Styling is a journey

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7 days travel cluster

7 day Travel cluster

So I am travelling to India for work, and will be working with 3 clients on their wardrobe decluttering, personal styling and shopping with them. The requirement is simple, it has to be super comfortable.

Travel cluster consists of :

  • 2 pair of denims (one for travelling)
  • 1 skirt
  • 8 tops – solids / self print / fancy hemlines
  • 1 fancy coverup
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of open toes flats
  • 1 big brown bag

As you see in the above picture i have opted for floral embroidery and torn style denim, hence decided to keep my tops solid in colour. However because my tops are all solids, i like to keep a variety in terms of their texture and style.

Travel packing is not difficult, read my blog on this 7 days casual travel packing tips to get a clarity on how to plan your packing and clustering. I also have a printable PDf outfit planner to help you Pack.

 

 

7 days casual travel packing

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Would you believe if I said,  that small cabin bag has my 7 days of outfit and and extra pair for just in case scenarios?

If you have read my earlier blog on Travel packing tips and vlog on packing cubes, you will notice that planning is the key.  So many times when you start packing, it gets overwhelming with the amount of things we have to carry.

So everytime I start packing, there is a planned sheet of what I will wear when and with minute details of accessories and makeup, you can do this for every bag that you pack, like I do this for my kids as well. This planning has made my life easy, plus when there is a destination wedding or we are out on vacation, my elder one just has to see the travel packing sheet and wear the clothes accordingly. Trust me ot saves a lot of tantrums, plus you are at peace.

Below is my outfit planner that i used for this 7 day work trip. You can download a printable  Travel Outfit Planner .

 

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Once my travel outfit planner is ready, I just have to start assembling all pieces of clothes from my wardrobe and pack them in packing cubes.

This work trip is mostly wardrobe decluttering and personal shopping for my clients, hence comfort is very important. I have packed very minimal makeup and jewellery as i am on my feet the whole day with my clients.

Read more about this wardrobe capsule here.

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How to wear a Cowl Neck Top

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A cowl neck is a style of neckline having material draped in rounded folds. It is mostly found in sweaters for women and stylized versions of men sweaters as well.

This neckline got adapted to regular soft fabrics and voila a lovely blouson style for women to explore. I bought this top speciallyfor the neckline.

Women with heavier bust need not worry, althought there is too much fabric around the bust area but the drape and fold is such that the concentration is on the lovely drape. Keep in mind though to be smart about the choice of fabric. The fabric needs to be soft and flowly by opaque.

Women with smaller bust can also wear this top, purely because of the drape and fabric around the bust. You an opt for slightly heavier polyester or soft cotton.

Besides the simple options that I have shared above to take this top from Business formal to Business Casual, you can also wear this top with a coloured pant, printed pant, staright fit solid or printed

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As we have seen in earlier blogs on Focal Point, here the focal point is the cowl neck design, hence go slow on accessories. Depending on what colour your top is decide the makeup and you all ready to wear this top in so many different ways for work and fun.

You can also view the vlog on this top below.

 

 

 

Blousons Vs Shirts

Blousons Vs Shirts
A blouson top is mostly a loose fitted top that may or may not cover the hips. It is not so tailored as a shirt, hence easily adaptable for various body types. Blouson can be various varieites and they were actually a replacement of shirts for women. Blouson are not very fitted by style, hence there is an ease to the wear, unless you opt for the stylised version like a peplum blouson.
A shirt is a tailored top, with button opening at the front from collor to hem. Since it is tailored than a blouson, it has restriction to wear for women with heavy bust / midriff variation. Shirts were traditionally part of men’s wardrobe, they started seeping in women’s wardobe in 1950’s .

 


Colour Contrast for Trouser & Tops

Colour Contrast for Trouser & Tops

The above shirts and pants are same size, what I have done is changed the colour combination.

Lets look at the trousers, the black trousers will visually give a slimming effect because lighter colours expand and darker colours contrast. So if you are heavy from lower body like Triangular body shape / Round body shape / Large Rectangular body shape / Large Hourglass body shape shape

Same rule applies to the shirts. If you have a fuller bust or midriff variation opt for dark colour shirts (or blousons preffered)

A darker top / bottom will always reduce the size of that part of your body, its colour perception or as I like to call it Deceptive styling 🙂

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How many Reds do you have?

 

I love red lipstick and i really love the colour red. My afafir with red lipstick started 4 years back and the first red lipstick I bought , have applied the lipstick and removed it. Wearing a bright colour on your face as makeup or on body as clothes, requires a lot of confidence.

Colour is nothing but a projection of your inner personality. Colour is what you feel from the inside. On the days that we feel cheerful, we subconsiciously pick a bright pink. On days you are feeling blue, you will pick up a pale blue or grey .

Colour is like an instant mood lifter, a quick fix for a dull day.

Back to my love for red. It finised a whole case of my first red lipstick before I could get confident to wear red. Red used to give me jitters, it used to make me feel that am i actally this or projecting a fake person, it used to make me look awkward. Than one fine day, i decided that am not going to remove the colour of my lips. It felt so uneasy, but the moment i started looking at those pictures with me in Red lipstick, i was sold. This colour dominates my makeup box. The colour that made me feel awkward, than confident is now my fail safe colour. I have a red for work, a red for party,  a red for every ocassion 🙂