Fashion forward

Our expert gives you tips on upping your style quotient

I love reds. How do I incorporate the colour without looking gaudy? Is an all-red ensemble a good idea? — Esha Menon

When in doubt, wear red. But it is important to know which shade of red suits you the best. If you find the colour too gaudy, then I would suggest for you to opt for darker shades of red like cherry red or maroon. I think wearing an all-red ensemble is not a good idea unless you’re wearing a gown. You can wear red with white, black and darker shades of blue. This will suppress the gaudiness of the red and compliment it instead.

I am 5 ft 5, and I am a little top heavy. I want to wear tube tops. What should I keep in mind while buying one? — Anjali

A bustier will provide support and give you that additional bit of comfort. Wear a shrug on top of the bustier or on top of a tube top to add a touch of style to your outfit. Off-shoulder tops are also a good option. They’re extremely trendy. Avoid wearing a heavily padded bustier. Corsets are also in fashion and they give shape to your body.

I am 25 and I am 5 ft 8. I will be getting married in a couple of months. It is going to be a simple traditional affair. What kind of ensemble should I wear for the reception? I don’t want to wear a typical sherwani. — Chintan

If you don’t want to wear a typical sherwani, opt for an asymmetrical one or an achkan with plain pyjama pants. It will give you a classy look and make you stand out.

I am in my 30s. Is pink too feminine a colour for men? What are the safe shades of pink that I can try for work wear? — Rajbeer Singh

Colours are not gender specific. Choosing the right shade of pink really matters to set the tone for any occasion. For work wear, you can opt for the lightest shade of pink shirt, it looks professional and classy at the same time.

Are jumpsuits a good idea for a plus-size person? What kind of material and pattern should I go in for? — Megha Lal

The best outfit a person can wear is confidence. Jumpsuits are a good choice for a plus-size person. You can try off-shoulder ones, and also ones that are fitted on top with flared bottoms. Avoid wearing flats or footwear without heels with jumpsuits.

I am small-built and petite. I am conscious of my height. What kind of wardrobe essentials should I invest in? — Parineeta

Wear fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg, especially when the hem hits the top of your shoes. Vertical stripes create long lines, making you look, well, longer. Tops with plunging ‘v’ necklines give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso. Go for a layered maxi dress or top this season.

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