Hiding your age under layers of pancake, undersized clothes and loud colours ?
Ma’am, Stop fooling yourself and take some honest fashion advice
Delhi, thank you for strongly supporting fashion’s cause. We are going to be a stylish city! The number of readers who have joined Style in The City is growing and how! We have received hundreds of mails from those who are keen to make some serious fashion amends.
Some of our lucky readers are also getting the makeover of their dreams by leading designers, makeup artists and stylists. For the next four days, HT City staffers will continue to dress up as fashion offenders to help you avoid style errors that many of us commit. Let’s ensure Delhi rocks as the fashion capital.
Yeh jawaani hai diwaani
She may be closer to turning forty, but thinks isn’t a day older than sixteen, and is willing to go to any extent to prove it. Our reporter, Chetna Dua, shows you how a Jawaani Diwaani (mutton dressed as lamb) styles herself.
To compete with her college going niece, this woman squeezes herself into outfits that are four sizes smaller, her hemline touches the sky, and she wears colours that hurt your eyes. Ma’am, you think you’ve championed the age-defying act, but please know: no one’s been fooled except you!
Don’t be a Jawaani Diwaani
* Know your body type and dress accordingly. If you are on the heavier side, opt for comfort dressing— Indian or western to hide your bulges.
* Avoid an overload of frills, fringes and colours that are too loud.
* Ban micro-minis from your wardrobe. Exposing too much of flesh above your knee may not be a great idea unless you have the figure to carry it.
* You heels should be practical and comfy rather than being super-high.
* Whether it’s flowery scrunchies, banana clips or plastic kiddie barrettes, whimsical hair accessories will make you look funny. Keep your hair simple and elegant.
* Never wear loud accessories. Avoid rubber bracelets, goth-inspired studded belts, purses with zebra patterns and plastic earrings. Pick classic and minimal accessories.
* Make sure your makeup is not too loud or caky.
-Anand Bhushan, Fashion Designer
Style gurus on jawaani diwaani
I’ve seen overweight Jawaani Diwaanis wear micro-minis with love handles showing. They team it with a top which is three sizes small. They look like caricatures from a comic book – Nida Mahmood, designer
They dress up in the shortest possible skirts but they fail to see that they don’t not have the figure to carry such a look. They also pile up big rubies and emeralds that end up looking really weird – Rana Gill, designer
Jawaani Diwaanis sport bizarre hairstyles. Their hair is always blow-dried in big curls with coloured streaks that makes their face look bigger. They also wear deep red lip colour and sunglasses that are bigger than their face – Nikhil Mehra, designer
Jawaani Diwaanis wear deep neck tops that highlight their wrinkles. Some wear multiple layers of concealer and funky ponytails that makes them look really funny – Pawan Sachdeva, designer
Thank you, Dear Readers
Malvika Bhardwaj: Best feature ever....Keep rocking HT City
Sonali Joshi: Read it. Awesome column
Natasha Dhingra: First Safe in the City and then Style in the City! Your campaigns are awesome. Great ideas, great work. Hats off to your team. Keep up the good work. All the best
Shivani Bahl: Just love your Style in the City campaign...PS: save Delhi from fashion terror
Mansi Seth: The campaign is really awesome.....I love the column, especially the BTM and Nanhi Munni Baby
Astha Tandon: Gosh! This Chamak Challo is scary...Overcrowded plastic beauty
Monideepa Paul: Good going HT City, making Delhi stylish
MY Favourite Indian attire is
Saree, as it looks both elegant and sexy -Suriti Sachdeva
Dhoti with a kurti -Tanha Bhalla
Salwar suit, IT’s traditional and looks classy too -Vaishnavi Begrajka
A Khadi kurta and pyjama - Farooq Jamal
Look who has joined us
Style in the City is a great way to help people recognise the fashion faux pas they commit and it also helps them develop their own unique fashion statements. Well done -Peter Punj, Entrepreneur
Delhi goes OTT when it comes to dressing up. The campaign is a reality check for Delhi. The character I liked the most so far was Chhammak Chhalo -Shabnam Singhal, Entrepreneur
Delhi’s style sense is really over the top and blingy. It’s great that HT City is making an effort to make Delhi fashionable. The campaign is fun and unique -Shiv Karan Singh, Restaurateur
HT City has put together a great campaign. It will make people realise that you can buy fashionable clothes, but you can’t buy style. You have to acquire it -Shahnaz Husain, Herbal Cosmetologist
Great going HT City! I am sick of seeing BTMs and Gabru Jawans. Style in the City is a fantastic campaign. Delhi badly needs to learn how to dress up -Naveen Ansal, Entrepreneur