Sunday, 5 February 2012

Don't be a drag, just be a QUEEN!

Today, I reveal to you one of my many obsessions. I absolutely love, love, L.O.V.E. (with a red heart in place of the ‘O’) makeovers. I love seeing, reading, giving, receiving and every other kind of makeover out there. Each time Tim Gunn guides a fashion-challenged hapless woman to style (deep sigh...dramatic pause...jubilant ‘awwwww’ plus a tiny-tear) makes my day.

For most people makeover seems like a big deal. They would quickly move to Mars than try to get or give themselves a makeover. Well then ladies and gents, have no fear. My 5 easy, breezy steps will help you reinvent yourself from blah to wah wah!

Step I: Know Thy Self
The one thing I quickly learnt as a fashion designer was people don’t know themselves. They just don’t! So, before you hop onto the makeover wagon find out who you really are. Firstly, find out what is your body shape and type. Not knowing the exact body type is a major crux. Start with getting to know your body: type, structure and self comfort zone. Find out your assets. Only when you know them, can you accordingly flaunt them. Once you have ‘figured’ out yourself, the rest will follow.

Hope to give yourself a makeover
[Image Via: The Style Aficionado]

Step II: To Buy or not to Buy?
“Oh God, today I splurged like crazy on an awesome dress”, does this ring a bell with ya? Well, we all have been there, done that and thoroughly enjoyed it. While making-over we need to stop spending, splurging, indulging and start investing. Fashion, like any other long term plan is an investment. It pays off in the long run. So say with me, “Fashion is Investment”. Choose carefully keeping the 3 F’s of fashion- FIT, FABRIC and FINISH- in mind. And most importantly, before you buy you must TRY! Once, twice, thrice, try it on till you are satisfied. For “goods once sold will not be taken back” is said for a good reason.

Step III: I'll Have What She's Having...
No, Never, Ever!
For one thing fashion is all about individuality and for another, no two people are alike. Even twins tend to have different body types. So, if your BFF is rocking a 60’s Mod dress or a flowing maxi skirt, does not mean you too will rock it. Makeovers are all about creating yourself over, to copy someone else’s style statement is defending the purpose itself. Be Original. Be You!

How to give yourself a makeover
[Image Via: 1.Brown Eyed Belle; 2.The Hollywood Gossip]

Check out everyone's favourite BFFs with absolutely different style identities.

Step IV: What Lies Beneath!
As the famous saying goes, behind every successful man is a woman, similarly in the world of fashion, hidden beneath ever successful outfit, are very very good and supporting undergarments. The CORRECT undergarment goes a long, very long way in making or breaking a look. This is one of the secret weapon’s which separates us mere mortals from the star celebs. You can go buy the same dress as Kim K or Alexa Chung inspired skirt or spend a mini fortune on a couture piece, but without the right undergarments even the fashion godfather himself, Tim Gunn won’t be able to help you make it work!

Step V: Not Without My Accessories!
Don’t we all just wish we had Blair Waldorf or Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe! Ladies, don’t be disheartened. Lucky for us, our two best friends; accessory and make-up give us a helping hand. Thanks to stylish accessories- be it statement jewellery or metallic clutch or colourful dupatta or scarf, belts, bags, shoes ect...- an outfit can be worn more than once and still look fresh and new.

Hope to give yourself a makeover

[Image Via:1.Eat Drink Chic; 2.Style State Of Mind; 3.Latina; 4.Good Life For Less; 5.Google Images]

How to give yourself a makeover

[Image Via: 1 and 2 Google Images; 3.Lala Natalia]

To add finishing touches to your makeover learn a few make-up tricks and trendy hairstyle. And ta-da, the new you is set to make its royal debut.

Get inspired from celeb Nicole Richie drag to queen makeover. Nicole went from being an obnoxiously dressed and vulgarly loud reality TV sidekick, to a gorgeous designer and a style setter.

How to give yourself a makeover
[Image Via: Google Images]
For more amazing makeover stories check out Tim Gunn's ‘Guide to Style’ (I will also advice to you read his books). Catch ‘America's Next Top Model’ for some unabashed wild model makeovers (hands down the makeover episodes are the best ones every season). Also, Trinny and Susannah first show ‘What Not to Wear’ is a great source for makeover pointers.

Have you recently given or received a makeover? Or is there any particular makeover story that has left an impact on you? Share them here. Do drop me a line with your stories and thoughts in the comment section.

Till then, tra-la,
 Amena!!
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28 comments:

  1. your too good with your writing :D

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  2. Roxanna10:08 pm

    Good post amena,Keep em coming :D

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  3. Anvitha11:01 pm

    Great effort n a grt job....must say dat ur love for fashion definately reflects on ur writing.... keep up d good wrk n All D Best :)

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  4. @Khalid: Thank u thank u thank u.. Ur my number 1 support!!

    @Roxanna: Thanks so much hon for the support, It means the world to me. Please continue to follow the blog

    @Anvitha: Thanks sweetie. My love for fashion is the reason why I started this blog. Please continue to follow the blog.

    @ Tanvi: Thank u soooooo very very much for ur comment, support and for creating In-FB. Best gift for all Indian fashion Bloggers. Please do keep commenting and advising. Much Thanks!!

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  5. some really useful tips..good job amena apa :)

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  6. Thanks my darling Samreen <3

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  7. The "body-shapes" information is interesting. Didn't know about that before :)

    Excellent and informative blog :)!

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  8. Thanks so much OnTheNinthNight...ur feed back means a lot :D

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  9. hey Amena..ur writing is awesome.Very interesting n informative stuff...keep up the good work!! :)

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  10. Hey thank u soooo very much CV for all kind words... please continue to follow and support the blog <3

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  11. finally had time to read up on all ur blogs dude!good stuff!!
    make me over?lets plan something soon!!!

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  12. I love the body shapes .. I'm an hour glass!! Is that good?:P

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  13. Thank you so very much for the comments.

    @ Nish: Thanks love for the visit and comments. You have great style swetie, but would love to make you over some day.

    @ Shaunna: The hour-glass shape has been one of the most famous body types before the 'size 0' fad kicked it. It's both feminine and sexy. Marilyn Monroe, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian, just to name a few hour glass-shaped celebs.

    Much Thanks for the support and kind comment ladies <3

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  14. Great post!! I am makeover obsessed and wish I could give them to strangers on the street!
    x

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    1. Thanks Samantha. I too wish I could give strangers on the street a complete makeover.

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  15. Amena, the post is bang on, really a good job and i agree completely :)

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    1. Thank you so so so very much Purvi <3

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  16. Great tips Amena!
    Following you..would appreciate a follow back!

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    1. Thank you Sayantani for your lovely comment and visit. Yep for sure will follow you too <3
      Happy Blogging <3

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  17. haha love the title of this post! I definitely agree to have your style from your friends, that's what makes you unique ;)

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    1. Thank you Kimberlee for your support, comments and visit. I always believe everyone is unique therefore be original be you.
      Happy Blogging <3

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  18. love this post! Thanks so much for the lovely comment! <3

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    1. Hey Leah, You are most welcome. Thank you for lovely comments and visit.
      Happy Blogging <3

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  19. I love love love what you write...Your posts are great!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm gladly following you now, would you like to follow me back? :)

    http://am-better-today.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Thanks you so much Ayushma for your support and lovely comments. And I too am following your blog.
      Happy Blogging <3

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  20. New year- new style.
    I shall take your ideas seriously. Happy new year! :)
    Love from Bindigasm
    Facebook buddies?

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  21. Nice post, loved reading it. Will look out for those books mentioned by you here :)

    From Stylishwalks

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