If clothes make the man, then perhaps, accessories define the outfit. Rishika Dossa, a city-based stylist, reveals, “The first black dress designed by Coco Chanel appeared in vogue in the 1920s. A black dress is popular because it’s versatile and is a must in every girl’s wardrobe.
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In this race to stand out from everyone else, we are all yearning into caricatures or over exaggerated versions of each other which is why it’s important to accessorise it the right way.”
She is all set to give a little black dress (LBD) multiple avatars with her tools: a bunch of simple accessories.
Being partial to accessories means two things: It’s easier to update your accessories instead of your clothes with each season. And while holidaying, you are bound to travel light since you’ll be doing serious mixing-and-matching with a set number of garments.
Dressing up prints
It’s about how you pair and wear an accessory and a lot depends on your shape, size, print of your attire, and of course, the occasion.
Follow this print-accessory guide:
• Black and white prints: A monochromatic print is not at all boring. “A simple pop of colour can transform an outfit. It’s a contrast in itself and so solid colour jewellery with interesting bright shoes can make heads turn.”
• Animal prints: “There is no running away from animal prints. It can be worn anytime of the day. A tiger print t-shirt worn with skinny trousers looks great for a relaxed look, while floral accessory can definitely be teamed with it making it look very chic. But the thumb rule is no animal prints at work,” Rishika reveals.
• Bold prints: Bold and beautiful might be great attitude but Rishika is aware of the fact that a lot of the ladies get some kind of fright when it comes to wearing bold prints. “The trick is the colour combination of it. A petite person can also carry it off well. Also to keep the jewellery very simple either - let the print do the talking. A solid colour bag will add more drama to the outfit.”
• Floral prints: Stop the thinking that florals are just for fairer sex. “If it’s done right, it can look very edgy and effortless. Florals look great with anything less complicating unless it’s just a piece of accessory you put on and that’s they call it flower power.”
1. For a client meeting:
Since in the corporate world, first impressions hold value. Personal styling should be restraint. “Choice of colour makes all the difference. A simple collared shirt can be worn over the LBD with tiny jewellery — nothing loud or obvious. A trendy bag can be carried making you look professional and authoritative. Flats/heels are apt for work but nothing too high.”
2. For a night out:
Rishika feels pop colour leggings go great with a LBD and a skinny belt of the same colour. “Shoes should be kept subtle or vice versa or else you will end up looking gift wrapped. An interesting piece of jewellery looks great. A gold clutch adds drama to the outfit. A Lacy top or transparent top can be worn over the LBD giving it a complete makeover and looks new every time. You either choose the legs or the cleavage, but not both.”
3. For brunch with friends:
“It’s a very relaxed look yet makes a statement by adding a neon colour shirt pulled back with a skinny belt (not broad) making it look very trendy. An interesting headgear or neck chains looks great especially animal/insect accessories since they are very ‘in’. Flats or kitten heels complete the look. High boots is an absolute no-no.”
4. Afternoon shopping:
A well-structured, pop colour jacket/cardigan/trench over the dress goes well with a printed or classic stole/scarf. “Longer looking scarves look very casual whereas a shorter one makes it look prim and proper.
Shoes need to be kept simple and comfortable since there will be a lot of walking involved. “Since there is no serious jewellery involved, the stole can be given attention by adding a fun brooch or an innovative idea is to hang a pair of earrings to the edge of the stole.”
If you are wearing Indian
Confused when you have to dress ethnic. “I love accessorising my Anarkalis, sarees and lehengas, but I don’t want to end up looking like a Christmas tree,” tells accessory designer Anusha Lalwani.
The rule, says the designer, is never to wear more than six items at a time. “Choose your statement piece, say, a maang teeka. If you are wearing chandelier earrings, go with a line of kundan or a simple chain,” she says.
Silver and gold aren’t friends. So, if you want to wear bangles, match the metal with your neckpiece. “Keep away from arm cuffs.
Stacked bangles also look a bit much. Wear a kada, instead,” Lalwani suggests. Avoid over-matching, and always remember, less is more. “If you have a doubt about whether you are wearing too much, then you probably are,” says Lalwani.
Accessorise to suit your shape
Do: Wear sling necklaces and chains that skirt your belly. They elongate your torso
Don’t: Wear shoes with ankle straps; they slice leg length.
Do: Wear belts. You have the height to do them justice.
Don’t: Carry tiny bags. They will look comical against your big frame.
Do: Wear large, dangling earrings. They draw attention away from your chest and to your face. Hoops work well.
Don’t: Carry short strapped handbags that rest close to your bust. You will look like an inverted triangle.
Do: Wear scarves to shift focus to your upper body, and draw attention away from your hips.
Don’t: Wear low-slung belts that accentuate your hips. This will help cover your problem areas.
Pics: Nikhil Ghorpade; Stylist: Rishika Dossa; Model:Luvnita Pathak; Location Courtesy: Curve, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park