“Check” on me !!!

Windowpane Check Two Piece Outfit - Rupika Chopra

Checkmate:) 

“The King is dead” – The famous expression of “Checkmate” in the oriental game of chess, boasts of a defining VICTORY!!!

You check on me……..and I ……..check on you!!! Yes, Checks are a dominant print these days. This design is used most frequently on Blazers, Trousers, Twin -sets, Jumpsuits, Shirts, Skirts, Flared Pants, Tops etc……Checks are everywhere!!!

Windowpane Check Two Piece Outfit - Rupika Chopra

Checks are timeless and opting a good fabric suit or singles never fail to be a good investment. “Windowpane checks” like the one I am wearing, has shown a regular presence in each season. Checks are a great way to add power to your boring working wardrobe. It has a clean defining vibe to it. And have you forgotten the Checkered flags in Auto Racing ? The checkered flag is waved at the finishing line to signal that the race has come to an end. To me it concludes the winning moment, celebrating and taking control.

Windowpane Check Two Piece Outfit - Rupika Chopra

I am wearing my favourite Two- Piece Windowpane Check outfit. Its classy and bold at the same time. Adding a white or a black jacket to this look will make it Mighty!!  The Pencil Skirt looks chic and simple. This look is strong and caramelised with simplicity. Christian Dior created the first pencil skirt in 1940’s and women immediately embraced the curvy shape of the classic hem. Pencil skirts for long have been a part of a woman’s suit ensemble, worn with a well fitted jacket, shirt or a T- shirt. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn set the glamour arena on fire with those slender curves in the pencil skirts and rib hugging waists. Windowpane Check Two Piece Outfit - Rupika Chopra

They have been my most favourite as they shape your body like second skin and yes you want to work your body hard before getting into them. No matter what size you are, be well toned to wear this outfit. And its not tough to get there if you are eating right and at the right time. Lets learn to be wise with that!

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The look rides on a “don’t mess with me” vibe. Pointed heels add a sharp edge to it. This outfit can be mixed and matched with a different skirt and a shirt as well, but the twin- set makes it strongly bonded and leaves an audacious impact. You can wear this outfit to a lunch or dinner and if you sport on a white shirt with this pencil skirt to work, it will give you an ultramodern yet an elegant air.

Woven earnings will look amazing with this outfit like the ones below:

Woven check earnings - Rupika Chopra

Brands like Topshop, Zara, ASOS, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters, H&M , Shein and more have loads to offer in checks. And of course, Burberry is all about the charming checks too!!

So go “Check”on your wardrobe……and don’t forget to smell enthralling!!

Outfit : Shein, Shoes : L.K Bennett, Earings : Zara

Photograph: Natasha Adnani

Ruffle Truffle !!!

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Ruffle Power :

When you adorn yourself in a “ruffled” attire, you embrace a legacy! The “ruffle” was once worn by royalty of both genders to represent strength and power. They originated in Spain in the 50’s. Initially the “ruff” was a piece of clothing worn around the neck in the 16th century by the aristocrats and were made of fine linens, silk, lace etc decorated with gold, silver and fine silk. It was an important fashion accessory kept with utmost care. The “ruff” was further added to the cuffs and the sleeves of the clothes that added glamour and made a feminine fashion statement in more years to come.

Ruffle Power - Rupika Chopra

Ruffles became quite a rage in the pop culture in the 70’s, famously called the “Puffy Shirts” and more so the “Poet Shirts”. And look at them today – ruffles aren’t going anywhere – they have successfully ruffled the test of time and look so stylish even in the existing hour. They add an unmatched oomph to an attire. Both men and women can wear them effortlessly.

My mind propels me to think of the glamorous Flamenco Dancers in their flattering cuts and sultry flowing ruffles, creating euphoria among the people. Yes! Ruffles do have that magic!! A ruffled shirt makes you look regal if worn to match the occasion. Enchanting designs by Dolce and Gabbana, Jenny Packham, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Altuzarraand many more have revived the Spanish glamour fabulously.

Ruffle Power - Rupika Chopra

I fused my wrinkled frill shirt with my favourite High- Low flounce skirt from Sandro. It adds style with a hint of sensuality. You can also wear a ruffled shirt with flared denims and look retro. Or team this skirt with a classic well fitted shirt and look chic.

My shoes add an edgy vibe to the apparel which reflects my assertive disposition.

Enjoy the look and don’t forget to smell hypnotic!

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Shirt : Fucci FWI ( local designer from france) , Skirt: Sandro Paris , Earings : Zara , Shoes : Jaspal

Photograph : Natasha Adnani

Twinning it!

Two piece Outfit - Rupika Chopra

Two Piece Outfits :

So where do I begin with my love for the two piece outfits…….They are simply fabulous!! YES!! We love to flaunt our mid – riff in that peeping combination. Two piece outfits have been catching a high wave for a while.

A two piece outfit is never a dress down…no matter what you wear, a crop top with shorts, pants or a skirt- they all look astounding.

Going back to History in the 1940’s women wore high waisted fitted tops with the A -line skirts and pants. With the start of the World War 2, strict rationing on fabric took place and the dresses became shorter. Tops became more masculine and there was an invention of the shoulder pads making women look edgy and sharper. In 1940’s most tops were designed to reveal very little skin unlike today.

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The two piece outfits gave liberty to women to experiment more with their looks and play with their wardrobe. They mixed and matched the tops, skirts and trousers. They could make a new outfit everyday. It became so practical and fun at the same time.

We obviously cannot forget the iconic fashion developer, Gabriella Chanel who introduced the most amazing two piece sets. The tweed jackets and skirts famously called as a “Chanel Suit” became a ritzy proclamation. And then on, the sets became popular for both formal and casual affair.

At present the rage for off shoulder crop tops, spaghetti, ruffled tubes with balloon sleeves, ruffled off shoulder tops with high waisted pants, shorts, skirts etc have possessed the mind of most vogue lovers. The diverse prints of Polka, Ankara, Flannel, Geometric, Retro, Animal etc own the power to define your vibe. It’s your style that perfectly portrays your mood for the occassion – You can choose to look classic, bohemian, bold, exotic, arty, carefree, vivacious and more.

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My outfit has a casual, happy and a fun vibe. It is perfect for a lunch with friends or a sundowner anywhere. You can wear a cute headband to add vibrance to your appearance. Funky pair of glasses can spark your look up. Carry a cool colour bag that enhances the colour of your outfit. Team it up with subtle shoes so it breaks the shebang to bring a fine balance. Lock your look with an enticing fragrance and shine on …….inside out!!

Photograph : Natasha Adnani

Outfit : Shein , Glasses : Gucci , Bag : Gucci, Shoes : LYN

Suit Yourself !!

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Double Breast Suit - Rupika Chopra

Blaze it up !!

Hello Readers !! Hope you are doing rather well! It has been a fabulous week for me with yoga, meditation, writing and meeting some old friends. It has been truly therapeutic to align myself 🙂 ! Gratitude to the universe!!

Moving on to Fashion, trends never fail to surprise me …..they come back very interestingly each time ….make an impact and stay for more decades just like the Double Breasted Suits. They have taken over my wardrobe this season!!

Double Breasted Jackets originated in Britain in the 19th century. Men used to wear these jackets casually to the tennis matches. They were considered to be an informal attire for office wear at that time. It was the Prince of Wales in the 1920’s, who wore it often at the formal occasions and made it relevant as a formal attire.They maintained popularity till 1950’s and became quite popular again in the 1980’s and the early 2000’s.

Double Breasted Jackets originated in the Military – with the Royal Navy. Out of necessity, the tailors had to develop a jacket to protect the sailors from the harsh conditions they experienced at sea while performing their duty.

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Double Breast Suit - Rupika Chopra

No matter how many……decades go by, the Double Breasted Blazers and the Bell Bottom trousers can never go out of style. I have been collecting my well fitted suits in all colours over the years. Whenever I wear them they set me apart and look enthralling. I love the power that oozes within me when I “suit up”. Power dressing defines you in a very unique way. No matter how you choose to wear it depicts an image of a strong woman who knows what she wants. Double Breast Suit - Rupika Chopra

At present there is a huge shift in the trends and the Double Breasted Suits have stormed into the fashion scene. Balmain, Alexander McQueen, D&G, Gucci, Top Shop, Zara to name a few have revived the vintage inspired look impactfully. They are available in fabulous colours and prints. Well cut double breasted suits in Florals, Stripes, Plain, Checks etc have taken over the market rapidly this season. They are chic and influential.

No matter what you wear with a suit, a white T- shirt, a formal shirt or a coquettish top inside…the ensemble becomes a great pick for any occasion because power dressing adds gravitas to your demeanour. According to the occasion, you can choose to look sultry, dynamic, resolute and stimulating with a well defined Double Breast Suit. 

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You can wear double breasted jackets with torn denims, teaming it with a slick pair of heels, funky sneakers or wedge heels and you will have dominance over the conventional dressing by far.  A jacket immediately gives you a dapper and an ultra modern look. The flared pants make your vibe retro and enhance your style…..which surely narrates some character!!

So what are you waiting for – Grab your “SUIT” girls!! You will look Astounding!!

Photographer : Natasha Adnani

Outfit : Zara , Top : Zara , Shoes : L.K. Bennett , Glasses : Dior

The Knotty Affair !!!

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I like it Knotttyy:)

I remember when I was in School in the 7th Grade, I started tying my shirts with the high wasted Drainpipes. Oh Yeah! I thought I looked so cool!!! Almost like the Statue of Liberty!!

The knotted styled shirts go way back in the 1950’s reflecting liberation from the 1940’s, when blouses were tucked in the trousers and skirts. The knotted affair at first, began by the teens, borrowing their dad’s old shirts and wearing them more fashionably by tying the shirt tails around their waists and opening a few buttons.

Menswear took notice of this trend and started to design men’s tailored shirts in women’s sizes. The check knotted shirts became so popular in the 50’s. A whole new trendsetting wave took over.

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The knotted shirts are so retro and look super chic when worn with the high waisted skirts, drainpipes, loose denims, trousers and shorts. They accentuate your well toned waist and make the legs look longer with the high waisted shorts/denims or skirts. They exuberate a confident, careless and rebellious vibe. I would choose this style any day over the skinny tops. Knotted shirts are a perfect blend of power from the old school and present modernity. The style is chic, edgy, casual, fun and bohemian! You can choose to match your vibe and you will only reflect that in your demeanour.

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The best part about the Knotted Affair is that most prints like the Checks, Stripes, Zig Zags, Floral etc look fab when worn with the cool combinations……and yes…….that’s self defining!! You can pick any oversized shirt and knot it and you will never fail to be the Pacesetter 🙂 

I have combined this look with my cool wooden earnings woven with warm colours like green and yellow to brighten the outfit. They introduce an element of fun. The white and yellow striped shorts brighten the white shirt marvellously.

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You can wear a trendy pair of pastel wedge heels or nude peep toes with this attire and you are ready to roll!!

Wear this ensemble to a fun lunch or a sundowner……and don’t forget to smell divine!!

Photographer : Natasha Adnani

Shirt: Jaspal , Shorts: Jaspal , Sunglasses: Alexander McQueen , Shoes: Gucci ,         Earings: Zara

Align with the Asymmetric!

Align with the Asymmetric

A breath of Fresh Air 🙂 

The heat of Summer can be far easy to deal with a linen dress like this one. Asymmetric style goes back to the Victorian era during the 19th century. It brings fluidity on different fabrics no matter what it is – cotton, chiffon, silks etc. This Linen Asymmetric dress has a bohemian vibe. Mostly asymmetric styles are playful and unconventional. The unevenness of the dress makes it cool, creative and emits a sense of freedom of being.

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You can wear fun accessories with it in your neck.  You can laze, walk, run around and breathe in a dress like this on a hot day. This super casual dress can be teamed up with a cool summer hat and flats. One can wear this dress with a nice colourful scarf to add some hue. A scarf with fun designs e.g. a lipstick print, sun glass, a woman’s face etc can display perkiness.

I am wearing my favourite gold leather handmade shoes from Donna Piu. They are airy and comfortable at the same time. They add shimmer and a subtle bling on a hot summer day. Donna Più - Rupika chopra

My favourite summer Bamboo Sun Hat is breathable, cool and contemporary at the same time. Bamboo wicks away moisture and it does not hold heat and deliver better UV Protection. This hat is a statement in itself!! Go grab one and don’t forget to smell good. Enjoy the look!!

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Dress : Melange – Melange, Shoes : Donna Piu, ( you can buy these on Amazon.co.uk, Yoox.com and few more websites ) Sun Hat – From a local store in Thailand.

Vogue Your Work Up!

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Work in Style never goes out of fashion:

Grey is a cool, neutral and a balanced colour. It is mostly associated with formal, professional, classic, elegant and sophisticated dressing. It is a timeless colour that reflects maturity and responsibility. It often is associated with being a boring colour. That is where the magic of great cuts and design come into play. No matter how boring the colour Grey is …..it can look interesting when worn with some flair.

This is one of my favourite dress that can be worn to work, mostly with a well cut black jacket on. This dress is classy and chic and grey adds seriousness to the look. The belt gives it a statement and makes the ensemble perfect for a whole day at work. You can wear this dress to a conference or a work lunch/ dinner meeting. Vogue your work up - Rupika Chopra

I am simply in love with the different shades of grey. Infact a lighter toned dress, or a skirt/ pants worn with a white shirt look super elegant and decorous. I love the fact that we can wear this colour in summer and winter exquisitely. During winter you can wear a pair of black stockings with any well fitted grey dress and look discerning.Vogue your work up - Rupika Chopra

So add some spark with the way you wear this neutral shade because grey is here to stay!!! And who says Grey is boring ………We all love shades of grey 🙂 !!!

Dress: Zara, Shoes : Cole Haan, Belt : Hermes

Spot me if you can!

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Polka Folka:

The word Polka is derived from the Polish for the “Polish woman”. Polka dots are so feminine. Today when we wear them we inherit and embrace the legacy from the women who have worn them before us.

America’s love affair with the Polka dot began in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after, 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling “Minnie Mouse” wearing a red polka dot dress and a matching bow. And then, there was no looking back ….polka dots became the next big thing in the fashion scenario. Throughout the 1930’s polka dotted dresses appeared in stores nipped in ribbons and bows. And of course we all cannot forget the sexy damsel Marilyn Monroe in the polka dotted bikini, which lead to the creation of the HIT SONG of all times – “Itsby Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – By Brian Hyland.

There is surely a nostalgia associated with the polka dots and they communicate a playful femininity and girlishness. Polka dots speak for themselves. When worn, they describe the mood and personality of a person. Polka Folka - Rupika Chopra

A cute polka dotted dress is perfect for a date 🙂 …….I love the magic of bows on it too.  However, my look is different from a polka dress to a fun and sexy style from the 80s. I love the loose polka top with these shimmery comfortable stretchy pants. Combined with each other they ooze an intriguing vibe. I smoked my eyes up as they add so much character to my attire. These pointed stilettos add an edge to the entire ensemble. Wear a watch or a cool bracelet to perk it up.

Try this look out for a nice fun evening or a party. I am sure you will leave your mark !!!Polka Folka - Rupika Chopra

Top: Zara ,Pants : Bebe, Shoes – Cole Haan 

Havana, ooh na na!

Havana ooh na na - Rupika Chopra

Flower Power 🙂

I woke up feeling super excited about what I was going to post today for you all because flower power is my treasured oomph for summer. Flowers are a symbol of beauty. Women irrespective of age or origin are enraptured by their very presence. They make us feel feminine and beautiful.

Floral prints originated in the East i.e in China in the 12th century. They then travelled to the west from the Orient and Asian countries. In the middle ages, the traders from the East brought beautiful silks printed with exotic flower designs to Europe and sold them at very high prices, which only the rich could afford at that time. It was undoubtedly a symbol of royalty to adorn them.

But in the 21st century we are fortunate to have access to hundreds of designs and colours. Floral prints have taken over the global fashion scene prodigally. To name more than a few brands like D&G, Gucci, Libertine, Ports, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Lanvin, Alberta Ferrati etc. have revived the lush of “Flower power”.

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I mentioned in my previous blog that this summer is all about colour 🙂 and we all are keen as mustard, to experiment with it all.  Brands like Zara never lag behind to provide us with affordable fashion options as well. So here is my look for this week – It is chic, vibrant, eye-catching, stimulating and more…….The mix of warm colours like RED, YELLOW AND ORANGE evoke warmth and energy. It emits cheerfulness, emotion, passion, focus and comfort.

My outfit is fun on the top and subtle at the bottom with a hint of orange on my feet. I chose to wear a “White Linen” high waisted trouser with it. White is soothing and it is bringing a beautiful balance with the colours on my cotton silk flowery shirt. Its almost adding composure to my being. Flower Power - Rupika Chopra

I am wearing a pair of orange heels to keep the hues going for a fine equilibrium. This outfit can be worn to a lunch or a sundowner. You can also wear a high waisted white, yellow or even a black short or a long flowy skirt with this knotted shirt. That will look cool at a beach party too.

So go add some power with those pretty flowers 🙂 And don’t forget to smell good…. girl!!!

Outfit : Zara  ,Earings : Givenchy, Necklace: Givenchy, Heels : Zara, Glasses : Dior

A Dip in Yellow!

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Hello Mango:)

Summer is all about colour, flowers, sunshine and vibrance. And Yes! I am only getting hungry for more colour in my closet. A few months ago, I was shooting with a  very sweet photographer friend, Mark Bennington. He looked at my wardrobe and said, “girl…… you need to add some colour in that collection….. Some tint will bring more joy into your life.” How sweet was that !! But its absolutely true!! I have been told by so many people that I look good, but I mostly dress up in the monochromes.

And yeah….. I have evolved from that space and decided to go all yummy with the HUES. Happy tints change the vibe of a personality…….It brightens you up!!

Yellow is a warm colour which often evokes feelings of happiness, optimism and energy. So why wait to add some sunshine in your life:)

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This summer look is all about fun!! This dress suits my body type a lot, as I am athletic. So anyone who is fit and well toned will look super in this dress because this colour makes your curves visible and how! It is casual and the orange belt makes it perky.  This dress can we worn to a fun lunch and yet stand out. It is comfortable and stretchy, that makes it easy to laze around. You can wear flat peep toes or a nice pair of beige wedge heels with it. Experiment with different colour footwear, depending on the colour of the belt you choose to wear and accessorise yourself accordingly. I have kept the look minimalistic. You can complete the look with a nice sling bag, a cute clutch or a tote.

Wear your best Sunblock and do not forget to carry your UPF Ultraviolet Protection Factor Hat.

Smell good, Stay In Bliss ….with that Yellow……..Miss! A dip in my yellow dress - Rupika Chopra

Outfit : H&M, Hat : John Lewis, Peep Toes : Zara, Belt: Hermes, Sunglasses – Dior

Photograph  – Mehak Khorana