I would love to wear wide belts which seem quite popular right now. But I’m not too sure if I can carry them off because of my body type. What kind of women should avoid them?
Wide belts have been in fashion for a while, and look quite good on most women. But they should be ideally avoided by people not gifted with height. However, if you do want to wear them, keep these tips in mind: If you have a short torso, it is advisable to wear a top which is the same colour as the belt, and wear a dark colour at the bottom. Wide belts tend to cut height, so darker trousers or skirt will help you look taller. They also tend to make the hips look larger, so if that is a problem area for you, and you are trying to draw attention away from your hips, you should not wear a wide belt.
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I have to attend a close friend’s wedding but want to stand out from the rest of my friends, who are either wearing saris, salwar kameezes or lehengas. I also don’t want to wear the regular wedding shades, such as red and pink.
It’s great that you want to experiment with new looks at a wedding, and the best way to stand out and yet be traditional is to try new colours. You could opt for soft neutrals, or colours such as ecru, beige and khaki, with a metallic tinge. This is a palette which is alien to Indians at celebratory functions, and you will surely stand out, while looking elegant. You can also play with the fact that everyone will be wearing heavily embroidered ensembles, but yours can be lighter on the embellishment. Make up for that by wearing a stunning piece of jewellery.
A mix of Western and Indian dresses is also a good bet—try a strapless dress with a churidar and scarf. Of course, this depends on how confident you are, and whether it is a conservative gathering or not.
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