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Hi, I am a Nanhi Munni baby

Frilly frocks and cute clips despite being on the wrong side of 20s? Please sit down for some fashion lessons.

fashion-and-trends Updated: May 21, 2012 00:23 IST

Hindustan Times
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Delhi has pledged to stop fashion assaults taking place on its streets. We have got an overwhelming response to our special series, Style In the City, as hundreds of readers who can’t bear the city dressing bad have joined hands with us to make Delhi fashionable.

You can check out our pick of stylish pictures on this page, mailed by Delhiites who have made up their mind to fix faux pas they have been committing. In this 11-part series, you will see HT City staffers playing fashion offenders to save Delhi from style assaults that you often see taking place on the city streets. Let’s ensure that the fashion capital rocks!

Yeh hai Nanhi Munni Baby
Cute little fruit and vegetable shaped clips, Barbie doll frocks, peppy ribbons, cartoon print bags ... this gal’s style sense refuses to grow up with her age. In a bid to ‘cutify’ herself, the Nanhi Munni Baby piles up everything she should have shunned right after kindergarten. Grow up, woman. We can only see ‘silly’ and nothing ‘cute’ in your look.

How not to be a Nanhi Munni
While a Katy Perry-ish, baby doll look is in, you will look silly if you overdo it. There should only be one ‘young’ or ‘cute’ factor in your look. Rest of the elements should be muted. When wearing a frilly skirt, wear a classic top, and team it with plain pumps or ballerinas. If you are wearing a frock, you can pair it with a rough jacket.
Keep your accessories minimal. Steer clear of cutesy fruit and vegetable shaped hair pins, earrings etc.
Keep your hairstyle simple. Pull back your hair, leave it loose or go for pressed ponytails. Avoid wearing your hair in two little ponytails or braids with fancy rubberbands. Kididish hairbands with big bows and flowers too are a big no-no.
Avoid bags, tights, and tank tops that have cartoon prints and pumps with huge bows.

Inputs BY fashion designer Rina Dhaka

Experts on Nanhi Munni baby

I have seen 25-year-old Nanhi Munni Babies romp around in tight tank tops with cartoons all over, or with a big heart plastered in the middle. Some team tiny ruffle skirts with stockings.
Payal Jain, designer

They wear hats with huge bows. It looks as if they have borrowed some kid’s hat. They also team cartoon print tees with pop coloured childish shoes that have big flowers on them.
Leena Singh, designer

Their hairstyle looks kiddish. They tie their hair into two cutesy ponytails or have hairbeads all over their head. Girls, grow up. Go for plain hairbands or hats that look elegant – Rahul Mishra, designer

The most horrifying Nanhi Munni Baby I remember seeing was a 28-year-old who wore a tiny denim skirt paired with tights and a fruit print top. She even had a bow on her head
Bharat Grover, designer

Thank you, Dear readers
Richa Agarwal: An interesting feature! There is always scope for improvement for all of us, so rise and shine, wear what looks good on you and not what looks good on others! Good effort by HT City to create awareness about trends and style

Angelina Bansal: All the best HT City for fashion enlightenment

Jaspreet Singh: BTMs I encounter a fact my suggestion to these girls is to be yourself...It’s a good, realistic feature carried by HT City which may give a nice wake up call to many BTMs

Binoy Dass: The way you dress sometime may not look good on you, but the same can work wonders for others, specially as we are talking about BTMs. Girls can change the meaning of BTM with their dressing style. They can become Behenji Turned Model
fashion bloopers

I really hate those 40-plus aunties who dress as if they just turned 16! I mean okay, you must have been really sexy in your younger days...but please spare those clothes for your daughter Ashni Blossom Dhar

I have seen people wear white socks with floaters, white sports shoes with a formal suit in winter and people going for a morning walk in their night suit or night gown
Manoj Bharati

Make me stylish
My sister is getting married in June. I want to wear something that has a Punjabi touch to it, for her wedding. I am quite skinny. Please suggest what will look best.
Harsheen Kaur
Dear Harsheen,
A Patiala salwaar and kurti will look nice on you. Go for padded shoulders. You can also wear a cropped jacket to add volume. Puffed sleeves will also help. Another option is to layer yourself. Team up a long brocade jacket with a lehenga. A sharara with lots of flare teamed with a flared top will also work.
Gautam Gupta, fashion designer
I’m 5 ft 6 inches tall, fair and slim. I am in a B school and bored of formals. Also, I’ve drooping eyes, so how can I make my look interesting? –Jyotsnaa Ahuja
Dear Jyotsnaa,
You can go for a waist coat paired with a mid-length skirt with a back slit. Chiffon or georgette shirts with well-fitted bodice, puffy sleeves, broad cuff and a smart cuff link will look nice. Avoid kajal, wear a soft eye-shadow with a little bit of bronze highlighter under your eyebrows.
Parul Grover, fashion designer

Complete the sentence: I CAN’T BEAR TO SEE PEOPLE WEARING __________________
on our Facebook page. Best responses will be featured in the paper and you could win attractive makeovers

Send us your stylish pictures. The best ones will get featured on this page. Also, if you want to attend our style workshops, mail us your name, age, and mobile number at

First Published: May 20, 2012 17:06 IST

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