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Style Yourself..VINTAGE..!


“Each skirt, blouse, necklace, or humble shoe said something – certain pieces screamed, and others whispered seductively, but no matter, she experienced each item’s expression keenly, and she loved this world.Every article suggested an image, a life, a kind of woman, and she felt drawn to them.” This is an image of a woman who adores her materialistic possessions: UNIQUE, TIMELESS AND VINTAGE.

How often you cribbed when your mother gave you her old clothing from her young days and expected you to wear it.??

How you made a face and stacked them in some corner of your closet thinking ‘ how boring and out of style’ are these clothes. But think again, for many these old, boring clothes might be a “ collectors item”.

You must have heard the quote “old is gold” : and for a classic item like a LBD, many would also say “you can never be under dressed or over dressed in a little black dress”. So girls think again, all handed over and passed on clothing might not be too bad. You can always wear it even now and flaunt it as vintage fashion.

Famous people and their unique LBD's

Women all over the world spend million of dollars to buy these passed on old clothes and this habit of possessing old clothing has opened a new genre into the fashion world called ‘vintage clothing’.

 ‘But what exactly is Vintage Clothing’..????….Well the answer is quite simple….

Vintage is clothing, that is atleast 25 years old.

Now you would wonder, why would someone want to wear old clothing, which are out of trend?

Wearing vintage provides an opportunity to sport beautifully crafted clothes that are individualistic and are a unique piece of history. The best part being you stand out in prints and silhouettes that are no longer made these days. It is not about trends therefore, it has a long lasting appeal.

Another Question that comes to our minds is..Why Vintage came up and became so popular..??

Yesteryear’s classic items going through a modern day revival set place for old to be appreciated. For example the timeless chanel suit, the classic Audrey Hepburn lbd, the 40’s dior look with the peplum silhouette, all these are indeed items that never go out of style and these can be passed on from one generation to another and be worn without any tweaking.

The Chanel Suit & The New look by Dior

 But in todays world, where making a statement and dressing unique is the trend, all these vintage clothes need is a little bit of your own style and a personal touch.

 “Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

It is also these vintage influences from the past that you see in today’s fashion trends. For examples the 40’s being in vogue or a mix of 60’s and 70’s . Year after year, its these influences that build the fashion for our generation.

Sixties inspiration in todays times

So in other words we all wear modern contemporary vintage clothes. And wearing vintage does not always have to be expensive, just some vintage inspired can also do the trick. Many brands these days, like free people, Modcloth, Ruche sell imitation vintage clothes.

You don’t have to wear vintage from top to bottom, you can definitely pair it up with your modern finds and make a modern day style statement.

Vintage dressing has also made popular by various celebrities like kate moss and sienna miller and stylists like Rachel zoe, these women have influenced fashion philosophies of various other women. Every year on the catwalks, you see vintage inspired or brands that have devoted their life to everything vintage.This is because, the love for vintage is growing and so are its followers.

Many brands and magazines, year after year choose Vintage as their inspiration. And every year they manage to style Vintage in an interesting way. Here is one of the shoots I styled keeping the Vintage theme in mind for the Gloria Magazine.

Another Advertisement shot by luxury brand Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few have used Vintage as inspiration recently.

Vintage inspired street style is also gaining popularity. Lets talk about a few tips and tricks on Styling Yourself Vintage..!

How to do vintage:

Vintage finds could range from plaid woolen blazers, loafers, crochet and brocade jackets, flapper dresses and so on so fourth. You can always add your own quirk to these pieces.

For example, a classic black cocktail dress worn with a nice sharp blazer paired with contrasting heels or a beautiful silk vintage blouse worn with leather high waist shorts or palazzo pants and incase of a chanel tweed skirt surely try breaking it with a short biker jacket.

And incase you want to be vintage inspired, combine classic hand crafted elements like crochet, delicate lace, detailed embroidery , tweed, ruffles and puffed sleeves, luxurious fabrics like silk and velvets and other classic silhouettes like pencil skirts, long straight coats etc.


Do’s & Don’ts of Vintage:

  1. There is a way to wear vintage and a way for vintage to wear you. Remember to keep your personal style in mind. Don’t make vintage a costume, wear it piece by piece and let the emphasis remain.
  2. Use the stylish celebrities of the past eras to inspire your look. Take a look back at Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. They were always glamorous and chic.
  3. It doesn’t matter what other people think. Finding the perfect vintage piece for your style is all about you. Go with what you love.

Accessorizing your vintage:

Go loud. Large Statement necklace, gold broach or chandelier earings, they all can make your vintage clothes shine. Hats are another way of going back a few centuries. This is also an opportunity to wear a feminine dress or floral blouse. And if you have chosen one of those big fancy vintage hats, make sure to keep the rest simple. Pair it up, with a nice blazer, skinny jeans and knee high can also Style yourself vintage, with sunglasses. Choose a unique pair and make it center stage (avoid heavy eye makeup) but if want that extra classiness, a red stained lip can be perfect. It adds a retro/pin up inspired look.

During old times, these clothes represented  the elegance, craftsmanship and the glamour but now people appreciate them because their interest in contemporary design.

Collecting and buying vintage fashion can be a great way of investing money. Its like property (but for fashion lovers), that one would buy and get double returns later.

Today’s Contemporary designers are being inspired by the fashion archives and are taking full advantage of this obsession by translating long forgotten designs into modern pieces and resurrecting dormant fashion houses.

Today’s new is tomorrow’s history, therefore if one can classify items that will have that vintage eminence in the future, you can really invest in the right kind of clothing and own a few futures’ collectibles.

Vintage is all about embracing your personal style in things of own and pieces you love, rather than being dictated by the current runway trends. So girls, get started and embrace Vintage.


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Get Inspired: Japanese Street style

Around the world, designers, stylists and magazines dictate fashion but there is a place, where these important people act only as catalysts to the fashion scenario.

The destination being JAPAN, where fashion is purely led by the youth and by what they wear.

Be UNIQUE, Stand OUT, Make NOISE, and be YOURSELF… being their motto.

The only place where the youth sells fashion and act as stylists and marketers. The trendy fashion conscious teenagers who are admired for their style work as salesgirls to promote brands and their own style statement and sometimes they even end up designing for these stores. Without any formal degree in design and fashion these teenagers must surely be really talented.

Shoppers and Stylists at shops in Harajuku

According to me, fashion in Japan is quite pictographic; there is so much symbolism, expression and rebellion. What’s more unique is the fact that there are magazines for everything, from fashion in various districts to manga and anime, magazines for working women in various age groups to magazines for hairstylists and makeup artists and even for various fashion cultures and their sub cultures.

Biteki-working women: 20-30 years:Brand Joy-Info,well established brands:Curl- beauty & hair

Cazi Cazi-street fashion in kansai area:Choki Choki-hairstyle for men : Cosmode-Cosplay Mag

Japanese fashion to a layman might just be about kimono’s and the wooden geta sandals or the obi belt but what we don’t know is that it’s big on the street fashion scene. Street fashion as a category started from japan and ventured into different parts of the world. In the 1990’s,Youngsters on the streets of japan in shibuya and harajuku areas of tokyo marked a change in the way the youth were dressing. Out of all the same old uniform styles, an identity crises for individualism came about and the youth didn’t want to wear the clothes that everyone was wearing just because they were branded or in vogue. Therefore, they customized outfits by adopting a mixture of traditional and international current trends. The unique part of this street style being that these clothes were that they not available in any store rather they are suited to the wearer’s creativity and style. Therefore, each style and trend got divided into various sub categories as per the wearers experimenting capability. Like Lolita fashion was divided into ‘punk lolita’, ‘gothic lolita’, ‘sweet lolita’ and so on.

 customized, self crafted fashion

Even now such fashion is generally combined with handmade, secondhand and alternative designer fashion in an innovative ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) approach to dressing.

 Do-It-Yourself Style

In general the Japanese street style is eclectic. The Tokyoites would wear prints, plaids, leopard spots, ruffles, lace and Fair Isle knits, all topped with voluminous scarves, lots of fur trimmings or lots of accessories. The quirkier the better is their catch phrase, from clothes to headgears: with looks ranging from oversize earmuffs to a miniature pillbox or ‘kawaii’ hairbands and clips.

Eclectic Layering with volume, plaids, color,prints and texture

Talking about ‘kawaii’ let me describe this in more detail, Kawaii means “cute” or “pretty this plays an important role in Japanese culture, entertainment, food, clothing, toys, fashion and behavior. Kawaii fashion generally relates to someone wearing clothing that appears to be made for young children or clothes that accentuates the cuteness of the individual wearing the clothing.

'Kawaii' Fashion

For example, the ‘hello kitty’ that is really popular on clothing and accessories, be it teenage girls or adult women, this ‘kawaii’ character is seen all over the streets. It’s a bit like the short-lived ’80s nostalgia fad that hit North America recently, when girls were sporting My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake t-shirts.

 To accentuate this style, one can take the help of the ‘decora’ trend. Lots of layering and colorful accessories define decora. The accessories include plastic and furry toys and jewelry and more jewelry and more jewelry. The more the better is the key!

'Decora' Fashion

This is not the end to sweet things in japan, lets not forget the ‘fairy kei’ and ‘dolly kei’. There are lots of combinations of the pastel colors, or pink and red, pink and white and pink and black, with pink being the most abundant. Fairy style is being supported by an adult woman who prefers lovely items. The pioneer of fairy style is fashion producer Sebastian Masudea who opened the fairy cloth shop “6% DOKI DOKI” in 1996. He is coordinating everything by himself from the make up of shop clerks to exterior and interior according to his themes, which are “sensational and lovely”, “not only cute but also happy” and “feeling of unreality”.

'Fairy Kei' Fashion: A Photoshoot

6% Doki Doki: The famous Fairy Kei Store

Doki Doki: on Seattle Tv : From their travels of 2011

‘Dolly kei’ on the other hand,is one of Japan’s newer styles but unlike some of their trends its very earthy.It has a feel of medieval Celt and Russia, folksy garments which are antique centric.It takes inspiration from antique (and slightly spooky) dolls and movies such as Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.Its full of florals, furs and dark colours. Its cute in a fairy-tale kind of way reminiscent of a Russian doll.This style began when now infamous shop ‘Grimoire’ was opened.The Japanese are a well-known nature focused nation with Shinto and a belief in spirits therefore,this style  combines the gothic side of loligoth with the nature vibe of mori kei (forest girl).

Shop: Grimoire in shibuya,Tokyo

With all this and so much more, japan is a destination for inspiration and an amazing pool of art and craft. If this has excited you, there is more coming about in my next blog…soo keep reading know more about japan and its fashion and its subcultures..!


Rippled all the way

Summer of 2011 brought us closer to new fun trend i.e. pleated skirts.Lets see the pleated trend forecast.

What inspired me  to research and write about this trend is a shoot that i came across in Marie Claire India. The beauty and elegance,the nude colours just took me to a fantasy world and my stylist brain urged to experiment and create more looks with this trend.

Look created by me for styling services at Select Citywalk:

Nude Pleated skirt: Mango
Coral top:Forever New

Pleats are flooding all over be it runway,celebrities or streets.Pleats are available in all colours, lengths and styles.Lets go deep in this rippled pleat world and help you discover your favorite kind of pleated skirt.

The Most famous kind of pleat this season is the knife pleat and the sunray pleats.Knife pleats are single pleats that all go in the same direction; sunray pleats are knife pleats that are cut to start smaller and get wider towards the bottom, creating a flared-out effect.

knife pleats seen at Christopher Kane show

Another most popular one being the Accordion pleat. This is the one being used on most of the maxi and mid length skirts.

Accordion Pleat skirt at Zara

The Maxi  is the length for the season,be it dresses or skirts, so don’t be afraid to stock up as they are likely to remain in trend for a while. For a statement piece, invest in a pleated maxi skirt in a sheer fabric..well yes combine the two trends together for that ultra romantic ethereal look.This is a trend that has early 20th century influences and a sense of elegance, or a contrasting sense of 70’s glamour.Choose lightweight fabrics like silk tulle, crepe,Georgette and chiffon and swish your skirt and have fun.

If you like it short and stiff, choose box pleats. The schoolgirl looking skirt is ideal with long boots or long socks.

Eva Mendes in a Stella McCartney box pleat skirt

Make your pleated skirts look distinctive by contrasting it with denim, leather,blazers or even jersey it  down or just a little bit of shimmer and spunk to dress it up.

I have picked items and created some looks for all the fashionistas out there who want to wear 
this trend with panache.

look 1:

This look centers around the Nude skirt and a special focus to the summer. Incorporating two main trends i.e. floral and nudes you can style your pleated skirt and walk around town. An addition to the look is the white summer blazer for the cool evening breeze or for those fashionistas who would love to travel with this look.

FOCUS: How to wear a blazer with your pleated skirt

Look 2:

PLeated skirts look great when worn with something rugged like denim, it breaks the feminity and works well for those women who are fans of androgynous dressing. Here, i have given options of the various denim silhouettes as well as three different accessory options. one can pick as per your style and personality.For those who like it simple wear the skirt with a classic denim shirt or jacket and for the ones who like it different try the skirt with cropped jackets or waistcoats.

FOCUS: How to wear Denim and pleats

Look 3:

This theme focuses on the giraffe print skirt and how one can wear the same skirt both in the day as well as night. Just by changing the accessories and the jacket you can walk out wearing the same skirt.For the day, i have used nude colours keeping summer in mind along with sweet floral scent and peach makeup shades to balance the harsh colour and print of the skirt. For the night, I have edged the look by using patent leather, studs and sequins along with the dark smoky palette for the eyes.

FOCUS: How to wear  your pleated in leather & military style

Look 4:

Fur frenzied..fur is another big trend for fall/winter 2011. wear the two big trends together in a subdued winter palette of brown, mustard and grey. These four different looks are individualistic in their own way.

In the first look is an ordinary striped  T-shirt (by now everyone must be possessing heaps) is used with a sheer pleated skirt and a white tie waist fur jacket that adds character to the look.

The second look is for those who like bling and shorter skirts. When the gold shimmer skirt is used with the fur vest and print, it an interesting element.

The third look is with a simple denim shirt .it is quite casual in itself but when used with fur and a silk pleated skirt, it looks over the top and innovative.

The fourth look is a short silk pleated skirt paired with a cream blouse and a fur vest. The look is quite achievable and tested for the non risk takers.

FOCUS: How to wear Fur with pleated skirts

Look 5:

Bohemian is my favorite look so i have created five looks with pleated skirts keeping a few boho elements.The floral prints, fringes, peasant blouses,feathers are all boho ingredients, when combined with pleated skirts they add a whole new flavor.The right kind of accessories like belt, shoes, bags and jewelry add to the look.

FOCUS:How to wear the boho trend with pleated skirts.

Other ways of wearing a pleated skirt

Color Blocking:

Pretty in pink with textures

Loose and dropped




Urban city chic

Casual T-shirt Day

Soo enjoy the ripples all through summer and winter, don’t be afraid to experiment..just follow a few looks created above and add your personal style for individuality. Hope it helps…

( For the items used in the look boards, view me on polyvore by clicking on the logo in the right side bar)

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