Chin Up, Beautiful: New Looks for the New Year
Comfort zones are strange places. While they make us feel all welcome and cozy, they reek of the stale stench of ‘has-beens’. Our style quotient is one such thing. Over the decades we all get comfortable with the same hairstyle, the ancient pair of blue-jeans that has seen us through many ups and downs and the accessories are screaming for change as much as you might try to recycle them. Start your 2018 with a fresh look, just like how the year promises to be.
The many Fashion Weeks are done and dusted with. Styles forecasted by them are already hitting the shops. Get involved in some serious retail therapy before the trends become passé and new ones hit the shores. Take a look.
The runways last year were replete with fifty shades of purple. Incorporate the hue in flowing dresses, formals suits and cocktail sarees. Pair with your favourite metallic shoes, add some bling with a necklace or chandelier earrings and you are good to go.
Connecting the Dots
Who doesn’t love dots? While the favourite has been white spots on black, the trend found a reverse in the fashion circles. So the background has to be light with deep coloured dots adorning it. Choose your attire. The trend works well with casual dresses, shirts with dark bottoms or even winter jackets. Wear with stilettos for an added advantage or pair with dark, suede boots to complete the look.
Ever since Priyanka Chopra wore her now-famous brown trench coat dress at the Met Gala this year, there is nothing that could have been the winter fashion mantra than yes, the Trench Coat. While Sherlock Holmes would be turning in his grave at all the avatars his signature style is getting, we cannot complain. The markets are flooded with these in various shades with new cuts. Some are embellished with pearls or gunmetal steel accessories while others even sport embroidery. Work the trench coat in your wardrobe with a figure hugging knee-length dress or wear with your favourite denims or palazzos. Honestly, it is such a winter staple, it can go with everything.
The Lob, the bob, and their cousin- the center-parted hair is not going anywhere for some time. Cut your hair short this season to keep up with the trend. Unkempt and slightly ‘lived in’ hair would work the best to up your style quotient. Side parted hair, curled at the bottom too finds a voice. Wear with the other hot trend- tassel earrings. Curls are big this coming season so pack away your straighter and get those massive curl rollers out.
Tame those tresses with ribbons which are the in-thing on the runways. Try your hand at leather, velvet or even denim bowties. There is no better time to try out Bangs. There is no girl who can’t be made to look better with this beautiful hair trend.
Make-Up Your Mind
Dark lips with underplayed eyes, eyeshadows in whacky colours of lime green, lilac, emerald and aquamarine, bare face makeup, cherry-red nails paired with smudgy eye makeup are the trends defining the New Year. Choose your time of the day carefully as some trends look better in the sunshine while others go with the deep shades of night.
Looks Put Together For You
We present you four looks that will help you tide over the party season.
- For a more formal party, wear your evening dress with high heels. Danglers, red lips and easy makeup on the eyes will go well will evenings out. Wear your hair in curls or pile it up high in a bun with side-parting.
- If New Year’s Eve is going to be spent with family or friends, then pair your winter boots with skin-tight jeans, a party top, a long necklace and blow dried hair. Dark, smoky eyes with glossy lips will work wonders with this look.
- If dresses are your thing, then wear your favourite black or red dress with knee-high boots, a grey or a black overcoat, high pony-tail and statement earrings. Carry a jeweled clutch to complete your look.
- Some of us like to flaunt our sarees. To keep up with the demands of the occasion, wear a nice silk/shiffon saree with your favourite earrings or neckpiece and carry a pashmina shawl to ward off the winter cold. Buns go best with sarees but freshly washed, brushed-till-they-shine hair also keep the look sophisticated and elegant.