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.

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 clichéd 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!

The Definitive Guide to Revamping Old Clothes

They don’t need to have this fate. With a bit of skill and inspiration, you can turn the plainest clothes into fashion-forward statements and give them new life. Don’t worry if you’re not the DIY type or if you don’t have a lot of supplies around the house. These ideas are simpler than you think!

If you can use a sewing machine

The better you know how to sew, the more options you have when it comes to revamping old items of clothing. Also, the end result will look a bit more polished than if you were to use just scissors, needle and thread. Here are some simple ideas that you can apply even with minimal sewing knowledge:

· Do you find the neck of a blouse unflattering? It’s easy to fix! You can easily turn a boat neck into a V-shape or a turtleneck into a crew neck!

· If you have a dress you love, but that doesn’t fit you well in the bottom part, then you can cut that part off and turn it into a blouse. The same trick can be applied if the dress has a stain you can’t get out or if you burnt it with the iron.

· Although they have less fabric, shorts are priced the same as regular trousers. Find a pair you no longer wear and cut it off to get a free pair of shorts! The benefit of using this method is that you can achieve exactly the length you want.

· Use the embroidery technique to apply unique shapes on basic T-shirts

· Sew a bit of lace at the end of the sleeves for a feminine boho effect.

· Instead of buying a new swimsuit coverup, you can cut an old T-shirt.

· Cut the back of T-shirts to create interesting patterns using beads

No sewing required

If you don’t own a sewing machine or simply don’t want to put a lot of effort into upgrading old clothes, these no-sew techniques are for you.

· Distressed jeans are really popular, but nobody wants to spend more than $50 on a pair of jeans that lacks most of the fabric. You can make your own distressed jeans by scrubbing the fabric with some sandpaper or pumice. This way, even your most worn, favorite pair of jeans can live on for at least one more season.

· Wear ribbons. Find cute ribbon patterns online and, instead of using them to wrap gifts, use them to revamp your clothes. You can either stick them to the shoulders of blouses or you can wear a longer ribbon strand as a belt to add shape to a straight, oversized dress.

· The distressed clothing trend is bigger than ever. Just like you did with distressed jeans, you can make your own shredded T-shirt by cutting holes in it. If you don’t like the look of skin showing through, then another idea would be to take a large, men’s cut band T-shirt and cut the neck and sleeves to create a muscle top.

· Draw patterns using lace. Take a piece of lace (including from a curtain, if you don’t mind the damage) and apply in on top a clothing item you want to revamp. Then, using a waterproof sharpie or some special clothing paint, color the lace. This will create a unique pattern that withstands the washing machine cycle.

· Loving that cold shoulder trend, but you’re not convinced you should break your capsule wardrobe rules for a new top? Then make your own by taking a basic tee or a floaty blouse and cutting off the shoulders!

· Everyone has a top that looks good, but needs something extra to shine. Enter the statement necklace. For this project, you will only need a statement necklace and some glue. Next time you’re going out clubbing, you’ll save a few minutes on looking for accessories.

· Buttons may be small, but they can make a huge difference to your outfit. To add a fresh touch to an old jacket, remove its old buttons and replace them with novelty ones. For example, you could add heavy, golden buttons to create a powerful military look.