Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday Wishlist: Covetable Knitwear from Zara (Part 2 of n, Zara lust list)

Transitional dressing is all about layering, and when it comes to layering knits are essential hero pieces in your wardrobe. These are some of the great knits we found on Zara.com (Uk/US website).


Disclaimer: you can't shop the Zara website in India,  and please don't expect to see these exact same items in your nearby Zara shop. Zara is all about fast fashion so the merchandise changes really fast.
However, a good bit of prior window shopping, and knowing what you are looking for are always good ideas before you walk into any store- you can minimize impulse purchases and go for what matters.

Take a look and let us know, in the comments section below, if you have recently purchased a great knitwear piece for your fall wardrobe,  from Zara.
 If you were to choose one knitwear item from Zara, what would it be?

FRILLED MOHAIR SWEATER, 99.90 USD

Ruffles are huge this fall, and this grey sweater is very versatile and on 100% on trend.
It's a level above basic, so it won't look frumpy if you wear it out in the evening either.



RIBBED SWEATER , 39.90 USD

We might have mentioned these earlier, but skinny, ribbed turtlenecks are an absolute layering essential.
You can wear them under any summer clothing item and pull it into  fall. 
On their own, they work well under blazers, cardigans, and jackets.



FOIL SWEATER , 25.90 USD

Better than grey- silver. This simple shiny jumper is blingy, but in a nice way.
Pop it on with simple jeans and lift your outfit from the blahdinary to chic.
There are other color options to choose from too.



SWEATER WITH TIE DETAIL ON SLEEVE, 49.90 USD

Extra-long sleeves are sort of in this season, and this cozy over-sized sweater does a brilliant job of
working in that trend in a wearable way, without being crazy impractical.



You know those days when it's chilly, and you just want to stay in bed with a hot mug of coffee, and watch youtube videos? Then you realize you've run out of milk...
Basically, this cardigan is great for luxing up a less-than-inspired outfit underneath.



KNIT CARDIGAN ,39.90 USD

Very Chanel inspired.
You can wear this over a plain cream/ navy striped t-shirt paired with a skinny dark denim, and you can throw on some pearls and add simple black ballet flats- et voilĂ -perfect look for a casual day at the mall.
Also great for the airport- look at Kate Moss below in a Chanel cardi...

Kate Moss in Chanel


LIMITED EDITION BALLET DRESS, 99.90 USD
(Though it might not fall in the sweaters category, technically this is knitwear)

This is why Zara is killing it, this dress is very Gucci inspired, and even if it wasn't -can you think of a better looking holiday-season cocktail dress? Metallics are actually neutrals, so this dull gold number is more versatile than you think.
To tone it down for non-party use, consider adding a simple white shirt or a ribbed turtleneck underneath .
or maybe you can throw on an oversized military jacket? To further reduce the "party" factor, pair the dress with some flat slip-on mules (like the Gucci ones?) or maybe plain white sneakers.





So those are our picks.


Hope you enjoyed the post.
Lets us know!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Hide & The Seeker: a guide map (of sorts) for the lost >>>>>>>>>>> Part 1

By Peta

Being a fashion lover means you love great design and stylish living, and you probably have an insatiable love for bags, shoes and leather goods of all kinds. Of course, there are bags and shoes that are created from non-leather (or faux leather) materials, but let's face it nothing comes close to high-quality genuine leather. Fake is not real...

Everyone knows where leather comes from, and how it is manufactured.
Leather is basically the skin of what was once a living creature, it's not quite like Satin or Velvet - is it?

The dilemma is- how do we indulge our love for beautiful leather goods, without being a part of the associated cruelty? Is it even possible? The entire issue is quite complicated; here are just some of the things that make it so-
  • Are we talking about cow & goat leather or exotic skins (from wild animals we do not eat)?
  • If we stop using leather what happens to the hides generated from the meat we consume (because that is not stopping anytime soon)?
  • Isn't it okay if we can breed wild animals in captivity and we don't kill the wild ones?
  • Aren't "higher beings" supposed to use lower life forms- isn't that the natural order?
  • Is it about the animals, or is it about pollution and exploitation of workers (which is about us humans again)?

Well, as you see the subject cannot be covered, understood or solved with any degree of thoroughness
in a single blog post- but that isn't our intention anyway.

Now, at the risk of over simplification, typically there are 3 types of responses to leather (other responses lie somewhere along the spectrum)-
I love it, I don't care where it comes from and if I don't buy it someone else will.
I love it. I know about those horror stories, and they bother me, but I'm not sure what I can do; I choose to ignore the problem and live with the pangs of guilt I feel. I wish there was a better way...
I hate it, people who love leather are inhuman monsters, and everybody should go vegan- tomorrow.

The problem with response 1 is- it's reckless, selfish & cruel, but partially correct (the someone else bit)
The problem with response 3 is- it's too 'green & idealistic', and not for everybody. It's wishful thinking.
The problem with response 2 is- it's not even a real response, it's called avoidance.

This post is mostly for the response 2 people, that is where the majority of fashion lovers sit today.
As long as you feel guilty once-in-a-while but continue to buy leather- you are our target audience.

By accepting that we are conflicted about leather, we can face reality and move towards finding a solution, rather than living in denial and continuing down the path of reckless consumption - like the response 1 folks.

To be honest, we don't really want everyone to become like the 3s either- unless you genuinely feel that way.
You'll stop enjoying fashion, be perpetually full of angst & guilt, and unless you become a full-fledged wildlife activist or Stella McCartney, or a tissue engineer growing real leather in the lab- you'll not contribute in any meaningful way. Nothing will change fast, you'll die unhappy.

Just because there is no hope for quick success in the matter, it doesn't mean the situation is hopeless.
Let us focus, instead, on what we can do; let's list out some practical but effective steps that we can take to become more aware and responsible in our choices- without giving up entirely, on leather.
If enough people do even that much, things can get a lot better.
If not, at least you're trying, and you don't have to feel guilty anymore!

So, response 2 folks- let's be smart here. Our aim is to create a rough  "decision-tree" and some action points  that will get you what you want (beautiful shoes and bags), with the least amount of "sacrifice" to your satisfaction levels, and with far less guilt.This, of course, would be just a rough guide; you'll  have to invest some time in reading and reflection, and create a specific plan for yourself.

Once you clarify/ articulate (to yourself) a coherent position regarding how you really feel about leather, and how much you are willing to do/ give up, you can create your personal action plan that feels authentic (so you will be more likely to follow through). Remember- It doesn't have to be burdensome, you just need 5-6 action points/rules that you vow to follow consistently.
There are some excellent sources of information (interesting articles) linked below which may help you to gain better perspective on the entire matter. In the second part of this post, we will attempt to draft a rough action plan.

Tell us what you think in the comments section, and stay tuned for part 2...

Links:

Leather, what’s ethical and what’s not?

Don't hide from the truth

How Can Leather Be Real & Ethical?

PETA - behind the leather video


See you soon...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday wishlist: The Zara outerwear we are crushing on (Part 1 of n, Zara lust-list)

Zara has a deliberate strategy of producing more designs but in limited numbers, this ensures that every week new stuff keeps coming to the stores and gets sold-out just as fast. This, in turn, creates scarcity-anxiety among Zara lovers and a constant rush to get the best stuff. It's part of what makes the brand so successful

Since the cooler months are coming, we thought we would make a wishlist of all the great outerwear we liked at Zara.* So, while we love these outerwear pieces from the International Zara website/s (you can't shop the Zara website in India), please don't expect to see these exact same items in your nearby Zara shop.

We have to say Zara's UK website had so much good stuff it was very tough to choose just a few things.

*We will do more Zara wishlists with other garments and accessories soon.

Enjoy!

MASCULINE COAT,69.99 GBP

Yes, it's impractical because it's not black, and we realise robin egg blue is not you typical winter colour...
However, there is something timeless about the silhouette, and actually, blue is really a very wearable colour- it goes well with black, grey, white and even beige!
If you remain unmoved- you can check out  similar options available in camel and burgundy.
There is one in grey, double-breasted style.


                  




WATER RESISTANT TRENCH COAT,79.99 GBP

Navy is even better than black when it comes to outerwear ( no not really- but close).
The french actually think so. This water resistant trench looks pretty well made for the price, and we don't have to tell you why you need a navy trench-coat in your closet. 
Of course it is available in camel- but really, you should consider the navy.




SPECIAL EDITION EMBROIDERED BOMBER JACKET , 99.99 GBP

These beautiful and slinky bombers might not be great protection against the chill, but they are so sporty-luxe you can style them in a hundred different ways, especially because of the subdued neutral color palette.
They are so exquisite you will want to keep them forever.




MILITARY STYLE COAT, 119.00 GBP

There are quite a few options to choose from, and a good military inspired coat is quite a classic.
It never goes out of style.


                  


LEATHER JACKET WITH ZIPS,99.99 GBP

A leather biker jacket in black is like the classic skinny black trouser- indispensable.
But there are other material and/or color options available too.



           



These are just some of our favourites, these are many more designs to choose from.
What you should keep in mind is what you are looking for-
A staple or a statement piece?
A classic or a trend item?