Big sunglasses: not so chic?


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Everyone has an opinion on fashion, including guys. Two brave and smart guys two Speaking Chic readers, both guys. Both are techies, both recently back from the US, and both wrote in separately to Speaking Chic. Both had the same complaint—women (and men) in oversized sunglasses.

Yes, we girls love those. But the guys hate them just as much. Mumbai-based Chandresh’s litany of complaints about sunglasses started with him seeking a good pair in the US. “The first time I tried the cool Ray-Ban Aviators, they turned out so big for my face, I could fit both my eyes in one lens.” And then begins his story of woe. “Few years back, I remember watching Paris Hilton wearing big sunglasses covering half her face. I figured she was just trying to get attention with such stupid glasses… And the next thing I see? Girls wearing glasses that have been carved out of their bedroom windows.”

Meanwhile, Satish opines that the big sunglasses hides the wearer’s beauty. The Hyderabad techie says, “These glasses look really funny when worn even by beautiful women. They hide their beauty, and all time and effort they spend to get their eyes to sparkle goes in vain.”

Good point, Satish. FYI, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is known to never step out without her large sunglasses:

 

So what’s in store for the future of sunglasses? The guys are optimistic. “Perhaps time will heal everything including bad taste,” says Chandresh.

And Satish wrote: “Whether men we (men) like it or not, women wear what they like, and some of them end up looking funny!”

Point taken, gentlemen. But will the ladies listen? Take our poll and tell us what you think!

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Chic Leggings: Going graphic

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I see graphic t-shirts everywhere I go. Girls wearing them, their moms wearing them, on the racks (including at Zara recently), in window displays… And then I came across a pair of graphic-printed leggings, at a high street store abroad. They were certainly eye-catching, though I found them a bit daring for me. I didn’t think I had the panache and confidence to carry it off.

Then I saw Sonam Kapoor sporting a similar pair in a recent interview. Yes, the same Sonam Kapoor who wore badly-fitted anarkali-churidar not too long ago. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), she carried off the graphic tights really well. Paired with a long black tee, it was a deadly combo that elongated Sonam’s super long legs. Check out the TV grab below and don’t miss Sonam’s bejewelled clutch.

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Needless to say, I’m giving these tights a second thought, but I think I’ll wear them only when I’m on TV. 😉 Would you wear graphic-print leggings? Tell us!

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Summer Eeeks: Black Boots

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There are fashion rules, and then there are some more. There are some that are meant to be broken, and some that are so sacrosanct that the rule-breaker should immediately be cuffed by the fashion police.

So who’s the felon here? It was a 30-odd-year-old woman at a doctor’s clinic a recent afternoon who stunned me with her stupid summer sartorial choice: red tee, blue jeans, the brown monogrammed LV bag you see at every corner (they’re now an eyesore, Mr. Jacobs), and, the worst of all— black boots!

I sneakily took a picture of the offending booties. Here they are:

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But that visit to the doctor’s wasn’t a complete loss after all. For the woman next to me wore the ideal summer footwear: comfy and casual slip-on wedges with floral straps.

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What are your fashion rules for summer? Drop in a comment!

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Street Chic: Simple style with LV

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Speaking Chic kicks off a new feature: Street Chic! In this feature, we’re going to hunt for great looks and outfits worn by people we spot at restaurants, theatres, malls and the streets, of course.

We bumped into Kanika at a hotel and were immediately taken in by her little LV! She chose her brand-new bag to be the centrepiece of her look and keep it muted with her knotted blouse and skinny Esprit jeans.

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Besides the eye-catching bag (colour not so great in the photo), we liked her other accessory– her criss-cross strappy high heels. They’re a great take on the gladiator style that’s so popular these days.

What do you think of Kanika’s understated chic look? Tell us!

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