Fashion Consultant

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I am often asked what I do for living. People do understand the role of a facilitator for life skills and leadership skills. Special educator is also understandable. But Fashion consultant, I just get a lost look…..

And hence this blog……

As a Fashion Consultant my job is to give professional fashion advice and recommendations to individuals, customers or companies. We use our knowledge of trends and fashion principles to help others in the realm of fashion. Well that’s somewhat of a definition. Now let me explain.

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I typically work with individuals, or groups to help them make their fashion decisions, and also with corporates in their environments to help them build a brand/ Image that matches their companies brand/Image and their roles and responsibilities.

Now the question is how I arrive at the recommendations and advice for the client.

My core job is to advise customers and clients in making their fashion decisions. I make recommendations on clusters, entire outfits, colour palettes, styles and fabrics. This involves a lot of understanding about the customer’s needs in order to personalize and tailor suggestions to the client’s aesthetic preferences and personal style, body type, price range and the occasion for which the customer is looking for help.

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This also calls for a need to remain up-to-date with market trends and current fashions while maintaining a timeless knowledge of fashion principles and concepts so that it can be tailored based on the clients. And also analyse seasonal trends and implement them into the client recommendations.

We all need advice sometimes whether it is on finance, career, relationship, or for that matter style. So when it comes to style trust your fashion consultant….

Yours truly,

Indu Venugopal

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The retro look

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80’s were defined by the unique blend of different styles, especially the over –the-top clothing in bold colors and patterns. Everything in the 80’s had to be big, bold and loud. So any outfit that includes bright color contrast, extravagant designs with shoulder pads or puff sleeves will nail the look.

The old school fashion fascinates me. It helps us reconnect with a past which was not nearly as complicated. I feel it’s amazing the way these designs can be showy and casual at the same time.  The classic cut and design of many retro style dresses makes them very easy to wear as well.

I am a huge fan of belts. A belt is an easy, versatile way to really make your outfits look unique and interesting. A wide belt is one of the most flattering and eye-catching accessories when paired with the right outfit, especially worn with a poodle or swing skirt. Keep in mind that wide belts won’t work with every outfit, but if paired well they look awesome.

Here I went for Unique Vintage cocktail polka dotted dress with poodle skirt and fitted bodices.  I had accessorized it with a wide buckle waist belt, which looks absolutely perfect for hopping across the dance floor.

 

Let’s beat the heat with some blues…..

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Blue is the favorite color of all people. It’s nature’s color for water and sky, but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. It can either be calming or cold depending on the shades of blue.

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding.  And I always wonder why the color is connected to sadness…..Feeling blue, morning blue, Monday blues L  I don’t find sadness in blue. According to color psychology exposure to the color blue causes the body to create chemicals that are calming.

Rather blue is associated with the fifth chakra, located at the throat and therefore connected to communication. Someone who speaks the truth is “true blue.” J

Now coming to clothing in blue; Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue;” as told by Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter.

A dark blue suit is professional business attire next to black. Rather the only color that can compete with the mighty black.  I would say, if you’re going to wear blue, go dark for work and light for parties.

Life is black and white only until you paint it bright!

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When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes.But when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls! – Ted Grant

Black and white is just right and simple, until you create something different and beautiful and make it colorful!

Colors are more than what they seem to be. They impact your mood and emotions because they have an influence to the flow and amount of energy in the body. Colors can affect your aura and  color therapist can vouch on this.

The colors you choose  throws light on your personality, it’s a way of self-expression.

Color Pink is very contradictory. In western culture it is associated with  feminine traits and in some countries like Japan it is associated with masculine traits. Pink has a calming effect on  people when used in moderation, but over use it and it will lead to irritation and  inspire  feelings of weakness in men. Now you know why it’s contradictory, it is complicated.  😉  

 

Bohochic look

 

Bohemian style often referred to as “boho” or “bohochic” is a style of dressing that was popularized during the 1960s and 1970s. Looking at the style I am sure you can trace the roots back further. The key ingredient to get the style right is to do with free and flowy fabrics.

In today’s world Bohemian is applied to people who live unconventional and usually artistic carefree life. Even though the original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohemian, for “gypsy” And these girls looked sexy, nomadic, spirited and delightful simply because they never really bothered about fashion.

That was for the facts….

I love this look for its comfort and ease, and it gives me enough room to experiment with my creativity. It is proven that the clothes you wear set the mood for the day. It also influences the psyche of yours and the people you meet. It changes the way you look at yourself and how others look at you.And also it changes the way you  behave and others response to you .So I usually go dramatic when I want to be left alone to do my work the way I want to. And believe me, that works! 😉

Few things you need in your wardrobe to get this look

Neutral-Colored Ankle Boots / Strappy shoes – they look awesome with dresses and skirts too.

Chic Head wraps and Hairbands– Hairbands are a great way to add glamour and fashion to a bad-hair-day ponytail and I can vouch on it.

Printed Palazzo– here I am wearing a palazzo with side slits (yeah you are right, for the extra drama)

The crop top – They are quite versatile, so you can find a way to spot them by  pairing it with different bottoms for different looks.

Chunky. Earthy Jewelry– I love them, though not worn here as the top is printed. But they do add spice to your bohemian look for sure. The more unique the better they look. I usually pick them up from exhibitions.

Cross-body bags or a back pack – are awesome because they keep your hands free.

Oversized sunglasses– to make that statement!

Oversized, Patterned Scarves -Very important to give any outfit that extra laid-back, earthy, chill boost. And also saves you from sun at times.

And above all of this, the attitude!

“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I am not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”

Yes, that’s the bohochic  for you 🙂

White blooms exude a sophistication that is hard to surpass

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White is the colour of perfection, purity, wholeness and completion. According to colour psychology, it is the colour of new beginnings. Even though  White does not stimulate one’s senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.

What I like the most about white is the way I can mix  and match it with other colours to create a totally different look every time I pick an attire in white. This time went all white with a dash of yellow, magenta, blue and green gently cruising over the white with every breeze that comes by. Yes, it’s adventure in my mind 😉

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Tattoo
She was free in her wildness, she was a wandress, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city……. Roman Payne

 

Are you a tattoo person? When I was asked this question I honestly didn’t know if I was or not. But the idea of getting inked did appeal to me for sure. And I get the point, once you are inked it stays with you for the rest of your life, so better be prepared as to what is going to stay with you.

So I decided to have something that goes with my childhood memories. I was always allured by lotus flowers and peacock feathers and hence decided to go by it.

Now about the placement of tattoo’s????  I just went with my instincts, but hey that too got meaning, which I got to know way after I got mine…….

If you are particular about it, we all have Google!!!!!

Here’s what I learnt about my placement and the symbols- A tattoo on the neck usually means that someone is risky or daring and tends to make bold choices. The symbols, Lotus represents enlightenment and Ohm represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking dreaming, deep sleep, transcendental state and world of illusion.

The type of tattoo you get says a lot about who you are. So what are your tattoos saying about you?