Fashion forward

Fashion forward

Fashion forward

Q. I am a 26-year-old who likes to dress conservatively. I have joined a corporate set-up recently, which invariably means I have to make presentations and attend board meetings. I am comfortable in Indian wear and I am not confident of pulling of a western formal attire. How best can I dress for meetings without compromising on comfort? - Swarna S

If you are comfortable in Indian formals, use plain cotton saris or salwar kameezes with plain dupattas. Avoid low-cut necklines. I suggest you go for light pastel shades and minimal colours over bright hues. Avoid bold prints, designs and too much embroidery. Wear collared kurtas with minimum accessories. Your hairdo also plays a important role in making you look professional. Tie a bun to keep your hair from falling on your face especially during board meetings.

Q. I am an overweight 18-year-old and I am extremely conscious about the way I look and dress. Being a plus-size person, I have struggled to find the right clothes. I want to dress in an age-appropriate manner. Can you please suggest the ideal cuts and colours for my body type that will help me look younger and trendier? - Brenda Gonsalves

Any big print can look overwhelming. Go for vertical stripes or patterns facing up and down that will make you look slimmer. Skip dresses that are big and boxy. Your goal is to accentuate your body, not hide it entirely. Unless you need them, avoid belts, as they can make you look wider. A long hanging scarf can make you look slimmer. Wear darker shades like navy blue, grey, and black for a slimming effect. Since your young, accessorise with fun pop colours.

Q. I am in my early 30s and I am looking for the right girl. I want to stand out in a crowd. How do I dress to impress on casual dates and at parties? - Varun Vaz

Wear a relaxed outfit but not a sloppy one. Stay away from clothes that make it seem like you didn't put any effort into dressing - work clothes look bad, so do sweatpants or athletic pants (unless it's a jogging date). A jacket has time and time again helped men look more masculine and authoritative. A pair of dark-wash jeans in black or deep indigo strikes a nice balance and can be teamed with anything from a short-sleeved collared shirt to a dress shirt and sports jacket. Match a leather belt with a pair of similarly coloured leather shoes and you are good to go on your date.

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