INNOVATIVE SAREE BLOUSE DESIGNS ’19

by Vijaya Durga Ram

Regardless of shape, size or style…a saree looks great on every woman.

We have seen a huge lifestyle shift and culture change, where we accepted the western wardrobe graciously and have made tremendous advancement towards experimenting pretty much all the styles we see on the international magazine and yet, a SAREE somehow always fits in, stays perfectly in trend and will always do.

Through different generations, it has been worn in so many different styles.

And, I would say, that’s the best part! Let’s get creative and add in a streak of our own style to the blouses! 

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A saree is the trendiest wear for girls! It looks more comfortable and stylish for women. However, the blouse is what makes or the breaks the perfect saree look. It’s is the vital element of the saree look. Every year we are blessed with new saree blouse designs. Here, we have a shirt blouse that is draped with an indigo-dyed saree. The abstract elements on the blouse makes it trendier as by combining both traditional and fusion elements. 

Here are some of the looks that I found really interesting!

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A Sheath turtleneck top, with an illusion neckline that just grabs the look of this simple and elegant cotton saree to the next level. The waist belt and the shoes add an extra fusion vibe to the look!

You Need To Check Out Sabyasachi’s New Collection Which Is Perfect For Summer Brides!

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Sabyasachi’s  Fiza – Spring Summer 2019 collection has made us go wowww! Everything from the silhouettes to the cuts, created over a series of adorable colour palettes, left us in awe! The exquisite jewellery, flowy embroidered fabrics and the strikingly shot collection have us glued to his Instagram profile, as he updated one post after another. We also noticed a freshness in styling and also, instead of going heavy on jewellery he switched to dainty but timeless pieces, super apt for summers. Is that an inception of a new trend?!  Whatever it may be, but it literally melted our weak hearts.

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Yami Gautham,Actor.

Indigo dyed Indo-western saree with a mustard embroidered shrug!

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Taapse Pannu,Actor.

Taapse Pannu at one her recent movie promotions, wore a thin striped shirt blouse and saree. It came off too strong on her and I just found it overwhelming!

The tie and the bindi just make it look effortlessly stylish yet traditional!

 

 

 

 

Dressire x Designers : Rinkoo Shroff

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Rinkoo shroff -The label

A beautiful studio in Noida for apparels, with a tagline EVERYTHING DESIRED for over a decade that has pret, couture, fusions to formals and casuals to bridal especially for women and coordinates for men.

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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
The inspiration behind my designs is opulence with glamour. For strong women who can carry anything and everything with elegance.
What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
The key element is the fabric and the finesse in work.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
Challenges I faced and I’m still facing is managing the whole show single handedly and oscillating  between my family and work.
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What are your plans for the future?
The future plans are to serve more and to expand.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
The key is to be honest with your work and to maintain business ethics in terms of quality and commitment. Women seldom realize their worth, step out of your fears.
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you?
Those women who want to pursue a similar path, my advice is to follow your passion. Fashion is sexy and its not about the size or colour, it is intelligence and class.
What you will wear with confidence will become fashion.
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
Since my childhood, I have read lot of fashion magazine. Burlingtons was my favourite and I’m a creative person. Any form of creativity pacifies my senses and fashion is my passion.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
Not every client is your loyal client. You have to keep evolving your stuff and don’t push yourself to fit into someone else’s wardrobe. Those who have an eye for your product, they will genuinely come to you
Have patience and do good work rather than becoming a lime light seeker.
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How would you describe your brand?
Authenticity clubbed with opulence and glamour, along with quality check and commitment in all sorts of apparels.
We embrace our mistakes and rise above criticism as our logo describes.
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Lookbooks for Jacqualine Ledlie

Lookbooks and style tips by Godawari Vishwakarma

Lookbook 1

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  • Maintain a trendy style all year long with this stunning plaid dress.
  • Match this dress with your favorite booties for a night out with the ladies.

Lookbook 2

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  • Make your day more stylish by popping on this outfit for a casual outing.

Lookbook 3

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  • Slay in your curves with this sexy body hugging jumpsuit.
  • Pair it with a shrug to add an additional layer of comfort and match all the accessories to maintain the look

 

If you would like us to create looks just for you, please send us an email at contact@dressire.com

Trendsetter of the Week : Jacqualine Ledlie

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photo6091571916172273671Jacqualine Ledlie (born 23rd Nov 1988) is a plus size model and a TV reality show artist. She has appeared on the cover of various fashion magazines and has been a part of various reality shows of MTV like Splitsvilla 7 and Loveschool Season 2. She has even done a fitness show on NDTV, “Mark for sports”. In addition, she is a role model and influencer for many curvy woman across the globe.

“All I want to convey is “I don’t like to use the words ‘ Real women’ honestly”. I just like to use the word woman.”

Putting a label on the type of woman, it gets misconstrued and starts to offend people.

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I am a big animal lover and have 6 fury babies at home who are a major part of my happiness. I have worked really hard and overcome so much negativity in life so that I can proudly say I give all credits to my parents and my younger sister who have always motivated me to move up and never look back.

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My fashion motto? 

Fashion for me is all about being comfortable and carrying it off well

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements? 

White tee, Ripped jeans, Black best Sports attire and White towels

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My favourite style influencers?

I admire Kim Kardarshian and Jacqueline Fernandes
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
You wouldn’t catch me wearing draped sarees or harem pants
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My favorite party attire?
A lil black dress with perfect earrings is a perfect party attire
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My favorite work attire?
Work is a place where you need to be comfortable, I would say perfect fitted black pants and a nice Kurti.
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Brands I love?
Sabyasachi & Ralph Lauren
My go to- must have accessory?
Accessories is something that I feel is something you need to really match out with what you’re wearing. If everything is heavy it’s best to keep it light on accessories. I love wearing ethnic jewellery and I love funky stuff.
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Lookbooks for Gayatri Ojha

Lookbooks and style tips by Godawari Vishwakarma

Lookbook 1

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  • Feel like you just stepped out of the runway with this poppy red outfit.
  • To complete the look, match it with the minimal accessories as the red colour is enough to make you stand out from the crowd.

 

Lookbook 2

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  • Feel the carefree vibes with this bohemian outfit for a casual day out.
  • Accessorize it with a few crystals and feathers to compliment this look.

 

Lookbook 3

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  • Make yourself shine in this sexy outfit for your night out and stay glamorous with the matching accessories.
  •  Smokey eyes can be perfect add on for this look

Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Jaskiran Dham

Profession : Entrepreneur

She is a woman entrepreneur running a successful  business of exports and imports since 1998, under the company named Jaskiran international.

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In spite being brought up in a reputed  & conservative family,  she managed to do her business all over the world by catering to the top brands. Her buyers vary from the largest importers of Asia to various diplomats in India.
After successfully exploring the foreign markets, she decided to cater to the domestic markets. Her products are available at various stores catering to niche clientele under her own designer label KIRAN ASHLEEN.
She loves travelling to different countries for her work,  loves  collecting different  embellishments that give a very unique touch to the accessories.

Her USP is to give unlimited designs to the retailers so that the uniqueness of the product is maintained.

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Jaskiran has also been actively involved in initiatives for womens’ overall personal development and has encouraged and fostered ways and means for women to become independent and empowered, regardless of their social strata.

She strongly believes that an individual who understands their self-worth can be the torch bearer of love, positivity and happiness. Through this belief, she formed a non profitable club, Zooming Keenagers group where she organizes monthly  events addressing social causes within our communities and fundraising events to help the lesser privileged classes.

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Jaskiran is passionate about food and travel, shopping and fashion.
She is an avid reader and strongly believes in transforming the planet to be a better place to live in, filled with love and affinity.
Her vibrant & colourful personality, her spirit to keep trying and her positive aura has been an inspiration for many professionals and associates.

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Her mantra for life : “It’s Easy.”

My fashion motto?

Keep it simple! Keep it stylish!

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Classic, Graceful and Sophisticated.

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Black dress, midi skirt, classic blouse/shirt, diamond studs & good fitting lingerie.

My favourite style influencers?

Rekha

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Fur

My favorite party attire?

Black dress

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My favorite work attire?

Classic blouse with  black Pants

Designers I love?

I absolutely adore Geisha Designs, Coco Chanel for classic timeless pieces and Zara for fast fashion.

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A fashion blunder you have made in the past?

Wearing too many accessories.

My go to accessory?

Watch

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If you would like to be featured next, please send us an email at Contact@dressire.com.

Lookbooks for Madhavi Advani

Lookbooks and style tips by Godawari Vishwakarma.

Lookbook 1

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  • Sweeten up your look with this charming outfit.
  • Keep it chic for your casual outings and for parties by pairing this look with subtle accessories.

Lookbook 2 

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  • Glam up your look with this gorgeous dress.
  • Style it with a pair of strappy footwear to complete the look.

Lookbook 3

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  • Add a fresh and trendy vibe to your wardrobe with this outfit.
  • Make heads turn by adding metallic accessories to the outfit.

 

If you would Dressire to create lookbooks that are curated just for you, please send us an email at contact@dressire.com.

Lookbook for Neha Kala

Lookbook 1

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  •  Look and feel beautiful in this stunning outfit, styled with pearl and gold accessories to add that elegant feel at the same time.

Lookbook 2 

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  • Give yourself the comfort and style you deserve with this maxi flared gown.
  • Rock the look by pairing it with stellar heels when you are heading out for an evening event .

Lookbook 3

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  • Have this outfit to bring out the diva in you.
  • Team this piece with a clutch and a pair of heels to elevate your style statement

Dressire x Designers : Suman Bajaj

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Being born and brought up in the UK, Suman Bajaj was blessed to have the best of the East and West as powerful influences & yet she found that there was something missing in both. When she set up her label, she married Europe to India and created effortless grace in the form of her most favourite attire, the saree.
Suman’s work comprises of two lines – SumSum her pret line and Suman Bajaj, her couture line.
“With color and cuts that have an international appeal, her work comprises of global designs with ethnic aesthetics. Her prêt line is clever but quirky and not for the shy wallflower! It is the blend of ethnic and western in her collection that has appealed to the fashion conscious allover the world and bought her clients from Spain, UK, USA, Singapore, The Middle East etc as well as India. Suman Bajaj is an up and coming Designer from Delhi whose garments are a wardrobe must have for every woman regardless of her shape and size.”
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“My brand is a wardrobe staple for not just Indian women but women around the world. My sarees are effortless style statements that are all about less being more. “
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Can you tell us a little bit about your story?

In a few short months, I will celebrating a ten-year affair with Delhi, India. Today, there is not a lot one can’t find in Delhi but it was not always that way. It is amazing how much we take for granted in the UK. Ten years ago, finding basics like shower gel and margarine was a challenge. And try waking up at 4 am to fill your water tank only to find  that there is no power.

So why did I move here?

 

In all honesty, I can’t pinpoint what it was that had me packing up my life and moving to a city I had seldom visited. I recall being incredibly lonely and feeling as if I had nothing to lose. I was sick of pretending I had my life all “sussed”, when I clearly didn’t. One cold and frustrating Monday, I impulsively told a friend “I’m selling my apartment and moving to India.” True to my word, I did. I had no job and nowhere to stay, yet my gut told me it was the right thing do.So here I was in a city I knew nothing about, convincing myself I had to make this work. Help had come to me from the most unlikely friendships, but it was mostly my own adamant arrogance not to fail that pushed me to grow. When I think back I surprise myself, it is amazing how resourceful humans are when they need to be. Funny thing is I don’t recall ever feeling sad or sorry for myself. In fact moving to India made me see how much I had taken for granted. The mass population of Indians live below poverty line and moving here, opened my eyes and for the fist time in my life I realized how blessed I truly am.

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What made you fall in love with designing?
Back in the UK, I fell into fashion at a very young age. Coming from a big family, I longed to recycle the hand-me-down clothes my sisters would give me so that they felt new.
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What made you move into designing sarees?
Soon after arriving to Delhi just over ten years ago, I discovered Hindustani city slicers had abandoned the sari. Instead of choosing to opt for unflattering gowns, I felt compelled to use my experience to bring “sari back.” Six months later, The Suman Bajaj easy drape sari label was born. I created a one-size fits all, easy drape saree that made the saree comfortable and alluring to wear.
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I started from my rental with one tailor, spending a large chunk of my savings on materials. Going with my gut I decided to design a niche line of sarees that had the simplicity of a gown and the grace of a sari. My philosophy for fashion being one size fits all and looking good should come from within and not from your wallet.

I now retail from most luxury multi brand boutiques all over the world.

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What are the main features of your collection?
My collection includes pockets – as featured in Vogue, the slim sari that can be worn in three ways and the best part is they all drape in less then 20 seconds.
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What inspires you? 

 

Dressing a celebrity is every designers dream. I have dressed quite a few, Madhuri Dixit was one but to be honest I get more of a thrill draping everyday women who, like myself, had forgotten that they are beautiful, brave and exceptional. These women are my inspiration. I watch how a woman’s face lights up, unable to believe how good she looks in my drapes. I love fashion only because it has the power to empower.
I understand fashion to be more than a trend, it is an expression.
Having more women wear sarees over an evening gown is my biggest inspiration but what inspires my designs is the joy of making a women feel beautiful and so I set out to create beauty.
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What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

This season is all about going back to basics and celebrating man over machine. It is about working with handlooms and turning to age-old fabric making techniques, that may take longer to create but tell the stories of the amazingly talented artisans creating art in their very own homes.

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What tips do you have for woman who want to wear sarees?
Asian women are curvy and tend to carry their weight from hips up, making them the perfect candidate for a sari. And yet, we are all different, So when choosing a fabric think about how the fabric and colour will work on you.
If you have short legs, wear your sari high wasted, sticking to a single colour that elongates you.
If you are worried about a soft tummy opt for opaque fabrics to or printed fabrics to hide the issue. Go for a corseted blouse that not only covers the belly but also pulls it in.
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Our saris typically flare from below the knees balancing the body into the perfect hourglass. Correcting your sari mistakes is simple and can make your draping experience a real comfy hit.
Make sure your petticoat is tied super tight so that it holds your saree perfectly.
Avoid safety pins – they rip the fabric. Instead, try a cool belt or reusable velcro tabs.
Pad your blouse and ditch the unsightly bra straps
Wearing a plain but elegant wedged heel will help you to walk more gracefully.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
The pitfalls of fashion are realising tthat this is my business and not a hobby, so one must buy smart designs backwards with the point of sale price in mind.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
For a woman to do well in business, she needs to be very organised and be able to find balance. Set realistic goals and stay on top of your growth plan.
I believe one must always follow their dreams but be aware of the fact that knowing your craft better than your team is important. Study your craft work, hard to develop yourself so that you can manage your team by leading by example.
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So if you love the allure of a saree but the draping scares you, then here are a few helpful tips from the ace fashion designer and easy drape sari queen Suman Bajaj that promises to have you reaching into your mother’s closet for the six yards of sensual.

Learn :  Anything worth having is worth working for. Learn the simple art of wearing a sari. Draping a sari is not that difficult and the pleating is actually a really good way of keeping arthritis away as it’s a mini hand workout! That being said, if you are fed up with your pleats sitting on the floor instead of your body, have a seamstress stitch your pleat in place for you. That way all you have to do is drape and tuck!
Rethink :  If the fear of looking like your grandma is keeping you away from the sexy sari then rethink your drape. Simple styling can change a normal sari from what to wow! For instance, who says you have to wear your sari with a blouse, when you can wear it with a bikini, t-shirt, polo neck and leather jacket! Make your sari wearing experience all your own. Rock it with a boot, statement jewellery and send the traditional sari into the 21st century.
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Get your petticoat right : Scrap the tent like line and get your shape on. A simple nude Lycra tube with a modest split is the perfect partner for a sari. It hugs the body and allows the sari to sit without sticking or slipping. Make sure you tie it nice and tight above where you want your sari to sit and then pull it down into place. If your sari is transparent, think about using a contrasting colour or opt for a fabric with a bit of sparkle to give it another unexpected dimension. I also love going for petticoats that have layers of tulle fabric that flares out from under the knee, pushing the pleats into a dramatic lehenga. A skin fit legging is also the perfect partner for a more modern look.
Right length : Make your legs look like they go on forever. Wear your heels before you drape so that your sari is the perfect length. A wedged heel is the ideal style for a sari. It will allow you to add a few extra inches and keep you firm on your feet. Try to keep your stilettos free from anything that will catch a hold of your fabric.
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Know your body and pick your fabric well : If you are a little bit on the larger side, go for a print or fabric that is a little bit more opaque but flows well. Pick the darkest shade in the colour to shave off a few pounds. Carry your sari a little higher on your waist and think about adding a little fabric at the start of it to create more pleats.
If on the other hand, you are slim, wear chiffons and lightweight fabrics that flatter your svelte self. Pick fabrics that are not covered in thread work and don’t drag you down.
Avoid pins if you can : They are not fabric friendly! If you must use them, opt for nappy pins with a safety lock so you’re not getting the ring caught in your fabric. To get the sari sitting correctly you can use a belt around your waist or loop the fabric through your strappy blouse strap. If you must use a handful of pins make sure you get some help to hide the pins or you will spoil not only the fabric but your entire look.
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Keep accessories sleek : If you want your sari to be the hero, play down the jewellery. You are wearing a sari and not a Christmas tree, so no decorations required. Take a tip from Coco Channel and always take one accessory off before you leave the door. Less is more!
Keep the mystery : Don’t wear your sari too low or show too much skin. What makes a sari so sensual is the mystery of a single piece of fabric draped in a way that it give away only a little of what makes you a woman. Keep it that way.
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“I feel Indian women are a lot more informed about luxury brands from all over the world but sometime take their styling tips from editorial glossy magazine shoots. They forget to make that look their own and play it down.”

Log onto www.sumanbajaj.com to find out more.

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Lookbooks for Nidhi Jaiswal

The beautiful looks have been created by stylist Sakshi Singh, for our Trendsetter of the Week, Nidhi Jaiswal.

Lookbook 1 

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  • Feel like a modern day princess in this ruffled dress, pair it up with some killer heels and get ready to rock the night!

Lookbook 2 

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  • Fall in love with flounces and slip into these gladiator sandals to look fab on your vacations.

Lookbook 3

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  • A huge trend this SS17 – Banker stripes! Pair it up with white shorts to keep it classy.
  • Add accents with the rest of the outfit to make it chic and trendy.

If you want us to create looks just for YOU, email us at contact@dressire.com

Thank you Nidhi for inspiring all of us with your style and passion and for being our ‘Trendsetter of the Week’.

Dressire x Designers : Tisharth by Shivani

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Tisharth by Shivani is a pret clothing label by Shivani Jain, who is a creative spirit and a well developed design professional with extensive experience in orchestrating all aspects of women’s clothing.  The label was launched in 2015

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“The inspiration behind my designs are women, the most beautiful creations on earth.” Shivani on what inspires her designs.

Her designs redefine modern functional wardrobe with easy and experimetnal silhouettes crafted in the finest of materials. They are based in Gurgaon, India and have a presence in India, USA and Singapore under their own label in different boutique stores. Celebrities and bloggers endorse their label frequently.  

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How would you describe your brand?

Tisharth by Shivani is a pret clothing label for women who love to dress. We bring to you, fluid drapes and flattering silhouettes to accentuate your style. Our outfits are in the finest fabrics and quality at very competitive prices.

What is the inspiration behind your designs?

The inspiration behind my designs are women, the most beautiful creations on earth.

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What sparked your interest in fashion?

Since I was 15, I had this dream to dress up women and I used to design for my family and friends. My flare to turn my mom’s sarees into outfits for myself was the start of my designing career. I  was always appreciated for my color coordination and styling and that’s how I pursued a professional degree in fashion designing.

What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?

The key elements I focus on every time I design are the wearability of the outfit, the cut and the silhouette of the design which will make it stand out and most importantly the quality.

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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?

The challenges we faced were getting the best quality and design in affordable prices. We are still struggling on that as the market is totally spoiled by the importers of cheap outfits from Asian countries.

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What are your plans for the future?

I want my brand’s presence globally as well as all over India. Also I want fashion to be accessible to all in affordable prices, international quality and  latest trends.

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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?

I feel success is directly related to hard work and your belief in your self and your work. Just be true to your work and give your 100% in whatever you do.

 

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What advice would you give to our young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you?

Trust your abilities and go for your aspirations. Competition is tough in this trade but your work will speak for itself.

 

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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?

Happy customers and a happy team keeps you motivated to reach your goals. Good work is always appreciated.

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If you would like us to feature your label, please send us an email at contact@dressire.com

 

 

Lookbooks for Shalini Kocchar

For the beautiful Shalini Arora Kocchar, our talented stylist Sakshi Singh has created these gorgeous, fun and ultra sexy looks that can be worn for all kinds of events.

Lookbook 1

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  • What’s more classier and sexier than a saree? There are many ways to style a saree. For this look, pair the saree with some sexy metallic heels to make the look unique.

Lookbook 2 

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  • A flowy, girly dress that’s sure to make you feel comfortable and at your best on a hot summer’s day.
  • Pair it up with summer’s favourite colour, turquoise and some comfy heels.

Lookbook 3

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  • Pair your favourite boyfriend denims with this super ruffled top and add some bright accents to create that extra oomph. 

Thank you Shalini for inspiring all of us with your style and passion and for being our ‘Trendsetter of the Week’.

If you or your friends would like to be featured next or have us create lookbooks that has been personally made just for you, email us at contact@dressire.com