Fash Savvy

Gla­ma­zon in­dus­tri­al­ist Shee­tal Mafat­lal helps you stride for­ward fash­ion­ably.

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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.

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