Of Prints & Patterns

Hey, beauties!

I have this habit of going through my old stuff, ditching my new apparels for some time and trying out the out-dated ones in a more modern way. When we were kids, my dad would always get us variety of new clothes and what was hilarious was that he wouldn’t just shop for us but also, for the future us. At that time, we had trunks full of clothes that didn’t fit us, that my sister and I planned to save for our “future” self. Funny, I know! However, it’s a lot like shopping online for yourself and still getting surprised when your order arrives or hiding few bucks in a winter jacket just so you find the same money next winter. A gift for you by you. I’m still fascinated with the idea and yes, I continue to do so even now.

While going through the same collection that I had saved when I was somewhere around the age of 12, I found this gorgeous green long skirt with the pattern you can completely get lost in for a while. I rarely wear skirts because I find them restrictive and difficult to travel in but this one, I couldn’t take off when I tried it.

My childhood memory of trying this skirt when I couldn’t fit into it and dying to grow up just so that I could fit in it is where my inspiration for this post came from. Hence, I decided to create an outfit that is vintage yet bohemian and something you can definitely wear to college.

In the outfit, I’m wearing a see-through knot crop top, white canvas shoes, a gemstone necklace as a waist belt (kamar-bandh), oxidized silver chandbalis and of course, the skirt from the past.

A fashion tip to keep in mind would be if you are not very experimental with your outfits, then pairing the apparel that has a very strong pattern with something plain would be better. In this outfit, I’ve paired my skirt with a plain top. Had I gone for something else which had patterns too, the outfit would have appeared too strong. I like keeping my outfits simple and sticking to just one statement apparel/accessory. Here, that would be my skirt.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Top (Sarojini Nagar)
  • White Canvas Shoes (Amazon)
  • Chandbalis & Gemstone Necklace (My Instagram store @SimplyGorgoeus002)

I hope you liked this outfit and the story behind it. For any sneak peaks & my shopping hauls, follow me on Instagram @PrettyLittleVirtuoso.

P.S: Do not throw away your clothes. Donate them this December and bring happiness and warmth into someone else’s life.

Thank you for reading!

With love,

Simran Bharti

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Bold & Beautiful: Stealing From My Parents’ Wardrobe

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.I believe that tomorrow is another day & I believe in miracles.”

Hello, lovelies!

Posting after a month (apologies) and bringing to you something great, something new, something amazing!

Colleges are reopening soon and it is time to style everything that you’ve bought during the break. So, I decided to come up with a series of bohemian/Indo-western/not-so-ordinary outfit ideas that will help you stand out of the crowd when you go out. This is the time to use all your creativity and do that one thing we all never thought we, as adults, would never do and that is- steal from our parents’ wardrobe. Yes, you read it right!

For those short on money to spend on shopping, this could be a life saving blog series. I came up with multiple ways to style everything that I could find in my parents’ wardrobe and that included more than my dad’s loose tees and mom’s dupatta. I will show you how to rock those “old-fashioned” apparels in ways you didn’t think you could. 😉

The first outfit in this series is something I always wanted to wear but couldn’t come up with more ideas to style i.e. my mom’s salwar.

In this outfit, I wore a green salwar with a Broshne top from Stalk Buy Love and a must-have denim jacket. For accessories, I decided to go for these very trendy chandbalis with some beautiful stone work and a sling bag with pom pom strap and beautiful embroirdery work. For footwear, I chose the most basic and most stylish, a pair of white trainers that I recently ordered from Koovs.com.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Denim Jacket (Sarojini Nagar, Rs 250/-)
  • Black Broshne Top by Stalk Buy Love
  • White Shoes by My Foot Couture (Koovs)
  • Sky blue chandbalis & pom pom sling bag from my Instagram store @SimplyGorgoeus002
  • Salwar (Mom’s wardrobe)

This was the first outfit in my “Stealing from my parents’ wardrobe” series. I hope you liked this outfit. Keep following me for more posts to be updated in this series.

For any sneak peaks & my weekly shoppoing hauls, follow me on Instagram @PrettyLittleVirtuoso.

Thank you for reading!

Stay bold & stay beautiful, ladies!

With love,

Simran Bharti

 

Trench It Up winter fashion trends of 2017

Trench It Up

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”

Hey, cookies!

A Trench coat or a long utility jacket is an apparel that every girls must have in her winter wardrobe. Not only does a good trench coat make your outfit more fashionable but also, it needs very less accessorizing. Without wearing much, you get a classy winter outfit which is very effortless to put together. You can get these trench coats anywhere online or on any fashion store. Forever 21, Zara and all the other brands have nice collections but if you cannot afford to spend 4,000-5,000 bucks, I have got more shopping locations for you to get these from. As a college student, I know how difficult it is to manage your finances, especially if you are a foodie who loves to eat around and try all the new places around the campus and if you are a shopaholic who just cannot stop shopping, be it online on sale or offline on great deals!

If you live in Delhi, you must have heard about Majnu Ka Tila market. That place has amazing stores where you can find trench coats, shrugs and cardigans at reasonable prices. If you are looking for even cheaper ones, you should definitely head to Sarojini Nagar Market in winters. You will obviously have to look for them but you will find something you love. Trench coats are available there in so many deigns and if you bargain, you can grab them for around 350-400 bucks. Yes, you heard it right.

The one that I’m wearing in this post is also from Sarojini that I bought for just Rs. 350. This is also called a Utility jacket. This one is a military green trench coat/utility jacket.

Let’s see how I styled it:

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Jacket (Bought for Rs 350 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • White Crop Top (Bought for Rs 100 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • White Heeled Shoes (Bought for Rs 400 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Be Brave Necklace (My Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgoeus002)
  • Bohemian Ring (My Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgoeus002)

I hope you liked the article. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgeous002. All the accessories that I wear in my posts are available there.

Happy shopping, girls!

With love,

Simran Bharti

8 Ways To Wear A Dress In Winter

8 Ways To Wear A Dress In Winter

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

Dear all,

I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope all of you are having a great time. From the past one month, I have been posting on my Instagram profile about something interesting that I have been working on for my blog. This is the article I have been going nuts about. I know it is difficult to come up with a lot of outfit ideas everyday in winters and we all miss wearing our short dresses and skirts when this season comes. That’s where the inspiration to do this blog post came from. I have hardly worn this dress in summer and before I knew it, winter was here and I was wondering if I will have to wait for months to wear it again. So I styled these 8 ways to wear this summer dress in winter so that I didn’t have to wait for months to look my fabulous self. Let’s see how I styled my dress in 8 ways:

1: Wearing the dress over a crop top

If you follow fashion trends, you must know about the trend of those slip dresses that are worn over tees that are so much in vogue now. For those of you who don’t wish to spend a lot of money on such dresses, this DIY should do. You can wear your black or stripped summer dress over a plain white crop top and Voila! You have a stylish outfit ready for you! I have paired the dress with black socks in all the looks. You can either wear thigh high stockings, fish net stocking, plain black stocking, woolen stocking or leg warmers with boots if you like. There are a lot of options available to you!

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Outfit Details:

  • Stripped dress (Bought offline for Rs 250 from Kamla Nagar, Delhi)
  • White Crop Top (Forever 21)
  • Thin Black Velvet choker from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)
  • Vintage Turkish Rings (Instagram Account)
  • Black Thigh High Stockings (Amazon.in)
  • Black ling Bag (Bought for Rs 250 from Karol Bagh, Delhi)
  • Heeled Oxford Shoes by Knotty Derby (Jabong)

2. Wearing a warm sweater over the dress

This is the most common way to wear your dress during the winter season. A warm sweater, plain black stockings, a cute sling bag and your oxidized silver accessories is all you need to put together when you want to look fab.

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Outfit Details:

  • Off white fur sweater (Bought for Rs 200 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)

3: Wearing a plain blazer with the dress

Ditch your sweatshirt for this classy black blazer and pair it up with your dress. A blazer with padded shoulder is the best kind of blazer that you must have in your winter collection. This is something that you can even wear to your office and to any outing. I have paired up with dress with a black belt to give more shape to the outfit. Don’t forget to carry your “something blue” like I did to add color to your outfit and look sassy!

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Outfit Details:

  • Black blazer (Only)
  • Black waist belt (Amazon.in)
  • Embroidered clutch (Bought for Rs 300 from Kamla Nagar, Delhi)

4: Wearing the dress with a light sweater & blazer both

Another way to look chic while staying warm; wear a light sweater under the blazer. I decided to wear a red colored sweater because that adds more color to the entire outfit which otherwise would have looked very dull. Try adding more colors to your winter wardrobe other than just black, white and grey.

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Outfit Details:

  • Red sweater (Bought for Rs 250 from Funky Store, Delhi)
  • Black blazer (Only)

5: Wearing the dress with a jacket & waist belt

Wear your summer dress with a nice jacket and a waist belt over it to give shape to the outfit. Other than this, you always have the option to accessorize the outfit whichever way you want. I wore a thick black velvet choker with my dress.

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Outfit Details:

  • Plain white jacket (Bought for Rs 200 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Thick Black Velvet choker from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)

6: Layering the dress with two jackets

Another way to wear your dress is by layering. You can pair your dress up with a plain jacket and a leather jacket, both! Why go for one when you can wear both, right?

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Outfit Details:

  • PU leather jacket (Flipkart)

7: Adding a little color to your outfit

Instead of going for a plain simple black/white jacket, you can go for something bright that catches people’s eye. A yellow colored sweater would be a great choice for that. I am also carrying a tribal print backpack with this outfit. These kind of faux leather backpacks are trending a lot and look very chic when worn with a dress. You can wear a belt under the sweater and tuck the sweater in as well. That’s what I did in this outfit as well. A messy bun is a perfect hairstyle for this kind of back-to-school outfit.

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Outfit Details:

  • Yellow sweater (Bought for Rs 200 from Funky Store, Delhi)
  • Dressberry Backpack (Myntra)

8: Wearing the dress with a shrug & bohemian accessories

Last but not the least is to wear your dress with a shrug, a waist belt and few bohemian accessories. I wore a grey shrug that I bought from Sarojini Nagar but you can wear it with a more colorful shrug and of course, the chic oxidized silver accessories.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

Outfit Details:

  • Grey Shrug (Bought for Rs 150 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Bohemian coin necklace (Amazon.in)

I hope you liked the article, girls! If you did, then don’t forget to share it with your friends and like it. Follow me for more on Instagram @PrettyLittleVirtuoso.

Thank you!

With love,

Simran Bharti

Crop Tops & Cardigans: Tips for dressing up for winter

Crop Tops & Cardigans: Tips for dressing up for winter

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.”

Most girls think that it is difficult to look different and stylish every day during the winter season. It’s because they feel that there are less options available to experiment or because they think that if they decide to go for looking good, they might forget dressing up according to the season. However, that’s not how it is. This article, Crop Tops & Cardigans: Tips for dressing up for winter, is a short guide for all those girls who think winter wardrobe only includes sweatshirts, sweater and jackets.

The best thing that I find when it comes to dressing up for winters is layering. Because it’s cold outside, you can stop worrying about wearing just your sweater or a jacket. I would be happy to wear both. You can leave your hair open, wear accessories without worrying about the fact that they’ll be uncomfortable and there are so many options when it comes to accessorising. It’s not just the scarf but also the option for different types of caps that are available in the market, colourful socks that you can wear with your sandals, suspenders, collar pins, belts, cardigans, denim jackets with patch work and a lot more.

In this outfit, I am wearing a black crop top with a denim skirt that I have paired up with these heeled oxford shoes by Knotty Derby. I have also styled the same outfit in a different way by wearing a caged bralette instead of the crop top, black thigh high socks and carrying a side handbag on which I have tied my black scarf. The pictures of that look have been added at the end of the article.

The aim of these two outfits was to show you the ways in which you can style your winter outfits. You must have a long good looking cardigan that you can wear when it’s not too cold outside. Pair it up with a belt around your waist, a scarf that you can also tie up with your handbag later and comfortable footwear like heeled oxfords or block heeled boots. The point is you can definitely experiment with your winter wardrobe instead of wearing the same sweatshirt or sweaters over and over again. Life is too short to wear boring clothes. So, go find something amazing in your wardrobe that you love and style it in your own way.

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In this one, my suspenders are clearly visible (which was not my intention) but it’s an easy way to make sure your outfit looks good without wearing belt, which can make your waist and you height, look short.

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This is the other way to style your outfit. Here I'm wearing a caged bralette instead of the crop top, black thigh high socks and carrying a side handbag on which I have tied my black scarf.

Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Grey Cardigan (Bought for Rs. 150 from Sarojini Nagar Market)
  • Black Crop Top (Bought for Rs 300 from Big C Mall, Sarojini Naga )
  • Denim skirt (Amazon.in)
  • Owl Pendant (Bought for Rs 90 from nearby store in Insirapuram)
  • Heart Bracelet (Bought for Rs 150 from Spoyl App)
  • Caged bralette (Amazon.in)
  • Black Suspenders (Flipkart)
  • Scarf (Bought for Rs 100 from Sarojini Nagar Market)
  • Black Thigh High Socks (Amazon.in)
  • Black hangbag (Bought for Rs 350 from Karol Bagh)
  • Knotty Derby Heeled Oxford Shoes (Jabong)

If you liked the article, do share it with your friends and let them know about Simply Gorgeous Blog as well. Follow me on Instagram @prettylittlevirtuoso for more amazing stuff.

Thank you!

With love,

Simran Bharti

winter bell sleeves fashion

Winter Bells

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

Hello, girls!

I hope you all are enjoying your winter break and eagerly looking forward to 2017 like I am. Before I move on to the article, I would like to thank everyone who personally messaged me to appreciate my work and told me how much they love it. Your messages really motivate me to put more efforts in my work.

The idea for this blog post came to me when I was taking out my winter clothes and found this bell sleeves winter over-coat. I wondered only if this kind of apparel could be worn as casual wear, I would have so many more outfits for college and that was when I decided to use this for my next blog post. Since bell sleeves is back in fashion, I thought why not add something similar to my winter wardrobe. I had bought this coat last year from Sarojini Nagar just for 150 bucks and since then, I have only worn it once.

While creating this outfit, I wanted to make sure that I keep it as casual as possible while making sure it still stands out. Instead of wearing this over coat with a dress, I decided to pair it up with my mid-rise Levis jeans. Pairing it up with a simple black scoop neck top would have been too simple so I decided to wear my lace bralette with it. These lace bralettes have also been trending a lot so if you don’t have one, you can find it anywhere online. You can also pair it up with a full mesh top and a jacket. That way, it won’t be too revealing and the outfit would still look very chic.

For accessory, you should definitely wear black O-ring velvet choker (something I had forgotten to wear because I did four outfits in a day and it just slipped out of my mind that I had to wear it with this outfit). I wouldn’t suggest wearing any scarf with it since it’s already a high neck coat but if yours isn’t, feel free to add one to your outfit.

For footwear, I wore simple leather black boots and finished the look with some dark smokey eye make-up.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Off-white Bell Sleeve Overcoat (Bought for Rs. 150 from Sarojini Nagar Market)
  • Mid-rise jeans by Levis
  • Lace bralette (Amazon.in)
  • Black Leather Boots (Flipkart)

I hope you guys liked the tips that I mentioned above and the content was helpful. Keep following me for more article updates.

Thank you for reading!

With love,

Simran Bharti

4 Last Minute Indo-Western Diwali Outfits

Hello girls!

I was so busy planning for some amazing blog posts (that I’ll be posting later) and occupied with my college work that I had completely forgotten to do a Diwali blog post. So, I went through my wardrobe and found this really elegant lehenga of my mom that she had bought after her marriage and then, decided to use that for creating different looks. This is a very old lehenga and I have used all that there is in a lehenga to create three unique Indo-Western looks for the last minute ladies and yes, since the shoot was next day, these outfits are actually last minute. I have also used an ethnic long skirt that was lying there in my wardrobe for years and created a bohemian look for those ladies who do not have any lehenga to create a last minute outfit.

Let’s have a look at the outfits:

Look 1: Wear any long skirt with a blazer & create a bohemian look

I don’t wear long skirts a lot. I found it difficult to even pair this skirt up with a top because I’m not into tank tops and that’s what usually girls wear skirts with. A tank top or tee, a scarf that goes with the skirt and flats. But when you are dressing up for some festival, you dress up properly and you DRESS UP! That being the reason why I added a blazer in this look and the chunky bohemian and Turkish jewelry. You should definitely go for a heavy statement necklace if you want to recreate this look and create your own last minute Indo-western Diwali outfit. 😉

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Outfit Details:

  • Bohemian coin necklace from amazon.in
  • Printed Long Skirt
  • Black Blazer by Only
  • Plain Silver bangles bought for Rs 100 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
  • Silver Jhumkas for Rs 100 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
  • Vintage Turkish Rings from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)

Look 2: Wearing Lehenga’s dupatta as a saree

For those of you who are very much into experimenting and wearing Ind-western look, this is a last minute outfit that you can definitely go for. Using a dupatta as a saree and draping it around your jeans to make it look like a saree. The dupatta that I used belongs to my mom’s lehenga and what I absolutely love about it is the color and fabric that it is made from. Golden jewelry looks fabulous with maroon color and especially a dark colored saree. One fashion tip that you can go for is: if the dupatta you are using is short in length, you can add two dupattas and drape them around your waist like a saree. I kept the look simple and elegant and added minimal accessories. I wore flared jeans in this outfit but you can surely go for a pair of black jeggings or leggings for a better finish.

Fashion tip: Wear the same outfit with a lace bralette for a more festive look.

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Outfit Details:

  • Mom’s lehenga’s dupatta
  • Wired Statement Necklace (Set) from Zylph
  • Curled leaf golden bracelet from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)
  • Angle wings ring from amazon.in

Look 3: Add an ethnic over coat or jacket to your Western outfit

The most effortless way to create an Indo-western look is by pairing up your ethnic jacket with a black crop top, jeans and any ethnic footwear. I don’t think I need to mention any ethnic accessories because those cute things are obviously necessary to complete the ethnic look.  In this outfit, I wore my mom’s lehenga’s jacket as an ethnic jacket and to be honest, if it didn’t have the embroidered borders, it would definitely look like a plain trench coat. 😛  But it does qualify as a great last minute Diwali outfit.

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Outfit Details:

  • Golden Egyptian Statement Neckalce from Zylph
  • Mom’s lehenga’s ethnic over coat
  • Angel Wings Ring from amazon.in
  • Golden Heart Cuff Bracelet from TrendyWay.in
  • Golden Leaf Bracelet from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)

Look 4: Wear any lehenga’s blouse as an ethnic crop top

This is my favorite look because of this lehenga’s blouse. The embroidery on it is just beautiful and the best thing about it is the padded shoulders which give it a look of one of those military jackets that have padded shoulders as well. This is neither too much, nor too less for a Diwali outfit. If you have something like this in your or your mom’s wardrobe, then girls, you are all set for Diwali.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

Outfit Details:

  • Mom’s lehenga’s blouse
  • Golden Necklace from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)
  • Golden Heart Cuff Bracelet from TrendyWay.in
  • Golden Leaf Bracelet from my collection on Spoyl App (Account: Sale Sale Sale)
  • Black sling bag for Rs 300 from Karol Bagh
  • Golden jhumkas for Rs 200 from Sarijini Nagar, Delhi

Apparel Common in all the outfits:

  • Flared jeans by Miss Benette London (Jabong)
  • Black scoop neck crop top bought for Rs 300 from Big C Mall, Sarojini Nagar
  • Leather Peep Toe Pencil heels bought for Rs 500 from Karol Bagh

I hope this article saved the lives of those broke shopaholics who really want to look good on Diwali without having to spend any more money on shopping. Hoping now your problem is solved.

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Stay happy! Stay gorgeous!

Happy Diwali to all of you!

With lots of love,

Simran Bharti