A shirt-style kurta, which has the collar and sleeves of a shirt but the length and cut of a traditional kurta is incredibly fashionable as well as comfortable. Pair it with tights, jeans, jeggings, or straight-cut pants; the shirt-style kurta is versatile in more ways than one. Wear it to work, to run errands, to meet friends for coffee, or later at night to dinner — this style will see you through life’s many different situations while keeping you fashionable!
Another season has arrived in a grand style, shaking us out of a drowsy stupor. Spring holds so much promise of better days, better possibilities, more opportunities, and another grand chance to do things in life. The season also calls for major fashion changes, but before tiptoeing towards newer styles, here is a list of fashion ideas that one must avoid.
Giving heavy velvets and brocades a miss, this year’s trends are veering towards softer, delicate fabrics that highlight the feminine silhouette in all its glory. Amidst the flurry of trends that turn up on the runways every season, lace seems to have made a comeback. There’s something about the wispy nature of it that is just so beautiful; its delicate weaves adorn a woman’s form most exquisitely.
Flared pants are all that your heart (and sometimes waistline!) hopes and wishes for! Known more widely as bell-bottom pants, pretty much all of our parents flaunted these for the greater part of the ‘70s. It has two varieties, the classic bell-bottoms were tapered at the top, around the hips, and spread out like a bell (hence the moniker) at the ankle. Flared pants are loose from the top, and flare out like a hand fan at the bottom. Both are equally stylish. Relaxed and very comfortable, these pants are your best friend, especially now that fashion has become forgiving and generous compared to the past.
So, you are well-known to be a fashionista. Friends always consult you before any fashion purchase, running their decision through you because heaven forbid should you make a wrong choice and suffer for a lifetime!
How often have you been stuck in one of those moments where you want to wear something casual yet cool? A piece of clothing that’s easy, breezy, and stylish too? Well, look no further than the epitome of nonchalant chic — the boyfriend shirt! You are welcome to raid your significant other’s closet and choose his Friday best! But in reality, it’s the lived-in, soft-as-cotton candy variety we are lusting after!
At long last, the arduous days of summer are slowly but surely creeping away. Albeit at a snail’s pace, but we are happy nonetheless and the possibilities of winter days filled with celebrations are getting us excited and rightly so! A party on a winter day is cherry on the cake! Think romance, elegance, sparkle and sophistication! Your winter daytime event wardrobe must combine all of the aforementioned elements and then some. Subtlety is the name of the game, and yet it should stand out as well.
What comes to your mind at the mention of the word, blouse? The image that conjures up may be of your granny’s staid, starched kind that was essentially a glorified jacket or your mother’s modest kind with a high neckline and straight and mid-length sleeves! In 2022 however, blouses have gotten a serious, much-needed makeover because let’s face it, they totally make or break a sari!
A Hollywood legend, Monroe passed away at the age of 36 in 1962. Sixty years on, our interest and fascination with her life is at an all-time high. In the age of viral TikToks and Instagram stories that disappear in 24 hours, we are constantly bombarded with endless content, Marilyn Monroe has held her own like the superstar she will always be. Glamorous and sensuous, her on-screen persona is iconic in its own right.
Haters will hate and naysayers will dismiss it as frivolous and shallow but we women love our bags. And what’s not love about bags? They instantly bring sophistication and elegance to a look, help us carry our essentials in élan and add polish to an ordinary ensemble. Every season, exciting new trends emerge in the world of handbags, some more game-changing than others. While existing shapes and designs reign supreme, new shapes and designs are equally cool and deserve a spot in every stylish woman’s bag wardrobe.
To beat the summer heat in style, kurtis are a real godsend! A cross between kameez and shirt, kurtis can be anything you want and more. Our eternal love affair with kurtis is one for the books, and as a tribute to the comfort and joy they bring in our lives every day while making us look effortlessly stylish, let us rejoice in the countless ways we can fashion them!
All women everywhere are magpies at heart! Give us anything shiny, bright and brilliant and we are sold in a heartbeat! Glitter makes our hearts sing and sequins with all their sparkling glory hits right at the pleasure centres of our brains! For the longest time though sequins and all this shiny have been on the receiving end of relentless flak from naysayers who dismissed it as tacky and inelegant. Anything sequined would be deemed crass and unfashionable, unfit for polite society even where it’d raise many eyebrows and draw inevitable frowns from purists!
Bangladeshi fashion had hit a stalemate towards the beginning of the new millennium. Save for a handful of designers who were passionate about their craft, there was a massive dearth of high-quality clothes with original designs.
While every flower is special in its own right, roses are indeed exceptionally beautiful! It is no wonder then that Rojina Akhter, owner of Rose by Nizhu, chose to name her boutique after this extraordinary flower!
Festive season this year is more special than ever before, for it arrives after the dreadful two years we spent in isolation. The spirit of Eid, which is celebrated in company of friends and family was lost completely.
The month of March is special for a Bangladeshi for multiple reasons, one being the Declaration of Independence announced by the founding father of our nation that mobilised forces at each and every level of our society to rise and fight for our country.
Your Muslin dupatta has a mind of its own; fluttering and swaying like the wondrous clouds of midday in the gentle wind, its sequins catching the late afternoon light and sparkling like diamonds.
Speaking of seizing the moment, animal prints are having a major one right now. They are everywhere; on clothes, makeup, jewellery.
Can you think of any person more special, more loving than your grandmother? Chances are— no! A relationship so incredibly special and replete with unconditional, boundless love and affection, grandmothers make our lives so very rich and sweet with their blessed presence.
First things first — sorting out your outfit is a must. This year, velvet is reigning supreme; starting from ethnic wear to western party-wear, velvet is spreading its delicious sumptuousness with a vengeance and we are here for it!
Fashion is life’s greatest, easiest, simplest pleasures that brings us so much of joy so why should we allow boring old rules to ruin it? Read on for rules of fashion that were totally made to be broken!
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that we love jewellery. Since time immemorial, women, as well as men, have adored it, and adorned their persons with it.
A favourite of royalty as well as celebrities for decades, who can forget Grace Kelly’s iconic robin’s egg blue dress, or Princess Diana’s fabulously famous one-shouldered electric blue number.
Some of us who witnessed the glorious ’90s may have seen firsthand the way artists inspired fashion most tremendously.
It is a no-brainer that short dresses look chic and stylish. An absolute summer staple, it leaves its wearer unruffled and happy. The right one can even take you from day to night and effortlessly so. They are back with a bang, and one is truly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing!
Such splendid madness is then succeeded by mellow days of barely there Autumn when days grow shorter and cool, crisp night air has one reminiscing about first love.
Any seasoned Dhakaiite will admit, we await the arrival of this magical season with bated breath, through unbearable heat waves, dengue scares and ridiculous humidity.
It is a universally acknowledged fact that the right suit will instantly uplift your persona. It can provide a major boost of confidence, put a spring in your step, and make you look sharp and smart.
This a glorious time, when the fabulously well-heeled fashionistas of Dhaka city turn out in their festive best, and sprinkle their heady stardust wherever they go.
We all love to entertain. There are few things in life as delightful as having friends and family breaking bread together over light-hearted conversation. Bengalis are renowned foodies and our lives revolve around food, family, friends and fun.
“It is a lovely thing we have, the animal instinct,” went the popular song from the ‘90s by The Cranberries.
You know that moment of sheer panic in the morning, the shrill alarm jolts you out of your sweet slumber, you wake up and instantly,
What a wonderful time of the year it is right now! The blessed Ramadan has brought us the opportunity to get closer to Allah yet again, and we couldn’t be more grateful. With anxious anticipation, we are awaiting the Eid day, and preparations for it are in full swing to make sure
Ah! A summer Eid in Dhaka. Bright mornings that begin with warm greetings, and delicious, lavish breakfasts are reminiscent of childhood and happiness. Sunny afternoons that are redolent with silvery smiles and rustle of crisp new muslin saris perfumed sweet from the cardamom and rosewater.
It is a fact universally acknowledged that women’s hearts are set aflutter by the sheen and shimmer of gold. That it is an investment and something one passes down to the next generation, is only secondary. What truly matters is its aesthetic role in adorning a woman
As most parents would agree, sending your precious little one to school for the very first time can be a daunting experience.
Raising children in a city like Dhaka is no small feat. Challenges of all manners routinely plague the daily lives of us parents.
What is your earliest memory of Baishakh? Is it of soothing Tagore songs playing in the background, the sight of your mother adorned in her festive red and white Gorod sari...
Among other things, flowers are truly Mother Nature’s best gift. In any form, their beauty and aura brings joy and happiness that is quite unlike anything else.
There comes a time when every civilisation faces a conundrum. Without a doubt, it is the thought of what lies ahead.
It's amazing how the clothes we wear, so seemingly utilitarian and mundane, has superpowers. Now, before getting told off for a dramatic choice of word, allow me to elaborate —
Do you feel the change in the air? The morning sun shines a little brighter and warmer, there is a nip in the air that's pleasantly refreshing, little buds are blossoming into blousy flowers!
You and your significant other have managed to tide over the first year of marriage with success! You learned to enjoy each other's differences, be patient with flaws, and prioritised love and understanding above all else.
You would be hard pressed to find one person who is not fond of this magical time of the year —sublime mornings perfect for brunches begin with soft rays of the
What is your earliest memory? Chances are that it is of your mum, smiling and singing a lullaby — such a fleeting moment, but one frozen in time, simply because of its nuances and sweetness. You remember her enchanting smile, the way the corner of her eyes creased, the scent of her skin and her fragrant hair as it touched your face. And that vision, for in your eyes she's nothing short of it, is forever etched in your mind; it's your core memory.
I can't recall much from those two years but her, I remember vividly. A year senior to us, she was someone everyone noticed, even the most serious bookworms and nerds who seemed to live and breathe S1 and P1 syllabuses.
It is an interesting time for fashion in Dhaka right now. More and more people are becoming aware of their appearance, and there is a shift in perspective to that end.
A sari is not a mere piece of garment for Bengali women. In its delicate folds lie hundreds of years of tradition. An attire so imbued in our culture and heritage, it feels special every single time, and bestows its wearer with grace and poise.
The Bengali aesthetic sense has been enamoured with the allure of the sari since time immemorial. This love affair is further stoked during the all-important festive season. But the human heart is known to be predisposed to whims and fancies. And when it comes to us women choosing outfits, it acts fickle and hence, foibles ensue.
There was always a charm to going to the market as a happy horde, with the needs of every member listed out. Shopping for clothes was particularly time-consuming, in the heyday of shopping centres like Eastern Plaza and Alpana Plaza, as one would have to try endless pieces to get the right size! Parents used to make all the sartorial decisions, and the young ones had to go along with it. Many families would
At long last Baishakh is here. We bid adieu to all that is old and weary, making way for new and auspicious tidings. The time to celebrate life in all its glory is here, and a sense of rejuvenation and renewal is prevalent all around. This festive energy touches every aspect of Bengali life, as we like to embrace the spirit of Baishakh wholeheartedly!
Without a doubt, Baishakh is the most awaited season in the Bengali calendar. What could be more uplifting than the warm sun filtering through the windows and clear blue skies?
Life is truly about the simplest things. Dreaming and aiming high is admirable, but it's possibly the smallest things that give us true happiness, most pleasure.
The other day I was in a manic rush. Nothing new there for a millennial mom. Armed with an errand list longer than the Great Wall, I hurried out, only to realize that I had missed out on my mid afternoon caffeine fix. Now this is not just a good old cup of Doodh Cha, relished at leisure while casually glancing at the elegant professional shots of a friend's honeymoon at the Caribbeans on Instagram. Having
It is a universally acknowledged fact that one's appearance speaks volumes even before words are spoken. Clothes are not just articles covering one's body, they tell a story, at times much more than we give them credit for. Clothes maketh a man, they say and how! The need and the desire to feel attractive and beautiful is only human nature. Almost every person out there, even the biggest simpletons, have some sense of personal style, if not fashion. The subtle difference is well-understood.
There are many ways you can make the colour pink your own. The nibbling doubt in your mind that it may not be a good idea is
You consider yourself a fashionista. Coco Chanel quotes grace your social media cover page, and you believe in them wholeheartedly. A lady should be two things — classy and fabulous, is your mantra in life.
A sharply cut suit is ever stylish and classic, but the sherwani is in a league of its own. Steeped in tradition and history, it embodies our culture and heritage like nothing else. Donning a sherwani immediately makes a man stand taller, adopt an elegant gait, and revel in his masculine grace.