Fashion with Lahariya Print

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Fashion for Political Leaders.

Getting your look right for all the different occasions in your life is all about knowing the art and science of clothing.

With all the fiascos about Justin Trudeau choice of attire during his visit to India, I guess a little guide line on what to wear, when would help.

No matter which country you are visiting, wear what you are comfortable in, provided you are aware of and respect the local customs. You don’t have to completely adopt their clothing style. Adapt what you like about their styles and make it your own, like what Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump did with their colourful and printed dresses while their India visit.

Mr. Justin Trudeau’s look while meeting the Indian women’s ice hockey team, Good….  Mr. Justin Trudeau’s look while meeting the Bollywood stars, an absolute no …no… He looked a little too inspired by our Bollywood wedding attires.

While you are choosing attire the most important aspect to keep in mind is its appropriateness. In Image consulting we call the it 4 A’s of Image management. Appropriate, Attractive, Authentic and Affordable. If you get this right, you are bang on with your look no matter what the occasion.

If you are travelling on a business purpose never miss to layer to create a look of authority. It could be with a jacket or a cardigan or even a long scarf with detail.  During the course of your stay, if you are expected to attend different events which varies from formal to casual, the trick is to add on a layer for your formal look and taking off the layers and keeping it simple for the casual look.

If you are a person who loves colour, the dark muted colours are the way to go to keep it formal. Our Prime Minister Mr. Modi does it just right when it comes to clothing. Along with the colour make sure you get your patters right if you are found of prints. Small geometric patterns will give you a formal look . And floral prints or any curvy patterns give you a casual look.  Do it right and that will take care of the attractiveness ie,. the second “A” of Image management.

The third “A” Which is very important for me is the authentic look you create with your attire. Don’t let the attire wear you.  Make the attire your Own with your authentic style: This is where you bring in your personal style. Be it with your favourite colour or your favourite print or the way you layer with your favourite fabric. Do you have a trade mark style. Like Kate Middleton’s trade mark knee-high boots or Modi’s colourful tunic.

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The fourth ‘A’ being affordable:  Choose your brand based on your budget, roles and your goals.

The secret to appropriate dressing is to keep the four A’s in mind and apply your sense or colour and prints and you are ready to face any occasion in your life chins up.

And if you are still in doubt, call your Image Consultant.

Yours Truly,

Indu Venugopal

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 🙂

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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?