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Style Files

It's a wrap

As each calendar outweighs its lifespan, we contemplate and look back upon the past year with an amalgam of joy, envy, gratification, and resentment. On our short comings, on unfinished business, on all the ifs and buts that could have been. Though for us, if I may add, a sense of success and achievement should outshine all else. Because we are alive and making a difference for ourselves and for our people in Bangladesh. We are by and large an extremely positive lot; as we need to be to survive in this country. Over the final few days of the year, we have an uncanny urge to cleanse and purify our minds and begin afresh on a whole new note.

Our city comes alive with festivities, weddings, musical soirée's, concerts, colourful revelries and carousing parties. You will be required to show up in your most stylish ensembles and walk the talk in your quick gifted ways. It must all come in a package. Shine in your own bright light, celebrate, make merry and simply enjoy the moment. And to facilitate just that, one quick look at what we should be flaring this season.


Earth tones are simply divine in an antique soft matte finish. Light fabrics such as chiffon and crepe continue to provide the right kind of feel so far as materials are concerned. But colour schemes have been completely muted in pale, dull, soiled and antiquated. Small borders and absolutely no achaal and a textured surface with a tonal look. Blouses continue to reign as the most important piece of clothing. Wear them this season in spaghetti straps with low cut backs. A more interesting twist however, would be a short jacket for example a bolero over your sari. It makes for both sharp and surprisingly striking looks.


Classic styles in an a - line cut. Kurta style with pockets as in a typical punjabi lined with a contrast fabric. Collared or crew necked, simple embellishment as in mother of pearl, shells, buttons, bones, metal applications and so on should be applied in moderation. The trousers are the key. The wide range of options includes patiala, harem, cigarette, or ruched but say no to a simple short salwar. Colour is not of essence, so stick to neutrals or black. Instead of a typical scarf or dupatta, carry a beautiful shawl in a soft and light texture.

Bongo western

Skirts paired with blouses have become a staple but this winter, layer with one or more pieces. Fluid or tailored jackets over the short fitted corsets or camisoles are all the more appealing. The skirts can get voluminous or they can come in short flares, only make sure you keep the length knee length or shorter. Instead of the tiered look, go for the all so slimming bias panelled styles. Lace is in so use it generously.


Flats or highs, comfort is vital. Wedged shoes in tapered thin styles have created quite a sensation. Look for tie ups (higher the better) which look extremely attractive on the ankles. Flats such as coat shoes or jooties go well with saris, suits or dresses. Pair them with slings by day and bejewelled purses by night. Pouches or sleek slender purses all work equally well. Go for complementary colours on your accessories. It will stand out and shout for attention, which is really the way to go today.

I suggest this winter you live in your curls, they are softer on your face. Streaks are out so get darker or lighter shades on your lower ends. This will give your hair added dimension with accessories like clips and pins enhancing character. Your make up should be left natural. You are your own detractor. You can work out your best options so go with your instinct and the rest will simply fall into place.

Make up and styling: Farzana Shakil



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