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The labour colony

December 16, 2014
I’ve always maintained that fashion & styling for me, are like a blank canvas waiting to be filled up with your vivid imagination and wild ideas. You can tell any story you want, become any character you desire, and look like a million bucks without actually spending much. Last week I was invited to the Max fashion store at Hyderabad, to pick and style a few pieces from their recently launched Winter Collection. The store has been surprising me with every visit with their International trends at affordable prices and the rate at which new products are being churned out every few weeks.My style has always leaned towards the ‘casual and laid back’ side, but this time after browsing through the collection I wanted to do something very different. As a blogger and an artist I have a constant stream of visual story telling ideas buzzing through my mind, and sometimes the outfit, the backdrop, the styling, the theme and the photography – it all falls into place like a perfectly written story.A pair of printed pants and a stunning faux leather vest formed the base for this outfit. Once the base is sorted, you are free to mold, sculpt and shape your look to perfection in any way you please. After browsing through my accessory collection, and a brainstorming session with my photographer, we decided to do a tough grunge look while still retaining a bit of femininity and grace, with the color black, being the main focus. I personally find it fascinating how dressing a certain way can bring out certain traits and characteristics in your behavior, that are associated with that particular look. The texture of the vest, the sharp angles of the necklace adding a toughness to the look and the skinny printed pants, the casual ease of sunglasses on your head providing the much needed feminine balance!Leather jackets/vests make a statement no matter how you wear them. I am strictly against pure leather, but here are some tips on styling a faux leather vest:

  • Make it an all black or shades of grey/black look like the one am wearing
  • Style it over maxi dresses to toughen up the look a bit
  • Try a different shade of faux leather like burgundy or dark blue instead of black
  • Wear it on white or any light colored tops & dresses for a contrast

Visual story telling is an art, and I think we’ve achieved more than what we could hope for while styling and shooting for this look. Waking up at 5am for this was totally worth it!

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(faux) leather vest & pant: Max fashions | Shoes: Catwalk | Sunglasses and necklace: Forever21

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  • Reply Soumya December 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

    You look STUNNING!!!!

    I so loved that necklace. I'm off to Forever 21 to pick it up right now!

  • Reply Rohita Bhatia December 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

    The pictures look awesome Chandana! I totally agree, you do not have to wear expensive labels to look great. When all the pieces are put together appropriately – any outfit can look great. πŸ˜€

  • Reply opal December 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Love love this look….I have this necklace in my F21 wish list….

  • Reply Soumi December 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    The pictures have indeed come out nice!

  • Reply Chandana M December 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Chandana M December 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Rohita!

  • Reply Chandana M December 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Chandana M December 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Nilu Yuleena Thapa December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Lovely jacket! And love the background!
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  • Reply Dayle December 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    That vest is looks so good on you, Chandana !


  • Reply Chandana M December 19, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Chandana M December 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Thank you Nilu! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pria December 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Nice outfit. Is it really called labour colony? Looks cool! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tish Baily December 27, 2014 at 3:27 am

    cute look!

  • Reply Jasnik Nahal December 29, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Hey just finished reading your ''the labour colony'' post. P.S Loved the jacket and sunglasses. keep up the good work! xx

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