7 awesome facts about Team India’s Cricket World Cup jersey

The Indian cricket team kickstarted their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign this weekend with a big win over Pakistan, and we all celebrated! 🙂 As noteworthy as Virat Kohli and the team’s great performance on the field were the distinctive team uniforms.

Nike India team jerseys

Team India’s kit is high-tech, lightweight, comfortable, and much much more. So here are some wondrous facts about the Indian team kits and why they are totally awesome. Read on and boast these facts at the next match you watch with friends (February 22 against South Africa at MCG, Melbourne).

Fact #1: The kit is custom-made

The kits are designed by Nike, official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Nike has been designing team jerseys for years now, but this kit was especially developed for Team India.

Fact #2: Each kit is sustainable

Each Team India kit (jersey and pants) is made of approximately 33 recycled plastic bottles. Sustainable = Fantabulous.

Fact #3: The design is insight-based

The Nike team designed the jersey with the help of inputs from several cricketers including ODI captain MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.

Fact #4: Different strokes for different folks

There are separate shoes for batsmen and bowlers. The batsmen’s shoes are called LunarDominate. The shoes have an enhanced grip, ultralight soft and responsive cushioning, a toe “bumper” and plush sock-like fit.

Nike Lunar Dominate shoes for Team India

Fact #5: Special shoes for bowlers

The bowlers are wearing LunarAccelerate, whose main feature is the midfoot strap that locks down the ankle and prevents forward foot slide. That strap is the unmissable “pink stripe” you see on bowlers’ shoes.

Nike Lunar Accelerate for Team India cricket

Fact #6: High-tech kits for optimum performance

The Team India jersey is truly innovative. It’s got Dri-Fit Prime Lite lightweight fabric with laser ventilation holes and breathable engineered knit to keep players dry and comfortable during the match. (Dri-FIT is a microfiber, polyester fabric that moves their perspiration to the fabric surface, where it evaporates. (And hence, we have “cooler” players on the field.)

Nike Team India 2015 world cup jersey

Fact #7: The kits are loved all over!

Tennis ace Roger Federer owns a jersey! As do other famous fans. Take a look:

Roger Federer Bleeding Blue Nike

Deepika Padukone (actor)

DEEPIKA PADUKONE_BLEEDBLUE

Vikas Khanna (chef)

VIKAS KHANNA_BLEEDBLUE Nike

Subbalaxmi (cricket player)

SUBBALAXMI_BLEEDBLUE - Nike

Go Team India!

Team India kits are available at select Nike India retail stores and on nike.com.

WINTER SPECIAL: 15-plus winter essentials & style tips for busy men

Busy, busy men. You’ve got no time to shop, confused about what to buy, or simply hate shopping? In this mini-catalogue of winter wear there are over a dozen ready-to-wear, fuss-free choices along with some handy tips. So your shopping becomes easier, quicker and stress-free.

Happy shopping!

Cardigans and sweaters

Style Tip: Stick to basic colours, but experiment with textures and detailing.

Textured full-sleeved sweater from TM Lewin

TM Lewin sweater

Multi-pocket cardigan from Arrow

Arrow cardigan

Knit with buttons from Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy cardigan

Coats & Jackets

Style Tip: Look out for fur trims- they add a luxe touch to your coat. Belts look great, but look best on leaner guys.

Parka coat with faux fur trim from Zara

Zara men's parka coat

Belted coat from French Connection

Black coat French Connection

Jackets and vests

Style Tip: Puffed and quilted styles are classic winter outerwear, but if you’re looking for trendy pieces there are lots of styles- try a layered or colour-blocked jacket.

Puffed jacket from Calvin Klein Jeans

CKJ puffed jacket

Quilted jacket from Splash

Splash quilted jacket

Dual-layered jacket from Guess

Guess winter jacket

Leather jacket

Style Tip: Plain leather jackets are so dull. Try jackets with lots of zips, pockets or varying textures.

Leather jacket from Rara Avis

Rara Avis leather jacket

Shoes

Style Tip: High-top shoes for men are super hot right now. Wear them over skinny or straight-fit jeans.

Lace-up shoes and leather boots from Clarks

Winter shoes- Clarks

 

High-top lace-up shoes from Estd 1977

Estd 1977 Black shoes

Winter accessories

Style Tip: Neutral winter accessories- patterned or plain are worthwhile investments for this winter and the next.

Hats and scarf from Aldo, gloves from River Island

Winter accessories-Men

WINTER TIME: 20-plus chic essentials for the ladies

Ahh, the lovely winter days. The mercury dips, you pile up on the layers and sip on hot chocolate. If you hate the cold weather, why not let these stylish choices perk you up? Indulge in one of these stylish knits, jackets, coats or accessories and look chic!

Knitwear- The basics

Long camel knit from Zara

Zara camel long cardigan

Round-neck sweater from Arrow

Arrow sweater for winter

Zipped white knit from Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans _womencardigan

Funky sweaters- for the teenager in you

Animal print sweater from French Connection

FCUK animal sweater

Christmas hoodie from B: Kind

B Kind hoodie

Jackets that spell C-h-i-c

Jacket from Splash

Splash winter jacket

Puffed jacket from Guess

Guess winter jacket

Statement coats- The real head-turners

Edith Wrap Coat from Forever New

Forever New- EDITH WRAP COAT

 

Greene Coat from American Swan

American Swan Greene Red Blazer

Furry styles- Faux, of course!

Animal print coat from French Connection

FCUK fur coat

Abstract print furry jacket from Guess

Guess winter fur jacket

Camouflage print fur coat from Splash

Splash- Winter special party wear- Fuzzy fur coat

Cool leather jackets- ‘Coz biker chicks rock!

Leather jacket from Calvin Klein Jeans

CKJ_women leather jacket

Boots to make your feet look sexy

Thigh-high boots from Clarks

Clarks Kendra Candy Black Leather

Fur-trim ankle-length boots from Clarks

Clark Lisette Blues Black Leater

Blue boots from Metro

Blue boots- Metro Shoes

Accessories- To complete your winter ensemble

Hats, gloves, scarves and snood from Accessorize

Winter accessories from Accessorize

SHOE STORY: A Day in Aerosoles

Like every woman on the planet, I’ve struggled with finding the right foot wear. Shoes are either too tight, too loose, too drab, too blingy. But mostly, they’re uncomfortable. And in my experience, the comfort of any pair of shoes is inversely proportional to how good-looking the shoes are. So the prettier the shoes, the less comfortable they will be. At least that’s what I thought before I got introduced to Aerosoles.

Aerosoles shoes India

Aerosoles are touted to be stylish and comfortable shoes (yep, both features in the same pair!!!). Given the dozens of shoe bites I’ve had, ill-fitting shoes I’ve worn and owned, and the horrible foot ache that shoes give me, I decided to put a pair of Aerosoles to test for its claims. The test was simple—I would wear a pair of Aerosoles for a day and blog about how my feet felt during and at the end of the day.

9 am: First impressions

These Aerosoles are a no-fuss pair with great texture and subtle metallic shine. Can’t wait to wear them. I’m already making a mental list of outfits I can pair my Aerosoles with, or where I can wear them. So far I’ve listed: shopping, errands, luncheons, meetings and parties. This covers a lot, doesn’t it?

Aerosoles shoes flats and heels

10 am: Meeting time, the first test

I slip into the shoes. First reaction: soft, natural, and great fit. Of course, that all means COMFORTABLE! But will they be just as comfy throughout the day? Too soon to say. Fingers crossed. I pair the Aerosoles with a shirt and black trousers for a meeting. The shoes go well with my formal attire and work bag.

12 noon: Shoe bite? Nah!

The meeting just got over and guess what, no shoe bites yet! The last time I wore a new pair of shoes on a Monday morning was a month ago, and I was in intense discomfort throughout the meeting and after- painful shoe bites! But in these Aerosoles I don’t even feel a slight pinch. Like I said, perhaps they were made for me? My phone buzzes, there’s a last-minute lunch plan with the ladies. I quickly rush home to change.

Comfortable Aerosoles shoes for shopping

1 pm: Lunch-time perfection

I changed into a peach light knit embroidered top (brand new!) and beige pants, but forgot to put on a matching pair of shoes, so I’m still in the Aerosoles. But as my mom points out, they look perfect with my outfit. Yay! Comfort level still high. (An aside: Little-known trivia- Aerosoles have been brought to India by Tata International. Yep, surprised me too!)

3 pm: Easy peasy driving in Aerosoles

After lunch, I’m headed to a fashion bloggers event at Infiniti Mall. It’s a long drive with some serious traffic, which can be very tough on my arms and feet. Driving in heels is usually a pain, but today I’m wearing my Aerosoles. When I get off, I feel like I wasn’t driving at all. 🙂 I guess it’s the patented diamond pattern technology with the tiny shock absorbers and the cushion comfort that have made my long drive easier.

Driving in Aerosoles shoes India

4.30 pm: No pain, no problem!

At the mall, I’m running between the store and the press conference, and again to the store, but no problem! It’s like a mini-marathon, except that my feet are cooperating despite the heel. In Aerosoles shoes, the heel rests on a platform so your calves won’t ache.

6 pm: Fresh as a daisy

I head back home after the fashion event. It’s been an action-packed day but my feet are loving the soft feel of the leather thanks to the fine fibre structure. Why can’t I have more such shoes?!

Aerosoles shoes at mall

7.30 pm: Romance in Aerosoles

The husband’s booked tickets for a play so we head to NCPA at Nariman Point. Since we’re early, he suggests we take a stroll on the Marine Drive promenade. On any other day, I would have said a firm NO on account of the shoes, but today I say “Let’s do it!” We enjoy the sunset and gentle breeze while we walk down the picturesque stretch. A truly romantic moment at the end of a super busy day, and it was possible because of the diamond flex soles in the Aerosoles.

10 pm: My feet thank me (I mean, errr… the Aerosoles)

We head home after the play and I get into into my home slippers. It occurs to me that the Aersoles were more comfy than this pair. I get into bed with my book after dinner and for a change, my feet and calves aren’t screaming in pain. Also, the leather Aerosoles don’t stink or smell. And that’s when I realize- the Aerosoles shoes are not just any pair of shoes. My feet didn’t feel them at all, these are shoes like they were meant to be made.

Aerosoles are available at select stores of Regal, Inc 5, Metro, Mochi and Westside across India. Price range from Rs 1900 to Rs 5500.

Shoes courtesy Aerosoles.

Fashion lessons from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I’ve been hooked to The Hunger Games series since I first read the books four years ago. Fashion has played a key role in the films, highlighting the contrast between the impoverished District 12 folks and the privileged Capitol dwellers. Jennifer Lawrence’s costumes (she plays Katniss Everdeen) make a significant and often startling statement about her background, her situation and her firebrand nature.

Mockingjay poster

In Mockingjay Part 1, the rebellion is gaining strength and Panem is on the brink of civil war. The costumes in the movie contribute greatly to the mood of the film and there are plenty of style inputs for everyone, if you watch closely. Here are my top fashion lessons from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Androgyny can be good.

Everyone in District 13 (where most of the action takes place) has to wear standard-issue grey shirts and pants, so the women seem devoid of curves. But there’s a pragmatic touch here. The multiple pockets add a functional element, the outfits are designed for practicality (a woman wouldn’t want to get evacuated while worrying about her flying skirt), and the high-waisted pants are flattering and comfortable. So ladies, why not give androgyny a serious shot?

Mockingjay Gael

Always, always, always personalise your look.

Personalising doesn’t always mean adding your initials to cuffs or ripping your jeans. It could mean a small detail that only you notice or a noticeable accessory. For example, the cold and calculating rebellion leader Alma Coin (played by Julianne Moore) wears her standard-issue ensemble with her top button fastened, while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) keeps it unbuttoned. Effie (Katniss’s stylist- Elizabeth Banks) is dissatisfied with the military-style clothing (she calls the outfits “jumpsuits”), but she personalizes her look with a printed turban, or by wearing long shirts as dresses. Cressida (Natalie Dormer) has a half-shaved head with a tattoo snaking down her scalp, shoulder and arm. What could be more striking than that?

Natalie Dormer Mockingjay

Effie Elizabeth Banks Mockingjay Part 1

Develop a memorable trademark look or style.

While appearances are often deceptive, they are also the most impactful. If you show consistency in your look, it reinforces your personality and your public image. For instance, while on the brink of war, President Snow speaks to the nation looking well-groomed, calm, composed, and dressed in his luxury suits. While Caesar (TV host played by Stanley Tucci) asks questions about violence with his trademark backcombed hairdo and flamboyant styling intact. People will always remember how you’ve been dressing, so even a slight deviation is likely to be noticed and can lead to confusion or doubt.

Caesar Mockingjay Part 1

Accessorizing is crucial.

Accessorizing is not just about jewellery. The Mockingjay (Jennifer Lawrence) in action is never seen without her bow and arrow, while her close friend Gael is always with his crossbow. Effie ensures she is wearing at least one of her accessories, such as hand ornaments or cuffs, while Philip Seymour Hoffman is always with a messenger bag. Whatever your tools are, trade or otherwise, you need to make them visible so people can identify your personality traits. For example, at a job interview, would you rather be seen carrying a dark leather folder or an Angry Birds file?

Film Still 1 Mockingjay Part 1

Most important: What you wear says a lot about who you are.

For Katniss, the key accessory of her exclusive outfit is the Mockingjay pin-it is what makes her the Mockingjay. President Snow’s granddaughter looks up to Katniss and so wears her hair in a plait (like her heroine), and Effie (Katniss’s stylist) feels misplaced without her grandiose wigs. So even if you don’t realize it, your “personal” statement may have a larger impact than you think. You can show your solidarity with a cause, express anger, or protest an ideology with your clothes. Think of ordinary people wearing Modi jackets or caps that state “I am Anna (Hazare)”- they are making a very strong public statement about their ideological choices. So whatever you wear, you are saying something. Choose carefully and wisely.

President Snow Mockingjay Part 1

May the odds be ever in your favour!

Parineeti Chopra’s fashion disaster in Kill Dil

I had the misfortune of watching Kill Dil over the weekend. The movie was bleh, and Parineeti Chopra’s wardrobe was a major FASHION DISASTER. Styled by Aki Narula and Poorvi Mohan, her costumes were a poorly-done job. Surprising and disappointing, since this was supposed to be her most glamourous role yet (she plays Disha, a rich girl who drives a Ferrari). #EPICFAIL. BTW, the picture below is one of the rare moments in which she has been styled well.

Parineeti Chopra Kill Dil trench

There was one thing fundamentally wrong with her costumes in Kill Dil:

Parineeti Chopra was NOT dressed for her body type and size.

Two basic fashion and on-screen styling rules were broken.

Rule No 1: Firstly, the camera adds 10 pounds and the silver screen magnifies everything 10 times. So if there’s an extra centimeter here and there, it’s going to look like several inches.

Rule No 2: Second, as every aspiring stylist knows, ALWAYS dress for your body type. If you don’t, be prepared for a debacle.

Here’s my take on what comprised Parineeti Chopra’s fashion disaster in Kill Dil, and how the stylists could have done it better.

Tight and short dresses: In the song Happy Budday, Parineeti’s arm fat was spilling out from the strapline of her dress. Yep! Quite a sore sight. Much as I hate to say it, body-hugging dresses are meant for slimmer, petite women. While dozens of fashion brands sell bodycon dresses for larger sizes, most women cannot carry them off well.

Could be replaced with: Instead of these non-flattering silhouettes, Parineeti would have looked great in a sequined sheath dress or a well-fitted bustier with slim pants (without slippage!) for party nights.

Parineeti Chopra dress in Kill Dil

Shorts and skirts with boots: The super-short shorts and mini skirts, paired with the thigh-high boots plumped up Parineeti’s calves and thighs, and that’s not a good thing. I believe girls of all sizes should wear what they want, but come on, not on the silver screen (check out Rule No 1 above).

Could be replaced with: Knee-length skirt dresses accessorised with pumps or ankle-length boots.

Tight choli, low-waist lehenga: The orange Diwali ensemble comprised a tight cropped blouse with a keyhole neckline, and a lehenga that showed way more than it should have. Parineeti’s role was of a super-rich hotshot’s daughter, not a wannabe trying too hard to look desirable. While the outfit was lovely, it was the wrong one for someone like Parineeti.

Parineeti Chopra Diwali in Kill Dil

Could be replaced with: A heavy flowy anarkali or even a gorgeous lightly embellished sari would have looked great on Parineeti. Or the look could have been more tasteful with a strategically draped dupatta.

Round neck textured knit: Textured knits look great on skinny models but just look bulky on other women (especially the top-heavy ones). While the white sweater was cute, it wasn’t right for Parineeti.

Could be replaced with: Instead, Parineeti could have worn a V-neck lightweight knit in a darker colour for a refined look.

Crop top: A midriff-baring crop top with a mini skirt for a pear-shaped girl… seriously? Parineeti’s character Disha was a high-class Delhi girl, who’d know the difference between chic and Silk from The Dirty Picture.

Parineeti Chopra in Kill Dil-  crop top

Could be replaced with: High-waisted pants or skirt instead of the mini.

Given a chance, Parineeti Chopra would have looked lovely in these looks:

  • Sharp blazers and jackets with black trousers (Parineeti wore a blazer briefly and totally rocked in it).
  • Slim fit tops with skinny jeans.
  • Delicately-printed blouses with pastel pants.
  • Straight-cut dresses with interesting detailing like contrast collars, prints or belts.

PS- The only interesting accessory Parineeti wore in the movie was this ear cuff (see picture below).

Parineeti Chopra in Kill Dil

Important note: I have nothing against Parineeti Chopra. I think she’s a talented actor—her confidence and dialogue delivery amazed me right from her debut film (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl). Like all other women, she can choose how she wants to look and what her weight/size should be. In fact, hats off to her for sticking to her “real” body weight despite Bollywood and media pressure. This blog post is not meant to offend or malign Parineeti Chopra, her friends and family, or her team, but is rather a wakeup call to the stylists who didn’t let the actor’s body shape decide the clothes (it was as if the clothes were selected for another actor and had to be forced on Parineeti). And a big thumbs-down to the director who let this happen. Also, a message to the production team from Yashraj Films—your movies are aesthetically designed, even when otherwise devoid of good content. DID NOT EXPECT this from the Yashraj banner.

All pictures courtesy: Yashrajfilms.com

5 top tips to trendy Diwali dressing

While we don’t usually put much though into our festive dressing, ethnic Indian wear is moving rapidly when it comes to designs and styles, with new trends coming every season. Here are some tips to help you wear these trends and look super-stylish this Diwali.

Tip 1: Experiment with embellishments

Embellishment sprayed all over your anarkali or sari are passé. The trend is toward embellishments on specific garments or sections of garments. This means pairing a heavy embellished dupatta from a lehenga with a simple kurta-churidar set, or heavily-sequined blouses with light saris. Embroidered borders on light saris and anarkali kurtas look great too. If you’re wearing calf-length anarkalis, opt for styles that have embellishments limited to the bodice. Also, look beyond stones or sequins—gold thread work, latkans (danglers) and shimmery thread can be great embellishments for Indian wear.

(Below: Look from Peppermint Diva and Anushree Reddy AW 14)

Peppermint Diva sari

anushree reddy look

Tip 2: Try prints for a change

We usually associate festive dressing only with embellishments, but why not explore the wonderful variety of traditional Indian prints? Block prints give a rich feel on luxurious fabrics, while leheriya saris with gota work are sureshot winners. Or try out any bandhini pieces lying in your closet, such as dupattas or saris. Of course, if you miss bling, look for pieces that have a dash of sequins or metallic embellishments.

(Below: Turi sari with gota border from Amazon, Block-printed suit set from Biba at Jabong.com)

Yellow leheriya sari with gota

Jabong Biba-Aqua-Blue-Cotton-Solid-Suit-Set

Tip 3: Mix and match

I know, mix and match as a fashion trend may be done to death recently, but it’s cool to create new looks from existing outfits. Mixing colours is easy, especially when you don’t need to match them. So pair the kurta of one outfit with the dupatta and churidar of another one. Or the gold blouse of your traditional sari with a new printed sari. Or throw a long or short jacket over your kurta. And who says you need to wear only traditional jewellery with Indian wear? Try diamond (or diamante) earrings with your ethnic outfits- you will be surprised how the fusion look works!

Below: Look from Ritu Kumar AW 2014 and Long jacket from Wrap Studio.

Yellow and orange suit by Ritu Kumar

Jacket from Wrap Studio

Tip 4: Update your accessories

You use your go-to metallic clutch all year round. This Diwali, try the batua instead (also known as a potli). They’re spacious, embellished and look great with ethnic Indian outfits, like saris and kurtas. When it comes to jewellery, you don’t need to follow the earrings-necklace-bangles routine. Instead, try on hair accessories like a maang tikka or clip, and ditch the bangles for a cuff and a simple gold-finish watch.

Below: Batua from Toniq, Jadau kada from Falguni Mehta

Toniq potli batua

Jadau kada by Falguni Mehta

Tip 5: Groom, groom, groom!

A gorgeous festive look is incomplete without the perfect makeup and hair, right? Go for fuss-free hair styles like a blow dry or iron for natural bounce and texture. As for makeup, make lip colours the focus—copper, champagne and burgundy are ideal for ethnic wear. And hey, red lip colours always work!

Bonus Tip: Always remember the basics of festive dressing (colours, fabrics, silhouettes)

Rich colours: Deep blues and greens, reds, pinks, corals, orange family. BTW, black is okay too.

Luxurious fabrics: Opt for silk and georgette over cotton and linen.

Flattering silhouettes: Anarkalis or salwar-kurtas to suit your body type, well-draped saris to create the illusion of height and curves, with thin borders for petite women.

Happy Diwali to all!

Just Jewellery: Indian accessories you need for the festive season

Diwali! The festival of lights heralds good fortune and the upcoming Great Indian Wedding Season. So when you shop this week, make it worthwhile and shop for those weddings as well.

I headed to the Just Jewellery store expecting for a one-stop shop to all jewellery needs for the season, and I wasn’t disappointed. This ethnic-inspired store has the answer to all your needs for Indian accessories to take you through the season and beyond. Located close to Mumbai’s famous Mahalakshmi temple, the store is a little haven for the ladies who love semi-precious Indian jewellery. It’s especially a hot favourite for brides-to-be and guests headed to destination weddings.

As I walked into the store, I spotted vibrant colours, quintessential Indian styles with contemporary design elements. The Just Jewellery store houses gorgeous pieces of jewellery such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, kadas, and hair accessories.

Just Jewellery store Mumbai

While entrepreneur Jasmine Shah introduced me to the collection, I took in the statement necklaces, ornate earrings and super-cute rings. Keeping in line with current trends, there was plenty of play with colour and contrasting elements. For instance, bright orange with royal blue on a ring, or a Buddha motif with a wooden panel on earrings. Each piece has been made in Jaipur, using elements conceptualized or sourced by Jasmine and Sandhya Shah from across the globe (they are a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law duo). Jasmine was delighted to share that they don’t really visit Mumbai’s famous Zaveri Bazaar for their jewellery. I guess that’s what makes them stand apart in terms of design.

Jasmine also mentioned that they have private consultations for brides or anyone else who wants jewellery tailored to their specific needs.

While most of the jewellery is completely wearable and WOW, I’ve picked some pieces and styles from Just Jewellery that you could wear for Diwali and rest of the festive season.

An eye-catching necklace

The statement necklace could be multi-tiered, beaded or studded… all you need is the pizzazz to wear it. My favourites:

Just Jewellery necklaces

Just Jewellery statement necklaces

Traditional earrings

Kundan-style earrings are really popular right now and Just Jewellery has plenty of those. What I also also loved were traditional-looking earrings (with Indian-style beads or finishing) with a modern twist, such as a print or marble-textured pieces. Check out the ones I liked:

Just Jewellery kundan earrings

Just Jewellery cool earrings

Hair accessories

Clips, maang tikkas and even hair bands add a dash of luxury to any ensemble. If you don’t believe me, try one of them and you will feel like a royal. These are the choices of hair accessories… cool, huh?

Just Jewellery hair clips

Just Jewellery hair accessory

Hand ornaments

Bracelets, kadas and rings are easy to pair with any ethnic outfit, since they don’t need to be too matchy-matchy. I’d pick at least two of each for the festive season.

Just Jewellery bangles hand ornaments

Just Jewellery ethnic Indian rings

Some of the rings and bracelets from Just Jewellery could easily double up as accessories for Indo-western and boho-Indian looks. I’d easily wear this ring with a white shirt and skinny blue jeans!

Just Jewellery Ring

What jewellery are you looking to wear this festive season?

Winter accessories: My shopping list from Accessorize

There’s lots to love in accessories this season, with the revival of earlier trends and a contemporary spin on new accessory styles and designs.

Here are my top 5 trends for the season handpicked from the Accessorize AW 2014 collection. Enjoy!

Mini day bags

Now that our work is almost entirely on our smart phones, we can celebrate with smaller handbags! Accessorize has got plenty such compact handbags in a range of winter colours. My favourite hues from the bag collection are bordeaux and forest green.

Accessorize day bag- bordeaux

Accessorize day bag- green

Backpacks

If you think backpacks are for college kids, you’ve been living on another planet this year. Cool fashion backpacks are back, and how! (Pun unintended). At Accessorize, I loved the printed backpacks! They’re cool, easy to carry and hold a lot of stuff.

Accessorize backpacks- printed

Accessorize backpacks

Delicate jewellery for layering

No more chunky jewellery, please! If you’ve seen the “arm party” happening in Bollywood movies lately (check out Deepika Padukone in Cocktail and Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat), you know you need to stack up on bracelets. Or try out multiple chains and rings- all delicate pieces, of course!

Accesorize jewellery

Accesorize jewellery tip

Scarves and hats

As the cold season comes in next month, we’ll need to stock up on winter clothes and accessories. To start with, check out these scarves and hats from Accessorize to keep you warm. I particularly like the muted scarf prints- very stylish!

Accesorize hats

Accessorize scarves

Party accessories

Accessories you need for the upcoming party season: Embellished clutch + blingy jewellery. And Accessorize has plenty of options for each, so you can take your pick. These are best worn with a shimmery little dress to turn you into a party knockout.

Accessorize clutch

Accessorize party jewellery

Accessorize party jewellery pearls

 

What is your favourite accessory from Accessorize?

 

Aldo Shoes: Looking for my #PERFECTPAIR

For the shoe freaks out there, the Aldo store at High Street Phoenix is Paradise. This shoe store’s got hundreds of beautifully crafted shoes for men and women that are top quality, durable, and of course, very stylish! I set out looking for the #PERFECTPAIR for Hubby and me. Here’s what I found.

For the dapper gentlemen

The key trends of Aldo’s fall/ winter 2014 men’s collection include subtle vintage finishes (to resemble worn leather) and colour play. The colours this season reflect winter’s earthy and warm palette for winter.

Aldo men's shoes F/W 2014 DSC09494

These are my top picks from Aldo men’s shoes:

High-top shoes: These look cool, tend to be super comfy and can be worn with most casual and smart looks. Besides, the coloured laces and contrast inserts add a very modern-day touch.Aldo men's high-top shoes

“Non-sports” sneakers: Aldo’s new styles for the season mix up textures and colours for a fun take on sneakers! Additional detailing is in the form of contrast laces and prints lining the inner area of the shoe.

Aldo sneakers

Classic formal wear with contemporary twists: As long as white collar jobs exist, formal shoes for men will be around. This Aldo collection features classic shoes with 2014 twists like conspicuous stitch detailing, distinct panels and varying types of finishes.

Aldo formal shoes

Aldo men's formal shoes

Daily wear shoes: Slip-ons and heavy shoes are perfect for indoor and outdoor activities.

Aldo mens slip-ons FW2014

Mens shoes from Aldo FW 2014

Accessories to check out: Super cool backpacks!

Aldo backpacks winter 2014

Hubby’s #PERFECTPAIR: These low-top sneakers. He says: “I can wear them all the time.”

Aldo mens sneakers

For the trendy ladies

A touch of bling, a dash of colour, mix of classic and contemporary, metallic finishing… there’s something for every shoe-obsessed girl at Aldo.

Aldo womens collection FW 2014

My top picks from Aldo women’s shoe collection:

The sneaker shoe: It will take a very edgy fashionista to carry off this pair of shoes, but this high-top style is touted to be the must-have accessory for the season.

Aldo womens sneaker shoe

Party shoes: Shine, shimmer, killer heels and matching clutches… all I now need is an LBD! And luckily, the blingy shoes are in shorter heels (even flats!) as well. So we girls can dance the night away without the discomfort.

Aldo party shoes winter 2014

Winter boots: Though I own only a single pair of boots (blame it on Mumbai’s non-existent weather), but I love them! From Aldo’s wide selection, I particularly loved the embellished ones and this pair of textured boots. Very vibrant!

Aldo winter boots

Aldo blue winter boots

Daily wear: While Aldo has some great pumps for power dressing, the slip-ons and open-toed flats are just as tempting. I liked the little animal emblem, the chain-like strap and the studded shoes.

Aldo womens shoes 2014

Aldo flats for women

The Black Shoe: A girl just can’t have enough black shoes, right?

Aldo black shoes for women

Accessories to check out: The cute day bags.

Day bags from Aldo FW 2014

My #PERFECTPAIR: Not one pair, but three… because it’s hard to choose from these gorgeous party shoes. Some serious bling, seriously killer heels. (BTW, love that clutch too!).

Aldo party shoes FW 2014

The Aldo Fall/ Winter 2014 collection is available at Aldo stores in leading malls across India, and on the Aldo online store. Prices start from Rs 2499.