twinkle toes

This season it’s all about gold, silver, and bronze shoes. Whether it’s just a hint at the heel or an all-out gilding, metallics are a must-have in the shoe department; they add pop to basic outfits while complementing bolder pieces, and best of all, there’s a metallic shoe option for everyone.

So you want to be “all business in the front and party in the back”? Look for a pump, wedge, or even a flat with a metallic heel. The tiny bit of gleam means it’s appropriate for work, easy to wear, and you get to make your exit in style.

If you aren’t afraid to add a little more flash to your look, opt for a shiny cap-toe. My favorites are on round toe ballet flats or low-heeled pumps, but a cap-toe also looks sharp on pointy heels.
Amp up your outfit further with a metallic/leather strappy sandal. The best ones this season are chunky and 90s-looking with wooden block heels and buckles—all of which are entirely fitting for daytime wear.

All Over
Really want to shine? Rock your glitter pumps, metal mesh sandals, and yes, even your gold python heels, day or night.

Read the full article at divanee.com.


south asian style

South Asian American designers made waves at New York Fashion Week. Here’s a look at what they showed for Fall 2012.

Naeem Khan
For his latest collection, noted eveningwear designer Naeem Khan turned to his native India for inspiration. More casual paisley print dresses opened the show and segued to black and white graphic print gowns and cocktail dresses. The collection ended with the slew of glittering, beaded showstoppers we’ve come to expect of Khan—just in time for the Oscars.


shorts story

Tired of skinny jeans, miniskirts, and shift dresses? Well, there’s a new guy in town. Winter legs, meet shorts. Formerly relegated to days on the beach, shorts are now an all-year wardrobe staple for those young enough and confident enough to try the trend and, ultimately, revel in all its leggy glory.

If you’re one of the fearless few, read on for tips on how to look more chic than schleppy as you navigate this schizophrenic winter-spring transition known as March. 



We’ve all made hideous fashion missteps. Peace chokers? What was I thinking? Low-rise jeans down to there? Thanks, Britney. My multitude of fashion faux pas still rankle, often years later, but nothing more so than the dreaded turtleneck. Mother dear, as many a conscientious mom, forced her young daughter to wear a turtleneck underneath all of her clothing—from September to April. (And I grew up in sunny California!) Whether it was beneath a taffeta ruffled dress for a choir recital or a bulky cable knit sweater for 2nd grade picture day, the turtleneck reigned supreme in my wardrobe.

When other elementary-aged girls wore pretty cardigans over smart pleated dresses, my insides coiled with jealousy. I regarded my well-intentioned mum as a fashion saboteur. Until this fall, that is. What a visionary! Some twenty years on, I finally realize she was on to something. Turtlenecks, in all their geeky glory, are back on the fashion radar. Designers showed them for fall 2012 layered underneath mod tops, filmy dresses and voluminous outerwear; and fashionistas soon followed suit.

This season, try incorporating the minimalist chic of a turtleneck into your own wardrobe, whether it’s as a key layering-piece worn under your spring dresses or a stand alone top when you want more coverage. Read on for three smart ways to sport the style:

 On its own
A lean, black turtleneck tucked into slouchy wool or leather pants not only looks modern, it’s also slimming. Keep your accessories sleek and minimal like a shoulder flap bag and pointy pumps.
Beneath a top
Layer a long-sleeved white turtleneck under a crewneck pullover for a bit of 60s chic. Make sure several inches of white sleeve peak out from underneath so the look reads as intentional. Pair with skinny pants and delicate heels for the most current feel.
Under a dress
Perhaps the most unexpected way to wear a turtleneck is beneath a dress. To avoid looking like a cheerleader, wear a sheer high neck under a drapey, short-sleeved dress that skims the knee. Keep the look sophisticated with tall black boots and an envelope clutch.

And if you have a young fashionista-in-training of your own, get her started early on the turtleneck trend. She might gripe and moan, but she’ll be en vogue— and as bundled up as any desi mom could hope for! Just ask mine.


a scarf for all seasons

We're at that weird winter-spring transition where one day it's freeeeezing and the next you might as well go lay out on the beach. So what wardrobe feature gets you through that? The scarf! Here are my three favorite types— scarves that say “wow” while keeping you warm.

The Snood

Snoods have been around since the 1800s but only made their 21st century debut a few years ago. Despite the hideous name, a snood is a versatile little accessory that looks lovely on most everyone. Essentially a tubular scarf, it can be worn around the neck as a giant collar or pulled over the head like a hood for added flair. If it’s wide enough, you can pull it down around your shoulders for a shawled or caped effect. With no messy ends to deal with or tuck into your coat, a snood is a sophisticated alternative to the traditional scarf. 

The Chunky Knit

If you like a scarf with volume, envelop yourself in a chunky knit scarf this season. Cozy and oh-so-Aspen-chic, a chunky scarf looks more luxe than its anemic cousins and effortlessly adds oomph to a blah winter outfit. My favorite way to wear one is to either circle it around my neck multiple times to form a cocoon or wrap it loosely once and let the ends hang long. Avoid chunky scarves if you’re concerned about a short neck or adding bulk to your frame, but otherwise it works with most outfits and styles.

The Bold Print

While I can’t stop raving about my obsession with varied prints, for those of you who don’t want to invest in the bold colors and patterns of the season, a scarf is an easy, low-commitment way to make an impact. Choose from the plethora of leopard or southwestern prints currently available in stores or opt for a pop of neon around your neck. Personally, my favorite printed scarves these days are traditional plaids in rich shades of green and red and African tribal prints in unexpected colors like chartreuse and indigo. Since a scarf is so close to your face, just make sure to stick with hues that enhance your complexion.