Fashion Forward

Look trendy with tips from our expert

I have flabby arms and although I like wearing sleeveless tops and dresses, of late, I have become quite conscious of the way my arms look. Can you suggest alternatives? — Stephanie
If your arms are your problem area, you must strictly stay away from thin straps tops. Spaghetti and noodle strap tops will make your arms look heavier because of the large area of exposed skin. Avoid wearing garments with tight armholes. You can wear off-shoulder tops or cold-shoulder tops, which I think is the best alternative for women with heavier arms.

I am a 27-year-old woman and I am 5 ft 7 inches tall. I want to wear heels but I feel I will look super tall if I wear them. What would you recommend? I want to wear heels with skinny pants and skirts. — Piyali
Many women dream of having the height you have. It’s an asset. If you want to wear heels, wear them with confidence. Don’t worry about looking taller than a man, because that’s completely alright. Height adds to a persona, and it’s a gift. People who are taller tend to catch the attention of everyone in the room. You can wear heels with anything you like. What really matters is choosing the right heel to wear for the right occasion, and matching it with your outfit.

I am a 40-year-old homemaker. My height is 5 ft 5. The portion around my belly is bigger than the rest of my body. I have always worn Indian clothes. I want to try my hand in western clothes like jeans and shorts for casual days. Will slim-fit jeans look good on me? What kind of tops should I go for to cover my big belly? — Namrata
Trying something new is a great idea. I would suggest you wear skin-fit high-waist jeans which will cover your belly fat and make you look slimmer. Avoid wearing crop tops. Loose tops or straight-fit tops will hide the belly and make you look slimmer and trendy as well.

I am a 30-year-old man with a medium build. I am headed to Mauritius for a beach holiday. I want to wear clothes that are comfortable and stylish. What would you suggest for my holiday wardrobe? — Vivan Nair
I would suggest that you try to keep your holiday wardrobe simple and classy. Pick up a few linen and cotton shirts, preferably in lighter colours, and maybe a few with nice tropical prints on them. If you want to take it up a notch, try looking out for light-coloured seersucker jackets, and pair them up with a white or off-white v-neck t-shirt. A pair of shorts will go perfectly with just a shirt, as well as seersucker.

Are high-waisted pants back in fashion? Will they suit my pear-shaped body? — Krupali
Yes, high- waisted pants are back in fashion and most girls love to wear them as they create an illusion of a perfect body shape and also accentuate their curves. If you have a pear-shaped body, I would suggest that you try and wear tops which have a straight fit to go with those pants.

I am a 25-year-old guy and about to start working soon. I am confused between pleats and straight front pants. What’s better? My height is around 5 feet. — Saby B
I would suggest that you wear high-waist straight or slightly fitted pants as they create an illusion of height and make you look taller. Pleated and flared pants can make you look broader and shorter than you are.

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