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Age cannot wither Shobhaa De does not allow age to come in the way of her looks
Age cannot wither Shobhaa De does not allow age to come in the way of her looks

Pick your outfits with care to make sure life rocks at all ages

For women in their 30s and 40s shopping for clothes has become a sheer nightmare. Reminding yourself constantly that you should stick to pastels, small prints, simple cuts, neat lines, can lead to boredom.

Picking something that is neither too young or old can be nerve-racking. However help is at hand thanks to Bangalore-based designer Sooraj Chawla.

Giving some tips on how older women can look chic Sooraj says: “Middle aged women do not have to go to extremes in following trends to look young. Just a slight change in choice of fabrics and cuts can make all the difference. For example, a shift from silk and Kanjeevaram for saris to crepes and georgettes makes all the difference.

“Mix and match” is the mantra for this season. This season allows you to drape yourself with shaded saris or with dark tones designed with contrast embroidery. Cocktail saris are the latest trend and every woman’s favourite.

Patches and layers of different colours and contrasts are also making their way in this traditional category.

Silver or antique gold embroidery used as rich embellishments creates a very glamorous look.

Since the blouse is an important component of the outfit, one can opt for a common gold or a silver blouse. A contrast blouse with the sari is the golden rule now.

Keep necklines basic but show more back. Sheer sleeves and a lined body for the blouse also look neat, he explains.

As the wedding season extends to May, salwar suits are getting high on style and embellishments. Patchwork of different kinds of fabric adds that extra touch to the outfit. Fabrics can range from tissue crepes to brocades. Straight cut kurtas with chudidaars are a good option.

Leaner women can opt for the kalidaar kurta or the A-line cut kurta with a chudidaar.

Embellishments like appliqué, mirror work, pita work and sequence work can make the outfit look smart.Finally an outfit is incomplete without accessories.

A good handbag or a stylish clutch work well. Do not overdo the ewellery. tick to one piece of jewellery.

“Matching everything to the outfit is a complete no-no. Adding more of colour will make any woman look terrific.”

LATIKA R. CHUGANEY

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