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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Essential - Overcoats & Boots - For him & her

This season in Delhi is a sweet surprise. Sweet , because you get to relish all those interesting winter deserts that are filled with pure ghee and lots of sweetness and surprise , since its actually not the 'real' winters Delhi is used to .

However, not many people realize that winters are also a time to come and walk along your best winter attires . As I sat down in what I call one of Delhi's most hip boutiques in Shahpur Jat of Punit Jasuja, owner of Second Floor Studio I saw a number of people , both males and females wearing one thing which was common , to either sides. 

Men wearing 'over-coats' and Women wearing interesting 'boots'  .

Classic by name, classic by nature – the overcoat’s minimalist construction is timeless. This winter weather essential in heritage fabrics is a timeless style that catches my eye every-time I see it.

Usually you can see shades of camel , black , dark blue overcoats or its cousin trench-coats . There are a close dozen types of overcoats but the 'real ' overcoat is typically — a heavy, ankle-to-thigh-length piece of outerwear with a collar and lapels — is one of the most classic and flattering staples of menswear. It projects confidence and authority and enhances a man’s silhouette — widening the shoulders, lengthening the body, and draping over any problem areas. 

Remember the three key things when picking up one -  

  • Fabric  -  If you want something durable and long lasting pick a made of thick fabric like 100% wool as it’ll protect you from the elements and keep you warm all winter long. Best of all, it works when worn over both casual and formal wear. 
  • Sleeves-  The coat sleeves should completely cover the suit sleeve as well as the shirt cuff, and even reach a little further down. This way, you should not get cold on your wrists when you wear gloves with it.
  • Length & Fit -  Mostly these days people wear their coats knee-length, which is anywhere between the lower part of the knee to slightly above. This only compliments men with trim builds and who wear the coat closer to the body. It’s a convenient option if you find yourself entering and exiting your automobile multiple times a day

Kenneth Cole

I still wear my good old Kenneth Cole Italian wool overcoat which was a gift long back . Its still the same warm piece of attire and goes well with almost any of my ensembles. 

Fashion Tip -  A double-breasted coat is more traditional and formal, and looks best with tailored clothes like a suit. A single-breasted coat is more versatile and can be worn with both casual and formal wear.

Preferred Shopping Place - Nordstrom


Coming to the ladies , a great pair of boots can spice up your wardrobe. And the trick is to pick something which is 'not-in-the-style' but something which makes you feel happy to carry along and ensures balance posture. Often, I have seen so many of my friends pick up things just because someone else brought it / its ' in-the-fashion' .   Don't do this please.

In India specifically , females do walk a distance and hence try to avoid Calfhigh leather boots with stiletto heels . Not only they make you prone to falling but also have a side effect on your overall walking posture. 

Boots are the most preferred footwear during the fall. With the so many options available: over the knee, flat, heel, wedge, pointed toe, ankle there is a boot to go with every outfit style. There are boots for casual outfits, dressing up and work professionally.

But if you’re a boot enthusiast then you’ll want to wear flat embellished ankle boots, heeled ankle boots in black and brown, of course some furry boots for the snow.

Remember these two key things when picking up one -  

  • Understand your height and the height category you belong into 
  • Always consider your body shape- Pear, Apple, Triangle , Rectangle or a Hour-glass

Tabitha Simmons

Fashion tip - Boots can be appropriate for the office when worn with work appropriate clothing. Pair ankle boots with cropped trousers and a sweater, if it’s very chilly then add a scarf. Pair them with burgundy trousers and matching gray knits and see the sun-shine through.

Preferred Designer - Tabitha Simmons

No matter what your body looks like, the best fashion accessory you can wear is your confidence. So love your body, channel your inner rock star, walk tall, and you will glow.