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

My favourite winter fashion trends from Guess

Guess is synonymous with music, grunge and rock ‘n’ roll. This American label’s line-up of denim and casual wear is understated, chic and edgy season after season.

For AW 2014 Guess has given their own grungy twist to hot international trends for men and women. At my visit to the store, I found it hard to choose a favourite trend or outfit, because there was so much to choose from. Here are my top picks of the trends you need to check out at Guess, and style tips on how to wear them.

New collection Guess AW14

Prints, prints, prints

You can never have too many graphic print tees, so check out the cowboy prints for girls and the outdoor travel prints for the guys. Besides these, winter florals on crop tops, dresses and tops bloom in the Guess collection (pun intended), while men have a choice of paisleys and abstract patterns, with updated check shirts.

Guess AW 14 prints florals tees

Guess Mens prints checks graphic tees paisley

Style tip for women: Don graphic printed tees with your favourite jeans and a backpack for college-y cool.

Style tip for men: If you’ve never experimented with printed shirts before, this is your chance. Play it safe with a small print, paired with a basic pair of jeans.

All-new winter wear

I love the idea of experimenting with personal style in winter (sadly, Mumbai doesn’t have one). I love the versatility of the denim shirt I saw at Guess, which I paired with a Guess tshirt and later with a knit dress. For the guys, there are plenty more options- light and heavy jackets along with chunky knits in classic winter colours.

Guess womens jackets

Guess winter wear for men

Style tip for women: Denim jackets are great for almost any look, so keep one handy at all times!

Style tip for men: A textured knit or jacket with lots of zip, button and pocket detailing is a great buy this season. Throw it on over a tee and swagger!

It’s party time

Slim fit shirts + straight fit jeans = Party wear for guys.

Embellished tops / dresses + fun detailing (like fringes) = Party wear for girls.

It’s all there at Guess, and that’s where you go when you want to rock the party this winter. Plus, sexy mini skirts and feminine dresses are always a great party option.

Guess womens party trends

Guess party trends for men

Style tip for women: Girls, you can rock a party in jeans and edgy tops. Choose a funky print or embellished top (like the one in this picture), strap on killer heels, apply red lip colour and let your hair down!

Style tip for men: Look classy- throw on a cool jacket or sharp blazer over jeans for a smart look.

Denim (as always)

The Power Skinny is Guess’s answer to super skinny for the ladies, and these jeans look great. Of course, being a casual wear brand the store had plenty of options in each cut and wash. I found the Power Curvy option suited me quite well.

Guess womens denims

Guess jeans for men

Style tip for women: Darker washes are great for evening wear and make your legs look slimmer. Look out for metallic finishes, and complete the look with a thin belt.

Style tip for men: Men, watch out for the Regular Boot style- this trend is on the rise.

What trend are you going to wear from Guess AW 14 collection?

Chic Poll: Will you ever buy a fake designer bag?


Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Specification mandate value for attribute async in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></scrip in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : attributes construct error in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></scrip in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Couldn't find end of Start Tag script line 5 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></scrip in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: head line 3 and script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 49: parser error : Specification mandate value for attribute async in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 49: parser error : attributes construct error in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 49: parser error : Couldn't find end of Start Tag script line 49 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 49: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: html line 2 and script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ript type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 51: parser error : Extra content at the end of the document in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="Vb-nO0TU1JmhUxrqIO0VI06y5UbGraDa6 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 17

Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 144

The other day I decided to do a random fake-designer-bag test. So I showed a picture of typical Bottega Veneta handbag (one with their trademark weave) to a colleague and asked her if women in the local train carried that bag. “Ohhh, almost all of them have this!” she replied.

Bottege Veneta tote Louis Vuitton handbag

I don’t have much to say about this ugly (and unfortunate) trend of carrying fake designer handbags, but here goes anyway:

Fakes have been around since ages, but it’s only now that I see almost every other person toting such a piece.

I’m not sure why so many more Indian women are now carrying fake Louis Vuittons, Guccis, Fendis, Burberrys and Bottega Venetas, but I suspect it’s a lot to do with the desire to be part of the so-called cool and hep crowd. Louis Vuitton fakes have become so common that not a single day goes by without me spotting at least one. (To be fair, a number of women aren’t aware of these brands per se, they just know that it’s some popular design of some phoren brand).

My stand on fake designer bags is pretty clear—I would be pretty uncomfy buying one. It’s not the real thing, and it’s kinda sad that anyone would want to buy one. Yes, designer bags are gorgeous and make you feel classy, sexy and powerful. And yep, most of us can’t afford those bags without making a serious dent in our bank balance. The heart wants what the heart wants, right?

But ladies, ladies, ladies—don’t you think by opting to buy such a bag you may be err… kinda kidding yourself about who you really are? There’s nothing to be ashamed about shopping at Mango or Guess or other similar brands. It’s what you make of your fashion budget—with a good eye for bargains and trends, you can get some great bags. The best part of our 21st century consumerist society is that there are plenty of fabulous and chic bags, purses and clutches out there to suit all budgets.

And then think of the thrill when you save up for months for an awesome bag and you finally buy it with your hard-earned money. Nothing is more powerful than that feeling!

So yeah, I’d rather buy a high street (read affordable) accessory or dress with my head held high than fake it out.

What do you have to say about this? Would or do you buy fake designer bags? Or will you never buy one?

Come on, take our poll. We won’t judge you for it—and hey, you’re anonymous. Dying to know what you think.

Chic summer trend: The bold and the bright

If you’re bold and you love colours, the next few months are the right time to make hay while the sun shines (pun intended!). Bright colours are a hot high-street trend this summer, and we show you how to wear them.

Solids

Take your pick of an eye-catching tshirt or tank top: choose from pink, orange, green and red. Want to turn heads? Pair two bold colours (top and skirt or tee and pants) and walk with attitude.

Below (left to right): Blouse from French Connection, orange tee from Zara, red skinny trousers from Zara.

French Connection blouseZara orange tee Zara skinny trousers

Mixed

Tone down the boldness by choosing a garment that cleverly mixed a bright colour with a neutral (especially white) or other colours. The amount of colour will decide the boldness levels.

Below: Top from Mango, Shirt dress from French Connection.

Mango yellow and white top French Connection red and white shirt dress

Accessorise!

Got mostly neutrals and soft shades in your wardobe? Or going from office to dinner? Give your style an instant summer update with a large bag, belt, scarf or shoes.

Below (left to right and bottom): Shoe from Catwalk, orange peeptoe from Tresmode, bag from Guess.

 

Catwalk blue shoe Tresmode orange sandalGuess bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you wearing bright colours this summer?

Chic summer trend: The bold and the bright

If you’re bold and you love colours, the next few months are the right time to make hay while the sun shines (pun intended!). Bright colours are a hot high-street trend this summer, and we show you how to wear them.

Solids

Take your pick of an eye-catching tshirt or tank top: choose from pink, orange, green and red. Want to turn heads? Pair two bold colours (top and skirt or tee and pants) and walk with attitude.

Below (left to right): Blouse from French Connection, orange tee from Zara, red skinny trousers from Zara.

French Connection blouseZara orange tee Zara skinny trousers

Mixed

Tone down the boldness by choosing a garment that cleverly mixed a bright colour with a neutral (especially white) or other colours. The amount of colour will decide the boldness levels.

Below: Top from Mango, Shirt dress from French Connection.

Mango yellow and white top French Connection red and white shirt dress

Accessorise!

Got mostly neutrals and soft shades in your wardobe? Or going from office to dinner? Give your style an instant summer update with a large bag, belt, scarf or shoes.

Below (left to right and bottom): Shoe from Catwalk, orange peeptoe from Tresmode, bag from Guess.

 

Catwalk blue shoe Tresmode orange sandalGuess bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you wearing bright colours this summer?