MARCH 2013
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida
Fashion

SPRING DO’S AND DON’TS!

Kiran Bahl

By KIRAN BAHL

Happy spring, Happy Holi, and Happy Easter. So much to celebrate east to west, and so much sunshine and brightness all around, especially in brilliant Florida. It’s such an exciting time of year. Let’s begin the new season with a special spring edition of fashion do’s and don’ts. You’ll be time prepared, holiday prepared, and most important fashion prepared. Ready?

BLINDING NEONS – CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES

Fashion do’s:

Crazy color can be for everyone! Wear a hot pink dress or jeans with a popping orange blouse for full-on effect. For those less bold, try your regular look with a loud hued pair of shoes. A white tank and black skirt could become super trendy when contrasted with emerald green or royal blue heels. Or, complete your ensemble with a hot pink or yellow handbag –chic nowadays!

Fashion don’ts:

Neon head to toe? No. If your hair clip, shirt, pants, shoes, even jewelry have one or more bright shades going on at one time, too much is too much. Tone down a bit and minimize on jewelry, hairpieces or one article of clothing.

BLINDING NEONS – MAKE-UP

Fashion do’s:

Hot pink is the new red this season. So, replace that crimson shade of lipstick and replace with a magenta or flamingo shade of pink. Matte for days, gloss for nights, make sure to use liner to keep those pink blossoms from bleeding. Also, keep the rest of your face minimal with makeup. It’ll keep you looking more fresh and youthful.

Fashion don’ts:

We’ve seen this a lot – let’s try to stop it. Ladies, with bright makeup, especially in this generation, bold is limited. Decorate with peacock green and blue eye shadows, but keep lips nude, beautiful! Decorate the same way but with hot pink lips too? Your face will not only look clowny, it will look aged (definitely a don’t!). As the rule with clothing/accessories, too much is too much, use your good instinct.

TEXTURES

Fashion do’s:

So many lovely textures are coming together, predicting summer palettes already. Ruffles, net, lace, satin, eyelet – so much together can become so designer!

Mix two to three textures into your outfit if adding on to a look. If buying a ready-to-wear piece, ensure only a couple of textures are involved. A ruffled lengha bottom with satin trim and net sleeves is exquisite! Or, try a lace kameez with eyelet salwar and dupatta for couture casual.

Fashion don’ts:

Putting together several pieces of trim? You will end up a frumpy, patchy mess. Disappointingly, runway looks are encouraging complete texture merging, misleading us, fashionistas. Their aim, ladies, is to show you a variation of looks within one outfit in literally one outfit. Do not try mixing cotton, satin, eyelet, ruffles and lace all together. You’ll end up looking sloppy or a like a three-year old doll. Both looks are unflattering!

Throughout this pretty season full of newness, I wish true happiness, love and sunshine in your life. Enjoy all, but enjoy safe. And, as always, remember to ‘gro with syle’!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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