If you eat, sleep, think and wear bling, you may be turning into a chhamak chhallo. dazzle the world, don’t turn it blind.
here’s what not to do...
Delhi is changing, for fashion’s sake. After putting up with worst of fashion assaults for long, the Capital declared war against fashion sinners last week when we launched our special series Style in The City.
Hundreds of fashionably responsible Delhiites have come ahead to make sure we don’t look at Paris, Milan and New York with a sigh.
Every day, an HT City staffer dresses up to land in fashion hell, to tell you what fashion faux pas you must avoid.
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Chhammak Chhallo disco chali
This woman goes by the belief that excess is pretty. Today, HT City’s copy editor Snigdha Ahuja gets transformed into a Chhammak Chhallo. Right from her hair, outfit to makeup and accessories, everything about this Rakhi-Sawant-meets-Lady-Gaga is blingy, over-the-top and screaming for attention. No wonder, she gets it in loads wherever she goes! Does the poor thing know that many think she looks like a Chandni Chowk mannequin?
Don’t be a Chhammak Chhallo
* To get the party look right, focus on one element and keep everything else subdued. If you are wearing a bling dress, wear minimal accessories. Keep your makeup toned down. A gold dress with gold shoes, gold bag and golden eyeshadow is a complete fashion disaster.
* Choose one piece of jewellery — either big, dangling earrings or a statement neckpiece, or lots of bangles. Don’t wear all of them together.
* If your dress is elaborate, keep the hair simple. Hair extensions can be fun only till the time you use them like topping on an already dressed up Christmas tree. Avoid golden highlights and tacky artificial tattoos.
* Don’t try to colour match your look. If you are wearing a bright dress, team it up with contrasting or neutral-coloured footwear. You can try coordinating your bag with your footwear.
Inputs BY fashion designer nida mahmood
Make me stylish
Hi, I am about to get married. My in-laws are quite traditional and would want me to wear chooda, sindoor and mangalsutra. I do not want to look like a BTM but still wear these traditional symbols of marriage with western outifts. How can I do so?
Try to keep the chooda simple and elegant. Avoid flashy choodas that come studded with mirrors. Wear a set of six to twelve bangles instead of wearing double sets. Remember that simple mangalsutras look much better than the big, flashy ones. Make sure that the gold pendant is not too big or heavy. You can always hide it inside when wearing a Western outfit. A small dot of sindoor always looks better that a big red mark on the forehead.
Ritu Kumar, fashion designer
Style gurus on Chhammak Chhallos
Chhammak Chhallos love to over-jewel themselves. They go totally over-the-top when it comes to bling, piling up all the pieces they have in one go. - Rina Dhaka, designer
Chhammak Chhallos are often seen wearing sky- high hemmed dresses and super high heels. They also wear too many accessories at one time and layers of gaudy makeup. - Falguni and Shane Peacock, designers
I saw a Chhammak Chhallo wear a beautiful red and gold sari. She turned it into a real horror with wrong accessories — lots of gold jewellery, golden bag, red lips, eye shadow, nail paint and a big red bindi. EEW! -Rashita Sehra, designer
Chhammak Chhallos love wearing animal print on animal print, overdoing crystals, and wearing loud eye makeup with maroon lipstick. -Neena Haridas, editor, Marie Claire India
Thank you, Dear Readers
Aditya Verma: I like it a lot. It gives us a sense, how to wear and what to wear according to our looks and the latest trends.
Naive Nalini: Quite informative to all those who wear fruits and vegetables as their accessories! So CAUTION enough.
Sonal Lamba: I have seen many Nanhi Munni Babies... don’t know when they will grow up!
Rashmi Tomar: I loved it... Nanhi Munni babies need to know that they are not babies anymore, they have grown up and should dress accordingly...
Aditya Gagan Jaiswal: The campaign is nice and unique.
Jyotsnaa Ahuja: Hello Style in the City team Thanks for addressing my query. I have seen so many fashion blunders in the Metro. I recently saw a lady in 40s in a purple suit with matching purple lipstick, bag, sindoor, and bangles. It was a purple horror really!
Gaurav Bansal: Hi, the HT Style in the City is an amazing initiative. Hope it makes an impact on the fashion sense of the people of the city. Very little has been done on everyday fashion and specially for men. Keep up the good work.
Rawkstar Tarun: I loved the column very much... it tells a lot about fashion sense and how to dress up... fashion is not about dressing like a Nanhi Munni baby. It’s about what gives you comfort.
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