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The only thing that keeps me happy in summer is Ice Cream & Retail Therapy (online preferably). A lot of people look forward to summer not because they love the sun (in India, not many people do) but they love summer vacays. So, I have decided to break this post into three parts- this is part 1 (duh!) where I talk about the trends that are worth your while and part 2 (coming soon) where I show you the much talked about “airport looks” and part 3 (coming later) how to travel light & right.

We don’t take heavy luggage; we bring it back- if you know what I mean.

Anyway, stop yapping and start scrolling!

#Trend Alert 1: Dress Over Pants

We all love ourselves some short summer dresses but what takes it a notch higher is- dressing over pants. It is so chic and cuts you some slack on “keep your legs together while you sit”. Let’s face it, dresses are feminine and sitting cross legs all day is not always possible. Lol! Rock ‘em over pants and when you’re going from day to night- you can lose ‘em pants. Erm… your call totally!

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#Trend Alert 2: The Power of Pink

You really must be living under some rock, if you haven’t seen “pink” everywhere this season. Runway to reality is now easy peasy (lemon squeezy- ya whatever) because all you gotta do is- work some PINK! Honestly, I have never really loved pink as much but the more I see it (or wear it), the more it grows on me. It suits every single skin tone and every single body type. So get yourself a pair of pink pants or a pink top or pink chunky earrings or all of it. Barbie-ing all the way- heck yeah!

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#Trend Alert 3: Boiler Suit

There’s something about jumpsuits (and now boiler suits) that is oh-so sexy without showing too much skin. Well, you may… if you’re pulling some “buttchella” from Coachella but I reckon, you put on simple yet solid Boiler Suit and give everyone #newwardrobe goals!

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#Trend Alert 4: Slip Dresses

I have been hearing about slip dresses for last couple of years and TBH, the trend never hit home with me- until now. Reason? Now it looks more than a negligee and the variety is yummy! There are so many options available in slip dresses and while you work it sexy, you can work it comfy- by pairing it with sneakers. More inspiration? Create some, I say!

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#Trend Alert 5: Animal Print

This one is evergreen to someone like me but if you’re not on board yet, you still have time. It is the literally the easiest way to look “high fashion” without spending a bomb. Just one thing- don’t overdo it if you can’t pull it off. Keep it simple (I rarely say that) by starting with one element- be it a top or the skirt or the pants or maybe on your bag. Take.it.slow.

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#Trend Alert 6: Utility Pants

Cool Cat’s go to outfit! Utility pants & a nice tee (or top)! Now, you pair it with chunky sneakers or kitten heels- that depends on your mood. I love wearing Utility Pants with kitten heels because there’s something really attractive about pairing sporty with sexy.

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#Trends Alert 7: Chunky Sneakers/ Dad Sneakers

You can love them or you can hate them but you definitely CAN’T ignore them. The first time when they hit “street fashion”, I was a bit on the fence because it looked great on some people and looked rather foolish on some people. But, the more I see it, the more I like it. And for me it’s like heels on steroids! Come on! You got heels, comfort, style and statement- all rolled into one. Gotta love this one. Non, madame?

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#Trend Alert 8: Barely there sandals

Literally what it reads. Barely there. Again- you can’t go wrong with bare feet not being bare. Bare feet like we know are sensual and when they look bare without being bare- it’s that right foot-tease for the perfect look. What’s more? It goes with almost anything you wear because hello! it’s bare 😉
PS: You’ll see this as one of the Airport Looks! Yup. I’m catching a plane next time in my barely there’s.

#Trend Alert 9: Headbands

Bad hair days or not- fashion always to the rescue. Tie-up your hair when a bad hair day strikes is kind of passé! Now, you just wear headbands & look glam! So, it’s not just your immediate cure for bad hair day- basically now it’s every day hair thing. I mean- why colour those tresses when you can just wear colored bands with knots and puffs! Ok fine, go colour them if that’s your thing but do wear a headband, sometime! Okay? 🙂

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Oh yes, it’s time to step up your game, style game! Summer is upon us and amp-ing up without breaking into a sweat is no mean feat. So, here’s your accessory for the season that will give you that unique edge. Remember the rule: own it like you mean it. Styling is a lot about attitude so work that “queen bee” swag. And yes, headpieces work better with western wear! See for yourself.

LOOK 1
The first look I’m wearing a headpiece with a western outfit. It’s more like a day or sundowner kind of look. If this headpiece is a bit much for you, get a daintier one. But for me, bigger the better.

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LOOK 2
The second look is edgier because we have given Mohawk a new avatar. It could have been worn both horizontally and vertically. I prefer the Mohawk style because it’s “out there” and edgy.

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LOOK 3
The third look is “too glam to give a damn”! Almost like crowning glory and I reckon- it takes a lot to carry it off. The first time I wore it, I got many stares (not necessarily in a good way) but you know what- I was “too glam to give a damn” 😉

 

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LOOK 4
Turbans are now finding its ground in the fashion scene. It’s the easiest way to turn around blah into blow-up! I work ‘em turbans quite a bit now and think these are kind of foolproof.

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LOOK 5
This one is simple yet stylish. A casual dress, sneakers & turban. When street style is achievable and not redundant, turban to the rescue!

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Fringes are fun! Simply, because it creates a Happy Mood & great dance moves. And there are multiple ways you can wear them. Long, short, colourful or not. It can be a part of your western look, traditional look or fusion look. It’s versatile and looks good on EVERYONE. So shall we get them swinging?

Look 1: Colorful “fringe” sweatshirt
I wore it with high-waist pants in black because I wanted the colors of the fringes to pop. A top-knot and kitten heels completed the look. Easy breezy!

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Look 2: Fringe Pants

The pants have fringes on its sides so I paired it with a slightly shimmery top and knotted it. Gold oxfords (matching my top) and a top-knot (again) made for a super comfy #ootn. Dancing all night long with no sore feet (lower the heel, less tired you feel).

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Look 3: Fringe Jacket

Wearing a sleeveless gold-fringed jacket. This one is fringe heavy so I’m glad this was sleeves-free! Paired them with balloon pants and again tiny heels. Kept hair in a sleek low ponytail and let the jacket shine! Works as a western look as well as fusion.

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Some pro tips for Fun Fringing:

  1. Try and keep fringes limited to one item of the whole look. It could be on your clothing, or your bag, or any one accessory.
  2. Let fringes be the highlight of your look. If you really want to work those fringes, it’s best to avoid anything over-powering in your outfit.
  3. Sleek hairdos are safe. When sporting fringes, it helps keeping your hair simple- a top-knot or sleek ponytail!

Have fun with fringes!

Okay then, enjoy your fringes and bust some killer dance moves. Have a fun night y’all!

Xx

The famous awards need no introduction hence lets just straight away meet (drum rolls, please!) the best-dressed women at Oscars 2019! The excitement cannot be contained and I love how we all wait to give our comments (or simply admire or slam) on the celebs that walk the most talked about red carpet.

A little note: I don’t really believe in the concept of slamming celebs on their choices (at such events, particularly) in fashion! It makes for a fun convo (sometimes) but I’m in that “happy” state of mind, wherein I would love to celebrate women rather than shame them. All right then, let’s scroll!

#1 Lady Gaga
Let’s just say, every time she is walking the red carpet, it feels like “A Star is born”! Literally so at the Oscars, as she did an “Audrey Hepburn” is reborn look! The Alexander McQueen gown with a sculpted waist, the long gloves, and the $30mn yellow-diamond Tiffany necklace made her ever bit stand out and it became Oscars at Tiffany’s (more than Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

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#2 Charlize Theron
Oozing every bit of elegance and class, Charlize Theron totally slayed! The powder blue Dior gown, the Buglari Serpenti necklace, the red lip- a total winner and all we are saying is- You killed it, Charming Charlize!

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#3 Emma Stone
Emma has a sense of style that gives her an edge- every. single. time. I really thought she would do the Tux and give me a break from the fairyland, but she didn’t. In fact, what she did was- make this fairyland worth my while. The strong-shouldered, amber-coloured custom Louis Vuitton was delectable and dynamite! Love, love, love!

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

 

#4 Kiki Layne
There is definitely a lot of PINK this award season (and I must write about that) but somehow it’s being brilliantly worn. Kiki’s first time at the Oscars and she was an absolute stunner. Definitely got me pink-ed in her bow-back Atelier Versace gown & Atelier Swarovski jewels. What’s more to love? She got her mum as her date. Heart-melting!

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#5 Rachel Weisz
This beauty tells us how to wear RED on the red carpet. Li’l bit of PVC, li’l bit of 3D embellishments, li’l bit of pleating, all hitting the right notes with this Givenchy Couture gown. And, that headband of Cartier jewels was a perfect addition. So beautiful, Rach.

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#6 Laura Harrier
Goegrousness! I was speechless to see Laura Harrier in this baby blue custom Louis Vuitton gown. Her bronzed skin looked radiant against the embellished blue outfit. And the diamond-emerald Bulgari necklace just made her shine a whole lot more. Also, her make-up was impeccable. What I’m singin’- Totally irresistible!
(On a side note: She also followed the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge. The materials & embellishments of her gown are sustainably sourced. Yup- that is more than commendable!)

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#7 Jennifer Lopez
If it’s about the red carpet, there has to be the ever-glamourous JLo! She was shining and working every bit out of that mosaic-mirror dress by Tom Ford. Stupendous! Phew, are you sweating?

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#8 Allison Janney
One of my favorites! It was not just another ball gown…there were plenty, FYI! The black gown with a plunging neckline by Pamella Roland set new rules for the red carpet. Heart-shaped rubies by Chopard adorned her neck and I have to saw- she was The Showstopper, at 59! Yes, I have to mention her age to kind of rub it in your face… in a good way, of course!

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#9 Irina Shayk
What’s stunning about Irina other than Bradley Cooper? Irina herself! Her open-back Burberry gown with a chain-detailed waist and chain-fringes on the sleeve was understated glamour. I loved the asymmetric bob and her happy face. Classy & Fabulous!

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#10 Elsie Fisher
This one was hard! I honestly was done with my list at #9. But, I had to pick the final one. Elsie Fisher- simply because she wore a three-piece Thom Browne suit with a lot of attitude. The box bag, the tiepin, the bold gaze! Not always a red-carpet look but you know what- she had the attitude.

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Elsie Fisher in Thom Browne

 

There were many celebs that are being talked about for Oscars best-dressed list. However, they aren’t on my list. You wonder why?

  • How much pink is too much pink? Kacey Musgraves, Gemma Chan, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson…. And so many more! I think my next write-up is “The Power of Pink” or The Pink Panther.
  • Thigh-high slits. Ok sure, they are sexy but my fashion-brain is kind of numb to it now. Unless, you really blow me away. And, that didn’t happen. Sorry, Regina, Brie or whoever.
  • In your face. I love OTT. I love being over-dressed. Trust me- because this site is named after that (ODDCAT- Overdressed cat). However, don’t be so in my face that I can’t feature you here simply because it’s a site takeover.

Have some humour, you guys! Send in your comments. Laziness is not a virtue 😉

Co-ords: Heck yeah!

We know the trend of co-ords has been around for a while and if you wear them right, it’s one trend that is going to be around forever. Trends usually come and go but this one’s a keeper (just like a good boyfriend/husband, lol).

So for my favourite “trend post”, I dug into my wardrobe yet again (I have no plans to shop for every post I put up) and thought of showing you some ways how you coord ‘em right. Let’s keep a few pointers in mind. Warning: These tips are for ladies who haven’t dared to wear the coords yet!

  1. Whenever you wear co-ords, let them be the highlight of your look! Don’t over-accessorize and steal away its charm.
  2. Introduce an element to your look, that accentuates the co-ord. Eg: You’re wearing print on print, wear something neutral (shoes, bag) that helps the print/ colour pop!
  3. Fuss-free hair! As women, we love our hair (short, long, curly, blonde doesn’t matter what we are sporting in the season) but keeping them simple while wearing co-ords helps you dial UP your glam quotient several notches. So think- natural blow dry, simple top-knot or a ponytail.

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Velvet Coords With Crop Jacket

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Printed Coords With Leather Jacket

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Blue & White Coords

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Blue & White Coords

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Checkered Coords

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Dull-Gold Coords With Nude Pumps

Now, assuming you’re the kinds who like the idea of “how celebs wore it”, let’s dig in some more! From casual to chic, you get to see it all. 

You’re welcome!

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Sonam Kapoor in Bhane

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Olivia Palermo in Semsem

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Kendall Jenner in Adidas Original


Come Spring and all we see is color popping- flower choking kind of feels! Nothing against flowers, trust me! I love them.. Just a tad bit more in my living room than my dressing room. Lol! So what do we wear this Spring, you ask? Bring out those “trenches”! Oh no! Hell no! Not the ones you drown in; the lightweight ones that are springy, comfy and very very trendy! Now don’t say- I ain’t no fashion victim blah! If you love trenches, they love you back. Simple!

And listen, before spring is over and we say hell-o dreaded summer, wear them and drench them trench! All right?

Now, we all have mental images of light and bright, one key piece that is overlooked in this part of the world is the most classic of all staples- The Trench Coat. It is often believed that trench coats are a part of winter fashion (think of all the street style pictures of your favourite fashionistas strutting stuff- big coat, boots and oversized you’ve stalked on Instagram). However, I am here to break that myth and get you believing in the Trench for Spring vibe.

Myth #1-20 about the misunderstood trench is that it is only available in heavy duty, winter fabrics. NO! Please get that image of Sherlock Holmes out of your head. Lightweight trench coats have a 100% cotton lining (sleeves are 100% viscose) and have a 100% cotton outer layer –Gabardine- which is a tightly woven fabric making it impenetrable against weather and wear.

If all of the above is too technical for you, just ditch the myth and wear your trench just how you like it… with some colour!

How I brought colour to my Trench outfit? Paired them with red track pants!

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Trench paired with Red Tracks

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Myth #20 -40 revolves around it only looks good on particular kind of body type. THIS is where I am going to give you my two (or 50) cents.

First things first, trench coats look fab on EVERYONE. Age, body type, height no bar (should be applicable to more things I say) and us Indian women, especially kill it (no bias here, I promise). They are super versatile and can be flattering on anyone. But just in case, you feel it drowns you or takes more from you than gives you, I have a never-fail tip!

What’s that? Pair it with flared denims! It instantly adds height. See here.

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Trench paired with flared denims

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Myth #40-50 revolves around its styling. The Trench Coat is like that LBD; wherein you can style it in so many ways. I can quickly think of at least 10 ways. But after a couple of tips given above, let me tell you how you can wear without having a nervous breakdown. Pair it with basics that take you from basic to bae-sic!

How I wore it with basics? Paired them with black leggings (some of us live in them)!

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Trench and basics

Hell-o February! It’s that crazy time of the year most of us (single & taken) love to hate and hate to love, for more reasons than one. Vday-Dday.  The self-proclaimed universal day of love. Added pressure on making it the perfect night. Awkward first dates. Gigantic teddy bears (we need to do something about that). Gifting (yikes!). And then the bright red cherry on top of this very complicated cake – what the heck will I wear?!

Instead of a plain-Jane post I decided to break it down to the kind of date you’re going on this Valentines Day. If you’re taken, your game is the same (unless, you’re the kind who would dress-to-impress your own self- kudos girl!). If you are in the “let’s explore” stage, things are looking rather interesting! (And if you’re well, single- not looking to mingle and its all about Netflix murder documentaries for you this year, we get you).

Anyway, here it goes- The three dates you’re possibly going to have this year and how to dress for them.

Date # 1: The Mr Big (Reference- Sex & The city, if you don’t know who I am talking about, turn on Hotstar right now) kinda guy: There’s something about him that’s mysteriously sexy; this one will keep you on your toes. We reckon its going to be a cordon bleu meal and you’ve gotta stay on top of your game. Get out your (never fails) LBD, a pair of strappy ‘choos (or the like) and slap on some Ruby Woo. It’s all about the classic chic vibe here and a splash of bright red lip.

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Date # 2: The Chocolate-boy next door (basically my first crush and yours too) : Movie night? Bowling? When the guy on the other end has choco written all over him, you must go all LAVA! Think deep V-Neck paired with red scarf/ neck-tie (they are uber cool, FYI). P.S: Winged eye is a must to take it from damsel to diva.

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