The Wedding Collection ’17 – Season Special

This is a shoutout to all the overly dressed, emotional, high strung & hyper aunties, always up for an interrogation/ rapid fire round whenever they bump into us. “Beta shaadi ho gayi aapke? ” “Acha salary kitne hai?” & to all the brainsick, maniacal uncles intoxicated with alcohol, constantly comparing you with their sons but too drunk to notice that their pants are slowly sliding down. Haha yes! The wedding season has barged in & I’m talking about a big fat punjabi wedding where everybody just loves to create a scene. Disputes emerging everywhere, literally from paneer tikka to ‘Dulhan ka fancy lehga‘.

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Hello drunkards! How have you been? Hope y’all having fun unlike this boy who has been sucked off to the last drop by his new city life. Who said college is fun? Ugh! Anyway! It’s that time of the year again when girls cut down on calories & boys do extra flexing, to look extraaa at their friend’s or cousin’s wedding, tantalising everyone around them!

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And so if you’re planning to attend a wedding this year, you just can’t afford to skip reading this story. Period. (YES! READ THE FUCK UP, DON’T YOU DARE SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES)

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As we grow up, we tend to hate going to these mocked up ceremonies created by our heteronormative society but hey! At the same time we can’t say no to our mum either, asking us to accompany & tag along with her. Hence, it’s better if you go, you bring out the A game.

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  1. Colors are making a comeback!– Yay! Enough with all the minimalism, pastel & all-white weddings.
  2. Technology stepping in– You won’t believe the other day I spent 4 hours watching a live-stream wedding on Instagram. Now if that’s not futuristic, I don’t know what is.
  3. Bride with Aviators & sneakers– Umm. Okay!! Quickly moving on…
  4. Day time weddings– Even in Delhi, Yes. Why? I. You can do so much more with the décor. II. Budget booster! You save money on booking the venue.
  5. E- invites, destination wedding venues, pre wedding shoots & more.

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Wedding AttireWhether to Buy or Rent?

Decisions, decisions! You can either own it or lease it. The former might give you short term satisfaction but would definitely cost an arm & a leg, the latter won’t. My tip is: Contemplate & then make your move. Either way, it depends on you. Come to a decision after considering all the factors such as your budget, purpose, season etc.

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There are plenty of amazing platforms available online if you plan to rent your outfit.

Pros: You don’t have to struggle much to find out the right garment, easy delivery system, multiple options, haute couture, designer wear under your budget.

Cons: Fittings (though they’re options available to fix it according to your size), Internet can be unreliable at times but so can be your favourite tailor.

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About the look:

 

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This navy blue dupion silk sherwani is definitely an exemplary choice throwing all the newly wed vibes. Elaborated heavily with all-over golden jaal embroidery and murky buttons. It’s paired up with golden dupion silk chudidar which can be worn as another outfit if you wish to reduce the burden of heavy layers.

How to make the right choice while renting out?

There’s always an option to return back, so chill! Take a deep breath & follow these simple rules:

  1. Quality is non-negotiable: Make sure the fabric doesn’t look tawdry & tacky.
  2. Do not procrastinate: Start scrolling though the web so that you have time to fix things up, even in the worst case scenarios.
  3. Going over the board: Yes, you may! Experiment & explore, it’s a fucking wedding after all.
  4. Wedding type: Day or night, indoor or outdoor, location, etc. Keeping all these things in mind. You won’t want to look like a shiny furry ball in the day time or wear something dull & unilluminating at night, unless that’s your ‘thang’. No, please! Try not to do that.

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Kurta & chudidar: Perfect for the never ending, add on occasions such as Mehndi, Sangeet & so many more.

Click here to rent the look 

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Weddings are special, make them memorable. As for me, I would like to get hitched tomorrow if I could but I think I’d have to wait. Hope you guys liked the story, feel free to write down your opinions in the comment section below. Personal update: My exams are here, I’ll be MIA for the next few weeks but will be back super soon! :*

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Till then, stay warm & stay humble.

Outfit Courtesy: Flyrobe

Photography: Vidit Jain Clicks

 

Akshay Sharma

NSS.

 

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How to: Avoid Looking Like A Dad While Wearing Daddy’s Clothes? – This Festive Season

How many of your hoe friends got married this year? How many of you single asses were completely clueless about clothes you wore for a friend’s wedding? Certainly, you must’ve seen guys making a fool outta themselves at a Punjabi wedding. Just can’t go without noticing them, can you? No, this breed is one of its kind. Picking up clothes from your dad’s closet is cool but not when you wear his XXL Shaadi ka kurta with embroidery all over. And why to drag only boys here? We all have that one distant cousin who shows up wearing a hot pink Lehga & dances on Bole chudiyan, Bole kangana. Every. Freaking. Time.

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Almost after a month, my MIA might’ve given you a reason to forget me or let’s pretend that some of you actually missed me. Either way you don’t have choice to neglect your boy now.

Hello, hipsters. Hope I didn’t keep y’all sober for long. Keeping in mind the festive feels & your inaccurate wardrobe choices, I’m here with yet another story. And though rarely, we’re going basic this time.

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Let me quickly point out some FAQs you ask your conscious/bff around festivals & ceremonies:

  • The time was too less to get a tailored suit, what should I wear now?
  •  I wanna stand out & look dapper at the same time, what should I do?
  • Everyone I have ever known will be there at the party, how should I step up?

Trying hard not to generalize, I’ve got most of the answers in today’s outfit.
The rule is simple: “If you’re not the groom, it’s not your day to bloom” – Getting it? No? Keep reading.

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I personally hate when someone says you should dress according to the occasion. I mean why can’t we just wear the fuck we want? Well, no matter how willingly I’d like to disagree to this, sometimes we can’t. For instance, think of your bride wearing a bikini for her wedding (I’m totally up for it btw, fuck stereotypes) or you going to the office wearing nothing but your boxers (can’t do this unless you’re on coke). My point being here is to dress well & according to the event.

How often do you rob your dad’s closet? If you ask me, I don’t even leave my mum’s. Where’s the lie?
The trick is to know how to balance vintage with current trends. You can literally wear anything from their closet & blend it to make it look either quirky or classic.

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Here’re some guidelines which might help:

  • Choose the right apparel & take tips from your dad/mom on how to pull it off. They know more than you think they know.
  •  Size: It matters. You can surely rock a daddy jean or his longline shirt but not his suits before customizing it to your body type. For fuck sake, no.
  •  Try using different accessories if the outfit seems to be dull or boring.

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Coming to the details I’m wearing a Mandarin Collared, Blue Velvet Bandi (read as Nehru/Modi Jacket) which is vintage af. It is the minimalist fashion of late 60s & early 70s. Even before kicking off its market in Europe & America, it became supremely popular in India in 1940s as “band gale ka coat” And boy! Look how phenomenal it has come out to be.

 

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Bandi: Incense, New Delhi. ₹2450/-

KEEPING IT BASIC/ MINIMALISTIC

Too much jazz sometime creates mess. Hence giving all the attention to the prime element & realising the importance of giving a break to your artistic self. It’s better to KISS (KEEPING IT SIMPLE SILLY) at times.

TopWhite Henley– To make the jacket more prominent, try avoiding prints & other bright coloured t shirts or shirts.
(₹899 /-) H&M

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Bottom– Ripped, skinny & flawless. Just like your soul. (₹2990/-) H&M

White Sneakers- Keeping a ritual of brushing them every weekend. Though widely exploited & not my first choice but still apt for the look. Zara (₹3990/-)

Related Accessories:
SunglassesMarc Jacobs- To make sure he realises that you’re ignoring him.
Nail paints– All day, everyday. Why the fuck not?

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With this, we’re almost at the end. Hell! Wait. Did I tell you why I took a while to write this story? To those who don’t know, my life has flipped drastically, for good. As if god thinks my life is a pancake which he can flip whenever he wants. It includes settling up in a new city for a while, making a new network, changing weather conditions & other chores. Know more on Snapchat where I rant every now & then (Snap: akshayeee)

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Trend spotted: Velvet

IMPORTANT: I’m gonna be coming up with more startling stories which are in process already. Meanwhile, making sure that you get enough fodder on Instagram, I tend to feed you guys with dazzling OOTDs, WIWs & more. Check.

Slay this festive season & if there’s anything you’d like to share, feel free to write down in the comment section below.

 

Photography: Avneesh Kumar Photography

Seen you guys soon. XO

 

Stay gorgeous, stay humble.

 

Akshay Sharma
Never stay sober.

DIY Summer’17- Cold Shoulders For Men.

Tried & tested! Here’s a summer tip for my fancy boys & dainty girls: not even the most expensive sunscreen can protect your sweet soft skin from being sautéed. Bitter truth, yes. Setting down, get a snack, your boy has got a solution for this mess. Continue to read the article you sloths rather than just looking at the pictures.
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I always crib & I know you too, when you have to put your winter clothes back in the deepest section of your closets. The worst situation is when you had shopped the new winter collection but you can’t wear it because now it’s too hot to wear those beauts outside. Dishearteningly, you have to put them back until the next cold breeze knocks your gut.
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I’m talking about abstaining to expose your skin to the sun, directly. Now I’m not saying you to be nocturnal like me & get out of the house only at night (I do that a lot, it’s pleasant). I’m advising you to cover up your body parts when you go out. It’s good to hang around in tank tops & shorts when you’re in a mall or any closed, central air conditioned area but at places where your skin is directly exposed to sunlight, refrain yourself from wearing such clothes.
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Can I vent out my anger for a moment?- We humans are mean bastards, we have fucked the nature & now it’s Mama Nature’s way to take her revenge. Get out of your comfort zone you twats & start making up for it.
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You must be like “Look, who’s talking? Guy probably has all the privileges & now peaching us eco-shit” Yes & no. I do my part, you better do yours. That’s the only way how it’s going to work. Otherwise you know we’re already doomed. 
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Anyway today we are experimenting, stepping a level higher. How about cold shoulder cardigans for summer? Well you’re just a DIY away from experiencing this cool trend. If you’ve doubts, I’m here to clear em by showing you guys that men can also slay these dope shrugs.
Cold Shoulder Cardigans/Shirts--Why in summers? Because even when you got an umbrella with you, the sun is still going to fry you up. Don’t believe me, step outside. The only way out is to cover yourself up & when you’re back under a shed, take em off.
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DIY-

Take any old shirt (preferably boyfriend shirts), fold it equally by the sleeves & cut out the lower end near the shoulders in a circular manner. Yeah! It’s that simple.
I’ve made dozens of these using my dad’s old shirt, my mum’s old cardigan & my sister’s old jacket.
Though I got this readymade cold shoulder shrug from koovs, supremely soft & hella affordable.

AGATE STONE BROOCH :

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Agate stones are hypnotically mesmerising & are found in almost every colour, each one having different layers & pattern attached to it.
The artisans use it to make ornaments such as pins, brooches or other types of jewellery, paper knives, inkstands, marbles and seals. Agate is also used for decorative displays, cabochons, beads, carvings and Intarsia art as well as face-polished and tumble-polished specimens.

Gladly, I got this stunning piece of art from A’men Menswear on one of their preview events. And boy! Brooches never looked prettier than before.

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DIY- Old T-shirt

Correct me if I’m wrong but your closet is full of old, wrecked t-shirts which you don’t wear anymore. And even if you’ve given a few of em away to charity, you still own a lot of them. Well here’s an idea, what if you can wear each one of em in a different style & look completely kickass.

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I had this t-shirt with me for almost a decade (with a weird looking guy printed on it) which is now a vest. Thanks to my tremendously sharp scissors which hey! Btw my mom hates & would toss it away in the garbage if she ever has a chance. Why? Because her son is a crazy cloth ripper who cuts almost everything in his wardrobe.

Also hey! Happy Mother’s Day (day I’m writing this article)

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I have tied a knot on the back of my neck by taking both sides of vest to give an avant garde touch to the outfit, which also makes it a complexed crop top.
Related apparel/ accessories:
Corduroy trousers– Already blogged/ here’s the link: Hawaiian Hallucination- 4 Dreams Straight Outta Closet.
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That’s all for today, gotta rush. I’m working on something crazy already. See you guys soon, feel free to write your views in the comment section below.
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Stay hydrated & take your mother out on a date. 😗

Photography: Parth Avneesh


Akshay Sharma
NSS.

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Trend ’17- How To Mix Clothes of Different Fabrics Like A Pro?| High Shine & Thirst Traps With Denim

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You know that moment when you’re mad but you really don’t know why? Because
your feelings are so fucking blended. Everything’s jumbled up, even your emotions. No matter how hard you try to suppress, it vents out sooner or later. And the longer the suppression, the worse is the mental breakdown. I feel our minds are like unbreakable balloons & when they get filled up, more than their capacity, they explode. Getting me? No. Okay. All I’m trying to say Read More

Lookbook- Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017

A constant fear of smudging up the lipstick you’re wearing for the first time. Never knew it’d be a gruelling task to control sneezing when down with cold & no idea of how to chomp a burger without ruining everything…

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Hi fam! I attended this week’s most anticipated event which every fashion enthusiast sits tight for. The Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter ’17 with Maybelline New York and boy! It was all glitzy & glamorous.
From veteran designers to street style-inspired folk, ramp walks with captivating jazz music in the background to celebs spotting, it was one big fashion fiesta.

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Hawaiian Hallucination- 4 Dreams Straight Outta Closet.

Have you ever been so mad at someone that you wanna whack the shit out of that person? It doesn’t necessarily have to be your love interest. You know what life is like your favourite t-shirt. And no matter how much take care, it gets dirty. All you need is a sturdy detergent to clean it & bring back the freshness. Yeah I’ve this weird habit of comparing everything with clothes. Well, someone out there must be thinking that this guy utters complete nonsense. Well pardon my manners but I give zero fucks to that. Carrying on, here I’m talking about mental health, anger & its allied emotions.

It’s like a washing cycle. After you’ve cleaned your t-shirt (life), have taken out the dirt (negativity), it’s still un-ironed. People around us & their vibes help in ironing our thoughts. And then all we need is a comforter which blossoms everything (probably your best friend). Times come where either we can lose our temper & lash out (which would be temporarily satisfying but consequential) or we can leave that for karma. Sooner or later you’ll realise that everything is temporary & so is pain & anger. Keeping it inside your mind is just poisonous. It won’t make the situation any better but will surely burn everything good which has left inside of you.

Wait! meanwhile you analyse what I just said, lemme show you guys something sensational I’ve been working on. Giving out my four Hawaiian dreams that I’d like to share with you. Here they go:

Dream 1:  I’m somewhere in a middle of a street that I don’t recognise. Walking alone then sitting on the roadside, lost & absent minded. I’m suffering through this pleasant agony which is difficult to express.

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Terrible Tribal Tale

Remember the everyday humiliation when you entered the classroom & all of a sudden children would start giggling & mocking? You don’t? Okay wait! You do remember the girl you used to call ‘ugly’, guess what? Now she has trust issues with her boyfriend or the guy who stammered while reading? If you don’t then maybe you might be one of them. It turns out most of us have social anxiety which we deny to admit. As a teen I had always been the victim of being bullied, judged, stared or laughed at. As grew up, I finally found a way to put a stop to it. I decided not to change & own whatever the hell which truly makes me ‘me’ alongside my parents who have always been my biggest support, throughout. Now when I go out for a movie or dinner to a restaurant, I see people constantly staring & whispering idk what shit to each other, I just take a deep breath & sashay em away with a smile. Look here it is: Fat, skinny, dark, ugly, gay, straight, black haired or blue haired, each one of you is special. Obviously this sounds so overrated & repetitive but that’s what the truth is. Truth is Bitch you’re a motherfucking gangsta & you’re a survivor.(… more at the end )

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Art of Layering- Get Winter Ready

Are you one of those weird creature who feels super hot in summer & freezing cold in winter? Well I’m definitely one of them. Guess how many piece of clothes I’m wearing inside out in these pictures. They must be around 12. Winter is on & it becomes essential to step up your wardrobe game to not to get sick.
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LAYERING keeps you warm & protect you from chills & other winter related problems. But you should know the correct way to do it. I mean yeah you can put anything over your body & go to work or college. But life’s little better & less shitty when you know the right way to do things.
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3 Rules for Layering (aren’t mandatory & totally depends on every person’s choice & body type. Yet it works for most of em)
1. Don’t try to mix too many colours in one outfit. As you can see I have stick to basically 2 colors. Mixing would mess it up & it won’t come out superbly.
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2. Winter adds extra chubbiness to your body. Haha yeah wearing layers makes you look bloated but not when you wearing overcoats & long Blazers. They hide the extra cheese you’ve been having lately.
3. If you wanna pull over scarfs. Make sure they compliment your other piece of clothing. And please no hideous Doraemon or Shinchan scarfs.
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Let’s come the details now. The denim by Levi’s. I ripped it by myself. I find it super cool & ripped denims are always in fashion be it any season of the year.
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How can I forget about this beautiful floral tie by Koovs. This is worth buying trust me. Floral prints are in trend & they look amazingly stunning over a tux or a suit.
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Whenever I go out wearing my spiked boots. People are like” WHATTTT ARE THOOOOOSE?” Everybody falls in love with em. Secondly they’re super warm and comfy & protects me from bitter cold.
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I’m wearing a nicely tucked plain black shirt & a faux leather waist coat over it. You can pull this over almost anywhere. From work in the morning to the late night kikis.
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Here comes the beautiful & classic solid green long coat. My sister bought it for me last year. I wear it when it’s super chilling outside & Sun is nowhere to be seemed.
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Layering is super easy. The simple rule is try not to make it look messy. It should be comforting & easy to eyes. 
If you have any queries or feedback that you’d like to share, feel free to comment down here.
I’m gonna come up with more such amazing concept & tutorials soon.
Till then stay tuned & spread love.
Akshay Sharma
NSS.