All Chic & Classic!!

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

All Love for Chic & Classic!

Hello Fashion Lovers!!

Want to know about one of my weaknesses?? Well! It’s the obsession I have for chic dressing. At most occasions I choose to dress sophisticated. It without a doubt stimulates my fashion sensibilities. There’s something classy, neat, easy and impactful about dressing chic.  The word “Chic” is derived from a French word “Chique” – which means skilfully smart, stylish and fashionable. 

The best thing about chic dressing is one does not need to keep buying the latest trendy clothes and you don’t look like you are a fashion victim ever. No matter how old your outfit is, it will only represent who you are in the truest sense. The Classic style is flattering on just anyone and that’s the magic of timeless dressing.

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

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Chic dressing is dignified and refined. One can choose to pick an outfit according to one’s body type and look suave.  Whether you look flattering in a dress, suit or a combination sets, that’s for you to decide.

I am an ardent fan of Chanel like many of you. I love the brand not only for the luxury it exuberates, but also for the magic of simplicity Gabriella Chanel gifted the world. It was a proof that no matter where you may come from, if you have the vision to create magic it can be the beginning of a new era. 

The ever classic beauties Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Katherine Hepburn were head turners in their elegant ensemble. In the present scenario, I am a huge fan of Queen Rania’s style. Elegance leaves an impact like nothing else does. Its reflects one’s personality eloquently. It is charming, poetic, beautiful, dainty yet STRONG!!

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

Chic dressing comprises of well cut shirts, dresses, skirts, pencil skirts, well cut suits, off shoulder dresses and much more.  I have some of my favourite outfits and dresses that can be repeated endlessly on several occasions. An off shoulder dress in black and white is just discerning and tasteful…..It sits as one of my delish pieces in my wardrobe. 🙂

But nothing replaces a combination of black and white on an outfit. It is a bold yet understated combination.  Black being a powerful colour and white being a colour of purity and peace, the combination brings out a striking vibe. Not much is needed when you wear this combination. You could wear a well cut white shirt with black pants, skirt or a dress or a suit, it will always be an enticing combination. 

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

This outfit is a fabulous combination of both of my favourite colours. The skirt has the perfect Dior check on it. I love the Bow – Tie shirt which has white detailing on the wrist, neck and shoulder with the bow.  Stockings add more grace to the formal look.

My well cut Italian shoes are perfectly designed to wear at work and formal events. You can see I have also teamed the outfit with long boots as well that can be worn as the temperature drops. One should always grab a pair of well made shoes as they are high on comfort and style. You can also choose to wear pointed stilettos for a more formal evening.

Chic and Classic - Rupika Chopra

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This look is perfect for work, formal lunch or dinner. My jacket is a tweed one which I completely love. Tweed makes one look fabulous as it has a vintage vibe to it. Overall the combination is “Chique “. One can always add a pair of pearl stud earnings with such an outfit. I avoid wearing any accessory in the neck with a           bow – tie styled shirt. If I was wearing a top or a plain shirt I would have loved to add a pair of pearl strings with stilettos. You can keep your make up minimalistic but a wing eyeliner will make you dazzle with this look, for when we dress chic and classy, WE LET EYES DO THE TALKING !!:)

Skirt: Dior, Shirt : Jaspal , Jacket : Ted Baker, Shoes : are from a local store in Italy ,                 Bag – Scervino Street  

 

“FUR” The heat is on!

Love for Faux Fur - Rupika Chopra

THE GLORIOUS FAUX FUR :

Hello Autumn Lovers 🙂 

As we have moved to the fall season how can we not begin with the love we have for Fur. Exotic Fur is my Coronet!! 

The primitive stories of Fur began when men would go hunting and wear fur on their bodies to protect themselves from the weather conditions. Boasting of a lion skin on their body was a sign of power, vitality, strength and courage. Fur was known for the “contagious magic” it had on the one wearing it, passing the strength, courage, power, skills, fertility to a human being. And the same feeling progressed to the sensibilities of men and women after centuries. The fashion world caught the same vibe of feeling exceptional adorning Fur and yes it continues to feel the same even today.

Fur boasts of the glam and luxurious styles of the rich and famous. It is warm, cozy and sexy. Fur was worn as a symbol of wealth and social status in the 11th Century.  To be honest Kadarshian’s have impacted the fashion scenario from the last three years  by flaunting fur coats gloriously, showing off their voluptuous bodies that popped many eyeballs.

Needless to say that the luscious fur coats are a must have for every winter wardrobe. As a child, I have memories of mom wearing them and since then I knew that a beautiful fur coat had a special place in a woman’s heart and closet.

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The European Royalty loved Fur coats, capes, accessories made of mink and sable. To my surprise there was a law introduced in the 1300’s, that regulated which social classes were allowed to wear which types of furs…Quite a discriminating law I must say but it was changed later.

Love for Faux Fur - Rupika Chopra

Fur was completely loved in the Victorian Era and by the 1800’s they were also worn by men and women. Women wore fur coats with fur on the collar, wrists and at the Hem. By 1950’s the glitterati started wearing them in the movies, parties, social events etc. intensifying its rage among all. The designers now started creating new styles by introducing shorter fur coats. With much demand for them, a happy news floated for the animal lovers – Faux Fur was introduced in the 1960’s making it affordable for most people.

I am glad to see that Faux Fur came into being that early in the fashion industry. I am an animal lover and so much so, I turned into a vegetarian a decade ago. I don’t feel any less than a goddess wearing Faux Fur.

Love For Faux Fur - Rupika Chopra

Faux Fur is magical as they are made by machines and they overtime have become denser and better quality with better acrylic polymers. Technology has been also used to  produce environment friendly BIO FUR, which is less damaging to the environment.

Fur makes you look exotic. It defines your personality and adds to your sex appeal, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Fur coats and accessories make one look an absolute diva. I feel a halo around me when I am cozy in my Fur.

Love for Faux Fur - Rupika Chopra

I love my cool grey suede fur coat as it is light in weight, which makes it easy to travel with. I have teamed it up with black shorts, stockings and a turtle neck top and have accessorised it with a chunky belt and edgy boots. This is my favourite look for the fall season as its stylish and simple to put together. Its comfortable and chic.

I love the length of this coat as it protects you from the cold and is not too heavy to party in style. Sometimes the weight of a coat can be such a turn off……I am not a fan of heavy clothing, as I feel it absorbs my aura. So I love this coat for its colour, fabric, cut, detailing, weight, length and comfort. And not only that it is pocket friendly aswell.

Love for Faux Fur - Rupika Chopra

It gives me immense happiness to share the number of brands offering vegan fur coats  – Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang, Elisabetta Franci, BB DAKOTA, HUGO BOSS, Unreal Fur, Zara, H&M, TOPSHOP, Bershka, Yves Saint Laurent, Nilli Lotan, ACNE, Just Cavalli, Max Mara, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Saylers Fabulous Furs are to die for.

A few more brands like Adolfo Dominguez, Furless, Morphe, River Island, Charley Calder,  Shein etc. have very stylish Fur clothing and accessories you would not want to miss out on.

Thats not all, theres more good news for you all that, brands like Versace, Gucci, Furla, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Armani have declared that they will no longer be using real furs in the year 2019. 

On that note get yourself an exotic fur coat / accessories and envelope yourself in its spell.

Much love to you all

Happy Winter

xxx

Faux Fur Coat – River Island, Top – H&M, Shorts – Jaspal, Shoes – Sacha Amsterdam, Stockings – Marks & Spencers 

The Velvet Touch!!

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Velvety Tales 🙂 

Hello Fashion Lovers!!

What does Velvet remind you of ? It takes me back to Royalty – The royal thrones, magnificently designed velvet robes, stunning off – shoulder gowns with elbow kissing gloves, exotic furnishings and much more. There is something exclusive about this fabric. 

Velvet represents an air of the powerful monarchs. Not only that, velvet has been used for ages to create the most mesmerising evening wear imaginable. Infact this is one fabric, that has progressed successfully in every century because of its deep rich appearance, adding much to your sex appeal.

Velvet originated early in 2000 BC in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptians introduced velvet to their nobility and began the history of this Royal textile.  Velvet was also traced during the Han Dynasty around 221-206 BC in China.

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Typically woven from the silk threads it is still a lavish textile. Centuries later the luxurious fabric was introduced in Iraq in 786 AD and later Middle East started producing it. By 809 AD, Europe had discovered the luscious fabric and started producing it as well.  Love for velvet grew among the Egyptians and so did the demand for it. They started exporting the fabric in huge quantities to Venice, Italy.  Soon Italy, Florence, Genoa started supplying this sought after fabric to the rest of Europe.

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It was during the golden age of Renaissance, that Velvet became much known to the world. By now, this royal fabric was being used not only for clothing but for upholstery, wall coverings, draperies etc. Later with Industrial Revolution, the production of this fabric became easier, making it affordable which lead to its popularity among the middle class. The connotation of Royalty was still stuck with Velvet, even though it became easily available. But that is the case even today!

Velvet had promisingly established it’s space in the fashion world and when it reached America, it was used as the Glitsy Garment in the 1920’s, 30’s – 40’s. The velvety outfits were mostly worn to more formal occasions like it is even today. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s it initiated a Boho vibe with the evolution of styles and cuts. How madly I have been in love with the velvet flared pants over the years – the style famously worn by the hippies and the rock stars in the 80’s. The whole world had access to this Royal Fabric by the 90’s.

Velvets have been in every wardrobe in different forms – jackets, suits, gowns, gothic wear, indian wear, stylish pants, dresses, etc. Its unusual luxurious texture sets it apart from other textiles. Even today on the fashion runways velvet has been used by the most famous designers to showcase the legacy attached to it, unveiling stunning craftsmanship not only on clothes but also on accessories like shoes, heels, boots, belts, bags, hair accessories etc. 

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My temptation soars when I look at a well cut dress or a velvet jacket with an interesting vintage detailing. A well cut velvet jacket makes me feel rather Aristocratic. Velvet jackets with emblems on the front pocket became a must have for most men recently. It undoubtedly adds a regal air to one’s personality.

Velvet smoothly created its niche among the fashion brands  – Velvet high waisted pants, suits, heels, tops, shirts, sun glasses, skirts, joggers suit, sports wear, etc. have had a fling with everyones taste. Velvet has a character of its own to make heads turn, even with one piece of well designed garment or accessory.

Brands like Juicy Couture, Yves Saint Laurent, J- Brand, Elisabetta Franchi, Hugo Boss, Adidas, Zara, Alessandra Rich, TOPSHOP, MIU MIU, Alexander Mc Queen, Emporio Armani, Gucci, D&G etc. have created impeccable styles for us in the luscious fabric. The list of brands is endless because the fact is that velvets are sexy and versatile. 

I fell in love with this light pink velvet co-ord set. Its comfortable and soft. I like the detailing on the top with the gold zip on one side of the neck line. Highlighting of the brand is done on the sleeves and also on the shorts which gives it a casual streak.

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To perk my outfit up I have accessorised it with a gold necklace and bold gold earnings that I often love wearing. I am wearing my metallic copper wedge heels to add some oomph to the look. You can wear this outfit to a fun lunch or a sundowner.

So what are you waiting for?? Up your game with the sultry velvet this winter and don’t forget to smell divine. 

Outfit : Emporio Armani , Necklace : Nikki Lissoni, Earings : Zara , Shoes : Sergio Rossi 

Blushing in Pink!!

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Love Lush in Pink 🙂

A Big Hello to everyone!!

Hope you all have been doing well and taking good care of your emotional and physical self. So have you heard, that Venus is in Retrograde?? This phase started from October 5th, 2018 and will last till Nov 16th, 2018. Let me explain what this means – Venus is a planet of Goddess of Love and it is the only planet that shines the brightest. This planet rules how we behave in our relationships. During this period Venus moves backwards and it effects us emotionally and leads to self reflection. So make sure you stay positive throughout and don’t take any drastic decisions in life in this phase. Stay calm and let it flow. 🙂

So I decided to adorn myself in Pink and blush in this colour of optimism, love, joy, compassion and generosity. Pink is also a colour of Hope. The word “Pink” has its roots in a species of flowers called “Pinks ” It was described as a colour in the 17th Century. 

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Pink also reflects one’s sweet side and child like innocence. Think about this, do we imagine a ghost in the colour Pink ?? No right !! We imagine it in Black mostly. But Pink is the magical colour that reminds you of beauty. It makes you vibe higher and attracts positivity. Not to forget the magical powers of a Rose Quartz – The love stone. It is considered to be a lucky stone of love and bliss.

And of course, Pink has long back, broken the barrier of being limited to a girl’s closet. In the 18th Century, it was seen as a colour elegant for both sexes. It has progressed through the years and it took the world on a mad wave in the 20th century, when Brooks Brothers introduced the Pink shirt. The colour became highly popular in the 1940’s 50’s, 70’s and the 80’s . Then came a phase of this colour being subduedly used. But in the 2000’s it created a stronger niche for itself again. Men have fondly worn it fashionably to both work and play. This colour is indeed here to stay and we are incomplete without this hue in our wardrobe.

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I love the simplicity of this outfit. It’s comfortable and easy to wear. I like my non clingy  V – Neck top. The V – neck gives a sharper look to my soft pink top. These high waisted flared loose pants are quite cool and retro. Its got detailing on the pleats with the white thread, so one can also wear this outfit in a sporty fashion. If you wear this outfit with a pair of funky white sneakers, it will look super cool casual.

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

I decided to go blingy with this retro look and have accessorised it with a chunky love pendant and a pair of gold earrings. My pink champagne sunnies add an oomph to my demeanour. I decided to go metallic on my feet with the bronze – gold wedge heels. Just for you to know metallic clothes and shoes are killing it at the runways. And to add the cherry on top – I accessorised my hair with the Hot Pink Rose, oh yes darling…….l love to POSE!! 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Go add some pink for the love of VENUS!!

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Top: Jaspal , Pants : Jaspal , Shoes : Sergio Rossi , Sunnies : Alexander Mc Queen ,

Necklace : Nikki Lissoni , Rose : Accessorize 

High Waisted Wide Leg Vintage Pants!!!

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika ChopraGo Vintage with the High Waisted Pants :

The wide legged pants go way back in the 1920’s,  when they were initially worn as  lounge pants. Remember the silky loose pants worn by the glamorous women looking all sultry in their abode!? The silky pants worn with velvet or silk jackets was the lounge look of the famous stars and it caught the fashion wave and women started wearing them to holidays too. In the 1930’s this lounge attire moved to the beach and was modified as the beach pyjamas printed in floral patterns.

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In the mid 1930’s, the style was reformed to the widest pleated pants ever worn. Top and Pant sets with matching belts came in vogue followed by jumpsuits in the late 1930’s. The trend continued through every decade  …….peaking in the 1970’s with the rise of boho hippie culture – which brought a revival of the wide legged bell bottoms back from the 1930’s.

An Evolution of lounge pants could be seen prominently taking it a notch above with the flashy buttons in the front adding much statement to the look.

These pants have made a comeback with amazing weaves. They are present in different fabrics -from linen, cotton, wool etc. Wide legged pants are perfect for leisure wear. The one’s I am wearing particularly are very casual ones with pockets. To add some vibrance to the boring grey, I teamed a colourful striped top. You can also wear these grey pants with a classic white shirt, or a white shirt with the balloon sleeves or colourful tops to get a perky disposition.

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These pleated wide legged pants are comfortable and breathable. I like the detailing of the belt on the waist, which gives more character to my pants.  Similar pants in Wool and checks look super fashionable in the Fall Season with a well cut  jacket. The cut and fabric change the dynamics of a garment phenomenally.

The wide legged pants are a statement in itself, so grab them now and team them with t-shirts, shirts, fun accessories like bracelets and sunnies. The wide legged pants look great with the wedge pumps or flats ….depending on your look and comfort. I have mine ready for fall as well……what about you?

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

Pants : Shein , Top : Zara , Shoes : Sergio Rossi 

Photographer : Natasha Adnani

We will, We will “ROCK YOU”!!!

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Rock Glam Bae 🙂

Hello Rock Lovers!!

I hope you all have been shining in your own light and if not ….it’s never too late to dig beneath your own feet and find Gold!!!

Singing along Dua Lipa now………before I begin to write more, let me share my frenzy for music with you all. Proud to share that I had a girl band in college. Shooting for this blog post turned out to be much fun as we created “happy moments” with my dear rockstar friend,  Jasleen Aulakh, an amazing and a soulful singer!  I dedicate this blog post to our friendship over the years!! And more so, we could not miss some Guitar & Glam for this feature!!

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A Rocker for me is anyone who defines life with his/her own beliefs and sets the stage of life on fire with that emotion. The Rebel, The Artist, The Hero –  A Rockstar is a “Rule Bender” for the same reason! They love being real and the beauty is they do it with madness for the art which magnifies their being as vast as the Universe, making the world go CRRRAAAZZZYYY with their charisma. There is a revolutionary residing within them.

Edgy and glamorous, the rock chic style flashed the fashion scene in the 1970’s and mind you it is never going out of vogue ever!! The bell bottoms, loud shirts, slogan T- shirts, Torn Denims with badges and pins  are always going to set this look apart. When I dress up edgy, I instantly feel a renewed sense of confidence to enjoy my evening, rolling with some cool music from all Genres. Its a “HIGH” ……the “high” of your soul, your attire and the “high” of music ……and when you share that with the people who vibe with you…….the Euphoria is inexplicable!!

It is just so easy to dress up like a Rock chic – you can wear a pair of torn slim or flared denims/ leather pants/ ripped shorts / leather skirt with a ripped t-shirt, or a cool shirt, wear some cool accessories like a funky bracelets, a hat,  boots or Edgy Heels. Wear a sexy leather jacket to add some weight of your frenzy if you like. There’s so much that you can do with this look….like add a bandana, wear a black nail paint, make your eyes all smoky or add a lot of kohl to look dramatic. 

I chose the glam look and knotted my favourite shirt with stars hanging from one end. This shirt is a very unique one. This black denim is my favourite pair from “True Religion”. It is a statement in itself as their fit and detailing is Fab and uplifting. The white detailing on it makes one look sharper. A pair of Black Aviators or Metallic glasses will go perfectly with this attire. I am wearing my snake leather white pumps which are comfy and edgy at the same time. You have often seen me wear the same bracelets…..they are a part of me and I love them for they have healing energies.

Glam Rock Chic - Rupika Chopra

With many brands available at our disposal – there are no derth of options in stores and online. Grab your hands on anything that suits your budget…….brands like Philip Plien, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Hood By Air, Supreme NewYork, Marcelo Burlon, Jeremy Scott, Stussy, Off White Etc. have a very edgy collection. You can find much collection at Zara, H&M, Adidas, Black Scale, Urban Outfitters, Rockers NYC, Hollister etc.

There is a whole ocean out there so – Grab what you relate to best and let the world detest…….. coz you’ve got the moves like Jagger 😉 😉

Glam Rock Chic - Rupika Chopra

Shirt : Jaspal , Denims : True Religion , Heels – Zara

Photographer : Jasleen Aulakh

“High and Waisted”

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The Super High Waisted Tapered Pants 🙂 

Who wears the pants in the House ……..Yeah…we do!!!

Summer is not yet over guys …….and till we can flash those abs without feeling the chill ….yeah… we will flaunt it, because we have it !!Oh my!! I still remember looking at Claudia Schiffer’s pictures in the high waisted pants …..Simply breath taking!!!                      I remember I got mine tailored in school just the same way and I did not feel any less wearing them to my school carnival. 🙂

From a time, when it was a big deal for women to wear pants in 1940’s …..(when women were striving for equal rights with men) – To now in the Millennial age – women have adorned pants from High, Mid to Low waist, boasting different cuts…..and styles. Pants actually paved their way through the bloomers. In 1851 a bloomer craze took over among women and they wore it under their dresses pushing boundaries with men. During the World War 1, when men went to  war, the women took their roles and wore their pants to work comfortably in the factories. 

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

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High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

It was in the 1920 ‘s when Coco Chanel stole her lovers riding trousers and wittily designed women’s pants for the purpose of riding. The famous Hollywood beauties Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich wore trousers and also photographed in a man’s Tuxedo…..which gave freedom to women to wear pants without being looked down upon in society. 

High waisted pants became a “must have” in 1970’s and the 80’s. By then the High Waisted Denims became super popular. Owning a pair was a must for every girl!!  Ask any lady about their closet favourite at that time…and they will surely mention about this versatile piece from their closet.

In 1990’s ofcourse the low rise waist took over and almost replaced the “high waisted fever ” for a while. But it happily found its way back in the fashion scene, taking over catwalks for all seasons. From Spring to Winter ……there are amazing styles displayed across the globe. I love the fact that fashion storyline has become so eclectic and similar across the world, thanks to globalisation undoubtedly.

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

These Super High Waisted Tapered Pants are comfortable and cool to hang in anywhere. You can even wear them to work with a tucked in shirt or a sweet white top. They surely look elegant and accentuate your waist beautifully.

My white knotted shirt and flats ooze a relaxed vibe. I chose my Hat as the best accessory with this look and added some colour with my sun glasses.  The detailing on the trousers with crochet flowers is the most attractive part of my Kecks. 

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

This outfit is perfect for a causal day out anywhere. You will stand out and look chic without a doubt but, remember not to hold back and get  “High and Waisted ” 🙂 !!!

Pants: Zara , Top : H&M , Peep toes : Zara , Sunglasses : Zara , Hat: From a local store in Thailand!

Photographer – Mehak Khorana

LBD’s are Forever!!

Little Black Dress - Rupika Chopra

Brunette loves her Little Black Dress :

Knock Knock……… who’s there??? Hi Darling, It’s me …..dressed in my “Little Black Dress” for a charming evening 🙂

The famous Little Black Dress originated in the 1920’s and yet again, Coco Chanel unlatched a gateway to an ever lasting elegant style of neutral classic LBD’s. Look….. how long the style has proven its prominent space in a woman’s closet. We are in 2018…..and we are almost closing a century with this one now. A well cut LBD, no matter how old, is a timeless companion like that diamond ring on your finger.

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There is always flexibility of  dressing up or dressing down in your LBD. Black is a powerful neutral colour. The good thing about the black dress is you can layer it with a jacket, a scarf and bold accessories. An occasion has the liberty to define your look. An elegant LBD works for every season. It makes you look sharp as A Little Black Dress flatters every skin tone. Little Back Dress - Rupika Chopra

An LBD has been an important fashion garment among the stars and the Royals because of it’s versatility. We can’t forget Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more so none of us can ever forget the gorgeous Princess Diana dressed immaculately in her LBD outside the Serpentine Gallery in 1994.

How can we deny, that LBD’s shower sensuality and one never has to ponder much for selecting a Feel Good Body Flattering LBD. Although, the length of an LBD must vary for different occasions, to be in one’s comfort zone. A well cut LBD like mine is quite figure flattering and oozes exclusivity. It is the cut that matters and Italians hardly ever go wrong with it!! This dress is designed by one of my favourite designers —Elisabetta Franchi. Her cuts are divine and the detailing on each garment is beyond impressive. You feel sultry in every attire of her’s. But this one is special!!

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I love the layers on the dress as they make the attire more feminine and add a softer touch to it. I decided to play it cool with accessories and wore a pair of pearl earrings with it. You can blast this outfit with chunkier earrings and a bracelet as well. Leave your hair in soft curls to look enchanting.

Wear this dress to – a formal dinner, cocktail, a special date, and of course to any party and be assured, you will set the eyes rolling!!

Outfit : Elisabetta Franchi , Shoes : Valentino, Bag : MOS

Striking in Stripes!!!

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The Rebellious Stripes:)

Stripes have the power to distinguish you anywhere!! And when you brace yourself  in a well fitted black and white striped suit, you are ready to kill!! Stripes are a pattern popularly worn by both men and women all over the world and look very chic and elegant at the same time. There is something rebellious about this pattern’s vibe which screams – YEAH…..I HAVE A MIND AND STYLE OF MY OWN!!!

Black and White stripe was once, the uniform of the detainees. Believe it or not….in 1310, to wear striped clothes was demeaning and worn by only social outcasts – such as jugglers, clowns, sex workers, cripples etc. Because of their striking impact in 1800’s, they became the uniform for the ones in the prison cell, making prisoners easily identifiable – clotting their escape. But later in the US, the badge of shame attached to the pattern was abolished by many states.

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The famous striped Breton shirt as we know it today, came into being after the French Act was passed in 1858 – which introduced the Navy and White striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French Navy sea men in Brittany. The striped shirt became the famous “mariner garment” as it made easier to spot the shipmate on Board. And it continued to gain popularity in the 1900’s.

My favourite designer Gabriella Coco Chanel, brought a fashion revolution with her Nautical Collection at the end of the first world war around 1917. With increasing popularity of the seaside destinations like Saint Tropez, Coco Chanel designed the striped shirt paired with flared trousers…….and the style went on to be celebrated by the working class and the rich and famous. As the love for stripes grew, Tops and Shirts were being worn with Skirts, Blazers and Trousers.

Topshop Striped Suit - Rupika Chopra

Topshop Striped Suit - Rupika Chopra

When fashion catches waves with the glitterati, then it stimulates the world more than ever. 🙂 Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Dean and many more displayed their love for Stripes in the 1900’s. The Pop stars embraced the stripes with much oomph aswell.

Stripes have stood the test of time and have come a long way banishing taboo from the past. Today, Stripes have earned their place as something far more solid that a wardrobe must – have, surpassing age, sex and trends. The very Italian – Missoni is recognised from far with the zig zag machine woven stripes. Brands like Missoni, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, D&G, Paul Smith, Armani, Jaspal, Zara, Topshop, DKNY, Etro and many more have repeatedly  displayed stripes with an infectious flare. 

Topshop Striped Suit - Rupika Chopra

Topshop Striped Suit - Rupika Chopra

You know how much I love power dressing …….it simply makes me feel sexy and strong!! I absolutely fell in love with this diagonal striped double breasted suit from TOPSHOP. You can wear this outfit to a work or a fun lunch or dinner or to a formal event.  Accessorise this outfit with a bold pearl necklace and earrings and my dear …..you will look enticing!! You can also wear the jacket separately with a fitted top and torn denims. Team it up with a pair of back pumps and you are set to turn the HEAT ON!!!

Go and Shop Now !!! 

Outfit : TOPSHOP, Shoes: Valentino, Shirt: H&M,

Flaming it with Flamingos!!!

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Flamingos it is !!!

These water birds are more easily seen on the High Streets in the display windows of the famous brands, than by the lagoons or lakes.  Flamingos are the National Bird of The Bahamas, but right now they are the Global Emblem of the Fashion Scenario. I have been witnessing them all over the place, across countries. Brands like Sandro, Maje, Kooples, Valentino, Gucci, Zara, Banjhara, Givenchy, Topshop, ASOS, Adidas, Debenhams, Dune, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Anthropologie and many more….. have so much to offer in the Flamingo print.

Flamingos are the Fashion Icons of 2018.

Prada has even launched a PINK FLAMINGOS PERFUME this season. I am definitely going to grab one!! One of my favourite brands for leather accessories – SMYTHSON, has also launched Flamingos correspondence cards. Guys! Flamingos are dominating the  FASHION SCENE all over the world. They are on shoes, t-shirts, skirts, jackets, trench coats, swim wear, pocket squares, earings, hats, kimonos, I- phone cases, laptop covers, headbands, dresses, bags and even on the cozy cardigans, sweaters and on socks as well. 

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Pink Flamingos once a lawn ornament, has left the boring garden, to taste their magical power in the fashion scenario globally.

They first became popular as the Pink Lawn Birds. They were placed in the lawns and looked stunning, thanks to the man, Don Featherstone, the inventor of the original plastic lawn ornament. Due to the similarity in homes post the World War 2 construction, units looked just identical, so women started adding these Flamingos in their lawn to make their home appealing.  The New York Times described Don Featherstone as the man who put the Hot flamingos in the garden of the millions of working class families in the 60’s as, ” Indelibly altering the landscape of mid century America”.  He first tried to experiment with Ducks but it failed. But  Flamingos were a success, as they are beautiful birds and bring playfulness with their colour not only in the lawns but on anything. Flamingos became a Mascot adopted by the gay bars in the 70’s and in the 80’s it was at its peak, thanks to the POP Art Culture. The Governor of Massachusetts, actually honoured this beautiful bird as “an essential contribution to the American Folk Art” 

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These gorgeous birds can be also found on the wallpapers, lampshades, cushions, bed linen, blankets, coasters and even on crockery. Flamingos are not really something you see in daily life – so they do bring a fantasy into your closet and home.

So, If you want to be with it, go and buy anything with flamingos made on it!!  This summer, Flamingo is like the pineapple of 2016. The designers have yet again fallen in love with this exquisite creature. Yes there is so much bird watching happening this season …….men can also find these birds on fabulous shirts, ties, pants, jackets, pocket squares, socks and shorts.

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But why Flamingos ??- Needless to say – They are tall, beautiful birds, elegant with their long neck and dainty legs. The colour Pink makes it perky and yes it associates a personality with grace and fun at the same time.

When my eyes fell on this dress from Bhanjara Formentera, I fell in love with it instantly!!  Wish I had grabbed it in another colour as well, but never mind ……I will find the birds anywhere I am! 🙂 The detail on the dress caught my attention. It’s bell sleeves with lace on it, makes it retro and very feminine. This dress is a high – low one – is longer at the back and shorter in front and that makes it more doll like adding ruffles to it. You can wear this dress to a fab lunch with friends or a date – it’s got something cute about it!

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From US to Australia, Famingos are Flaming it!!!! what are you waiting for …….Go Grab your Flamingo 🙂 !!

Outfit: Banjhara Formentera ( a brand from spain – you can check out their instagram page )