Monday, 12 March 2018

Plus Size Fashion | Casual Chic


I’ve never worked in the corporate sector. My previous jobs – as a fashion designer, stylist and bridal consultant and now as a blogger and writer – have always been in the private space. None of my previous jobs ever had a dress code. However, since I worked in the fashion space I was always expected to dress well.
Plus Size Tops
Nowadays the line between formal and informal dressing is blurring with people mixing both up. Most professions don’t have strict dress codes like they did before. One can wear a pair of jeans with a crisp jacket for meeting or a trendy t-shirt with a pencil skirt. The healthy mix of formal and informal pairing has created a new work-wear dress code that is both, chic and comfortable. 
How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
The key to smart casual work wear look is finding the right balance between formal and semi-formal or informal pieces. There needs to be that one piece that will balance the whole look. 
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My current job as a blogger/influencer and writer gives me the freedom to dress up in a more relaxed manner. I am not obligated to follow a dress code. However, that doesn’t mean I show up for events or meeting in track pants and a gym tee. Depending on the occasion I have the liberty to pick and choose what I can wear.
Tops And Pants For Plus Size Women
As much as I love wearing dresses, pants are often a more convenient choice for a day on the go. And since I reside in a city that is permanently hot and humid layering can sometimes be cumbersome. Very often I just opt for a top and pants. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Amydus
I spend a good amount of my times in meetings and I like to dress in a comfortable manner but at the same time look professional. For that reason, I have invested in a few pair of well fitted pants and tops. These pieces can easily be mixed and matched as well as layered up depending on the occasion.
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For a chic causal work wear look I have paired Amydus violet polka dot top with navy blue pants. To add some contrast to the look I decided to pair it with a funky and colourful folder and and finished the look with black brogues. The final look is casually comfortable but at the same time polished and professional too.
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Amydus Polka Dot Top | Amydus Pants | Very Moda Brogues | India Circus Folder  | Lush Rose Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow  

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Poised, Professional and Plus Size


I’m the first woman in my family who has worked outside the house. My mother, her mother and her mother, never did that. I’m not the only one. Lakhs of Indian women from my generation happen to also be the first time working women. Women who have chosen to have a career and empower themselves with financial independence. With a wide array of career options now available, women are taking over. From corporate boardrooms to the political arena and from directing a movie to launching a space shuttle, Indian women are making their presence felt everywhere. And it is only fair she is dressed perfectly for her dream job.
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 How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
Indian fashion magazines and websites have done endless articles on work wear dressing. Articles telling Indian women what they should wear to look poised, professional and polished at the office. However, most of these articles favour western work-wear dressing and very often ignore Indian work wear dressing. With a large number of Indian women still preferring kurti and leggings and sarees over tops and pants/skirts and dresses, it is absolutely necessary the Indian working woman should have clothes in Indian silhouettes that are chic and work wear friendly. 
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Kurtis For Plus Size Women
Kurti, often referred to as tunic, in varying lengths is one of the most preferred Indian garment women wear to the office. For starters, the silhouette of the classic straight kurti is very comfortable and it can be paired with different types of bottoms. Most importantly, the silhouette of the classic side slit kurti complements all Indian body types making it a wardrobe staple for most Indian women. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Amydus
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A lot of my readers have been asking me to create an Indian work wear look. I finally decided to that. Instead of opting for a regular kurta, I choose this lace detail Amydus kurti. The two things I love about it: First, the colour. Navy works for both day and night. Second, the lace detailing. It adds an element of sexy without being in your face.  
When it came to choosing a bottom to pair with the kurti I decided to skip the run of the mill churidar leggings and pants/jeans and instead opted for a printed palazzo. Since it was a look for the office, I decided to keep the the accessories to the bare minimum and only added a colour pop bag to enhance the overall look.
While both the kirti and palazzo are fluid silhouettes, their fluidity balanced each other out well. 
How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
Kurtis For Plus Size Women
Amydus Lace Detail Kurti | Westside Printed Palazzo | Charles & Keith Sandals | Coach Bag | Kate Spade Watch | Cherry Bite Lakme Absolute Lip Pouts Matte Masaba Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow
Not only does this look work for the office but you can comfortably wear this post office hour too. It is one of those minimum fuss, AM PM friendly looks that can be worn to a number of functions and occasions. 


Photography by Shreyas Hegde

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Plus Size Fashion | Sorbet Stripes

For years, the fashion industry world over has confined plus size women inside a very small box that limits her sartorial choices to the bare minimum and depriving her the joys of fashion.
Not anymore! As the saying goes, rules are meant to be broken, and it’s about time we break all those antiquated plus size style rules that are just begging to be demolished.

Some of the most debated and discussed plus size fashion questions are: Should plus size women wear stripes? What kind? Should they only wear vertical ones and avoid horizontal ones? Should the stripes be thin or thick? And so on.
Here’s the thing – plus size women can and should wear stripes. And yes, they can wear all types of stripes. However, just like any trend, it’s is very important to select a style that fits your body type best. 
Plus Size Stripe Dress
I’ve been wanting to experiment with stripes and Afamado’s pastel stripe cold shoulder dress offered me the perfect opportunity.  The sorbet-flavoured colour palette instantly caught my eye.
How To Style Plus Size Stripes
I loved the clever juxtaposing of horizontal and vertical stripes. The empire waist line balances the the stripes in a way that the horizontal and vertical stripes complement each other. The overall dress is well-designed keeping plus size women of different sizes and shapes in mind.
Dresses For Plus Size Women
Another thing I loved about this dress is, it is very versatile. It is one of those dresses that can easily transform from day to night wear with minimum fuss and effort. Plus, the dress on its own is so striking, it requires very little accessorising. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Afamado
Instead of paring the dress with a solid colour bag, I decided to do a print mix look and pair it with a floral tote and clutch.
For a day look I decided to pair the dress with a floral tote and add a necklace to it.
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For the night look, I swapped the tote with a floral clutch, and replaced the necklace with gold statement earrings and palm cuff. With just the simple changes the love can go from day chic to night glam. 
Plus Size Stripe Dress
I’ve always worn stripes, but I have been a tad apprehensive about wearing horizontal stripes as well as mixing stripes. This dress completely changed that for me. Whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal, I have no qualms about wearing stripes or mixing them up. 
How To Style Plus Size Stripes
The key to acing the stripe trend is by finding the right stripe proprotion for your body type. This is applicable for both straight and plus size bodies. Once you figured out the right stripe proportion for your body type and shape, the rest will fall into place.
Dresses For Plus Size Women

Afamado Pastel Stripe Dress | Ted Baker Tote & Clutch | Van Heusen Wedges | Accessorize Necklace | Kate Spade Watch | Bubble Pink Lakme Absolute Lip Pouts Matte Masaba Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Oriflame Eyeshadow | Maybelline Mascara 
I've said this before and I will say it again - fashion rules for plus size, curvy and fat women are nothing but a way to control their bodies and keep them out of the mainstream fashion narrative. 
To all my dear plus size, curvy and fat sisters, please don't let these ridiculous, sizeist rules stop you for experimenting with fashion and taking sartorial risk. Wear what you like, how you like, and when you like. Life is too short to follow rules that are discriminatory towards you.
Photography by Shreyas Hegde

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