Dupatta Buying Guide

Want to create a different look each day with your usual everyday outfits? Dupattas can help you create a unique style statement. While a well matched and well styled dupatta can complete your traditional look, dupattas are now used by women to create a new look with western wear such as jeans, skirts etc. Go ahead and add different types of dupattas to your everyday outfits and stand out of the crowd every day.

If you are a fan of dupattas or you want to create a personal style using dupattas, the below dupattas are a must haves for your wardrobe.

Printed Dupatta: An Ultimate must-have!

Tired of your regular everyday look and want to experiment something different? Adding a printed dupatta to your regular pair of kurta leggings or even with a jeans and a plain top will take your usual everyday look to an entire new level. A printed dupatta will never go out of fashion. Printed dupattas are available in various prints and various colors. Choosing prints of pinks, blues, and greens will go well with any outfit. While choosing prints of dupattas that are similar to your outfits will help you create the perfect ethnic look, a printed dupatta can never go wrong with a plain outfit and will only complete your plain look by combining it with beautiful prints. If you’re heading out to a party with your favorite black top, wrap a printed dupatta around your top in your own style and create a modern yet fashionable look. To create an elegant yet chic look, pair up your printed dupatta with legging or churidar or even with your plain long skirt. You can either tie a loose knot around your neck when pairing it up with western wear or simply pin it up on the side of your kurta when wearing it with an Indian outfit.

Floral prints: Bloom all day!

Floral prints will give you a stylish and feminine look. Floral prints can go well with your patiala and kurta and make you look elegant. If you want a bold look, choose big bold flower print dupattas and if you want to show off your gentle side, then go for small floral prints. Floral prints come in number of colors from the bold black color to subtle pinks. Choose a floral dupatta from versatile and interesting shades and prints and you will definitely be able to pair it up with number of outfits. Pair up your floral dupattas with your western wear by wrapping them around your neck and tying a bow or you can simply wear it like a scarf or simply complete your beach look by crossing your floral dupatta in front and tying it from behind.

Cotton Printed Dupattas: Beat the heat!

Cotton printed dupattas come in number of prints and can add charisma to your outfit. Cotton printed dupattas are best for summers. Mix and match your leggings and kurtas with contrasting shades of dupattas to create a magical look and grab a lot of attention whether you are going to work or going on a date. Cotton printed dupattas with crushed effect will give you a gentle and sophisticated look. Pair it up with your favorite mojaris and get the perfect ethnic-chic look.

Multicolored Printed Dupattas: Play with colors!

Want to add lots of colors to your outfits and add life to a monochromatic outfit? Get multicolor dupattas and shine in your ethnic wear or the perfect indo-western look. A multicolored printed dupatta will can enhance a plain white kurta and if you pair it up with a multicolor bracelet or earrings, you can create a stunning and gorgeous look. And if you’re not someone who loves whites, pair up your black leggings with a dark shaded bright plain kurta such as pink, peacock blue and add a bright colored multicolor dupatta and you’re good to go. Any contrasting multicolor bandhej dupatta will go well with a plain kurta or salwar kameez.

Silk Dupatta: Create an ethnic yet modern look!

Silk dupattas come in different types from Chanderi silk dupatta to Bhagalpur silk dupatta. If you have a party wear salwar kameez, but don’t like its dupatta, pair it up with a matching multicolored dupatta to get the grand yet classy look. Increase the brightness level of your already bright Fridays by pairing up silk dupatta with solid red tunic with black or dark blue colored jeans. You can also create a fresh new look by pairing up printed slik dupatta with dhoti pants, kolhapuri chappals and a multicolored sling bag.

Sleeve Garters – The History and Future of a Classic Men’s Fashion Accessory

Gamblers and cardsharps, gunslingers and knights-errant, traveling jazz musicians and punk rockers, even office clerks have had a hand in shaping the long and colorful story of sleeve garters — one of the classiest underrated accessories in the history of men’s fashion. Although often regarded today as novel anachronisms from a bygone era, arm garters have meant much to the men who have worn them throughout the ages — from practical necessity to the highest symbol of honor and loyalty, the sleeve garter may not be as prevalent today as in centuries past, but it’s looking better than ever.

Garters in the Middle Ages and Camelot

The sleeve garter has been making sporadic appearances in fashion since the Middle Ages, during a time when leg garters were a common accessory for both men and women — in the era before elastic, both sexes used leg garters to hold up their stockings. These garters were often fanciful, highly decorative, and worn to be displayed, a trend that dominated men’s clothing clear through the 18th century.

Great Britain’s ultra-exclusive Most Noble Order of the Garter, in fact, was a product of this period, having been established by King Edward the III sometime in the mid-14th century as a fellowship of chivalrous knights bound by the symbol of the garter. The organization, still in existence today, is limited to royalty and foreign sovereigns and is regarded as one of the most elite societies in the world.

The reason Edward III chose to use the garter as a symbol of his fraternity is shrouded in legend and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy and debate. Some trace Edward’s inspiration to the Crusades, where knights were said to have tied garters around their legs as talismans that would assure them of victory. Others say the source can be traced to the leather straps that knights of the period wore around their arms to bind pieces of their armor. The inspiration of the garter has also been attached to none other than legendary Camelot, where many members of King Arthur’s Round Table, most notably Sir Gawain, wore garters as a sign of solidarity, loyalty, purity, and brotherhood.

By the end of Elizabethan England, arm and sleeve garters had largely faded from fashion but were destined to make a big comeback during the 19th century. With the Industrial Revolution came the introduction of mass produced textiles, making clothing like basic pants and shirts more affordable to the average person. But mass produced clothing, which couldn’t be pre-fitted to the wearer, tended to come in only standard sizes while most men’s shirts were produced with sleeves in only one length, extra long. Arm garters were a convenient and, for those who couldn’t afford their own tailor, necessary way to adjust the length of one’s sleeves by keeping excess material bunched above the elbow near the shoulder.

Sleeve Garters in the 19th Century and the Wild West

Though production techniques improved over time, leading to the variety of shirt sizes available today and eliminating the need for arm garters, there were numerous other practical considerations that helped keep the sleeve garter popular among certain circles. Among news printers, office clerks, and other professionals who worked near ink (in an era where most documents were still produced by hand), arm garters were a way to keep one’s sleeves clean and smudge-free.

No less practical were the considerations for card players around the Old West and elsewhere, who commonly wore arm garters because it made hiding cards up one’s sleeves difficult. A card player wearing sleeve garters was essentially announcing that he was both honest and good enough that he didn’t need to cheat. Arm garters are often worn by card dealers at casinos even today for these reasons, though presently they are regarded more as a decorative part of a traditional uniform than as a safeguard against cheating.

There is also the notion, popularized by depictions in television and film, that gunslingers of the Old West wore sleeve garters to help keep their hands free in the event of a shootout. However, the notorious inaccuracy of pistols and handguns from the period, added to the fact that the American frontier was typically far less violent than its depiction in pop culture, makes this rationale unlikely. However, there is no question that the sleeve garter is now, as it was then, regarded as a dashing accessory for any well-dressed gunslinger from that era.

There is also a belief that keeping one’s hands free made arm garters popular among guitarists and early jazz musicians. While there is likely some validity to this opinion, sleeve garters were also popular among singers and other non-instrument playing performers of the time, lending strong evidence to the idea that arm garters were as fashionable as they were practical.

Retro Fashion and the Return of the Sleeve Garter

The end of the Old West, combined with technological advancements and huge changes in fashion during the 20th century, has turned arm garters into a relic of the past, one that’s now little more than part of a costume limited to a few highly nostalgic professions. There is, however, evidence that arm garters may be making something of second comeback.

The aesthetic known as steampunk, which combines and blends the energy of punk music, the advances of modern technology, and the look and style of Victorian fashion, has recently begun to influence fictional literature, art, music, film, and especially clothing. Fans of this new and often whimsical style are known to incorporate dated accessories like sleeve garters into their dress — the internet fairly abounds with how-to guides and instructions that show fans how to sew sleeve garters of their own.

Whether fads like steampunk will restore the sleeve garter to a premier place in men’s fashion remains to be seen, but the movement is proof that the particular look of this truly old school accessory is still popular for some, and is far from finished. Whether for chivalrous brotherhood, practical need, or retro fashion, it seems the sleeve garter will still be seen on men’s arms for at least a little while longer.

A Guide to What to Wear at Festivals

Festival season is just round the corner; soon hundreds of thousands of people will be hitting the road to soak up all the year’s best music, drink and atmosphere. The time is approaching when dusty tents will be dragged down from attics, wellington boots will be put through the wash and prayers will be said for particular festivals to be swathed in sunshine. One festival no doubt prayed for more than others is Coloursfest in Scotland – victim of Scotland’s temperamental weather on many an occasion. Perhaps more important than the weather forecast is the attire that the average clubber should wear to this annual event.

Coloursfest is Scotland’s longest running dance event back for its’ 9th year. The enormous 6 arena event is a favourite amongst DJs and clubbers alike. 10, 000 party people will descend upon the River Clyde to dance the night away to the best DJs the world has to offer. Clothing will have a strong presence at this event as this will be a chance to promote the brand to the youths of the nation as well as offering these people the chance to check out the latest collection of T shirts, jeans, shoes and jackets. Clubbers will use this opportunity to wear a vast range of t-shirts and sweats to an extent where we could see a festival draped in colourful casual tees.

Choosing the outfit to wear to this event is an extremely important and time consuming process with many factors taken into consideration. As clubbers will be on their feet most of the night, flat shoes are highly recommended. Leave the heels at home. For guys, jeans are a must as this is a casual event along with a casual T shirt as these shirts are designed specifically for this kind of environment. You want an outfit that will let your skin breathe and keep you cool throughout the night. Entering the festival in sweats and hoodies is perhaps too casual and can make the clubber feel uncomfortably warm over the course of the night. The range of clothes typically worn by those going to the event, shows that you do not necessarily need to wear clich├ęd fluorescent outfits to clubbing events. Bright, vibrant colours are recommended as this coincides with the theme of colour. There is a sizeable range of men’s and women’s casual T-shirts and stretch denim jeans to fit the needs of every individual; unfortunately they do not sell any whistles.

Coloursfest takes place at Braehead Glasgow, on June 5 featuring star names such as Mauro Picotto, Seb Fontaine and Dave Pearce. Tickets have sold out for the past 6 six years so you better order them fast. Good luck and I will see you at the front!