Gotta Shirt Up!!!

Look dapper and Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Shirts – “A whole new ball game” :

There were days when a perfect LBD was a must have in a woman’s closet just like a well cut suit in a man’s wardrobe. But an equally important place has been taken by a spectacular looking shirt. You cannot call yourself “debonair” in the truest sense if you don’t have some classic pieces. Shirts are my go to choice for most occasions. It simply makes up to be an understated, classy, formal and a graceful attire. From cotton, linen, satin, georgette, etc. both well fitted and loose shirts have gloriously paved a way for it to be statement piece in itself. Shirts have evolved much from it’s evolution in the 17th century.

A well fitted shirt always leaves an impact. Shirts are dynamic and have so much to play with – the flirty arms, the ruffled collars, the A Symmetric cuts add much character and story to this torso loving garment.

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Sometime back, I had written about the funky ways of wearing a shirt. There are so many ways of adorning a shirt and look sexy and edgy at the same time. I can never forget an image of Cindy Crawford look drop dead gorgeous in a knotted shirt.That look became a rage for all fashion lovers. There is a famous image of the models of the 90’s posing in a white shirt on the beach, adding oomph to the sophisticated garment. After that shirts took a keen space in a woman’s closet.

I love the simplicity a shirt has and the fact it can be worn with both denims, shorts, skirts and trousers, make it an absolute favourite.

Shirts give a unique definition to one’s style and yes their classic appeal is enough to make heads turn. Shirts are being made in the most creative styles and cuts, with embroidery and gorgeous prints. One has many wonderful options to choose from and I love how each shirt can change one’s look completely.

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Shirts were first designed as a European dress in the 17th Century, as a garment worn to protect the waistcoats from getting spoiled from sweat. By the 18th CenturyShirts had become an essential male garment. By the middle of the 19th Century, shirts were most sought after worn by men mostly working in the white collar jobs. Men involved in manual labour found it impractical to wear it, as it would get spoiled easily. During this period of time, the shirts were not mass produced in factories. A well suited man bought his shirt from a tailor, while the common man wore a shirt made by his wife. Those were the days, when women learnt how to sew and learnt new skills.

 

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Collars have also changed from time to time. Earlier the “Dog Collars” were quite popular it was later that the smaller collars came into fashion and were a more sophisticated option for work. Shirts were quite simple in the earlier days, but later more colourful options were being designed with chest pockets and shorter sleeves.

Shirts are a must have in a man’s and a woman’s closet. There are endless designs and styles existing today with different cuts, collars and cuffs. Different fabrics give a different flair to a shirt. Numerous brands today have fabulous fits and styles. One of my favourite brand for shirts is Haws & Curtis. They specialise in making shirts of all kinds. I love the collared shirts but I also love the bow shirts as they are artistic. The ruffled collar shirts look rather aristocratic. The Big collars are back in vogue again on the lovely poplin shirts with crochet work on the collars and cuffs. The oversized shirts are the coolest ones and can be worn with pants, shorts and denims.

 

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Today shirts are worn with so much style. One can add a belt on a long shirt to make it a perfect one for a party. The shirts that I am wearing are in satin and cotton. The satin one’s look a bit more dressy and can be worn to a formal occasion or a dinner.

My tiger printed satin shirt is an expressive one in itself. I love the chest pockets on it. It is a perfect blend of masculinity and femininity. I have accessorised them with gold accessories and funky gold belt which makes it perfect for a formal occasion.

I love the shirts from Zara, Sandro, Maje, H&M, Versace, Topshop, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Rangeela etc. The list is endless because one can find an amazing collection by numerous designers and at the boutique stores.

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

The white shirt that I am wearing is a cotton one with an A Symmetric style with a layer style on the front. I love this shirt for this is an effortless choice for most occasions. This can be worn with pants and denims charismatically. The combination of white on white always looks dynamic and white being my favourite colour I would rank that first. However, this A symmetric shirt will look amazing with denims and shorts aswell.

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

The polka dotted shirt with my flared denim looks quite retro. Polka dots will never go out of style and will always be an iconic print. Remember the Polka dotted bikini worn by Miss America. She made polka dots swell in the fashion scenario. Dior’s famous polka dress made in the year 1954 grabbed the attention of many gorgeous damsels like Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe. Polka dots are graceful and a happy print. One can accessorise one self with chunky earnings along with a shirt like this one. Mine is a semi – casual look yet it looks elegant when worn with peep toes, it certainly adds a dash femininity and I love that.

Look dapper & Shirt Up - Rupika Chopra

Shirts : Zara , Denims : J Brand, White Pants : Zara , Belt : Chanel , Earrings : Chanel,

Heels: YSL 

Living on the Edge!!!

The Edgy Style - Rupika Chopra

Let’s get Edgy :

You know what living on the edge means ?? It means someone who loves to push boundaries in life to taste liberty and live free from anything that confines one’s growth and become the empowered version of themselves. An “Edgy style” has always been associated with a bold personality. Edgy fashion has long been looked at as a “Bad Girls” choice but in the truest sense donning this look is indeed an ATTITUDE!!!

Off late, I have been going through my own inner transformations. Not that the process of evolution has ever stopped with in, but I see myself emerge stronger through everything.  It is time to unleash one’s inhibitions and be liberated in your expression of style and your being.

The Edgy Style - Rupika Chopra

The Edgy style is sharp, daring, provocative, and absolutely trend setting.  

The 94 year young, Iris Apfel is one of the living legends I look upto for her eclectic style. She is one Fashion Icon who has glorified Edgy Fashion in every decade. She is a true example of what passion for fashion can do. And how do we not talk about Madonna here – the ultimate “Material Girl” who flaunted the CONE BRA with absolute zing. The Disco Diva flaunted her daring outfit at the Met Gala in 2016 with only nipples covering the net corset along with the leather long boots.

Edgy style belongs to women who think outside the box and do not care about fitting in the conventional styles. They mostly do not follow trends but display their style as unique and sassy. Edgy fashion usually strays away from the dresses and works best when combined with right combinations.

Rihanna never goes wrong with her effortless edgy dressing. Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Taylor Momsen, Gwen Stephani etc. fabulously mix the edgy elements with their Gothic Vintage & Retro styles. Dressing edgy is beyond just the wild look, it is truly surpassing many looks put together in one. It is an easy way to swell your style.

The Edgy Style - Rupika Chopra

I have completely gone dramatic with this look and I enjoyed it throughly. Black is a powerful colour and it always adds a notch to the edgy vibe making it potent with oomph, so I chose to go one colour tone with my ensemble.  I love the fact that women are experimenting with make up, blingy accessories,  ideas, concepts and freeing themselves from the confined ideas of creativity . One can play with the accessories, shoes, eyes, hair, nails and decide the level of edginess one wants to display. 

Edgy fashion is for the extraordinary possessing an art to look mightily classy.  Whatever one’s style may be – Bohemian, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Trendy or Eclectic – mixing the right combinations can make you a Diva. It is visually different as the look is created out of one’s own depiction of style, just like mine.

I decided to make this look strong and feminine at the same time, so I chose to wear my suede heels with leggings adding a soft touch, with a sequin net top and braced it with the Balmain chic waistcoat. This is one of my favourite looks as this is a powerful combination for a woman who is an eclectic boss babe!!

Some of my favourite brands for edgy styles are BALMAIN, Philip Plien, All Saints, Alexander McQueen, Nasty Gal, Gypsy Warrior, Shop style, Rebellious Fashion, We KOKO, Zara etc.

The Edgy Style - Rupika Chopra

I have accessorised the look with some blingy bracelets along with a funky Bag. One can use funky glasses, leather pants, jackets, belts and so much more to add to the Edge. When you are going edgy you cannot underplay the eyes, so I decided to go all dramatic with the deep blue hue enhancing the drama.

An Edgy sense of style can pep up one’s personality yet not everyone looks flattering in it,  for it is a TOUGH GIRL’S ARMOUR!!!

Top : Elisabetta Franchi , Jacket : BALMAIN , Heels : Yves Saint Laurent , Bag : Valentino

 

 

High Waisted Wide Leg 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.

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

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.

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

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”!!!

Glam Rock Chic - Rupika Chopra

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!!

Glam Rock Chic - Rupika Chopra

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

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.

Little Black Dress - Rupika Chopra

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!!

Little Black Dress - Rupika Chopra

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