Floral and Leopard - How to dress 5 -8 kgs lighter.

Hello Everyone!

This week Stilettos Diary blog ties up with label IKNOW. Siddhartha & Timsy are the founders of this futuristic brand which aims to provide designer and affordable fashion to every day women. They have showcased their designs in Lakme Fashion Week, Indian Premier London Fashion week and more. Click on read more to find out more about the brand and of course how to less 5-8 kgs lighter.

I am wearing..

Floral Shirt Dress - courtesy IKNOW -Siddartha& Timsy (BUY HERE!)
Black top - Mumbai (Street shopping Paid Rs. 150)
Leggings - Local shop Malleswaram (Paid Rs.500 during 80% sale.)
Necklace - Reversed Leopard Necklace (If you follow me on instagram you will know how obsessed I am about this necklace.)
Messenger Bag styled as clutch - Crunchy Fashions (Paid Rs.850)
Cuffs and Rings - Stilettos Diary Shop.
Leopard Heels - Birthday Gift.
(Similar shoes available at ROOJA.IN for just Rs. 990) Rooja is a member only site. Get instant access clicking on this link..

Watch - courtesy Majorbrands.in
On my lips - Pink Brandy by Max Factor. (Love the peach shade and my newest lip color addiction! It is available at Lifestyle and costs Rs.600)
On my nails - Maybelline Colorama and FACES -Mint shade

What I related to the brand IKNOW is that it treats each garment as an art form, infusing urban touch to the varied cultural infused references. It not only brings high end, quality clothes to every day person, but also puts across the idea that high end style is possible at affordable prices. A different approach which I believe very few designers take. Most designers stand for high end couture designs. To be honest, I prefer brands/labels which focus on every day styles. Make each day your personal runaway! That's the ideology I believe. IKNOW believes in providing every person a unique item to cherish in their wardrobe and Siddartha and Timsy recently launched their online website. Fashion just one click away! Check out more about IKNOW:

I always loved mixing prints. This week I tried my hand in mixing floral and leopard prints. This combination is match made in heaven. Both prints blend in together to create a beautiful canvas of colors and patterns. I think by now, all of you understand my love affair with animal prints. I always try to infuse leopard or zebra prints in most of my outfits.

I have styled the floral print shirt dress as a jacket (why? I will get to that part of the story at the end of the post) with a black top and basic dark blue jeggings. To create print contrast and provide shape to the jacket, I added a leopard belt to accentuate the thinnest part of my body a.k.a waist. Completed the look with loads of gold jewelery, leopard high heels to compliment the belt and a green clutch bag. I infused more color to the outfit with nail paints. I added mint accents to bright orange nail color in the form of alternating vertical and horizontal stripes.(Go wild with nail colors and patterns!)

Why I styled the dress as a jacket? Well of late, due to my medication and lack of exercise, I have piled on bucket loads of weight. Almost 6 kgs weight gain. I decided not to let my non ability to fit into most of my clothes to hamper my mood till I get back into shape. I am simply restyling most of my items. Therefore, I will be writing series of post on "HOW TO DRESS 5-8 Kgs lighter". Let's begin series one.

1. If you have an hour-glass figure and fat thighs like me, try to wear outfits which compliment your body type. Therefore, I usually prefer skirts and dresses to jeans. Jeans usually bring out your shape so it tends to make you look bit plump.

2. Thin jackets are one of the ways to hide your flaws. The thicker the fabric, more plump you look. A well fitted jacket helps provide a proper shape. Always wear a belt to accentuate your thinnest part of body. This not only provides illusion of smaller figure, but also provides shape to the jacket/outfit.

3. Bell bottoms help you create the illusion of smaller thighs and height when paired with high heels. You can also wear skin fit jeans, but ensure you wear a long top to cover the flab.

4. Take notice of where your top meets your pants.Anything that cuts you off at the waist adds pounds. You will look slimmer if your top and bottom meet just below the waist.

5. Opt for wider belts than skinny belts. You can hide love handles easily with it and it will also make you look slimmer.

I have incorporated above ideas into my outfit. I opted for wider belt to accentuate my waist (slimmest part of my body) and also to define shape to jacket. I ensured that my top meets the jeans just below the waist. I have used a thin silhouette jacket. Since I am wearing skin fit jeans, I ensured the jacket is long enough to cover my flaws. Keeping these tips you can infuse trends and also dress according to your body type.

Hope you liked the styling and enjoyed this long post after a very long time. Next week, I will be back with more posts about how to dress 5-8 kgs lighter.

This post is very special to me because my best friend Shreya and her sister Dhatri took the photos and we shot this post at their house roof top edge. This is the same place I spent during college days. Brought back loads of memories and also my fear of heights! Nevertheless had great fun shooting for this post..

Do let me know what you think about the series and of course about the styling. If you have more suggestions, please drop me an email. I would love to incorporate it in my future blog posts.

For any queries on styling please feel free to contact me via Facebook, Twitter or drop me an email - stilettosdiary@gmail.com or leave a comment here :)

Loads of love,

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