In the last few years, global fashion brands like Zara, Forever 21, GAP, and so on have waded through Indian fashion streets. And, adding to this list is the latest Swedish brand — H&M. The brand that offers everything from everyday essentials to statement pieces has recently opened its latest store in Mumbai, after being present in Delhi, Punjab and Bangalore. It further plans to expand to cities like Pune and Chennai. As exciting it is for all fashion lovers, the question is how attractive is to be part of the crowd and wear same kind of clothes?
As Phoebe from the hit sitcom series F.R.I.E.N.D.S opined, “It’s all mass-produced, nothing is authentic, and everyone winds up having the same stuff.” True that. In the world of easily accessible fashion brands, everyone winds up owning the same collection. But, here’s a twist. Fashion allows you to be ‘you’. So, we asked few Mumbai shoppers and stylists how they would add their own touch to fashion.
“I bring a touch of Sufism in my outfits”
Malliya Chiishty, Stylist and Designer of Get Styled by Malliya
“I like free flowing outfits that denote freedom”, points out Malliya. She picks up outfits that are tad bit loose, and likes to play with different cuts and layers. She believes that an outfit is a complete package, where every element such as footwear, makeup, hair and accessories play a vital role. She suggests that clubbing a T-cut white long dress with a bronze, nude or golden sequined jacket or a blazer, fuchsia lipstick and studs, and golden or nude strappy heels can give you a Sufi-like, yet modern look. For dark complexion, she suggests: wear maroon lipstick and studs instead. Her personal favourite mix-n- match: “The touch of your distinct personality is a sure shot way to look exclusive,” says Malliya.
“I draw inspiration from my favourite artists”
Manesh Swamy, Creative Director, Hungama
Manesh is an ardent MJ fan and he brings in elements of his favourite musician’s fashion statement to his style like the black and white colour scheme. “For an exclusive fashion statement, I take cues from the style files of my favourite artists. For instance, when donning a monochrome look like an all-black outfit, I pair it with printed shoes or colourful belts.” He adds, “I colour co –ordinate my watches with my socks. And, I allow my socks to be seen by folding my jeans”. His personal favourite mix-n- match: Lending to his vibrant personality, he wears coloured trousers with black, white or nude T shirts. He uses his creative acumen to bring about a unique personalised style wherein he also clubs his branded pieces with personalised hand-painted jeans or tees.
“I would bring in a desi twist”
Arpita Mehta Paliwal, a Food Consultant and Stylist
Arpita likes to pair her high-street gems with something unique. She personalises her fashion collectives by throwing in an Indian element such as an eclectic nose pin. Aprita adds, “I usually mix a cool colour palette with earthy shades like a denim blue with tan brown, which gives an intriguing appeal to my persona.” Her personal favourite mix-n- match is: A palazzo with a tank top or crop top from a high-end brand. She says, “I carry this look with a bold eye-shadow and nude lip colour”.
We say, wow!!! And, if you have more such styling tips, share it with us in the comments below.
Let’s say yes to our unique sense of fashion.