The Un-afraid Dandy Man

Modern Man is Afraid of Dandyism. Except for a few…

What you’re looking at is the phenomenon of Sapeurs, a subculture of extraordinarily dressed dandies from the Congo. In the midst of their war-torn slums, these men dress in tailored suits, elegantly smoke on their pipes and stroll the impoverished streets in immaculate footwear.

Dandyism or sapologie in this case, is not a fashion trend. In some of the farthest corners of the earth where true dandyism exists, it serves as something closer to a religion; a code of living.

These days the term dandy has a certain effeminate connotation but in the late 18th and 19th centuries it had a far more masculine meaning. The dandy was not simply someone who was interested in clothes. Dandyism was a lifestyle. It included refinement in manners, a certain nonchalance and possibly an interest in gentlemanly pursuits such as prize fighting. The dandy was urbane and elegant but he was also very masculine.

So, if you are a woman reading this post, please do share with me in comments who is the dandiest guy in your life? 😉

If you are a man, well, what’s your dandy man style? or you may also read A Dandy Gentleman’s Guide to Dressing


In the end, I would like to leave with what I read somewhere –
“It’s about aspirations. Dressing for the life you want, not the life you have.”
I cannot agree more.



Eli I want Your Dresses!

Every girl at some point in her life loved playing dress up. Those dress up games were usually inspired by their favorite celebrities or barbie dolls. Even boys love to play dress up as their favorite cartoon characters. While for boys this dies down by the time they enter their teens, for girls playing dress-up is something which remains with them for life. Reason, a lot of us wanted to be models. Now I am way past that time where I would either want to play dress up or become a model. I am a girl next door, Digital Marketer with a really b-o-h-r-i-n-g fashion style! But in my imagination I do dress up, like these models below and I see myself in Eli Saab breath-taking gowns.

Here are some of my favorite ones from his collection –

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Could anything be more breathtaking than this – WOW!

elie saab fall 2012

Love the outfit

elie saab fall 2013

Love the color!!

elie saab fall 2013

So elegant and Graceful!

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2012: Elie Saab

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2012: Elie Saab

Elie Saab, sometimes known simply as ‘ES’, is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris. Saab has become an established name for dressing up royalty and celebrities.

So do you like Eli Saab gowns? Which one is your favorite? Would love to hear from you! 🙂



I love McQueen’s Fall / Winter 2013 theme – black and white: cold, detailed and extremely accurate shows the thoroughness of the leaders in every single detail. Portrayed in the images is the model Edie Campbell photographed by David Sims.

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How to Rock the Maxi Skirt Look

❤ A fashionista’s wardrobe should must contain a maxi skirt….whether it’s chiffon or cotton, it really is a Spring and Summer staple! Maxi skirts are awesomely versatile, they’re so easy to mix with different garment styles and the main reason it’s a girls’ most-loved fashion piece is due to it’s ability to give you a slimmer and taller look!.

❤ The right accessories can also help you create a lean, sleek silhouette. Wear a belt around the narrowest part of your waste to emphasize your shape, or simply add a jacket or blazer for structure.

maxi skirt with blazer

❤ Petite ladies can pull off small prints, but they should avoid larger patterns that can overwhelm their shape. Dark, solid colors can make anyone look slimmer, and they offer the most versatility in terms of where the dress can be worn.

maxi skirt accessories

❤ Blake lively looks splendid in this lovely maxi skirt

red chiffon maxi skirt

❤ Look out for pleating this season! A pleated maxi skirt looks chic and ultra-feminine. Pair it with a basic tee, ballet flats, and a compact handbag for an effortlessly stylish look.

Chiffon Maxi Skirts celebs

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What I want to steal from Kim Sears Wimbledon Wardrobe!

Andy Murray is probably the most trending keyword on the web today, after his stupendous Wimbledon win against the Serb sporting star Novak Djokovic. What a  WIN!

While reading up about the match (with my cuppa of chai) I stumbled upon some pictures of Kim Sears, Murray’s long-term partner. Stunning, ethereal and cool as cucumber; she appeared calm, and so elegant, as if she almost sensed Murray’s victory! Well, that apart, I totally love her choice of outfits. Infact, I would love to own some of these pieces. Check ’em out!


Kim Sears really really stood out in her £925 SS13 mint Victoria by Victoria Beckham dress which she wore to the Wimbledon finals.

Victoria by Victoria Beckham

Victoria by Victoria Beckham SS13 show at NY Fashion Week, Sep 2012

Earlier this month, on July 1, she was spotted in a colorful Zara dress. You would notice that she is wearing the same beige wedges on both the days. I am glad she doesn’t have that can’t-be-seen-in-the-same-footwear brain freeze. 🙂 Apparently, the Zara dress sold out online in the UK as soon as Kim was spotted wearing it.

While I love the Green VC dress, my vote does go for the colorful Zara dress. Kim looks sparkling happy. This dress is perfect for an afternoon brunch.


If I could pick one dress from her wardrobe, it would definitely be the Yen-Hsun Lu Yellow dress. She teamed this with a denim jacket to create a lovely ensemble. Very girly, pretty and gorgeous.

yellow dressIf Kim Sears looked a killer in her mint dress on the finals, the hollywood boys Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper weren’t far behind either. Both men looked handsome as eva and definitely grabbed some attention with their bro-mance!

Psss – Since we were on the topic of Wimbledon, I just had to mention ’em!

Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler

Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler

To conclude –

Andy once said “I don’t play any tournaments to come second best.” I think he made that loud and clear with his Wimbeldon victory! Something the Brits won’t forget in a long long time!


Andy Murray

Andy Murray Andy Murray wins Wimbledon – first Brit man to do so since 1936

All Photographs Courtesy: Daily Mail UK

‘Peplum Dress” – The latest fashion fad!!

My Beautiful Mess

Peplum Dress has hit the fashion circuit and that too big time. Fashion magazines, gala dinners, award ceremonies, ramp walks and high-end brand display counters – you can easily spot a variety of them.
Most important aspect of a peplum is that it celebrates a waist-to-hip curve and most certainly not a look that only string beans can wear.
Peplums are fun and yes I personally like them a lot.
For all those who are not very familiar with Peplum Dress, here is a sneak peak for you.

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Snatch that Skirt: Get that Look!

As I shared in my earlier post on Everyday Fashion, I have been studying (read: looking) lota fashion bloggers. I discovered one very interesting blog – Unity in Fashion. The pictures are straight outta fashion mag . Very well done! I look at such perfection and realize how funny and clumsy I am about fashion; I totally look like Cinderella’s poor cousin (cos Ms. C eventually married P. Charmin’ and got access to all those fantablous dresses. Me, I m still lookin for the one!!)! 🙂  Anyway, before I ramble any further, take a look at how this blogger is totally rocking the mini-skirt fad!


This one has a mystical and dreamy quality to it. Pretty-stunning!

unity in fashion

unity in fashion



Interesting facts about mini-skirts:

  • The earliest known culture to have females wear clothing resembling miniskirts were the Duan Qun Miao, which literally meant “short skirt Miao” in Chinese. This was in reference to the short miniskirts “that barely cover the buttocks” worn by women of the tribe, and which were “probably shocking” to observers in medieval and early modern times.
  • Mary Quant ran a popular clothes shop in Kings Road, Chelsea, London, called Bazaar, from which she sold her own designs. In the late 1950s she began experimenting with shorter skirts, culminating in the creation of the miniskirt in 1964—one of the defining fashions of the decade.[3][4] Quant named the miniskirt after her favourite make of car, the Mini.
  • In spring of 1982, (see June Time Magazine) short skirts began to re-emerge, notably in the form of “rah-rahs”, which were modeled on those worn by female cheerleaders at sporting and other events. In the mid-1980s the “puffball” skirt enjoyed short term popularity, being worn by, among others, the Princess of Wales and singers Pepsi and Shirli.

Why wear mini-skirts:

  • They are more interesting than wearing pants
  • They have more flare and verve.
  • Believe it or not, short skirts are great for lazy people. Easy to put on and take off. :p
  • Believe it or not, short skirts lead to excellent fitness. First, they remind the wearer of the importance of regular exercise. While it is easy to hide inconvenient fitness truths under baggy clothes and pants, short skirts bear one’s body for the whole world to see. This keeps the wearer honest- and conscientious about gym attendance.

What are your reasons for sporting a mini-skirt? 

Till then, I am sippin’ on my fashion chai and learning to be fashionable!