Sailing in Stripes!!!

Sailing In Stripe - Rupika Chopra

The Breton Stripes ūüôā

Ola Everyone! So If you peep into anyone’s closet, you are sure to find a Striped T – Shirt, Shirt or a Sweater hanging in there. There is almost no one I know, who does not own a striped garment. It is like missing the basics in your fashion wardrobe. Stripes are simply cool and casual. There is something easy going about stripes yet they distinguish you from the rest impeccably. ¬†From black and white to colourful stripes they are scorching the runways for years now and in the present scenario Stripes are the real attention seekers. Skin fit dresses, pants, blazers, formal dresses in organza and silk etc. have been eye catching at the Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Breaking the taboos of the past – Stripes have catapult itself to being chic on the high street fashion scene. Sailing in Stripe - Rupika Chopra

Stripes have come a long way from the Medieval times, when it was considered demeaning to wear them. During that time, it was a uniform worn by the prisoners, criminals including sex workers, clowns, jugglers etc. By the 18th Century, Europe witnessed this pattern as being accepted as fashionable by all. More sporty and casual attires were being produced in this design by then. Courtesy Queen Victoria, who in 1946 dressed her four-year-old son, Albert Edward in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht. Since then, stripes became the latest fad for one and all.

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The 1958 Act of France made it imperative for the sailors in the French Rivera to be dressed in blue and white striped woven jersey’s bearing 21 horizontal lines as their uniform, known as the “Mariniere”. ¬†This law was passed so that the men of the French Navy could easily be spotted incase of emergencies or was overboard.

The classic Breton Stripe (navy blue and white stripped) T Рshirts originated from a place called Brittany in France. Later in the year 1917, the famous french designer Gabriella Coco Chanel visited the coast and was taken aback by the striking stripes on the jerseys of the seaman. She then launched her Nautical Collection with Breton Stripe Tops and Jerseys and soon it became a rage among the posh heads as well.

By then Hollywood was smitten by these bar codes and you could see the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Seberg, Brigitte Bardot etc. wear them on boats and at leisure with much panache with high waisted trousers and jackets.

Sailing in Stripe - Rupika Chopra

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By the 20th Century, United States also gave up the badge of shame attached to this striking pattern and it became the coolest attire for the punk rock lovers who wore these striped shirts under their biker jackets.

Stripes look dynamic worn both to work or a night out. You can easily decide the vibe you want out of a this pattern …..you can always team it up with right accessories and ¬†change the look. In one of my blog posts I had mentioned earlier about how one can dress casual and formal in colourful stripes. Accessories change the whole vibe of an outfit. You can always choose to underplay or go blingy according to the occassion. My favourite stripe jersey is with blue and white stripes with an anchor made on it- it just looks spectacular when worn with white pants or shorts.

Horizontal, Vertical or Slanting – Stripes will always be the head turners !

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As you all know I like to break the fashion norms, so on my sailing trip to Thailand, I chose to wear the striped shorts which were high on comfort and style. You can team it up with a cool crop top. You could also wear it with a bikini top and dazzle.

My sailing trips are incomplete without my well made UPF hat and a good sunscreen with minimalistic make up. On trips like these I love to stay hydrated with coconut water and yes nothing surpasses the glow that comes from inner bliss. ūüôā

So next time you sail guys -don’t forget to match with the French Rivera style!!!

Happy Sailing !!

Outfit : H&M , Sunglasses : Lespecs , Hat : John Lewis 

The Empowering Animal Prints!!!

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

The Enchanting Animal Prints :

Happy New Year Everyone!!

2019 is a year of major transformations!!! 

For me the New Year is all about breaking the norms and feeling empowered. And empowerment has a lot to do with how you feel within about yourself. And how you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the awareness you have of the soul within. That leads to boundless confidence and a self reliant attitude. That is why when you see the most charismatic personalities wearing Animal Prints, their demeanor instinctively overpowers you.

For me clothes are an extension of one’s personality. So when I am in a mood to feel stronger and powerful, I adorn myself in these exotic layers.

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

Animal Prints have been popular from the 18th Century and yes this was very much a part of exhibiting Power and Wealth, including Furs in the later years. Remember, I shared in a blog post about ” furs “and how they were the symbol of wealth. Similarly these eye grabbing exotic animal prints represent confidence, strength and power. These prints are impactful no matter how you wear them.

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

From Tiger Stripes to Cheetah Spots to Leopard Rossettes to Zebra prints all grab abundant attention. In 1925 Marian Nixon crashed cars as she walked down in Hollywood Boulevard in a Leopard Skin coat with her Pet Leopard on a Leash. The print became a symbol of high fashion glamour. All the leading ladies were seen enjoying in it’s embrace – Elizabeth Taylor, Marylin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Joan Fontaine, Debbie Harry, Rita Hayworth and many more displayed their styles with accessories, hats and clothing. Animal Prints were also seen on dresses, and shoes.¬†

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The Iconic Animal Prints became a lot popular in the United States in the late 1960’s during the Bohemian Movement. This print has seen incarnation from its inception in the 18th century. In the 1920’s – 1930’s animal skin was kind of a trophy hanging on the walls of great courageous men. 1940’s and 50’s witnessed the Pin – up girls in skimpy skin outfits and lingerie taking eroticism to madness with “Vanity Fair” selling Leopard Print Underwear. ¬†Fur Coats took the lead in the 50’s signifying power and grandeur.¬†

1960’s saw the print in more sophistication and became more popular with Bob Dylan’s song Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat. 1970’s and 80’s became all about glam rock look and one witnessed these prints being cat-walked by the most stunning women on the runways which continued to scorch the ramps and the fashion scene in the 1990’s.

My favourite Models- Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Tyra Banks, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow drove the world crazy with their looks and these iconic prints. 

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

And yes, how can we forget the famous Shania Twain, who sizzled in the leopard rossette velvet bustier and pants with the Magical Leopard Cloak and boots with the round vintage Leopard Luggage Bag-  walking around turning every man down, oozing confidence and sexiness. That song has been my anthem song forever.

So you see, the everlasting impact it has on anyone’s mind ?? Hell yeah! She became my favourite artist since then.

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika Chopra

Empowering Animal Prints - Rupika ChopraNo matter how you wear the animal prints you are bound to grab attention. But hold on, wear this print with some metal in your being because that leaves a lasting impact.

I am wearing two different outfits РOne is a long well cut dress in the Zebra Print and the other is the Co- ord set with the Tiger print. Both look exceptionally desirable in different fabrics. 

The dress is a cotton and lycra one and the Co – ord set is made of silk and they look equally enamouring. Animal prints tell a story far louder than you can imagine. ¬†So when I dress up in animal prints I never fail to feel the charisma it adds to my persona. And anything less than that – Well “That don’t impress me much”!!

Dress : Tom-tom , Belt : Gucci , Co-ord set : JASPAL , TOP : ZARA

We Love SHADES OF GREY!!!

Winter in Shades of Grey - Rupika Chopra

Winter loves Grey: )

Can you imagine your winter wardrobe without the colour Grey?¬†I simply can’t!! It feels like a “Fashion Faux Pas” to miss this tint in my winter collection for sure!

Gone are the days when “Grey” was considered boring!!¬†Grey is the new “White” or “Black” I would say. This hue makes me feel calmer, balanced and in control even when I am dressed up in the most casual attire.¬†I love my entire collection of Greys – from tracks, hoods, shorts, jumpers, sweaters, cardigans, trousers, caps etc. This neutral colour is the coolest colour this season. This shade worn anytime looks elegant and classic. The Soft Grey Relaxed wear is rather stylish and my favourite this season.

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Grey makes me feel dominant and powerful. Yes there is some seriousness attached to the look and that’s why Grey has been a popular colour for school uniforms and work wear. But now, clothes and fabrics with different shades of Grey have given a new dimension to the vibe of an outfit.¬†Greys go well with all colours- blue, white , black, pink, orange, yellow, red etc . When combined with pastels and brighter colours it heightens the other shades and yet stands out independently – That’s the beauty of ” Grey ”¬†!!

Winter In Shades of Grey - Rupika Chopra

Do you know Grey was a highly fashionable colour in the 18th Century for both women’s dresses and men’ s waistcoats and coats. Grey also became “the colour of the military uniform” as men in dark grey could not become easy targets for their enemies.¬†They were worn in¬†“the American Civil War” and the German Army wore it¬†both in the First and the Second World War.

In the 19th Century, different tones of grey were being used to make the most charismatic paintings by famous artists. Men in Grey Flannel suits looked intriguing at all times. From Fashion to Art, to business, industrialisation, architecture, interiors etc. Grey has been a ruling colour. 

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This is a perfect weather to snug up in my woollen over the knee sock and my soft, comfy, high neck jumper. These thigh hugging socks have become a rage of the season. They come in different colours and knit designs. They not only look sexy but keep you warm. This combination is perfect not only to laze in your abode, but also is a head turner when worn with tan brown boots and a brown or a colourful sling bag.

Winter in Shades of Grey - Rupika Chopra

Winter in Shades of Grey - Rupika Chopra

It is undeniable that there is something so alluring about the colour Grey. It is a  unanimously loved shade and looks amazing on everyone. 

I love my jumper and sock. They are available at brands like Zara, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Next, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, etc.

Each shade of grey brings out a new you. A darker shade can make you look mysterious and a lighter one Рsporty and fresh. The grey relaxed looks are here to stay as they bring out the softness in your personality. It has a hint of simplicity, far away from complexity. It adds a clean vibe to your persona. 

The speciality of all shades of grey is that it can be worn with any colour and it will hold it’s ground like a ruler!! From Elephant Greys to Charcoal, from Dull to¬†Metallic, From Ice Grey to Soft Silver – ¬†we love to play with shades of grey ūüôā !!!

Jumper : H&M , Socks : H&M

Photographer: Ayushi Pathak

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.

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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.

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

“High and Waisted”

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

The Super High Waisted Tapered Pants ūüôā¬†

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. ūüôā

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 ” ūüôā !!!

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 ūüôā

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 ,