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Mayasir celebrates Eid

Fashion bloopers

It could be any body. You, your friend, associate, or even your over-enthusiastic daughter. You all claim to be fashion savvy. Confident, yet relaxed you are self assured about your fashion choices. Over time you have finally figured out what best suits you. Whether you are pear, apple, carrot, or avocado shaped, you are convinced that you represent one particular shape and therefore take action accordingly to pick your style. The process is simply time-testing as it cannot be a clear shortcut to immediate success. Unless of course, you claim to be a fashion wizard, it does take a little trial and error before you are fully convinced about your wardrobe choices. The process can be tedious for some, and if you are impatient you can simply jump into an outfit before giving it a second thought. However this is not a crime and can be mended with the correct formula. Let us look at some choices so that you can avoid looking like your fashion blooper friends.

1. She wears a fitted kameez zipped and form fitted with an equally fitted pair of ankle length cigarette pants. In black, which is probably the most slimming colour, she looks smashing... except for that very conspicuous jelly belly. She'd probably looked at herself in the mirror and said to herself 'what the hell it won't be noticed' but alas it hangs out for all our discerning eyes.

Tummy tucker panties are exceptionally effective to tame the wayward tummy, shape the back into place, within limits of course. They work like corsets and provide support to the front and back. Pick one with a high waist and full coverage.

2. She is a true dame and loves to show off her charming accessories. A collector of the most interesting pieces of jewellery, bold and beautiful, she has them hanging all over the place especially around her body parts. A drama queen, she loves to flaunt, and yes we do sit up and take notice but not always in a nice way. Sometimes she looks like a Christmas tree.

Wearing all those pieces together does no good. The right balance is very important. Work on one or two key pieces. Long chandelier earring with just a bold cuff on her wrist could be a much better option, or a large neckpiece with small earrings and a stunning single ring is simply great. Try to remember that less is more.

3. Wow, look at the matched-up fashionista! Emerald green sari with matching green jewels, a long slim clutch and even green heels. A green clip keeps her hair tidy. How does she manage to get so exacting in making her fashion statement? Bewildered, are we?

Fashion is not about matching from top to bottom. Style is about putting together pieces that complement in colour and form. They should all work together and balance. For example, wear a green sari with papaya orange beads as jewellery, mix green and orange bangles with some natural wooden pieces and carry a brown purse. A little variation adds character to an ensemble.

4. White is her favourite colour, and she's going for that pristine look by wearing it in and out; white lace lingerie under white clothes. Very visible, we might add.

Unless the intention is to flaunt what lies beneath, it's always better to opt for innerwear in skin tones when wearing white.

5. She loves bold patterns, stripes, geometric cycadelic patterns, and over sized checks in loud electric colors on her suits and dresses. It makes her very cheerful, and so she can't get enough, using patterns on all her pieces in the outfit, ending up looking like some African tribal queen.

In fashion term that is committing hara-kiri. Patterns should be used sparingly only as accents or on peripheral elements. If one must wear patterns, one should wear it with solids as an accessory or wear it on a single piece with effective balance of solid grounds.


Preludes: The shopping season begins

Despite writer's blocks, never-ending deadlines, impossible-to-maintain word limits and editors breathing dragon fire down our sorry backs, there are certain phases during which working for a publication seems almost easy…almost. These snatches of borrowed heaven come every couple of months when we are gratefully faced with change of season this or festival that, and are allowed to toy with a certain topic more often than necessary by upholding the festive spirit and more importantly, by branching out self-assured words of advice.

That lucky time, readers, is upon us once again and as we place our first steps into Ramadan this year, forgive us for already slipping into our authoritarian roles.

Unavoidable circumstances dictate that we officially begin our (heading towards) Eid tips on slightly serious footing this time around because with the unfortunate combination of a nation recovering from flood and a populace struggling to cope with escalating inflation rates, this is just the year for simplicity and sensitivity. So the very first thing on our agenda is budgeting accordingly for your own financial well-being and for the sake of showing much needed respect and responsibility towards the thousands that have lost their all in the preceding months.

It is important to remember that although Eid is the perfect excuse to indulge your lavish side, the alarming prices have taken will probably oblige you to cut down on your budget a bit this year. Opt for a simpler, yet more exclusive Eid ensemble (details of which will be run throughout the month) and similarly, maintain the element of simplicity in gifts that you choose to buy. It's perfectly alright if it seems that you are not living up to your usual standards this year because chances are that those on the receiving end are pretty much in the same situation.

Although the aspect of charity or zakat doesn't fall under the concern category for some time to come, for greater emphasis and for the benefit of correct decision-making, perhaps we would all do well with a change of plans beginning now. Since most people pay heed to religious enforcements with regard to charity even if they do not do so under normal circumstances, this opportunity should be utilised in promoting rebuilding efforts, because the true effects of a natural disaster are the ones which last on a long-term basis, after the initial danger has passed.

Heavy pearls of wisdom having been dispersed, and we can safely move into topics less depressing. Just as it is all well to remember the trying times that we have passed and continue to pass, it is also important to give ourselves a breather for those same reasons. Even though the first week of Ramadan is never characterised by near-done Eid preparations, planning, not necessarily implementing, can do no harm. Get into the spirit just as the season kicks in and if nothing else, if you don't already have something in mind, you can do a bit of window-shopping to check what's hit the stalls. Of course, this asks for an added amount of energy and enthusiasm, after all after-fast activity does not strike everyone's fancy. On a brighter side, crowds will be thinner this time around so you might want to brave the odds.

If, on the other hand, you have a pre-set idea about what you want to wear or how you want to look, you would save yourself a considerable amount of last-minute hassle to get the preparations underway, especially if you are going to have something custom-made. Look through the different kind of materials that are on offer, get the right colours and contrasts, and pair them up with all the necessary embellishments, be they lace, beads, stones or sequins. Putting together the whole package, assuming surveys will be done before making the final decisions, will be a full couple of days' work, so this is the right time to get started. And finally, if you are going to have your outfit block printed, embroidered or hand-worked, you should be getting in touch with the people who will do it- the queues have already started forming.

Over the first couple of days, this is as best as that can and should be done. So with just a bit of planning and preparing, we should be good to go-for now!

By Subhi Shama Reehu





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