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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to be able to build a brand new wardrobe at the beginning of every new season, but fear not! Purva Indulkar & Katha Nauriyal tell you how to style your summer staples and rehash them for the winter

Blair Waldorf never repeats an outfit, but most of us don’t have her credit card, so as much as we’d like to, we can’t follow her fashion rules! Even the most fashion conscious have to mix and match their outfits once in a while. And, considering that the holidays just ended, you’re probably a little broke too. During the Junuary crunch, splurging on for coats and stylish gloves hardly seems wise. But, sacrificing on style isn’t an option either. Designer Geetika Makharia of the label Chique, tells us, “Even though winter is here, don’t put away your floral or geometric print dresses and tops. Teaming them with boots and jackets will completely change the look and make you ready for the winter! You can also turn your dress into a skirt just by wearing a nice cardigan or a jacket over it.” We take five items that every girl in Mumbai is bound to have in their wardrobe and suggest alternative ways to style them when the weather is nippy.

Shirt dresses
These comfortably stylish picks are available in different styles and prints and can be worn all day without any hassle. But, during winter they are the perfect accompaniment for over-the-knee styles! Wear glamorous knee-length boots or socks with loud prints to bring out playfulness of your outfit.

“The best way to style summer clothing for winter is by layering. It not only keeps you warm, you will also be right on trend. Start with a spaghetti or tank top, wear your favourite strappy cotton-print top over it and layer this with a cardigan. Alternatively, you can wear a deep-neck, long sleeve T-shirt over your tank top and put on a vest-like shrug. For a more ethnic look, wear a fitted kurta and layer it with an open-buttoned flared kurta and wrap your dupatta loosely around your neck,” says designer Anika Churiwala.

Summer dresses
We love summer dresses — and we’re definitely not giving them up this season! But, as tempting as they seem to step into, these outfits, with their spaghetti straps and flowy material, are not the best choice for winter. Pair them with oversized sweaters or rugged sweatshirts to complete a dressed-up or dressed-down look.

Floral print
This go-to print has been used (and overused) on the fashion circuit for decades, but there are still innumerable ways to rock it. If you have a range of dresses in different floral prints, pair them with jackets. Our favourite look is pairing a rugged leather jacket with a cute floral dress. These combinations look the best if the dress has lace or frills, or is made of chiffon. You can also add a denim jacket or a structured blazer to the mix.

Strappy sandals
This versatile footwear can be worn with a formal outfit for a polished look, or can make casual clothes look a little more put together. But, sandals can be tricky to style. Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, has warned against wearing socks with sandals. So, how do you stay warm and protect your feet from cracked heels? Colourful tights of course! Wearing berry tights under neutral-toned pencil skirts or yellow tights under loud and busy prints, will add a pop of colour to your outfit.

Crop tops
2015 was the year of crop tops, with everyone from celebrities to colleagues sporting them. And, if predictions are anything to go by, they will be huge in 2016 as well. So, don’t get rid of yours just yet! Simply pair them with high-waist jeans (not leggings please!) and throw on a knitted cardigan to keep yourself warm.

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