Don’t take dressing up too literally, ladies. Being on your best ensemble behaviour doesn’t have to involve a cocktail dress or one-piece designerwear.
Take the twin path, and ace your look with co-ords, by thoughtfully putting together separates that will make you stand out in style. So, as spring knocks on your doorstep, welcome it by doubling up your outfit. From co-ordinated prints to indulging in some smart colour pairing, know how to couple up for the season.
Here are some tips, tricks and celeb inspiration for the big ‘break-up’ party that your wardrobe should rev up for.
Of co-ords and twin sets Twin-sets made a hot comeback last year and they continue to rule. Take inspiration from actor Freida Pinto and pair your cropped blouse with matching, aggressively flared pants to provide a fun silhouette mix. While pop-queen Taylor Swift gives you an idea for some plaid-relief, Rita Ora epitomizes sexy in her pop-print co-ords. If you want to make a style match, remember to pick a flattering print and keep the accessories minimal like actor Sarah Jane Dias. Also, remember to take the bikini test — like you give your matching swimwear a trial run, try out coordinates and see if you should clash or match the prints.
It's all about the slouch Getting the style scanner back to the silhouette, here’s a way to go the co-ordinated way by playing with the cuts and size. Fashion week in London and New York this season has paved the way for oversized co-ords for next fall, that carry forward the breeziness of normcore and that of unpretentious style. So, pick up those slouchy jerseys and contrasting and voluminous maxi skirts, or oversized top-coats paired with flared pants to banish the boredome of too-snug silhouettes. Remember, when going the twin way, there’s no set rule except the dictate to have fun!
In the colour mix Colours make a big difference when picking coordinated separates. Pairing different shades of the same hue can make a fun statement, and that’s the reason we love actor Emma Stone’s all-pink MET Gala look. Actor Sonam Kapoor paired similar shades of champagne at fashion week in Paris, and stood out beautifully. Colour-blocking is yet another route to take, but the ensemble will lose its coordinated feel if you pick a contrasting palette.