Sunday, 16 August 2015

Breaking Plus Size Fashion Rules

I am a strong believer of dressing according to your body type, but I vehemently oppose any rules that restrict women of any size from dressing the way she wants to.
For those who do not know, there is a huge difference between body type and body size.
 Body type is your body's basic structure, often described as apple, pear or hourglass.
 Body size is the current shape of your body, like small, medium or large.
Body size can fluctuate but body type rarely changes.

When I was younger, I was petrified of fashion trends, because I was what Indian society fondly calls a ‘chubby girl’.
Ironically, this was around the same time I was applying to fashion schools.
To make matters worse, every magazine and fashion related option piece categorically chose to ignore women of my stature and all they could offer me was a list of fashion no-nos! 
Back then you were either thin or fat and the concept of plus size had still not arrived in India. 
You can’t wear this, you can’t flaunt your that and so on, till I had convinced myself that the only outfit well suited for me was baggy t-shirts and black track pants or loose jeans.

Honestly, for the longest time, I have been guilty of letting these so called ‘fat girl fashion rules’ control what I wear and how I wear it.
However, over the course of time I have managed to figure my body out, learnt to accept it the way it is and work with my assets. 
The one thing I have learnt during my journey is, all these plus size fashion rules and no-nos are just another way to make plus size women feel uncomfortable about their bodies since they don’t fit into the standard norm of beauty.

Ladies, it is time to break these plus size fashion rules, ditch our inhibitions and embrace fashion in all its glory!
Once you start experimenting with fashion, there is a whole new world of possibilities out there for you. And instead of fearing fashion you are bound to fall in love with it.

Old Rule: Black is your only friend!
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New Rule: For the longest time I covered myself up in all things black hoping it would make me look a little less round. Big mistake!
While black is known for its slimming qualities (not always though), it is just too absurd to make it the sole colour of your wardrobe! 
The real trick to wearing bright colours is to select a fit and silhouette that complements your body type. Once you have figured out what works for you, you too can totally rock a bright and bold colour block look like your favourite fashionista.

Old Rule: Layering is not for the like of you.
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New Rule: This rule is usually accompanied by, “more clothes will add more bulk”.
Since I believed this to be true, I made it my life’s mission to avoid wearing more clothes than need be and deprived myself the joy of layering.
When I finally found the guts to give layering a try (happened in 2015 for the first time) I finally realised what a foolish rule this is.
For starters, layering does not add bulk, it is the fabric of the garment that does. So anyone who layers two thick fabrics together is going to look bigger than their normal size. 
The key to acing a layered look is by selecting the right fabric and silhouette for the look. Once you figure this out, there are limitless styles in which you can layer your look.
If layered with correct fabric and silhouette, the final look can be aesthetically appealing and figure flattering.

Old Rule: Mixing prints and patterns is so not your thing!
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New Rule: There was a time where plus size women were discouraged from wearing too much print and suggested to opt for the smallest pattern possible. God forbid the print should draw attention to our “flaws and imperfections”.
While many plus size women prefer to keep a safe distance from bold and dramatic prints, most of then completely avoid pattern mixing of any kind.
Honestly, print mix is not an easy trend to pull off, but by no means is it impossible. 
The trick is to find balancing prints. Prints that complement each other in shape, design or colour as well as are flattering to your body type. Just in the case of colour blocking, it all comes down to the fit and silhouette of the garments. Once you got all these factors aligned, you’re all set to flaunt an eye catching print mix look just like your fave street style goddess.

Old Rule: Go Loose or Go Home!
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Marks & Spencer Top | AND Jeans | Zara Necklace | Forever 21 Flat Sandals 
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New Rule: Since I can remember curvy and plus size women have been made to believe that fitted clothes are their biggest nemesis and will draw unwanted attention to every bump and lump they so desperately want to hide. The best way to take all that attention away is by covering yourself up in loose, oversized and ill-fitted clothes. 
This is one of those unspoken rule that has been passed down from generation to generation without really being question. 
But here’s the biggest paradox- Trying to cover your curves and fuller figure with loose and shapeless silhouettes will not only make you look bigger than your normal size, it will also hide all your assets.
Instead of trying to cover up, opt for something that fits you well and shows off your curves without clinging to them uncomfortably. This way you end up looking the exact size that you are and not a shapeless entity!
Honestly, there is no shame in having a fuller figure, or wanting to flaunt those curves off.

Most of the times I prefer to play it by the rules but when it comes to fashion I suggest go and break some rules! I don't think it's fair for women of a certain size to feel fashion is not for them. I have always believed fashion is for women of all shapes and size. You just have to find your own style and be comfortable in it.

Till then, tra-la,
Amena!!
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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Colour Fusion

Of late I have been trying to step out of my personal comfort zone and try out new things. Since 2015 started I have only read book by authors I have never read before, experimented with my writing style and decided to put my inhibitions aside and finally give personal style blogging a serious try.
Must admit, so far, so good! 
I owe this self-growth to my almost 4 years of fashion blogging. In many ways, I have learnt to accept the new and adapt to change thanks to my journey as a fashion blogger.  
The nature of the job is such; it requires you to step into uncharted waters for your own progress. Sometimes it can be tricky, most of the times it is rewarding.

Staying true to the spirit of trying out new things, I recently got acquainted with Trendin.com 
Everything from corporate attire to casual outfits to Indian ensembles is available under one roof. 
Trendin is a fashion lover's paradise.
Being plus size I don’t always get my size easily on most Indian e-commerce sites. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find some really good pieces in my size. While the western section had limited plus size options, the Indian and fusion section did not disappoint.

My love for layering is one of my major personal style evolution & achievement that is the direct result of blogging. 
Ever since I started layering clothes, I have been constantly experimenting with new ways of doing so. 

For my first look, I decided to layer two kurtas together- A classic fit, teal Rang Manch kurta with a bright yellow high-low hem, button front Rang Manch kurta. 
Opting to take a sartorial risk, I chose to style the yellow kurta in this manner so that it takes the form of a cape style jacket and gives the otherwise humble kurta an interesting contemporary spin. 

Completed this bright and colourful look with a pair of beige Van Heusen wedges and gold earrings.

Along with layering, I love styling vibrant colours. I decided to style both the looks in contrasting colours, so that the final result is an eye catching colour block look.

The second look is less street style and more everyday wear friendly. 
Swapping the long yellow kurta with a cropped multi colour printed Akkriti jacket.
With just a silhouette and colour change, the traditional pairing of kurta and pants gets an interesting fusion touch that ups it style quotient by many notches.

Featuring: TRENDIN.COM
Pantaloons (Rang Manch) Teal Kurta | Pantaloons (Rang Manch) Yellow High Low Kurta | Van Heusen Beige Wedges | Pantaloons (Akkriti) Multicoloured Jacket | Marks & Spencer Coloured Pants (Similar Here) | Accessorize Tote (Similar Here)| Accessorize Studded Clutch | Pavers England Black Pumps (Similar Here) | Youshine Earrings (Look 1) | Accessorize Earrings (Look 2) | L’Oréal Paris L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick Rose Symphony (Look 1) | MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass (Look 2) | L’Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Lancome Hypnose Mascara | Za Two-Way Foundation 

Along with being experimental, both the looks are plus size flattering too. The layering doesn’t add any bulk and the final look is sophisticated and chic.


My overall experience with Trendin.com has been an extremely delightful one. From transaction to delivery everything was smooth sailing. I received my order in less than 24 hours of ordering. That was very impressive. 
Trendin.com is an initiative of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle and I am quite familiar with most Madura brands. Therefore I decided to try out brands I have never tried before. 
Form quality to fit to finish, I was glad I made this choice. Not only did I get to try out new brands, but I also got a chance to experiment with my looks.
My only suggestion is, please add more plus size clothing options, especially in the western section. They were quite a few pieces that I had my eye on, but due to lack of size availability I had to forgo them.

If you are looking for affordable, luxurious, high-end style that cater to every age group, from women, men to children, head straight to Trendin.com

Photography by Suraj Warrier 

Till then, tra-la,
Amena!!
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Friday, 26 June 2015

My New Passion

If there is one (of the many) thing you should know about me, it is, I research everything. Literally everything!
Be it the books I want to read, the new TV shows I want to start watching or the latest phone I want to buy, I spend quality time researching everything from mundane to significant.
Often, my friends jokingly tell me, you take more time to select a phone than most people take to select a spouse.
The way I see it, if I am going to spend a good 18 hours with it, I better be sure about it! 
While selecting a new phone can be a herculean task, the overall experience can be quite enlightening and rewarding.

I had my enlightening and rewarding movement last week when I got to try out the newly launched Phicomm Passion 660.  
Now I am no technology maven and a new phone always manages to overwhelm me, but with a little help from the brothers, I managed to figure out the basics and from then on it was smooth sailing.

As a rule, I never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to phones, appearance and design plays a significant role in my selection process. 
While aesthetically on the simple side, Phicomm Passion 660 is a super slim and ultra light phone, that makes it easy to handle and carry around. The matte finish and sleek fit gives the phone a very classy, polished look and the 5-inch full HD display is compact enough to easily fit in your palm.

Getting into the real purpose of the phone, I got a chance to try out and use Phicomm Passion 660. 
Phicomm Passion 660 operates on Android 4.4 KitKat. An Android loyalist since 2012, I was very comfortable with the operating system and was able to use the phone with ease. 
The phone’s good touch sensitivity made my entire navigation process effortless.
One of the most interesting features of the phone is the gesture control. Without touching you can perform some of the basic task with just the flick of a hand.
Thanks to the phone’s 1.5GHz, Octa Core, it was hassle-free to perform multiple tasks and use different apps simultaneously without the phone hanging. There was no lag or stutter while launching and switching between apps, clicking and editing photos, browsing the web, watching videos or playing games.

Okay, now coming to one of my favourite features of the phone-The camera. 
As a full-time fashion blogger, I am often required to click pictures on the go, under different conditions and lighting. 

One of my main requirement form any phone is, the camera should take good pictures under all conditions.
Phicomm Passion 660 has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera.
Features such as auto focus, burst mode and anti-shake, makes it very convenient to click good quality pictures. 
The 5 MP front cameras is a selfie lovers dream come true. It has a matte filter effect that manages to make you look good in any light.

You can keep clicking those selfies and photos to your hearts content as the phone comes with 16GB of internal storage. And if 16 GB is a tad bit less for you then you can expand the memory by adding a 64 GB microSD card.

Someone who uses her phone non-stop, my biggest grievance against smartphones, especially Androids, is its battery life. 
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The one thing that makes Phicomm Passion 660 stand out among the other Android phones currently available in the market is, its remarkable battery life. 
After non-stop using a whole bunch of apps, playing games, clicking loads of pictures, and browsing the web, the battery did not die. The battery easily lasts for 9 to 10 hours.

Along with being sleek and easy to use, Phicomm Passion 660 is extremely well priced too. 
Reasonably priced at INR 10,999/- Phicomm Passion 660 offers all the benefits of a smartphone without you having to break the bank.
A fine balance of power performance, attractive package and smart pricing, Phicomm Passion 660 is an ideal value for money smartphone. 

For further information on Phicomm please get in touch with Media Moments (www.mediamoments.in).


Photography by 
Suraj Warrier and Mubasshir Sayed 

Till then, tra-la,
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