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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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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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Social Casual V/s Business Casual

Social Casual V/s Business Casual

 

Social casual events could be a birthday party, dinner at a friends place, etc… and business casual will be events that you attend with business colleagues, like an after office party or in some cases it can be a friday at work or in more relaxed office environment it could be a regular day at work.
Social events could have a bit of more skin show or fitted garments, becauee its an social event, the impression or image to be created is not of a serious worker but of fun and friendly nature. You can also experiment with bold accessories, shinnier fabrics, colourful contrasts for your outfit styling.
With business causal, although it is casual, it is still a buisness day or a buisness event. Your collegues will be there with you and although it does not mean that you have to be very b=fromally dressed always but conservative dressing works when you are trying to create an image amongst office crowd. Opt for more classic cuts and styles, you can experiment with acessories or few colours to create your own unique personal style.

Simple way to Accessorise

Simple way to Accessorise
You will find this statement in way too many blogs of mine “Make clothing an investment”…
Invest in clothes in a way that you are able to accessorise them from day to night , from regualr day at work to lunch at work to boardroom meeting. be flexible and creative in expressing your style with different accessories that work for you.
Read more on various accessorises here and styling tips here.

 

Tops for Mommy-to-be

Tops for Mommy-to-be

 

This is my series post from a mom to mom-to-be.
Pregnancy brings about a lot of change emotionally and physically. Dont let those mood wings and hormones dictate what to wear.
Like i always say – what you wear will directly affect the way you feel, so dress glamorously.
1. Invest in tops that relaxed fit for the for the first and second trimester , and loose fit for the thrid trimester.
2. Check the fabrics, use weather friendly fabrics. For example for a hot and humid climate use more cottons and bit of blends.
3. Wrap tops & belted tops work very well for work as well for semi formal events
4. Simple blousons can be used for various ocassions from work to fun
5. Invest in fun prints, polka dot is the a staple piece for every mommy to be wardrobe.

Pants for Mommy-to-be

Pants for Mommy-to-be

 

 

This is my series post from a mom to mom-to-be.

Pregnancy brings about a lot of change emotionally and physically. Dont let those mood wings and hormones dictate what to wear.

  1. My first tip has to be dont go to stores looking for materinity pants. There are so many variations in pants today lile a pallazo, dhoti pant, jeggings and they all have side zippers or elastic at the waist which is comfortable for the first two trimesters.
  2. Invest in pants that are very comfortable around the waist and are a comfort fit on the legs.
  3. If you like me dont like the thought of materinity pants, than buy trousers that are size bigger. This way you can use them post pregnancy as well 😉
  4. Invest in pants that relaxed fit for the for the first and second trimester , and loose fit for the thrid trimester. Treggings or Jeggings are an exception to this.
  5. Check the fabrics, use weather friendly fabrics. For example for a hot and humid climate use more cottons and bit of blends.

Read more about Styling your Dresses, Styling your Tops & Pants, What types of  Dresses, Tops & Indian outfits to buy for mom-to-be

Dresses for Mommy-to-be

Dresses for Mommy-to-be

 

This is my series post from a mom to mom-to-be.

Pregnancy brings about a lot of change emotionally and physically. Dont let those mood wings and hormones dictate what to wear.

 

  1. Cape dresses add that pizzaaz to the outfit, at the same time they are very relaxed fit and can be used for all trimester.
  2. Shirt dresses work very well in a hot climate, plus they are loose fit and comfortable for regular use. If the climate get cold, you can use the shirt dress with jeggings and boots.
  3. Wrap dresses are generally made from strecth fabrics and take the shape of the body, thus highlighting th lovely baby bump.
  4.  A line dresses knee length or full length also work very well.
  5. Fabrics play an important role, so keep in mind the weather and climate of where you are and
  6. Invest in dresses that relaxed fit for the for the first and second trimester , and loose fit for the thrid trimester.

  7. Check the fabrics, use weather friendly fabrics. For example for a hot and humid climate use more cottons and bit of blends.

Read more about Styling your Dresses, Styling your Tops & Pants, What types of  Pants, Tops & Indian outfits to buy for mom-to-be