Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Power dressing - From casual to formal in a jiffy

You are at your desk  and you get a call from your boss saying that you have an important client meeting in 20 minutes. You realise that you are dressed in trousers paired with a collarless blouse/kurti or tee which is not formal enough. Most of us have encountered such situations at sometime or the other. 
Fret not, the half shirt fake collar(the name varies on every shopping site) is the answer to take you from casual to formal in a jiffy. 

Also known as a Dickey in men's wear .You can read more on 

You can carry it along in your handbag or just keep it tucked away in your office drawer. A must have piece of clothing, it's an easy to wear garment too. Just place it around your neck and button up, put on your jacket/ blazer and you are ready to take on the world.
It is available in all sizes and styles like pointed collars, peter pan collars and feminine lacy collars too. You can buy the basic black and white at Shoppers Stop and you can shop online for more options on Amazon or e-bay. 
More on power dressing in my next blog. Till then, look good, feel good. Cheers!

 half shirt fake collar

Monday, 10 October 2016

Second marriage etiquette

Second weddings today are no longer a social stigma and are celebrated as elaborately as first marriages. Of course , there are differing views and many people tend to be skeptical about having a celebration.
Invites should not include the family name of the previous partner as this may not go down well with the new family.

It is advisable to not invite your previous spouse because it can create an uncomfortable situation and cause memories to flood back.
But it is perfectly fine to  invite family members from the first marriage if you share a good rapport with them. Just take care to have a casual chat with them prior to your celebrations so you are aware of their views and feeling about your second marriage. You don't want them to cause a scene on D-day.

Children from the first marriage (if they're staying with you and if they have happily accepted your new spouse) can definitely be involved in the planning and execution of the wedding . The more the involvement the closer the bonding.

Since the first marriage is over and you have bid adieu to that phase of your life, your wedding card need not mention second marriage.
Dress in your best but make sure it is age appropriate and elegant.
Don't relive old memories and talk about  your previous wedding event and compare it with the second one.
Behaving like a shy,coy bride would be absolutely inconsistent with your new role.
Be a parent and mentor to your spouse's children to win their love and respect.
Be patient and kind, be a good listener and give time to people to accept you.
Don't criticize or bad mouth your previous family, avoid talking about
your past.
Accept people as they are ,do not try to change them.
Work towards creating lasting relationships and a beautiful life .

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Dating etiquette article in FEMINA

All through my 8 years as an Image Consultant, I have been approached by eligible young men and women who were apprehensive and confused about their first meeting with a prospective other. There was a pretty young lady who wore a long tee and tights  (which looked more like a night dress or gym clothing) on every date. And her family kept wondering why there was no positive response from the guys. So I advised her to dress in smart casual clothing, corrected her posture, and taught her the nuances of small talk. She is happily married now and her elegance and poise is much appreciated by her family.
Then there was this young man from a very affluent family who would always order for the food without consulting the lady because he was so used to making decisions. Well, I made him realize his faux pas, taught him the art of being subtle and considerate yet assertive and he is enjoying a great family life now.

Here are some tips when going on a date;

  • Be on time
  • Choose a venue according to your budget and proximity to both
  • Dress in smart casuals or semi formals
  • Be considerate and emphatic
  • Smile often
  • Talk about interesting topics
  • Don't tag a friend along
  • Eat less

If you have someone who needs some polishing do contact us.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Chinos for the Indian man

Chinos are trousers made from chino cloth which is a twill fabric made from 100% cotton. 
Nowadays , chinos are also made from cotton synthetic blends , wrinkle free fabric. That makes them so wearable at the workplace.
Chinos were first made in the mid 19th century for the British and French military uniforms . The original khaki (light brown) is the traditional and most popular colour, but chinos are now available in many shades.
Straight leg , flat front chinos , are suitable for the workplace. Wear pleated chinos if you are too thin.

Avoid tapered chinos if you have a broad hips and a paunch. Wear comfort fit chinos which sit on your waist to conceal a paunch.

Black , grey , brown, khaki, navy are the preferred colours for office wear. To appear taller wear a light coloured shirt with a trouser in a darker shade of the same colour family.
Wear a smart blazer paired with chinos and you are ready for a coporate meeting.
Cropped chinos are trending now but avoid if you are short. Cropped chinos look great with well fitted tees , polo necks, sweatshirts, linen shirts.
Chinos are lightweight and ideal while travelling. It's easier to wash and dry a pair of chinos as opposed to a pair of jeans. 
Chinos are very versatile and can be worn by businessmen, working professionals, students and men of all ages.
Chinos are available at all leading brands stores at an affordable price. Coming up next is my blog on which shoes to wear with chinos.
Write to me on rashida@imagemakeover.in

Monday, 24 August 2015

Styling the fringe for the Indian woman

The fringe style in clothing is definitely my favourite this year. It is stylish yet quirky, bohemian but elegant and it suits women of all ages. It is not office wear but can be worn as smart casual.

A fringe crop top can be paired with a high waist A-line or straight skirt, a pair of  high waisted jeans or chinos, shorts or even palazzos. Wear this if you have a slim midriff and avoid if you have a pear shaped body.

A fringe tank top is ideal for women who have a big waistline and hips. Longer tops that end below the hipline and asymmetrical tops help to conceal  heavy hips and thighs.This style looks great on Indian women.
Wear this on a casual Friday at work or a lunch date or a shopping spree with friends
Wear a blingy fringe poncho for an evening out ,a dinner or a party. Keep accessories to a minimum .

 Pair it with a pair of smart shorts for a brunch or a day out with friends.

 A calf length fringe skirt can be paired with a button down shirt for a smart look. Short petite women should opt for ankle length skirts or knee length skirts .
 Mix and match printed palazzos with a solid colour fringe top, a pair of wedges for a cool, trendy look.

 A printed fringe kimono adds oomph to a simple jeans and T-shirt combo. Wear it if you are slim or if you have a pear shaped body.Avoid pairing a printed kimono with a printed top.
A lacy kimono in a solid colour with printed palzzos adds a feminine touch.
Shoes with a fringe are available in stilettos, gladiators, wedges,block heels, slip ons and more. Stilettos and block heels can be paired with dresses, skirts and jeans for a formal look.Wear gladiatorflats, wedges, slip ons for a more casual look.
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A simple outfit can look great if paired with a fringe bag.Avoid pairing a fringe bag with a fringe top. Less is more here.
Fringe clothing and accessories are available online on sites like koovs.com, FabAlley, Yepme, Ebay, Limeroad, Polyvore,shopstyle, etc.
Also available in stores across Mumbai. For more information write to us 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Which handbags can I carry to office? Bags for the workplace.

A handbag is a woman's favourite accessory . It can add an extra oomph to a simple outfit. For a woman it is a pandora's box filled with all her daily essentials, things she cannot do without. A must have multi-purpose accessory. So what are the kind of handbags that would look formal and smart at a the workplace?

Structured leather handbags with minimalistic design are most appropriate in a formal business setting. Black, brown, tan, beige, grey, camel, maroon, reddish-brown, navy blue are some of the preferred colours for office.

A satchel is a structured bag with a flat bottom and single strap.It has a flap which folds over and fastens in the front with one or two buckles. It was traditionally used to carry books but is now used as a fashion accessory.

 A Tote bag is a large and often unfastened bag with parallel handles that emerge from the sides of the pouch.Initially designed as a cloth shopping bag , it is now available in leather and other materials in fabulous designs.

A Hobo bag is a large and crescent shaped bag with a scooped centre.It is made of soft, flexible
material and has a  long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. 

The Kelly bag is a leather handbag designed by the Paris based company, Hermes.It was popularised
by and named after the princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly.It is now an expensive status symbol. A trapezium shaped bag, it is closed with two straps. It has a hard bottom, sometimes with four studs to enable it to stand on the ground.

A bucket bag  has a tall body , a round or an oval bottom and a drawsting closure, resulting in a shape similar to a bucket. It usually has an open top but may have a magnetic closure for added security.

These type of  handbags are available in most retail shops and online as well , branded as well as affordable copies.
Next on the blog, how to match and coordinate your bags with your clothes and shoes. Till then, happy handbag hunting.
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dating Etiquette

For most of us, going on a first date can be a nerve- wrecking experience. We are not sure about what to wear, what to say, how to behave. These insecurities can turn even the most serene and composed person into a nervous, sweaty palmed wreck. Our module on dating is specifically designed to teach you the finer nuances of dating.A first date doesn't need to be such an ordeal, it can be light hearted and fun.


1] Dressing appropriately for a first date. 
2] Etiquette and behaviour.
3] Ideal meeting place.
4] Be more confident and create a positive first impression.
5] Be a great conversationalist.


When you marry, you don't just marry an individual,you marry a whole family For prospective brides and grooms ,we have a training module called "getting marriage ready" which covers the following topics:-

1] Interacting with family.
2] Adjusting to a new environment.
3] Conversational skills.
4] Social etiquette.
5] Etiquette at dinners and formal occasions.
6] Wardrobe Planning