PARTY TIME: All the fashion you need!

It’s party season, ladies! Before you venture out shopping for your party outfit and accessories and get all confused, it’s best to narrow down your choices. Do you want a dress or skirt? Do you want to look edgy or retro? Or how about a tux instead?

Here are a whole range of outfits and accessories to make your party shopping easier.

Sequinned Dresses (Dresses from Bebe and French Connection)




Maxi dresses (Dresses from Guess and AND)



Lace dresses (Dresses from Giovani and Elle)



Tops (Metallic top from Calvin Klein Jeans)


Jackets (Look from Label by Ritu Kumar)


Knits (Elle and French Connection)



Red Dresses (Dresses from Limeroad, Forever New)



Party Clutches (Toniq and Aldo)



Shoes (Aldo)


Jewellery (Accessorize)



The Lingerie Guide to All Occasions by La Senza

Lingerie has been a wardrobe essential for women since centuries now, but just as we need a variety of clothes, we also need plenty of lingerie choices. Long gone is the era of the white cotton bras our grandmoms wore. There’s lingerie for every occasion and mood now, and who does it better than La Senza?

This is the (un)official guide to lingerie for all occasions, featuring all that’s new, hot and happening at La Senza.

Occasion: Office/ geeky mood

You need: A “sensible” bra with minimal print or embellishments. It could match the colour of your top- think blue, green, pink, beige, white etc. Try La Senza’s So Free balconnet bras.

Balconnet La Senza

La Senza balconnet bras

Occasion: Shopping

You need: A minimal-frills bra that can be push-up. Or not. Aka Show Off at La Senza.

La Senza lingerie

Occasion: Party time!

You need: A bra that makes you feel flirty and sexy. Try a bralet in lace with a slashed back or a corset to create sexy curves. Wear under a light jacket, blazer or translucent tee.

La Senza bralet

La Senza bralet back

La Senza party underwear

La Senza black corset

Occasion: Bed time, when you’re feeling naughty

You need: A lacy bra or a lacy corset with matching shorts, preferably in colours men love on women- black and red!

La Senza pink lace bra

La Senza lacey nightwear

Occasion: Running errands around town

You need: A comfortable option that will give you just the right amount of push, along with simple cotton underwear. Try Body Kiss.

La Senza multi-way bras

Occasion: Chilling at home, or a pyjama party with your girlfriends.

You need: A soft and comfy night suit or playsuit to remind you of your school-time sleepovers. They’re cute!

La Senza nightwear

La Senza night playsuit

On your first date. Or your hundredth (when you want to catch his attention).

You need: I have two words for you: Extreme Push-up (or rather, Hello Sugar). Don’t forget bold underwear!

La Senza pushup bras

La Senza underwear

La Senza lingerie is available at exclusive brand stores in select malls across India.

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?

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.

#MFWKND: Elle French fashion show was tres chic!

A fashion-filled weekend is what every fashionista wants, right? So this Sunday afternoon I headed to Palladium Hotel for the Elle French fashion show at Myntra Fashion Weekend (#MFWKND). Showcasing the autumn/ winter 2014 collection, the show featured four themes in their autumn/ winter collection- denim, vintage, party wear, and black and white. While I liked most of the ensembles on the ramp, I also noted some trends I’d love to try this autumn (since we don’t have much of a winter in Mumbai).

Elle French fashion wear AW 14 press kit

Fashion trends I loved from the Elle autumn/ winter 2014 collection:

Denims with knits: The light and slightly chunky knits looked great with coloured and printed jeans. I especially loved the pastel jumpers.

Black and white: This trend is quickly becoming an all-season staple now, and looked great on the ramp as prints and multi-piece ensembles. And why not? Black and white look great together! (Here’s Diana Penty in a B&W ensemble).

Diana Penty for ELLE French fashion #MFWKND

Winter blooms: Bold florals are a hark back to the past and these prints appeared on dresses and separates highlighting the vintage-themed capsule.

Elle French fashion wear AW 14

Toned-down shimmer: Party season will soon be here, but going all-out blingy may look great on the silver screen, not necessarily at our own parties. Subtle shimmer is a sophisticated way to make a statement at a party.

Party separates: I like the idea of embellished tops, skirts, jackets and shorts for parties, and not just dresses. I spotted a few such separates at the Elle fashion show and they looked chic!

Which looks would you like to try this season?

Myntra Fashion Weekend was held at Palladium Hotel, Mumbai from October 3 to 5, 2014.

LFW WF 2013: The best evening wear trends (with gif & instant style tips)

LFW WF 2013: The best evening wear trends (with gif & instant style tips)

Architecture at Amit Aggarwal
Amit Aggarwal’s dresses were beyond ordinary red carpet gowns. They were architectural wonders, sculpted and moulded in a fine manner with metal, drape, chiffon and jersey. You got to be bold to wear this look.

Instant style tip: Look for skirt and 60s inspired dresses that have a bit of buckram or tough lining that support the flare.

Amit Aggarwal at LFW WF 2013

(Taken on Nokia Lumia 820)

Gold at Vikram Phadnis
Sticking to our favourite metal (and festive colour), Vikram Phadnis’s dresses, jumpsuits and separates were rich and very wearable. Especially if you love gold too. 🙂

Instant style tip: This one’s easy enough for the bling lovers. If you aren’t one, you could always carry a sequinned clutch or pair of shoes.

[Check out the slide show below… more info after the jump!]

Bold construction at Jatin Varma
Jatin Varma combined structure with fluidity in eye-catching colours (shocking pink and cobalt blue). The nylon mesh and crochet binding on the intricate gowns were stunning!

Instant style tip: Tough to find, even tougher to wear. Best to pay a visit to the designer himself!

Fire on the ramp at Kommal Sood
Kommal Sood presented gorgeous cocktail dresses that shone bright in fiery colours. I loved the idea of orange evening wear and short capes.

Instant style tip: Mix and match sequinned pieces with luxurious separates for an offbeat red carpet look.

Dark ages at Rocky Star
Black has turned into Rocky Star’s signature statement, this time with lace, tulle, silk and velvet. Sheer was everywhere, and so was opulence. Only for the daring!

Instant style tip: This look has to be worn with stark makeup or you’ll look “incomplete”. The lips should be dark and the eyes deeply coloured.


Chic Event: Bebe’s Wheel took me for a fashion spin

Chic Event: Bebe’s Wheel took me for a fashion spin

Who needs Fortune when you got the Wheel of Fashion (and awesome clothes to go with it)? At Bebe and Strut120’s event on Friday, the cute Wheel of Fashion was the centre of attention. As I entered Bebe’s Mumbai flagship store, someone was already spinning the Wheel of Fashion. The task– put together a look from the clothes in the store that fit the theme the Wheel throws up for you.


As luck would have it, my theme was- Party All Night. (I’m not a party animal). But hey, a fashionista is supposed to put together looks in a jiffy, so I took it up as a style challenge and was happily encouraged by the Strut120 and Bebe gals.

Luckily, Bebe’s got plenty of party dresses and separates in a range of silhouettes and bling variations to keep a fashion lover busy. I loved a brocade jacket and skirt, and tried on the jacket with a gold dress. Next, I was extremely tempted to try on some corsets (I’ve never worn one before), and finally wore a black sequinned one paired with black tights that had leather-finish inserts.


I never thought I could carry off a corset given my curvy figure, but Bebe’s corset was easy to wear, looked great and fit me well though I did straps for extra support. Most importantly, it was super comfortable, and I didn’t need to suck in my stomach or hold my breath. A big thumbs-up to that!

My final look was a sequinned V-neck dress with stringy back, paired with my black heels and a black shimmery clutch.


BTW, some of the other looks on the Wheel of Fortune were Work It At Work, Date Night and Neon. There were some great fluorescent pieces in the store, and a couple of girls did a great job with the neon look! Amidst general chatter, finger food and drinks, I bumped into a couple of friends, one of whom advised me to take a fashion risk. 😉 And oh, there were cupcakes too. A sweet end to a fun stylish evening.


Chic Guide: 5 things guys need this December

Chic Guide: 5 things guys need this December

Winter jackets and coats

Trench coats are classics, wool jackets are reliable, and shiny finishes are hot right now!

Trench coat from Zara

Zara Velveteen Trench Coat

Lined Reefer jacket from La Redoute (available on


Jacket from Celio

CELIO_Purevers jacket


Party essentials

A fun evening shirt, smart blazer or coloured jeans- what are you wearing to the Christmas and New Year parties?

Shirt from Calvin Klein Jeans

CKJ- shirt

Blazer from Diesel

Diesel Blazer

Look from Rajat Tangri Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2012

Rajat Tangri- blazer

Sherwani/ Bandhgala

There are plenty  of weddings to attend this month and the next, so an embroidered or brocade sherwani is a smart fashion investment. Gentlemen will also love the classic bandhgala in a contemporary colour.

Look from Debarun Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2012

Model in Debarun LFW W/F 2012

Look from Anita Dongre

Bandhgala- Anita Dongre

Scarf/ muffler

Scarves and mufflers say a lot about you while keeping you warm. Are you Mr Safe Grey or Mr Experimental?

Decking stripes scarf from French Connection

FC Decking Stripes Scarf 1999

Scarf from United Colors of Benetton


The right shoes

There’s lot of places to go this month and the next, and you need shoes to take you there.

Hand woven shoes from RUOSH (for weddings)

RUOSH Hand woven wedding shoes. Rs 5490

Shoes from Kenneth Cole (for parties)

Kenneth Cole shoes1

Weekend Read: Secrets from shoe diaries!

Weekend Read: Secrets from shoe diaries!

Shoes go everywhere- from grocery shopping to the temple, from the client’s office to a five-star restaurant. And because they go everywhere, they see a lot of things- good, bad, exciting, boring, fun, depressing.

This post gathers the most scandalous secrets shoes are privy to, and all the stories here are from real-life experiences narrated by real girls.

Wedges: At the mall

Steve Madden MANNGO

(Above: Steve Madden Manngo wedges)

Last month, I went shopping to a nearly-deserted department store, and headed to the trial room with some clothes. Just as I entered, the changing room next to mine got occupied too. Then I heard some very strange things. A scuffle, whispers- “Please..” and “Shhh…” Then I heard kissing, panting and jean zippers, moans… you know where I’m going with this. The couple in next room everything they could possibly do in that confined space, but I didn’t manage to try on the clothes. The amorous (presumably young) couple were still at it when I left the store 15 minutes later, empty-handed!

Classic pumps: In the conference room

Steve Madden UNITYY heels

(Above: Steve Madden Unityy shoes)

Soon after starting a new job, I attended a video conference with my company’s head office with my boss and Deepa from Finance. The IT newbie was struggling to set up the equipment in the conference room, and he went off to call the right guy to help with the display. Deepa used those minutes to let off some steam, badmouthing almost everyone in Finance. She knew the CFO from an earlier job, and complained about his alleged misdemeanors in funds management, what a b**** his wife was, and what a b****** he was. Finally, when she started with the nature of their married life, we heard a voice- “Deepa, let’s discuss the next quarter’s budget now.” The HO guys had heard everything! And I was the only one in the room who knew they were on-line, but hadn’t bothered to inform them. 😉

Slip-ons/ Flats: In the college hostel

Steve Madden shoes SERENITE_BLUSH-MULT

(Above: Steve Madden Serenite flats)

My college hostel was adjacent to a huge sports ground that hosted training sessions and inter-college matches. In our second year, an athletic guy from my group decided to try for the college football team. As luck would have it, he sprained his foot just before the try-outs, and pleaded for a second chance. But the coach wouldn’t relent. We knew he was in an awful mood about that, and we all went to console him one evening. After guzzling a couple beers from the secret stash, he insisted we all step out for fresh air, leading us to the football field. He then went completely berserk. Hobbling on his one good leg to the across the ground, he reached the goal post, turned around, unzipped and peed right there! The boys cheered him on, while we girls giggled nervously. Luckily, no one spotted him or us.

Sexy heels: At a party


(Above: Steve Madden Parrty shoes)

I was at a happening party last month hosted by a close friend. Everyone was on the dance floor, letting their hair down, and enjoying the music and steady flow of alcohol. An hour into the party, my friends and I took a break, and found some chairs near the dance floor. While checking out the crowd, I noticed a young woman dancing with a guy not too far away from us. They were hugging, canoodling, kissing, the works… The woman was someone I knew slightly, so I found it strange that her husband seemed to have grown taller and broader. Then I spotted the husband at the other end of the dance floor. Confused, I looked back and forth, till I realized that this lady was making out with her husband’s friend! Meanwhile, the husband had his arms around another woman. I was more shocked than hung over next morning!

What scandalous secrets have your shoes seen or heard? Read more such secrets and share your own at Steve Madden’s Red Shoe Soiree.

Street Chic: Which car colour would you wear?

Street Chic: Which car colour would you wear?

In a fashion blog, there’s no chance for car talk. But since I love cars, I thought I’d share my love for them with a fashion twist and share them with Speaking Chic readers. Over the past year or so, I’ve spotted a lot of colour on Indian roads—from deep orange to dark blue to various hues of green. Some look great, some are urgh, and some are just wow. My question is—would you wear any of these colours?

So here are some cars in unusual colours I spotted on Mumbai roads recently. Take a look and tell me which colours are wearable and which ones are just too horrible to look at.

Weird green on Mahindra Xylo:


If there’s one colour weirder than mud green, it’s got to be this one. This green is somewhere between a pastel and a fluorescent, it looks terrible on the car, and would look worse on me!

Two shades of brown in a single look—yeah or no way? (For me—no way, Jose!)


Shiny black all over—great look for the night. (And I’m coveting the Merc too!)


Red cars are popular in India, and most Indian women wear red as a symbol of marriage. But what about maroon? I think a maroon lehenga or sari would look gorgeous on an Indian bride.


Unusual bright colours have made a recent appearance on Indian cars. The green Ford Figo has become popular (they call the colour squeeze), and so has the sunlight orange Nissan Micra (endorsed by Ranbir Kapoor).


Both cars are spunky, and bring a tinge of freshness to Indian roads. What’s more, both colours would be just right for an Indian woman’s spring/summer wardrobe, but she would need a very strong personality and careful styling to carry them off.

Art on cars: Would you sport an Ed Hardy tattoo? Or something similar? I’d never get a tattoo, period!


So which car colour would you wear?