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We all have seen Midi skirts flooding the summer of 2015, from runways to celebrities to retail. The skirt made a come back this summer after being showcased briefly in 2012 by a few designers on the runways. The Midi has always received varied and complementing reviews from fashionistas and stylists. Some absolutely love it and some loath it. Well I belong to the first category, and i love its potential. One trend that anyone of any size and shape can wear if styled in the right way. Oh and yes..not to forget in any season. Most of us live live in cities with a brief summer season which we all love and we tend to buy a lot of summer clothes as they are super fun. But after summer goes away, it is an added stress when it comes to storing them, that is the time when you regret making all those stylish short term trendy purchases. Well I too find it hard to do the summer/winter cleaning, i have taken over several closets and still don’t find the space to keep it all in order. So now i try..yes ..only try (the temptation gives in many times)..to buy clothes that i will be able to wear both seasons. So lets see how you can style your Midi Skirt that you wore in the summer and are now thinking “lets wear it a couple of more times now..before the winter kicks in”.
Dont worry girls..keep the skirt in your winter pile of clothes..!
The varied Lengths
we have heard many say, the Midi makes your calves look chunky as it cuts you off right at the chunkiest part. Well there is no denying to that, but there are several different lengths and styles available and you can really choose what works best for you. And incase, you love the one that cuts you off in the calves..don’t worry ..even then there are ways to make it work.
The Long Midi
The Short Midi
Who said, Midi is for the ultra tall. I am petite and yet i love this trend. Girls break the norms, experiment with it and you’ll make it work. Let me give you a few tips on how can petite girls wear this trend in winter.
Match your stockings with your shoes…This solves two dilemmas ..firstly your calves don’t look as chunky anymore and secondly the monochrome adds height. One another thing you can do is, choose a pump with your stockings, i personally love the pump, the ‘V’ totally works if you’re short. Try it for yourself, wear a peep toe in one foot and a pump in the other.
Monochrome it…stocking and shoes
The Winter Hues..!
To take your midi from summer to winter, you can add winter colours in your top option or in your accessories. This totally works and takes your summer outfit to winter. You’ll always see certain typical colours ruling the winter season such as Tan, Mustard, Maroon/Ox blood, Greys, Olive green (you’ll always find tints and tones of these colours in every season forecast). Add these colours in your bag, top, coat or even your shoes. Dark lips such as berry and currant also work.
Here is how you add winter shades with your summer skirt..!
I am personally a big fan of wearing sweaters with skirts. I usually wear my summer pieces by combining them with pullover or cardigans in the winter. They really work with Midi skirts. If you’re tall, go ahead and wear your turtle necks and chunky knits and if you’re petite pick options that stick closer to your body, you can even try ribbed wearers, short cardigans and cropped sweater styles. Also tall girls, also have the option of leaving your sweater out but as for petite girls, i would suggest them tucked into your skirt. Sometimes, even adding a belt over your untucked sweater (on your waist,to add definition) can work.But hey..this is not a hard and fast rule..Have fun with it.. Its about how you pull it off.!
Wear the New Fur trend…
The winter season always brings fur back in trend. This season its the Fur clutch and fur scarf. This can instantly bring a winter feel to a not so winter outfit.See how this can work.
The Fur clutch
The Fur Scarf
The magic of layering..
You can do this in so many ways and each time you can make a piece of clothing look different. When it comes to your midi, wear with a sweater with a shirt under it or with a cardigan and a coat or even with a pullover and a blazer. But my favourite is the leather jacket. The mix of the feminine with a rugged biker jacket works well for girls who don’t like the frills and cardigans. It also adds that modern vibe to the classic midi.
Plaids and checks in winter colours and winter fabrics can also be worn with for winter midi. Add both these classics together for a great look. There are a variety of checked shirts and blazers available with badges and even beautiful gold accessories or even studs. Choose the one closest to your style and wear it with your summer skirt.
Quick and easy accessories….
Lastly…Dont forget your accessories! knew high boots, scarves and hats can all transform that summer look to a winter look. Wear your scarves in different ways or even like a turban wrapped on your head. Knee high boots are a quick way to achieve this transition, i really like the new elasticated panel knee high boots, they cling well onto your legs and avoid them from looking bulky. Even great for petite girls who wish to wear long boots.
The Knee high boots
Hats and Scarves
Girls…just remember Midi is not just for your grandma..you can wear and style it in a unique and modern way. Just enjoy experimenting with it. Until next time…toddles..!
Glamour, Power and prestige are keywords to describe the madness that i will talk about in this post.
The 60’s fascination led me to discover the drama behind MAD MEN. The strong story line about the lives of a group of advertising executives on Madison avenue alongside to depicting the changing moods and the social mores and sexual exploits of 1960’s Americas. Besides the story, the show has maintained historical authenticity and visual style, from the sets of the sterling cooper to the fashion to the social behavior of the characters.
The fashion totally caught my fancy and the beautiful vintage outfits awed me to leap into the madness of mad men. The individual style of each character in its true sense of the terms developed my fascination to dig deep into Janie Bryant’s world of costumes. The fashion has been so strong that it marked influence on fashions seen on the New York runways for Fall 2008 just after its first season in 2007.Lets go down this fashionable mad men journey and discover the style and distinct nature of each of these star personalities.
She’s a character who is trying to create the perfect façade. She spends time on what she wears, how she looks, and how she presents herself to the world.she is depicted like the real 50’s woman and the frothy frills draw the eyes straight to the bust line and the full skirts in floral prints that fall elegantly accentuating her tiny waist. she lays emphasis on her foundation pieces that gives her that epitome of perfection.We experience the housewife heaven. when noticed carefully, betty draper’s colour palette mostly comprises of cool colours like light blue, grey, beige and whites that reflect her personality.
Betty draper is as classic as gorgeous and Janie Bryant takes her character inspiration from grace Kelly whereas her motherhood instincts that are depicted in the show are inspired from her grandmother.
Betty’s style has become popular and the late 50’s and early 60’s trend as discussed before is gaining popularity. On that note, lets check out how to dress Betty Draper style.
Some key items to keep in mind while dressing betty style:
Pearls, matching handbag and shoes especially lizard or crocodile, shirtwaist dress with a full skirt, gloves, and red lipstick.
Her Perfect hour-glass shaped body is a turn on for all men on the show and that’s what her character revolves around.She’s a girl who knows her best assets, and she knows how to use them so much so that one can call her the master of the 60’s sassy look.She always presents herself as very commanding therefore her colour palette comprises of a lot of jewel tones to have that richness and strength. The silhouette revealing dresses, wrap tops that hug the body and pencil skirts make her wardrobe.
According to Janie Bryant, Joan Holloway’s style inspiration has been Sophia Loren, a little bit Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe too since they were sex icons.
When following Jane’s style when kept these elements in mind, one can never go wrong:
Jeweled toned sheaths fitted to perfection, over sized handbag with a printed scarf tied on the handle with pumps to match, and a pin necklace.
Lets check out a few examples to inspire you with the look:
There is always a serious nerdy character in every show and in this case its Peggy, she rocks the Geek look and is the perfect employee any organization would want to have. For her, it’s about her growing position in the company and so she always tries to maintain her modesty and her go getter personality. Her costumes mature with every season that reflect her growth in her career and life. Her wardrobe comprises of plaids, checks, pleated skirts and buttoned up tops that add to her orthodox school girl image. one can see the use of textured fabrics, whether it’s plaids, tweeds, checks, raw silk, or gingham. She has so many different layers that we discover over the season that Janie wanted to incorporate that side into her costumes.
In the new seasons, Peggy is also seen in suits since her position in the office became more noticeable that signifies her new-found success.
Peggy’s inspiration has been the young Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. It shows a young girl becoming a young woman.
Inspiration from Peggy’s style can be taken, just by keeping a few major tips in mind:
Wear Checks, plaids, pleats polka dots, peter pan collars, big bows at the neck and kitten heels and voila you get Peggy style.
A successful charming and powerful gentleman.The position and status makes him very popular amongst women and hence he is a bit of a womanizer. He has to be impeccably dressed all the time be it a situation with women or his powerful status at work therefore, you will see a stack of white laundered shirts always in his drawers at work. his commanding nature one can clearly see through his wardrobe which consists of well-tailored suits with classic straight point collar shirts.He is always sharp and slick in terms of his appearance and off course handsome as hell.
One can dress Don Draper style just by keeping a few elements in mind:
Tailored suits, crisp white custom dress shirts with classic straight point collars and double cuffs, fedora hats, the perfect accessories and never a slicked back hair and NO Casual Fridays..!
Get the Look, lets see how:
The “Mad Men effect” is talked about for raising the sales of everything from tortoise-shell glasses to fedoras, while the stars of the show skip from the pages of GQ to Vogue.While television shows have a history of prompting fashion trends, what’s interesting is that this time it’s men who are absorbing and replicating the style.
The style File
Janie Bryant is the star brain behind these looks and the characters, and this appreciation for her work has turned her into an author of a book called ‘The Style File’. This book is not only a ‘what to wear’ rule book but also tells us how through accessories and vintage pieces one can get inspired and use this to get our dramatic everyday personal dressing.
She has a great eye towards what vintage pieces work with todays fashion and has chic ideas on how to gradually add vintage to one’s wardrobe without breaking the bank or crossing the line into dressing like an old lady.
If you like a little talk about beautiful clothes and love the classic look of Mad Men, The Fashion File is a fun guidebook.
Besides being a regular soap opera show on television Mad Men is a great influencing factor in todays fashion. Ever since its premiere in 2007 designers, brands and stylists have been drawing inspiration from its classic and vintage style. Lets see a few designers, brands and trends that Mad Men popularized starting from 2008.
Michael Kors Fall 2008 Collection:
all buttoned up and sexy like grace Kelly was the inspiration for this collection. The grown up sexy collection includes fitted sheath dresses, pencil skirts, suits, coats, fur , the tweeds and the green vintage colour palette with the hint of modern lavender that adds freshness to the collection. A tip by Michael Kors:”You want a tip on looking hot? Wear reading glasses and a fitted dress. Simple.”
“It’s body-consciously sexy without being overtly sexual,” said costume designer Janie Bryant.
Bloomingdales 2008 Campaign:
Window displays with Mad men characters right on the third avenue in one of the biggest departmental stores of America, that must have been an achievement for Mad Men and the perfect way to create buzz before the premiere of the second season.
Perfectly timed for Father’s Day and the premiere, Bloomingdales features windows, store visuals, and a shop dedicated to the trademark smooth styles of that power-era that look so fresh again today. Bloomingdales showcased MAD MEN in 14 locations all over New york along with various in store promotions, activities and contests.
Mad Men influences lady like holiday hair trend in 2009:
Hairstylist to stars and celebs :Eva Scrivo gives her view on ladylike betty draper updo’s.
“Mad Men has influenced our aesthetic with more elegant styles – it has rekindled the desire for ladylike beauty. Putting your hair up isn’t just a way to mask a bad hair day now – it’s a way to bring back that old world sense of glamour.”
According to Scrivo, there are two simple keys to a pretty pulled-back look: height in the crown area achieved by teasing the root, and styling the strands that fall right around your face.
2010 was i think the golden period for Mad Men as the show gained wide success and the audiences around the World got hooked to the hit show.Various Magazines, Ads and commercials involved the Mad Men Characters or rather stars.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Sept 2010
Dolce & Gabbana adopted the Mad Men hair and makeup in Scarlett Johansson’s ad for fall 2010. She wears smoky eyes and blonde undone hair, somehow like Betty Draper.
Christina Hendericks (Joan Holloway) in LA Times Magazine:
New Mango Ads- Very Mad Men
Scarlett Johanson shows off her enviable hourglass figure in a printed frock that’s cinched at the waist, as well as a body-skimming and belted gray knit dress that looks like something “Mad Men” siren Joan would wear.
Vogue Mad Men inspired Photoshoot:
Vogue published a photo-shoot featuring Ewan McGregor and model Natalia Vodianova in the role of the typical 1960′s married couple, which portrayed perfectly the Betty – Don relationship.
Christina Hendricks Stars in London Fog’s Fall 2010 Ad Campaign:
Mad Men & Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton: fall 2010
Marc has jumped on the Mad Man express and echoed the ’60′s sensibility promoted by the AMC mega hit Mad Men. Marc Jacobs rocked the runway for Louis Vuitton along with the adverts and totally channeled Mad Men and everything feminine, flirty and lady-like.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Advertisement Campaign also inspired by Mad Men.
Prada Fall 2010:
The fifties and early sixties influences were obvious in this collection: cat’s eye glasses, beehives, and hourglass silhouettes will have fans of Mad Men enthralled.
Mad Mens popularity in 2011 is on the rise with season 4 coming this July. The excitement is growing and is creating buzz all over the world. Banana Republic in particular is getting ready for the new season with a big bang. Lets see how..!
Banana Republic’s collaboration with Mad Men is to teach the audiences the 60’s style.They are promoting the series via its store windows, a how-to style guide, online instructional videos, and a contest in which one customer will win a walk-on role. The retailer will launch its Mad About Style campaign and style guide, which shows readers how to dress from 9 to 5 and then for dinner at 8. “Mad Men” characters will be featured alongside Banana republic looks.
A few Images from the last Campaign:
Besides Retail, Mad Men again has been inspiration with several designer collections like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Frankie Morello etc.
The length of the skirts has been shortened a little bit and the colours have been made more powerful than those worn in that era.The accessories include leather gloves and chic classic bags must for Mad Men style.
Marc By Marc Jacobs:
The Mad Men Woman wouldn’t go for something very eccentric, therefore the collection also includes some gold leather skirt and trousers for a more business look. But these two dresses are more fitted to the typical housewife, Betty.
TSE & Trias:
These outfits from TSE and Trias fits the classic Peggy look from the beginning of the show, the naive secretary just taking her first real job in Madison Avenue. Peggy’s style has evolved in a more elegant way ever since.
Frankie says ‘The collection tells the story of a beauty salon, where women go to get pampered. Just like Betty Draper in Mad Men. We are really influenced by the 50s silhouettes – all those full skirts and little jackets.’
Mad Men in Magazines:
January Jones staring for Versace :
January Jones ( the elegant housewife Betty Draper in the show) was chosen to be Versace’s icon for the spring – summer 2011 collection. She got rid of the innocent Betty look and posed naked covered only in Versace accessories. She kept her hairstyle and makeup from the show, which makes her so feminine and sensual.
How to get the Mad Men look without spending money..??..The answer is simple, Janie Bryant loves her fan following so she will launch her new Mod QVB collection in sept.
Styled to look like vintage pieces, the 20-piece collection is jacket heavy – with a faux fur animal print jacket and matching pillbox hat, a reversible raspberry satin swing coat, boleros, and capelets.
Until Then keep waiting,watching and getting inspired with Mad Men.
Fashion in London is far from being too commercial and comfortable. The streets are runways for viewing unusual and avant garde in everyday life. The most eclectic of combinations and the most eccentric personal style are the keys for London fashion life.
The fashion can be raw and edgy like hippie, punk and grunge or be very artistic and innovative like layering.
Weather its boasting fashion trends in high street windows of top shop, New look, oasis, Debenhams, Miss Selfridges or the growing funky street wear styles, designers and eager fashionistas have taken over the city’s creative outlet.
Harvey Nicholas & Oasis (Spring 2011)
Miss Selfridges, Christmas 2010 display
Topshop Christmas Display 2010
London has some very admired and accepted designers like Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, paul smith, stella McCartney, Mathew Williamson, Mary Quant, Preen,Aquascutum etc. while others that are unconventional and still up-and-coming like Louise Goldine, Jonnathan Saunders, Gareth pugh, Aminaka Wilmont,Julien Macdonald, Danielle Scutt and many more.
Burberry Spring 2011 & Burberry Fall/winter 2011
Vivienne Westwood Spring/summer 2011 & Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2011
Paul Smith Spring/summer 2011 collections
Stella McCartney,Spring/summer 2011 & Preen Spring/summer 2011
Mathew Williamson, Spring/summer 2011 & Aquascutum fall/winter 2011
Gareth Pugh spring/summer 2011 collections
Jonnathan Saunders Fall/Winter 2011 collections
Danielle Scutt Spring/summer 2010 & Julien MacDonald spring/summer 2011
Aminaka Wilmont Collection
Besides designers for clothes, one comes across serious designers for the most minutest of things like props for shoots, accessories,blogs,retail windows etc. like Fred Butler, Alison Tod , Sussie Lau, peony Lim.
Fred Butler’s Accessories and props
Fred Butler’s headgear for lady Gaga: Telephone
Alison Tod’s Hats
Mad Haters Tea Party By Alison Tod: Edible hat
Style Bloggers: Susanna Lau & Peony Lim
The throw it on kind of an attitude well describes the quirkiness and weirdness of London streets. It’s a destination where the kitsch blends with the sophisticated british sense in just the right proportions.
On the streets of London it’s all about expression, by using the trends and style as a tool one depicts their inner self. Be it a simple Tee shirt, London is going to wear it in the most experimental way and style it to look a lot less simple. Break the rules to make an exciting concoction with stand-alone fashion pieces and trends for the London look. Wear a statement piece like a hat, necklace, distinctive shoes, unique hair Do’s,stark colours or use a lot of layering and draping to make your outfit stand out.The weather also promotes the uniqueness in fashion, it’s as unpredictable as the fashion. The concept of layering therefore works very well and London fashionistas have learnt to work with it like a charm.Mixing various prints or just random textures and fabrics like stripes, denim and fur can also get you close to witnessing the London drama.
London’s Statement Hair
Quirky Shoes on london streets
The unique Handbags
Watch the accessories on london streets
Headgears and Hats
The london Eye’s
The drama of colour on the streets
Drapes all the way
The weather’s call: Layering
London can also be classic
Stripes and checks: who said they are simple..
Mixing prints: learn it from Londoner’s
The play of Textures
The popular street style of London, also provokes street and flea shopping. Shopping at these places like Carnaby street, Portobello road, Spitalfields market can truly get you some exclusive and interesting items. And if you are the pricy kinds and high street brands or if luxury brands are your thing: choose Oxford street and Bond street or simply the Westfield shopping centre. For shopping in true london style visit Harrods, Selfridges, Debenhams or House of Fraiser. London had some excellent high street brands like Topshop, oasis, Harvey Nicholas, Jane Norman, All saints, River island, Dorothy Perkins and many more. Shopping in London can give you the simple classic style or fun and unconventional London style.
Shopping at flea markets in london
High Street Shopping in London:
Topshop & New Look
Dorothy Perkins & All Saints
If London fashion intimidates you and you are afraid of experimenting on how to put the look together, start by following the London fashion icon Kate moss and other fashion celebrities like the ones below.
Kate Moss: The fashion Icon
London the fashion capital is very individualistic in terms of style and as strange one might think it seems, it definitely turns a lot of heads around for admiration.
When we think of paris, we think haute couture, stylish women dressed head to toe in fashion trends, high heals..Moulin Rouge,ballets, musicals and operas.
Paris, it is here that fashion extends through vast history and milestones. It is the home of luxury from its magnificent palaces, elegant boulevards, and romantic neighborhoods to Parisian couturiers like Pierre Cardin, Courrege, Coco Chanel, Dior, YSL, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louboutin and many more.
Christian Dior’s style : Coco Chanel Style
Pierre Cardin, Space age style
Courreges Style : Yves Saint Laurent
The luxury doesn’t stop here, think about the Ritz, place Vendome (luxury watches and jewellery), The galeries Lafayette, Printemps,The stylish kooples, Colette and interior designer Philippe stark’s work, all scream indulgence. Even in terms of fashion, luxury is imperative. French chic is not a matter of having it all, but a matter of having the best of all that you need. Fashion is like food for the Parisian.
Shopping in Paris: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
Shopping in Paris
Paris is where true craftsmanship lies. Sophisticated, well-tailored along with best quality and accurate fits are a few respectable necessities. Parisian chic comprises of classically cut fashion worn in an unexpected, yet perfectly elegant way. There is that certain extra design twist or precise detailing that makes each piece special and adds that much needed excitement.
Parisian Chic in popular TV series: ‘Sex in the city’ & ‘Gossip Girl’
Carrie Bradshaw: Paris streets: Sex in the City
Blair Waldorf : paris streets: Gossip Girl
Paris is a melting post of influences from Haute couture to High fashion to Street style. They all are statement making in their own way. Haute couture shows by designers that are colourful and theatrical packed with drama inspired by an enormous culture of art and poetry like Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix ,Chanel,Givenchy etc. Ready to wear collections as seen by true French couturiers like Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Victor & Rolf, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Louis Vuitton, Lager, Hermes etc.
One can see these influences on the streets picked up in the form of subtle and well thought out looks.
Haute couture Looks
Chanel Couture: Fall 2011 & Givenchy Couture:Spring/summer 2011
Christian Dior Couture: spring/summer2010 & Christian Dior Couture: Spring/summer 2011
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture: Spring 2011 & Jean Paul Gaultier couture: Spring 2011
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture: Fall 2010 & Christian Lacroix Couture: Spring 2009
Street style inspired by Haute couture: The Drama on Streets of Paris
Ready to Wear collections : By French couturiers
Balenciaga: Spring/summer 2011 & Chanel: Fall/winter 2011
Christian Dior: Fall/winter 2011 & Christian Dior: Fall/winter 2011
John Galliano: Fall/winter 2011 & Lanvin: Fall/winter 2010
Louis Vuitton: Spring 2011 & Alexander McQueen: Fall/ winter 2011
Nina Ricci : Spring 2011 & Louis Vuitton: Fall 2011
Victor & Rolf : Spring 2011 & Sonia Rykiel: Spring 2011
High street fashion in paris is well stocked with the latest trends of the season. There is simply so much availability and access to the finest fashion from local sources, and from anywhere in the world, that when people do go for style, it’s rather impeccable.
Street style being about Parisian men and women dressed in clean cuts, age appropriate making casual clothing look superbly fabulous and lavish. The real sophistication comes from how they put it together.
A beautiful dress coat when worn with jeans and a simple T-shirt, along with a luxurious handbag and rich scarf to create can bring out that understated elegance of Parisian fashion.it is about starting out with the right pieces that you can mix and match to wear anywhere.Having the poise to feel elegant and yet slightly off-beat, polished and not glitzy, and self-confident to be individualistic and chic is a sign of a true Parisienne woman.
Paris Street Style: Real People in Real Parisian Style
True Parisian’s have a distinguishing factor like neutral colours (black being their favorite): making a statement with scarves ,hats and accessories (used to dress up and dress down an outfit): tights and leggings in dark colours : jeans in a slim fitted dark wash: right kind of shoes, this one being very very important: jackets and trench coats (layering due to the weather).They shoot for the best of both worlds, going for comfort but looking stylish at the same time.
So in other words ‘fashion’ and ‘France’ have almost become synonymous.
Try this style of dressing and be sure to not feel left out when on a vacation to Paris.
One of my recent journeys to london…i was just traveling in the local tube and to my surprise saw this woman wearing a kazo t- shirt.. i was amazed but actually was very happy to see someone wearing our domestic brand abroad. it was just over whelming to see our indian designing and brands to be at par with the international ones.
Indian contemporary fashion is taking a global seat….influences from all around india are being used in some way or the other in various items..like mirror work..woven fabrics like ikats now even used as a print…beadwork…also not only in traditional articles but also in interiors ..table mats..coasters..pots…accessories..etc…soo hats off to out culture and history and techniques..we are truly blessed and we should promote this indian forte.!