Art & Lifestyle, Fashion, OOTD

20 Shades of My Wardrobe

“A girl can never have too many clothes or accessories.”

That is the biggest lie ever told to women, and we actually believe it. Yes, there ARE too many clothes in my wardrobe that I could ever maintain and keep a track of! But when I think of donating them away, it hurts to do so because these are the barely-worn-twice-in-my-lifetime pieces that I have actually become quite fond of. Like, even after giving away 6 large shopping bags full of clothes to H&M, I’m still having TOO many clothes to take care of. THAT many number of clothes I’m talking about guys; and yes, it’s a lot. 

So to deal with this dilemma, I have come up with a solution which may help you if you are facing the same problems as I am. I have decided to pick a few shades of colours, and stick to those colours for at least 6 months. That way, I will repeatedly use at least the same clothes over and over again! 

I’m very excited about this and for my own project, I have picked the main colour as Sherwin Williams’ Colour of the Year 2019 – Cavern Clay and an array of hues and shades of that warm and inviting brown, along with a selection of complementary and contrasting colours to wear it with. In total, I have 20 shades picked out for at least the first half of 2019. If I really like them till June, I might just continue with that colour palette for the rest of the year too! But before that I will re-read my copy of Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and clear some more clothes from my wardrobe.

So here’s my colour palette, that I’m very, very happy to share with you as well! And like the good girl I am, I’m sticking to this religiously.

What I like the most about this wardrobe hack is that it’s going to save me a lot of time thinking about what colour to wear every time I have to pick clothes. This colour palette, in my opinion, is very versatile – muted, dainty and mature.

Let me know if you face similar wardrobe issues, and how you tackle with them. I would love to have you share your past experience with this as I eventually would like to lead a minimal life! Dreaming real big here, guys. REAL. BIG.

So thanks guys for reading this blog post and see you in the next one with some more interesting experiments!

Mosh. xx

PS: Cover Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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Cement, Clay & Gold

Urban. Earthy. Worthy. 

While studying in Milan, during one of my research projects, I happened upon one of the most emotional pieces of Japanese art form called, kintsugi.

“By repairing broken ceramics with molten gold, silver or platinum, it’s possible to give a new lease of life to pottery that becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.”

Source: http://www.betanji.com

These emotions conveyed through the art are so strong yet so vulnerable, that their visual influence increases by tenfold! Their vibrancy enhances and suddenly these images give you a surge of new found confidence, peace and self-love.

2019 will be all about it – Self Love. Through this post, I want to embrace my life as it has been, fully, and walk proudly into the future. Inspired by Kintsugi and my urban life, here’s the new colour palette I am gushing about.

So, I am not sure if you guys have seen Sherwin Williams’ Colour of the Year 2019 – Cavern Clay, but I am seriously loving that shade more than Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Living Coral. Although the thought behind Pantone’e colour is really beautiful and powerful, in terms of colour preference however, I’m definitely swaying towards a neutral-oriented palette, which is not only going to make my room’s new decoration look nice and comfy (will post soon about it!) but also my wardrobe, calm, warm and very professional. 

For your viewing pleasure and providing you with a source of inspiration, here is a curated moodboard dedicated to – Cement, Clay & Gold – the rich, humble and urban mood.

Home & Interiors can explore with contrasts and negative space by making the space seem more spacious which is always calming, and shift focus on key decorative or utilitarian objects.

Fashion can explore the colour tones and even silhouettes which are classics. Accessories can be more earthy, directly borrowed from nature so as to not over adorn or add more than necessary human touch to them like this beautiful wine tangled in a natural, humble bun.

For beauty, naturally pink glossy lips and gold eye-liners are a MUST TRY for my bucket list this year. All you need to remember is to keep the look in its most rawest form, and not “edit” it too much. Must try, must try!

Watch out for some of my upcoming posts on how I will be arranging my wardrobe for at least half a year so I don’t have to spend much time “matching” things. They will be inspired by this unique colour palette as well, and will save me so much time while getting ready in the morning, I can’t wait.

Also check out my newly segmented and curated board on Pinterest exclusively for Denims. Since, my next blog post will be about some good ol’ denims I found while packing away clothes I won’t be needing instantly in my wardrobe, you’ll love how dainty you can turn them with a little DIY. Also cover image credits go to the veryyyy refreshing Resort collection from 2014 by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.

See you in the next blog post then!

Mosh. x

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In Conversation With Tones

It’s not fall yet, but the skies, the wind and the earth have been speaking to me lately.

And my inner laziness, demands that I pick outfits that would last me through my office hours, well into my evening hours when I meet my fellas and ladies. My colours, the mood, the tone is so there… Time for a wardrobe spring cleaning and get my earthy and blush tones out!

Mosh. x

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How To Be Cool In Suits: Summer Edition

Styling them boss ladies and gentlemen.

It’s hot as hell people, but some of us have to suit up regardless of how nasty the Mumbai heat is (and I’m guessing other cities are also fed up). It’s a mind-boggling thing to have to layer up in hot weather when the thing you most want to do is shed all layers and blast the air conditioning on. But believe it or not, stylists worldwide (including myself) have some great tips on how to dress cool for summers in your suits. Here is my top 6 must follow Styling Tips for Suits in Summers!

ONE: Shed the lining. Your blazers can do without the extra layer of polyester lining that does not help in allowing your body to breathe air or help dry off sweat. On a general level, stay away from polyester kind of fabrics.

TWO: Cotton or Linen fabrics are your BFFs. Pick up a few suits in cotton, linen or even seersuckers. They are your well-wishers during summers and help you stay cool!

THREE: Unbutton the collar. Helps you travel in peace and not feel suffocated in an already suffocating weather. Or swap your shirts with t-shirts which makes your layering even more breathable!

FOUR: Swap them brogues and oxfords for loafers, espadrilles and sneakers. They are cooler, add value and style quotient to your summer outfits and look smart as well. A little fun never lets your outfit down, I swear!

FIVE: Shades on. Protect your eyes at all costs! Invest in a good pair of sunnies or glasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. This includes those labeled as “UV 400,” which blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.

SIX: Minimal waterproof make-up. Unless you want to look like one of Picaso’s paintings when you first arrive at your office/college, waterproof make-up is not just for the beach vacays. It’s good for the summers too! And keep your skin moist and supple with hydrating products, and drinking lots of water!

I got mine from Zara, a striped blazer, and it’s feather light! The fabric, the overall weight! It’s great to fold and carry while commuting because it doesn’t crease that easily, and super comfy to wear in the office afterwards. Plus, I received a lot of compliments from my colleagues about it, so that makes it better too! :P

So don’t be afraid and suit up!

Mosh. x

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