Fashion, OOTD, Styling

#StyledByMosh – Rust

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

Of all the “seasonal” colour palettes, the autumn colour palette, is the most elegant and sophisticated. As the bright Sun fades to Autumn and transforms to it’s full glory, you get a colour palette that is rich, expensive and comfortable – classic, yea? Even the coldest of hearts can melt into rich, gooey chocolatey or caramel-ly goodness upon wearing these colours! Doesn’t the image below look good enough to eat? The one in the centre looks like hot bhaji (of the pav)… me thinks…

Prattling aside, that bhaji colour happens to be my current favourite this year – (formally known as) RUST. For my outfit, I’m wearing a rust coloured tank top from Forever 21, olive green deconstructed pants from Zara, leather boots from Koovs, and a mustard yellow scarf worn as a turban (fall appropriate too).

 

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#StyledByMosh – Bubblegum Pink On Legs

Legs for days.

Even though this is a post about what colours go really well with bubblegum pink, I can’t not mention my two absolute favourite pieces to wear at all times – The Hot Pants & The Mini.

I have a feeling that both men and women would agree with me when I say that the mini skirt and the hot pants were the greatest gift to this world by Mary Quant, who was one of the most ground-shattering designers in The Swinging London of the 60s. Why both men and women? Because it’s easy to wear, allows movement and works best in warmer climates! In addition, they do look sexy on all (yes, I’m including shorts for men too in this statement)!

Mary Quant and her mini

Since the 60s, the love for mini skirt or hot pants hasn’t diminished, and has only been a classic inspiration for designers and consumers alike!

As for my outfits, I am wearing the new Adidas Originals diamond embossed crop top with a burgundy high-waisted velvet hot pants from Stalkbuylove.com as well as a printed skort (shorts that look like skirts) from Globus. For shoes, I’m wearing my favourite Bata Canvas shoes (check out my cool DIY with them and feel super nostalgic). Even if I was a fitted or a flared mini skirt skirt, the crop top would have looked really rad regardless of the silhouette but what’s noteworthy here is that the colour combination of bubblegum pink with purple tones and burgundy seems to gel really well! My preference would tip towards the deep burgundy because of its really rich velvety texture that goes well with the diamond embossing pattern on the top.

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#Fabspiration – Cyberpunk Inspired DIYs

5 things you can DIY using only a pair of scissors.

Just take a glance, and revamp those boring sweatshirts, sweatpants, tops and t-shirts you have been ignoring in your wardrobe, only by strategically placed cuts!

 

I might do a couple of these soon… Which one will you pick first? Aye, show me when you do them!

Mosh. x


PS: Do It Yourself movement itself is a topic close to my heart. Moving away from the rampant consumerism that is gripping our sense of who we truly want to be, DIY is a way to find that hobby you have been meaning to pick up, to get away from your daily routine. DIY, is something every individual can adopt to save the planet’s resources by reusing and recycling. DIY gives you a sense of accomplishment, a sense of entitlement even, to something that you have made, and has your signature. It’s a personal thing, and yet everyone benefits from it. Just a little love note, from me to you! Happy DIY-ing!

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#OnTrend // Cyberpunk – That Sneaky Little Fashion Trend

The power of clothing as symbols in cultures.

Clothing, an important aspect of our life (and the single most important thing in my life really), has an incredible ability to personify someone, change their personality in a switch of garments even holding the power to embolden them or otherwise; which is why the costume department is one of the most important aspects of the entertainment industry, in my opinion. Be it Dany and her Dragon necklaces on luxurious gowns, or Michael Jackson and his Thriller red jacket – they have all headed down the road to becoming iconic, and become a subculture in themselves. That is the power in dressing.

And that’s how cyberpunk also evolved from being a genre (while it was only written on paper in works of fiction) to a subculture (when the entertainment industry gave it a “look” and slowly made it a part of pop culture).

Cyberpunks – High tech. Low life.

Snippet from The Last Night video game.
Source: kotaku.com

Imagine a scene… dystopian, anti-authoritarian, futuristic, brand/label-averse, tech-literate…

Voila! You have the quintessential cyberpunk in your mind’s eye.

Cyberpunk is aย sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future. ย On one side you have powerfulย mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. ย In between all of this isย politics, corruption, and social upheaval. Cyberpunk is also a culture withย attitude and a distinct style. ย Anti-authoritarian, brand-averse, tech-literate; these are just some of the qualities you may find inย a cyberpunk.”

This has been one of the more favourite sub-categories in sci-fi/thriller novels, movies and pop culture in general, in terms of fashion. It’s hard to pull off a raggedy look, striking the perfect balance between “unkempt” and “aesthetic.”

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#StyledByMosh – Nets

After casting the net, far and wide onto my wardrobe…

… this is by far the boldest way to wear them grid nets right now!

Having said that, even if netted fabrics can come in a wide variety of range, the big square, fishnets are my current favourites!

Just. Like. In. This. Post.

For my outfit, I wore my sheer netted pullover (Amaranthine) with a netted flared midi skirt (Milan), a black beret (H&M), silver reflector round sunglasses (Tiger) and some floral hosiery (Forever 21) to pair with my brown suede block heels (Aldo).

Here are some more images of me flaunting my super chic-in-black outfit!

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#BookReview – Managing Oneself & Managing Your Boss

Work life gyaanย in two small, cute books.

“Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker, is a book for every member of the workforce. This tiny book, rightly categorised as a “classic” by HBR, packs a lot of wisdom to empower anyone who reads it, regardless of their gender, position in an organisational hierarchy or freelancing, and phase in life. What starts with trying to help you understand your basic strengths and weaknesses in a workplace, evolves beautifully into how to manage yourself while interacting with other members of the organisation or workforce. Amazing quick read!

“Managing Your Boss” by John Gabarro and John Kotter begins like this: ‘To many people, the phrase “managing your boss” may sound unusual or suspicious. Because of the traditional top-down emphasis in most organisations, it is not obvious why you need to manage relationship upward – unless, of course,ย  you would do so for personal or political reasons. But we are not referring to political maneuvering or to apple polishing. We are using the term to mean the process of consciously working with your superior to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and the company.’ True to its sentiments, the book reveals that your boss isn’t always wrong, but not are you. The checklist on the last page acts a great guide for you to do your best to work in the office. But that doesn’t mean you should skip to the last page! Have an amazing, insightful read about one of the most important relationships in the world.

– Mosh. x


 

Check out my Goodreads account to see what’s on my bookshelf, and check out the original reviews here.

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#StyledByMosh – Stripes

Wear those stripy clothes with pride!

Yea, I just semi-quoted one of the lines from the best letter ever written to anyone! (It’s from Me Before You, by the way).

Having said that, if you do not know that stripes (be it breton, barcode, pinstripes, candy stripes, shadow stripes or awning ones) have been the hottest trends for the last 4 seasons, then I’d really like to know where you have been living, because that level hermitage is enviable, and sometimes, needed.

I remember the first time I fell in love with stripes was when I was in fashion school, learning about the greatest minds in the business of fashion, and stripes happened to be associated with Coco Chanel first, and then Jean Paul Gaultier and his love for everything nautical!

Coco Chanel (left) and Jean Paul Gaultier

For my outfits, I sought to create an outfit that would be semi-casual, easy to wear and keep you comfortable all day long. Pairing my stripy top (Zara) with either a pinstripe blazer or woven grey jacket with a pair of jeans (Nuon) and ballet flats (Head Over Heels), my backpack (Zara) filled with my essentials would have me ready to face the day and hustle, even if I have to commute within the city to get to places.

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