Winter is coming, bringing in a shift in sartorial moods. For me, I follow a tried and tested equation- dressing a dark monotone (nudge, slim fx!) and slipping my trotters into colours that go POP!
The weather gods aren’t as benevolent to our pretty river side town, our share of winter chills remain limited. So, when the wardrobe- from the sleek cardigan to the leather jacket, the chunky corded knit to the studded bolero- shows fifty shades ranging from black to an overcast sky, I simply… WERK THEM SHOES!
Dressed thus, and living on a fair dose of hot drinks, out come my carefully/impulsively, bought shoes. For never do they shine brighter than on a pale winter morning.
A literary mind knows a great pair of shoes possess super powers. How else would Cinderella have a fairy tale endin’ if not for her glass slippers. If the devil be credited with wearing Prada, we’d willingly go to hell sooner. Dorothy’s travel dreams were realised in red shiny shoes, and Carrie Bradshaw knew how to take life with a pinch of salt (tequila on the side), wisely advising “When one door closes, a shoebox opens.”
Subtle joy lies in the knowledge that one can’t grow out a pair of shoes. Faithful to the end, they only wear out, serving soldiers signing out gallantly in fashion warfare. Splurge on one or impulsively cart half a dozen on-sale beauts, shoe therapy is cheaper than the shrink! 😉
Which brings me back to the point. With shorter winters and less times to wear woolies, the Calcutta stylista’s wardrobe rarely boasts a lot of chill season style.
So re-werk your winter wardrobe with accompaniments- walk the talk with your shoes.
Like when you know you’ll be clad in monotone, bring out those red booties and the pop pink ballerinas. Have golden brogues? Wear ’em. If it’s strappy heals you’re more comfy in, how about a hatke green or orange? Plus points if you team them with socks- pick shiny lurex this season!
About styling oneself, think uncommon pairings. A straight-lined fashion mind would pair a dress with strappy sandals or a hoodie with trainers. Ditch the done, and pair brogues with the dress and some high high heels a la Rihanna with the hoodie. Make do with what you have. Remember… re werk!
As the days get shorter, I intend doing more fashion posts for what is (growing to be) my favourite season in a year. It will be a fashion filled winter! Fingers crossed.
Do shoot me queries on my Instagram or in the comments if any.
Till then, #WerkItGirl
Pictures: The Fotogent (Suvradeep Roy)