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Friday, May 7, 2010

My two cents...

I look at some old pictures and cringe at a mistake I made; could be my hair or the wrong clothes or the wrong color or bad choice of make up and often wish someone had given me tips on what suits me. Anyway, over a period of time, I have learnt some quick-fix thingies or tricks that may help other women like me and I would like to share my 'fashion wisdom' and be that 'someone'!

I am a classic dresser and don't really update my wardrobe with every change in fashion or season.I am not a manic follower but believe in looking smart & presentable or cheerful & fun, depending on the occasion! You are blessed with features that you have no control over but I think anyone can look good if they wear the right clothes/accessories that best suits them! If it does not suit me, no matter how trendy it is, I do not buy or wear it.
1. If you have a broad structure or broad shoulders like I do, refrain from horizontal stripes! They end up making you look broader than you actually are...So stick to buying horizontal stripes for the MEN in your life!

2. Avoid kajal if you have small eyes. They make your eyes appear smaller. A thin line with an eyeliner helps define your eyes. Or you can draw a line from the corner of the eye to the middle of the eye as seen in the picture! It makes your eyes look bigger...
I remember staring at my mom apply Gala eyeliner as if she was dipping a brush into a magic potion and insisting on applying it on my eyes. My mom would humour me on some days and I would keep my eyes closed for a long time lest it gets smudged! Amma and her younger sister would treasure the rare Gala eyeliners they would need to get from abroad, in those days!

Now, I don't think I prefer Gala coz its shiny and does not have a natural matte texture to it!

3. If you are short or have short legs or simply someone who wants to look taller, wearing long garments make you look taller. The length of the garment adds length to you as well. ( By God's grace, I am blessed with good height, yet I wear clothes in such a way that it highlights my height...cheap thrills!!)

4. Adding a waist coat to a plain top adds a lot of sophisticated fun element to a garment. Don't wear chunky jewellery along with it. We want to highlight only one element in the entire ensemble! A waistcoat camouflages any flaws in the midriff area...( My signature style to work on Mondays!)

5. Chunky jewellery looks great on most people and needs to be combined with plain dark clothes. You just need to experiment and be bold and try some new things. After all, normal can be boring some times! The jewellery makes a 'statement' with plain garments. If you are wearing prints, stick to a thin chain or no jewellery at all. ( I have an interesting collection of chunky, colorful jewellery and thin dainty stuff too...in a big box! I hope to pass it on to someone later on who will value it as much as I do when I am pushing daisies someday! ) Its my biggest treasure, sort of a hobby and means a lot to me!

6. Low-waisted jeans make you look slimmer. They apparently split the midriff and create an illusion of a waist! I guess it works coz the explanation sounds kind of logical, eh?

7. Experiment with colors. Wearing dark and bright colors not only brightens your day but also highlights your vibrant personality. Of course, as we all know, black is a slimming color and I tend to look at only black when I go shopping like a horse with blinders! I am banned from buying any more black-colored clothes at home! I am trying to wear pastels and summery colors that is considered feminine ;-). I experiment quite a bit, to the extent that I have saffron colored cargo pants!! :)

8. You can add a touch of color to an otherwise bland outfit by wearing an interesting belt, chunky bracelets or interesting beads. Often, I have seen really old women wear garish makeup or over-the-top accessories that looks downright cheap. Its vital that you dress age-appropriately. Too much bling or studded belts only look good on college girls or very young girls. Definitely not MY style :)

Most importantly, I think its very important to feel comfortable with who you are and your body type. It is definitely important to stay fit and be healthy but sometimes it becomes an obsession. You often feel disappointed with yourself mostly on account of unreasonable expectations from yourself more than anything else. There are certain things that look good ONLY on petite women and vice versa! Learn to accept and enjoy who you are....If you have the confidence to carry a particular outfit/accessory or style...then just go ahead and wear it. Don't think too much about what others may say or comment...it does'nt matter!

Enjoy all the attention and your confident stride as you take on the world!! :)

17 comments:

chickoo said...

The fashionista speaks

Vasu said...

Unfortunately, I am broad, and have many striped T shirts. Great post, but a few years late in my life :(

Cheers!
Vasu

Pretty Woman said...

Chickoo,

he he..yeah right!

Pretty Woman said...

Vasu,

Its good for men to be broad and muscular, right? So you are on the right track with striped T-shirts....looks like you did'nt read the post carefully! I said horizontal stripes are good for men, NOT women!

Vintage Obsession said...

i am a make up virgin so this totally helped :-)
love the vest and the skirt look , nice :)

Pretty Woman said...

VO,

Thank you :)...am glad it helped... ;)
Nice of you to stop by...

Maria said...

Good work, Janani. :) wish you wouldn't crop ur head off from every pic.. it's almost cruel!

Pretty Woman said...

Maria,

Thanks a ton! Ha ha ha...I cut out my pics for privacy reasons....:)

Vibhuti said...

Hey Fashionista, very informative, helpful tips..Indeed you have great observation too!
keep more coming..Hugs
My Raisondetre has migrated to a new blogspot again..Terribly sorry for the inconvenience..:(
Do visit http://kreativevibes.blogspot.com/

Pretty Woman said...

vibs,

thanks babe....arre why do you keep changing ur blog addresses?

SR said...

Hi PW...

Great tips.. love it..:)

Pretty Woman said...

Shruths,

Thank you :) glad if it helped...:)

Vidya said...

I LOVE this post,especially about the colors. There is always one splash of color in my outfit nearly every day and my most favorite color is red, blue and green! (Tee hee, I can't choose!)

Great post, girlfriend!

Vidya

Pretty Woman said...

Vidya,

thank you girlie :)...hey those are my favorite colors too - to be specific lime green. I do remember reading about the compliments you get on ur blog too!

TimikaE俞萍_Harkey偉昀 said...

may the blessing be always with you!!........................................

lipstick said...

that was good!

Pretty Woman said...

Thanks Kirthi :)