform.
I’m 46 and heavy on the thighs. My 17-year-old daughter feels I dress “too aunty”. My general daily work wear is dark coloured trousers and printed or self-coloured tops. Keeping my fashion staple intact, what can I add to my regular dressing that’ll make me look less behenji? Rose D’costa, Mumbai You are not a behenji! You are just a working mom on-the-go who has no time to look into the nittygritties of fashion, and kudos to you for that! Please start with saluting yourself for all your achievements.
Now dressing for work need not be in trousers and tops, change things around by dressing in elegant saris or Lucknowi kurtas and palazzos. You will be amazed as to how comfortable Indian dressing is and just elevates the look a few notches. Focus on details like taking time out for a manicure, adding a bindi to your look, wearing small and easy-to-wear jewellery and accessories on a daily basis. In westerns, take to the currently trending flowy pleated skirts; they are a fashion must-have and also super chic. Mid to ankle-length skirts will hide your thighs whilst giving you a trendy, fashionable look.
The festive season gives me nightmares!! My family is party hearty and I keep wearing saris and salwar
kameezes for the unending nights of revelry. But I’m fed up of dressing this way year after year. I like western wear and would love to combine it with the traditional look I sport during this season. Any suggestions?
Miara Mehra, Delhi
Yes, the festive season is hectic but just embrace it, enjoy it and revel in it. Now fusion dressing is at its peak and is so simple to piece together, not to mention, the added comfort factor! Mirrored crop tops, which can be worn as blouses for saris, are a great must-have in your wardrobe. Pair them with wide-legged pants and flowy jackets, and you have a fusion look that will turn heads. Capes and kaftans worn with narrow cut or straight-laced ankle pants are amazing for all those dinner parties. Always have staple gold and silver shoes, and accessories to mix and match your looks. Also, style your hair to give your appearance that extra edge.