Wondering What to Wear to Fashion Week?

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Whether it’s outrageous ideas or subtle creativity, Fashion Week is just the place to experiment, engage and evaluate our sartorial choices. But coming up with what to wear leaves most of us reeling. After all, you have to look the part, or stand out for the right reasons or fit seamlessly in. With Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week  SS14 hot on our towering heels, we are looking for inspiration from unconventional places to strike our wardrobes. Fashion Bloggers ought to know, right?eS Team

Neha Vohra and Surbhi Sethi

Neha and yours truly, at Wills India Fashion Week S/S’13.

(Photo Credit: Joris Bruring, Team Peter Stigter)

I have been falling head-over-heels over the bare midriff trend since its revival during the Spring/Summer 2011 shows. But it is something that does not easily translate into a wearable option off the runway especially if we are talking Delhi streets. So I decided to test-drive the trend at fashion week last year, which seems to be one of those very few, sartorially liberating places allowing us fashionistas to embrace our ever-so-bold choices.

The only issue? I hadn’t really invested in a crop top or some such at the time, so I decided to raid my brother’s wardrobe. Yes, that is where the black Sisley shirt came from, teamed with a black Zara maxi skirt. And while black on black for summer can be downright majestic, I decided to break the monotony with a pair of strappy fuchsia heels and studded gold bangles from a local boutique in Singapore.

Neha kept her look chic, simple, and monotone again, adding a matching navy Zara blazer on top of her printed H&M dress, which she paired with nude Aldo pumps and a pastel pink sling-bag. Coats are a great way to add a little structure to light, flirty summer-dresses. The overall look was quite subdued and effortlessly chic. But then it was fashion week she was dressing for, so the addition of perhaps a neon-pink feather brooch for sheer luxe-effect as opposed to necessity was imperative.

So how should you dress up for Fashion Week?

#1  Heels v/s Flats
 Neha and I do look like some brave souls, towering in high heels at fashion week, but let me tell you that’s only because it was just the first day. While it may be a daunting task to team a supremely stylish outfit with a pair of flats, my advice would be to advocate function over form for what seems to be a month-long week.
#2  Dress-up v/s Edge-up
Do we really need to “dress-up” to attend shows. Probably not. By that, I certainly do not mean dress down. Keep your comfort levels high by pairing clean silhouettes in breathable fabrics while playing with bold accessories to edge-up your look, and you’ll exude the right I’m-not-trying-too-hard-vibe.
#3  Embrace off-beat trends
Test drive your favorite new trends from global fashion runways, especially the more daring, unconventional ones that you aren’t brave enough to try on a regular day out. Think clashing neons, bold color leather, dresses over pants, day-time sequins, kaleidoscope prints, full skirts, eccentric headgear, statement jewelry and of course, the bare midriff. Feel free to experiment!
#4  Modern Vintage
Give your recent thrift-store buys a styling makeover for fashion week. They are perfect conversation starters and will be sure to grab tonnes of eyeballs and street-style lenses.
#5  Fab hair
No matter what you wear or how basic your outfit is, a good hairdo will instantly upgrade your look to that of a model off duty.

[ A version of this post first appeared on eStylista.com ]

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