Saree Tales from Sri Lanka – Fashionmarket.lk

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Have you ever thought that you were born too late ? Probably you wanted to be a 60’s or a 70’s child ?

I have felt it innumerable times, the strong urge to be a part of the cultural movement in the 60’s and 70’s – of the equality, of social justice, of exploration, of disco music, of pop & bohemian fashion, of Hindi art cinema and of slow life.  Of a time when listening to Akashwani radio playing the favourite tunes brought in the biggest smile, when sipping chai on a rocking cane chair in the verandah filled with flowers was just about a daily routine and of the time when options were lesser, but life was fuller. 

So while I was living, loving the #30daysareelove phase and indulging myself in the slow life that I was trying to build around me, I came across this earthy and classic e-commerce portal from Sri Lanka that promoted the local talent, local artisans and crafts – Fashionmarket.lk

Fashionmarket.lk is the venture started by Linda Speldewinde,a leader in development of Fashion industry in Sri Lanka & founder of Academy of Design, Peshakala and Sri Lanka Design Festival, in 2015.  One look at this e-commerce portal and you would know that this site is here to stay, promoting the indigenous textiles of Sri Lanka in the modern silhouettes to suit the needs of the global audience. They create apparels & accessories for both men and women by collaborating with designers from the Academy of Design and promoting local crafts forms – Dumbara weaving and Batik dyeing in the contemporary forms and clean cuts. Sustainability & up-cycling is the core philosophy of fashionmarket.lk

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Perfect Office wear : The vertical & horizontal stripes in grey & red with a crop top

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Evening Date : Blue Sapphire mixed with shades of grey

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Art Soiree : Elegant tones of deep and light beige teamed with a deep toasted coffee khadi crop top

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Office Wear : Maroon & Grey Marble saree with traditional Sri Lankan Batik print

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Brunch date : Pale pink rose saree teamed with black & white monochrome crop top

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Luxe party : This cream ivory handwoven saree teamed with monochrome schemed top brings in the luxe glam.

What I like :

Fashionmarket.lk has the most interesting collection of sarees, besides their other range of apparels. Sarees that can be worn from day to night, from office wear to party wear and even friend’s wedding wear with right accessories and styling. Each designer of fashionmarket.lk has ensured to keep the overall design sense minimalist & muted.

For me brights colour schemes work the best, however, the under toned and earthy colours of each saree interested me more in them. They brought in the ‘old world charm’ for me, the feeling that I was describing at the start of the blog.

Style Tips :

  1. Play with the designs of the blouse- crop top, high neck blouse, collared shirt, angarkha top or a peter-pan collared top. 
  2. Team it with tribal silver accessories for the brunch, evening party or a casual outing.
  3. Team it with simple pearls or gold studs for an office wear look.

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#30daySareeLove woven in looms across India

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Saree.

The six yards of sheer pleasure of breathable cottons, crisp silks, buttery chiffons. Wearer’s delightful zing. Observer’s palpable curiosity mixed with wonder.

So, since when did wearing a saree became the conversation starter ?

Maybe since 2014 I guess.

After the initial admiration of the saree and style, the immediate question I received was ‘Is there some social function ? Are you celebrating Traditional day ?’

And every time I kept negating the cliched questions. No, I honestly love wearing sarees, I would answer and try explain the much obvious love.

What exactly happened to the societal ideas of daily wear dressing? It made me think.

The globalization did impact the aesthetics of Indians. There was a paradigm shift from draping sarees to quickly tying sulwar kameezes in the 70’s. Later denims took over the markets and seeped in the daily Indian wear. Most of Indian homes would have witnessed this change . The way ‘moms’ progressed from wearing cotton sarees as a daily wear to easy breezy sulwar kameez and then to the quintissential ‘Kurti’ and denims showcases the evolution of fashion in Indian culture. The society saw a progressive shift and adaptations became easier and acceptable.

The Fashion journey from the days of Smita Patil’s muted cotton khadi sarees to Madhuri’s trendy sulwar kameez, from Deepika’s Kurti & distressed denims to back to Kalki Koechelin’s linen sarees, has been mesmerizing for me indeed.

Wearing ‘kurti’ or ‘Blouson’ and denim is the norm of the day. For the trendy fashionistas who love the fads, it is the latest ‘dress’ or ‘skirt’ available on the Myntra’s and the Jabong’s or well, hail the local tailor.

Saree thus is the modern fashion Disruptor.

No wonder it became the focal point of conversations for the 30 days when I decided to wear saree to work. Yes #30daysareelove was my way of professing love for these six yards that I have so lovingly collected from places far & flung. Curating & collecting sarees from different regions of India became almost like an obsession. Beg, borrow, steal was the mantra for these 30 days and a friend who also is a saree lover was at the rescue. I ended up borrowing and well buying. Let’s leave the beg and steal part for now. From the local block prints of Gujarat to Puneri chequered cottons, from the Bengal cotton Tant to Mysore cotton silk, from the ikats of Orissa to the weaves of North east, from the white Kerala Onam saree to the trendy pastel chiffons, I wore it all for the love of #30daysareelove.

Meanwhile I read about the 100sareepact, a movement started by Ally Matthan and Anju Kadam who shared the same saree love. They were out there narrating their saree story through this pact. More & more women joined in and it almost translated into a movement, to bring in the old, to indulge in the comfort of the known and to bask in the slow life of yesteryears.

Here in Gujarat, I lived my #30daysareelove.

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Soft Grey North Eastern weave teamed with Mashru Red silk blouse and Coin Jewellery

 

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Traditional off-white Onam Saree with gold border teamed with olive green gajji silk bouse 

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Puneri Cotton saree in Aqua blue checks teamed with a Black linen blouse 

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Green & Red traditional colours in cotton blend teamed with ivory silk blouse 

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Bubble-gum pink Bengal Tant saree teamed with a denim blouse 

You might want to reinvent this fashion disruptor in 2016. Take some cues from these style tips and add some quirk to the desi handlooms.

Style Tips :

  1. Saree can be fun wear if you experiment a little with colours and styles. Try monochromes, colour blocks and absolute contrasts when you team the Blouse.
  2. Say no to the standard blouses. Opt for smart crop tops in denims, lace, batik and khadi.
  3. Wear the saree over a collared shirt if you want to stand out.
  4. Opt for floral angarkha with plain linens/chiffon sarees.

If you too are a saree lover and want to contribute/comment in this saree narrative, feel free to  email me on drpatel.falguni@gmail.com

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Your Shopping Guide to Spring Trends 2016 – I

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2016 has begun with the note of new promises, fresh beginnings, innovative ideas and killer trends. While the fashion cycle tends to be cyclical as the name suggests, some trends tend to percolate the markets much more as compared to others.

You must have already flipped through the Fashion Trend reports, breezed through Vogue’s and Elle’s of the world and scoured the local markets for the 2016 Spring wear trends. Thus I am forbidding myself to give you more ‘Gyaan’ on the same and share with you my favorite trends of Spring Summer 2016, style tips for each and your shopping guide for these trends.

To make your shopping life a tad easier, do click on the links suggested with each trend for your shopping indulgences. They will guide you through my favorite shopping sites for that particular trends.

So whether you are a careful buyer ( Like me ) or an indulgent shopaholic, go, have a look and let me know if you liked it and bought from it :)

  1.  Off Shoulder Tops

Bare Shoulders are in.

Do you remember Juhi Chawla’s white off shouldered top from the song ‘Tu hai meri Kiran’ ? Does it strike a bell ? The 90’s Off shoulder style has come to stay this season and bring in some relaxed boho vibe to the summery sun.

Hellessy Spring 2016

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Chloe Spring 2016

Style Tips 

  1. Wear these breezy & glamorous off shoulder tops with long flowy skirts for a carefree boho look for an afternoon brunch or a casual evening out. Add some beach curls or french braid and you are ready to go.
  2. Style the uber chic formal off shoulder top with silk pants for a formal evening party. Strict hair parted sleek low pony would add the charm to this sleek number
  3. Grab an Ikat/block printed/khadi off shouldered maxi dress for the hip ‘Make in India’ look. Add some jhumka and twirl your side braids for an indo western look.

 

Top sites to buy from :

SpringBreak

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Zara

2. Large Plaids

The classic plaid print, that can modernize any silhouette, has been flying off the racks in 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016 too. A red plaid shirt tucked in distressed denims with sneakers is just the right outfit for an evening out with friends since decades. This year, lets try this trend differently, shall we?

Stella McCartney Spring 2016

Stella McCartney Spring 2016

Hermès Spring 2016

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Style Tips :

  1. Invest in one classic Red Plaid Shirt. I guarantee, it will last you next ten seasons. Style it with denims or black leather pants, depending on whether you want to go watch a movie or a rock concert.
  2. Experiment with Plaids and get yourself a maxi dress. This one is for the experimental divas who aren’t afraid to try on the big plaids. Keep the look chic and simple with relaxed hair and small studs in ears
  3. Try on a plaids saree if you are a saree lover like me. Take the desi cool a notch higher with linen saree. Team with with a lace crop top or a biker jacket for the glam look.

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Chemistry

Ogaan ( Saree)

Hope you find this blog interesting while it gives you insights in trends, styling tips and site options to buy from.

While you decide on the next purchase and browse through, I sign off, happily.

Until next post.

 

 

 

 

Story of Lai Jewellery

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There are some times in your life when you come across some words, designs,visuals and moments that take your breath away, with its sheer beauty so well put together and compels you to take a pause. Only once in a while.

Lai, a chic and contemporary jewellery brand,founded by Puja Bhargava Kamath, is one such brand.The love for words and design infused with influence from cultures across the globe struck the right chord with the dreamy poet in me.

‘Lai’ literally means lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets that often deals with tales of adventure and romance. The range takes you not only through the geographies but also across the centuries.The stories of the exquisitely handcrafted silver jewellery pieces derive their inspiration from the lands of Afghanistan,Samarkand, Morocco, Greece, Himachal Pradesh, Nathdwara and Kutch

What I loved the most about Lai was the detailing that went in conceptualizing, designing, handcrafting, shooting the pictures and writing a beautiful copy along with each theme. It was like one place where I could delve in the beauty of words, visuals and designs.

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Mukta Carita – Pearl Open hoop earring with green & red semi precious stones

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Old world Charm – Pearl Ring

Pooja, the Founder and Chief designer of Lai- silver jewellery,is a Nift graduate. She grew up in New Delhi, moved to Bangalore after her marriage and then to Bay Area, California where she currently lives managing Lai across the continents. Besides designing Lai jewellery,she is a History buff , is Travel obsessed, loves to read, to cook and has a keen interest in textiles, architecture, mid-century modern designs and all things vintage and pretty. Lai, no wonder, seems an extension of her self.

The excerpts from the conversation with Puja Kamath Bhargava:

Share with us the story of creating ‘Lai’ brand

“Being a free-spirited soul and a bit of an adventurer, I opted to operate as a freelance designer rather than join a company. This gave me an opportunity to work across various sectors while I zeroed in on my true passion. During this time, I supplemented my knowledge in jewellery by studying Gemology. I designed fine jewellery for a number of leading national & international jewellery houses, dabbled in heritage properties and interiors (Neemrana group), designed bags under my own label and worked extensively in the handicrafts sector – travelling the length and breadth of the country to work with different artisan groups.

It was a rather chance meeting at Fabindia that actually led me to turn into an entrepreneur from a designer. About 6 years ago, they were planning on adding jewellery as a category in their stores and commissioned me to design & produce a collection for them.Eventually I weighed anchor and started focusing solely on silver jewellery which combined my three big passions: working with crafts and traditional skills, jewellery and history!’ shared Puja while reminiscing her initial days.

What significance does jewellery have in your life?

To me jewellery is a very personal thing and I feel just as a someone’s book collection is very telling of who they are & where they are coming from, the jewellery collection of a woman is equally telling of her journey in life & the person that she is.

What is the pull factor in jewellery designing for you?

I love the small-scale and the detailing that go into a piece of jewellery. My most favorite part of designing jewellery has to be the research preceding it. I love it when I can immerse myself and learn something about, say, weaves of a particular region and then interpret them as jewellery designs. Or delve into the world of Mughal decorations and architecture. Or dig in deep into the history of paisley as a motif. And then use these bits of images and information to design a collection. Like we say on our Facebook page “We don’t just do pretty jewellery we do jewellery that is well researched and has a story to tell”.

What does Lai stand for ?

Lai is about giving the today’s woman relevant and contemporary ways (in jewellery) to express their taste in culture, beautiful arts and motifs from different cultures the world over. Lai’s aim is to come up with exciting designs based on the best art the world has to offer. We also want to revive and rejuvenate some lost jewellery making techniques & hope to introduce our clients to all the various regional skills in jewellery making as we possibly can..

Are there other projects/ opportunities that you are interested/involved in? 

I’m currently trying to build a crowd sourced on-line archive of traditional Indian jewellery, pre-1970s. The project is called ‘Indian Jewellery Project’ (IJP) and we can be found on Facebook IPJ .This is a project close to my heart and I’m really keen to spread its awareness across the globe.

While Puja has been busy crafting the Book markable Rakhis for the festive season, we take a look at few of my favourites from her ravishing collection..

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Stunning Nathdwara inspired floral patterned earrings in pink and blue enamel

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Ethereal two tiered pearl necklace – classic heirloom piece

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Afghan inspired Nilaj collection of earrings

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Inspired from Samarkand, round faceted turquoise trio necklace

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Glamorous Pearl Jali earrings

It seems the Lai jewellery found the Silk Route very inspiring. Their few collections are inspired by the Turquoise blue domed Islamic architecture in Samarkand, tribal motifs from the bazaars of Afghanistan and floral imagery with distinctive patterns from the Moghul era. From the Persian descent enameling in Nathdwara to classic Native American Peublo Pottery, from the tribal Himachali designs from the slopes of Chamba to the colourful Kutch inspired nomadic collection – Lai encompasses rich culture, heritage and craftsmanship like no one else.

Lai’s each jewellery piece has a story to tell. Indeed.

If you loved what you saw here, you might want to check their complete collection here

 

Keep tuned in to know about more such carefully curated brands every week.

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English Brogues or Indian Juttis ?

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Cinderella is a proof that new pair of shoes can change your life.

My ardent love for visuals and design transcends the barrier of a single dimensional art form. It translates seamlessly through Fashion & Lifestyle products and Home decor elements with the eyes of a fine curator who tastefully dabbles from one medium to the other, keeping the design and colors at the forefront.

Within the realms of style,if I was ever to name one element that would separate the Fashion forward fashionistas from the eternally stylish divas, it would have to be ‘SHOES’. Your footwear speaks a lot about your personality. Sigh, they talk too.

From the ethnic Kolhapuris to the Irish Brogues, from the French Ballet to the Audrey Hepburn Kitten heel, from the resplendent stilettos to the plain vanilla flip flops – all of these beauties have one thing in common – stunning designs to adorn the last tip of your body with careful detailing in the form of structure, style and colors.

My first tryst with shoe love was when I discovered ‘Sole Sisters’ – an Indian Blog dedicated to shoes, about six years back. Since then I have managed to spot and curate elegantly crafted footwear meticulously designed by the budding designers across the country. In today’s blog, I bring to you two fresh Footwear brands to watch out for in 2015.

  • Hats Off Accessories

Brogues, originally designed as country shoes with tiny holes in them so that water couldn’t reside in it for the countrymen of Ireland, are the latest on the Style circuit. With the passage of time, designs saw a sea change in the context of structure and material. Brogues turn on the green buzzer on the stylometer.

Hats Off Accessories, founded by Sunaina Harjai, Pearl Academy graduate, is one such brand that transports you to the old world British charm of flaunting the classic country air with its impeccably styled tan brogues and oxfords. They offer exquisitely designed and handcrafted leather footwear for both Men and Women. The brand’s love for the right balance of colours, design and details is reflected in their collection.

Ranging from basic ballerinas in neutral shades to classic loafers with tassel detailing, from desert boots with ice-cream pastels suede to boyfriend inspired brogues, Hats Off accessories seems to have nailed it just about right. I love them for their distinct minimalism, a trait so quintessential to British designs, coupled with a delectable colour palette to select from. Yes, Hats Off Accessories footwear is for keeps.

My picks from the brand are:

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Brogues for Women

Desert Boots in Mint Blue

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Desert Boots in Ice blue Shade

Their Men’s range is equally promising with range of designs to choose from their classic English laced up brogues to opulent suede slip ons.

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Men’s Fashion – Classic Tan Brogues

You may check these beauties here on Jabong:

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  • Needledust

The journey to the surreal British countryside suddenly comes to a halt with the explosive burst of bright colours filling your senses with a heady mix of Indian rustiness, packed neatly in the form of Indian Juttis. Enter the magnificent world of Indian ethnic crafts and prep up the boho chic look by tastefully mixing these handcrafted Juttis with denims,maxis or patiyaalas.

Needledust, a bespoke luxury footwearline, founded by Shirin Mann Sangha, brings you these fabled Indian juttis with a fresh pop of colours. The brand boasts of luxury infused foot wear available for daily wear. With a coterie of artisans working across the country on the designs conceptualised by the founder, Needledust offers handcrafted and hand embroidered juttis with intricate detailing and comfort. Their design sensibilities highlight their fondness for the feminine shades of peaches, pinks and reds.

My favourite pick of the Needledust is their Summer Vintage collection with floral designs in pastel shades, a phenomenon quite unusual for the Indian Juttis. My penchant for British wall papers, floral designs and pastel shades is quite justified with this selection.

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NeedleDust Floral Vintage Collection

Besides their range of Juttis – Sapphire, coral and pearl , should make way on the wish list for the weddings.

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NeedleDust Wedding juttis

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Needledust Wedding Jutti

The much talked about Bollywood wedding saw Mira Rajput, Shahid Kapoor’s bride, wearing the Needledust juttis. Need I say more ?

You may check their collection here :

Needledust

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Cup them right – The Rules for Bra Shopping

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It is the most basic foundation garment, the one that can perk up those luscious curves making you feel confident and beautiful, from within. Bra – if worn rightly, can make you look younger and slimmer but if worn wrong, it might end up making you look dowdy. With the burgeoning of numerous International and domestic brands, the confusion is at its peak to select the right kind of bra which is not only good in quality, but is also affordable.  To add to the selection woes, there are multiple styles of bra available, leaving us wondering on how to choose the right kind of bra.

Do read on further to know some facts on right selection of bra coupled with some interesting trivia.

Evolution

Bra – short for Brassiere came into existence only in the late 19th century. Till then, women’s modesty was covered by corsets in various patterns. The evolution of fashion and the change of women’s stature in the society determined the evolution of bra from the corsets. The society became more acceptant of sins and sensuousness.

Herminie Cadolle from France developed the first modern bra by cutting the corset into two. “Soutien-gorge” as they call it in French, became famous through the early 20th century.

 In 1932, S H Camp did the first advertising campaign wherein the cup sizes were defined as alphabets starting from A representing the smallest cup size to D being the largest then.

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Warner’s ABC Alphabet Bra

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Palmers Bra in 1937

Around the same time other lingerie brand started growing rapidly. Triumph International was one of them. During the time of World War II, women who were recruited in military wore Conical Bra as a part of their uniform to support their body anatomically well. Thus came in the trend of the pointed conical bra.

(Think of Mumtaz  & Asha Parekh in body hugging chudidars and Sridevi in the song – Tohfa Tohfa….) Over the years, different styles of bra were introduced in the market. There came in the range of nursing bra, teen bra, sports bra, sleepwear bra, bridal lingerie, party wear bra and so on.

So, How to select a Bra?

It’s a pertinent question that everyone seems to fret about. You know all of it, but when you actually go for the purchase, you get overwhelmed with the shapes, sizes, colours, fits and the nonstop persuasion of the counter girl to buy the most expensive one. You end up buying the wrong kind. Bless the internet shopping; it has taken wrong fittings to a different level. We get lured by ‘Buy 4 bras at just 499’ and buy all. Only to realise later that either the quality of the fabric was mediocre or the fittings were weird.

Look for the signs below to know if you are wearing a wrong Bra.

  1. Do your bra straps cause red marks on your shoulder?
  2. Do your bra straps slide down or are you constantly adjusting them?
  3. Do your breasts bulge over the top of the cup in a double bump?
  4. Do your breasts droop or look generally out of shape?
  5. Does your bra band ride up in the back?
  6. Does the centre of your bra fail to touch your breastbone?

Any of the above may be affirmative of the signs that your bra isn’t right for you. These problems indicate that the band is too big or small, or that the cups are too large or small, depending on fit-related issues.

How should a Bra fit?

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Right kind of Bra

– The band of the bra provides 80% of the support. Ensure that the bra has good quality fabric & elasticity. The bra should be snug fit allowing your two fingers to pass through it. If the band rides up your back, it means it is large for you.

– The straps provide remaining 20% of the support. They basically level the breasts centrally. They should not keep falling off your shoulder or dig in your skin.

– Whether you are wearing a full cup or a demi cup bra, your breasts should fit in the cups. No spilling out of the cup, under the cup or around under arm. If it happens, it means you are wearing a small cup size. If there are wrinkles on your cup, it means you are wearing a bigger cup size.

– When you buy the bra, it should fit on the first hook, thus giving space for you to tighten later.

– The mid part of the bra, gore, should fall flat on your breast bone. If it is lifted up, it means your cup size of the bra is small.

How to measure your right bra?

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How to measure for correct Bra size ?

Band size is expressed in even numbers – It is the measurement of your chest just below your breasts. Eg 32, 34, 36

Cup size is the difference of measurement expressed in letter between your band size and the actual breast size at its fullest. It is expressed in letters like A, B, C, D etc. With increase in one inch, there is an increase in cup size from A to B to C and so on.

Step 1: To determine your band measurement, measure your ribcage directly below your breasts. If the tape measure shows an even number, this is your band size. If the tape measure shows an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Step 2: Measure the fullest part of your breasts holding your arms at your sides. Keep the tape measure level around your body and measure the fullest part of your breasts (over your nipples).

Step 3: Subtract your band measurement from the measurement of the fullest part of your breasts to determine the difference. The cup size is the difference between the measurements.

As a general rule, the difference between each cup size is 1″.

So A is 1 inch difference, B is 2 inch difference, C is 3 inch difference and D is 4 inch difference.

Eg : If your band size is odd number, 35 , you round it to 36. Now if your fullest part of breasts measure as 39, then your bra size is 36C. ( 39 -36 =3. A difference of 3 inch is C cup size)

Breast sizes are growing. From 1990 – 2000, the average size had gone from a 34B to a 36C.

Bra Style for your Body Type

1) Small Bust ( A to B )–

 Balconette style bra with padding to enhance the curves

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Balconette Style for small bust

 Half Cup Bra with Push up

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2) Average & Large Bust ( C  onwards )

 Bra with wide straps for support

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Wide strapped bra for big bust

                                        Full cup bra

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Full cup bra for big bust

  Under wired

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Underwired Bra for large bust

Minimizer

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Minimizer Bra for big bust

Different Styles of Bra for different occasions

1) T- Shirt Bra for seamless look and daily use

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T-shirt Bra for Daily wear

2) Strapless Bra & Plunging bra for different Party wears

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Strapless bra for Party wear dresses

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Plunge Bra for Deep open necked party wear

3) Sports Bra

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Sports bra for Gym, athletics, dance , aerobics.

4) Nursing Bra for post pregnancy feeding

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Nursing Bra for post pregnancy feeds

The biggest selling bra colour is nude and skin tones now. Ten years ago, the biggest selling bra colour was white, while ivory and cream were a close to second. Tea rose was the favourite from the 1920s through the 1950s.

 

Wash Care

  1. When you try on a bra for the first time, try it on the loosest set of hooks before you examine for fit. Over time, as the elastic naturally stretches, you can switch to the middle set of hooks, and then the inside set of hooks.
  2. Buy several bras and rotate them through your wardrobe regularly. By giving a few bras equal wear, you extend the life of all of your bras.
  3. Hand washing in cold water with a gentle lingerie detergent and lay flat to dry. Try to avoid washing machines, especially without a lingerie bag, and NEVER put a bra in the dryer! The heat from the dryer will break down elastics and damage the underwires.

Recap

  • Follow the three step routine to determine your right size
  • Select the apt style for your bust size
  • Select the right pattern for the occasion ( NO lacy bra for daily wear, their intricate work create detailing on your outfit)
  • Select the right colour (NO white bra for white outfits. Embrace nude coloured bra – they are your best friends )

 Happy Right Bra Shopping !

( You can shop at Zivame )

 

My First Expert – Vintage Film

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There’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.”
Mitch Albom

Time and again it has been proved. If there was one constant truth in the ever changing world, one honest emotion that would melt your heart or one warm hug that could wash away your worries, it had to be mother’s unparalleled and unconditional love. While all the other relations do have some conditional strings attached, this one has no strings. Yet this is the only one where you get pulled back to, in your lows and highs of life. She prods you, pushes you to better yourself only to avoid the inevitable fall which she has already foreseen, with her age old experience,  but more importantly, despite all the cautionary advice, she still lets you be.

Well, that’s what my Maa does for me, everyday.

When I look back at the journey of growing up, from a cherubic toddler to an obedient teenager to a strong headed woman, I see a fuzzy kaleidoscopic film. Kind of a vintage frame of nostalgia filled slides, changing every second. Some black & white frames of family time, some tunes  played  on Akashwani in the summer afternoons, walks to the nearby bakery for cupcake, a cup of my favourite ice cream post any injection, series of firsts of everything- all of it, carefully tucked in the memory.

My first memories of Maa trace back to when I was just about some 2.5 years old. I had demanded for a plastic doll, the plump fair doll that ruled the market, way before Barbie dolls took over the toy store. The terrible two’s of demanding and howling got me in trouble in the market place itself. I was not only refused the toy, because I had the same doll back home, but also met with silent treatment. The tiny brain then was incapable to comprehend why I was not allowed the simple pleasure of a toy. And that I remember was my first tryst with mom’s anger and disciplinarian attitude.

Real Life Lesson 1 #   You may demand, whether to give or not is the givers discretion.

Like any other kindergarten kid, I too fancied sugary sweets. Thus, I was once lured to a school friend’s house after the school, only for a wafer biscuit. Packaging and taste obviously entices anyone, at any age. I was no different. The only side effect of this uninformed visit to the friend’s house was that my entire family was on the search mission- to search their missing daughter who had not returned home after school. When they finally found me happily walking back home with a biscuit, they couldn’t help but get angry on me. Back then, I didn’t understand that the anger was due to the fear of losing me.

Real Life Lesson 2 #  In the eternal quest of the ‘Best’ packaging & adventures, you might be treading in deep waters, at times at the cost of the near ones. Just watch out for signs.

In most of the Indian families love isn’t expressed through words. It may be shown through actions. Maa expressed her love for all of us through her caring and giving nature. It would be in the form of our favourite meals cooked, day after day, all these years. Her love was her anger when my dad wouldn’t take medications. Her love was in the form of that pesky advice to take steam, to gargle and to apply vicks when suffering from cold. Her love was in form of that one phone call when one of us would get late to reach home. She has been the silent warrior of the family.

Real Life Lesson 3 # You love no matter what, in sickness, in health, in good, bad, mad and sad. You stand like a rock for your loved ones, come what may.

And then there are some advice which were easy breezy, or so I felt.

  1.  Follow your heart. Even if it means you are going against the tide
  2.  One life, let’s make the most of it.
  3.  Be independent financially and emotionally. Try.
  4.  Always apply oil before washing your hair
  5.  Besan ,haldi and cream is still the best tan removal treatment.
  6.  Keep a count of the Tupperware containers in the house.
  7.  Do not drink water directly from the bottles. Use glass for others benefit.

And while I know these are just about regular life lessons and advice, I value them more because I have a story for each of them, somewhere in the deep recesses of my heart, caressed by the warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia that sweeps over, reminding me of my journey of all these years with my Maa.

To end my story with my first expert for the Godrej Expert , I would say that I would have the same set of advice for my daughter, some day, along with this beautiful spoken poem by Sarah Kay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQgz2AhHaQg

Cheers,

Till the next post.