Weekends are perfect for catching up with your friends, bonding with family, going shopping and watching movies with your partner. But after dressing up for office all five days in a skinny pencil skirt and a crisp button-up shirt or executive suits, we feel too lazy to gussy up on Saturdays and Sundays.
But then, off-duty does not mean that we can spend time only in pajamas! Make those two days exciting with a fuss-free and off-beat styles— something which you wouldn’t normally wear to the workplace– and look absolutely fabulous yet casual.
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Load up on stripes. Stripes suit almost everybody. Usher in a sunny Saturday morning with a striped tee, paired with a plain trouser. Style stripes with bright colours— such as teaming up an electric blue silk top with a pale yellow and white striped cardigan over a white trouser. Or a black striped mini-skirt will complement an orange top, delicately embroidered at the neckline.
Throw a maritime striped jacket over a casual tee while you are out on a yachting trip. A striped long-sleeved oversized knitted dress with pushed up sleeves will be perfect for a chic afternoon look. How about highlighting your sexy collarbones with a boat-neck striped top? For an effortless glam, choose a striped single shoulder dress and accentuate your slim waist with a broad leather belt.
A halter dress with v-neck and diagonal stripes will feature a flirty shape and is perfect for a lunch date, while a sexy sheer number in peach with multi-colored stripes with scalloped hemline in muted tones will definitely turn on the heat.
Lounge around in an orange and pink striped tunic at home or make a jersey knit shirt dress in multi-colored stripes a staple in your wardrobe. For a relaxed week-end style, a striped tee or top can be teamed up with jeans, capris, minis, cut-offs, skirts and jumper. Key to wearing stripes is not to overdo it. You can also pick up sneakers, wedges, pumps and sandals in bold stripes and build around this key piece with complementary solid colors.
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Cutoffs are hot again! Since weekends are the time to break fashion rules, flaunt a Daisy Duke (denim shorts) or mid-thigh lengths. Make your look with a roughed up denim and a nude woven top or add a French twist to your Boho style with high-waisted shorts and classic Breton striped top. Or style your cutoffs with boots for a relaxed chic. Revive the flower-child theme with love beads and a braided belt.
Broome wrap-front culottes are ideal for hot summer days. Wear them with a bright-white tank and sandals for playful style. Or showcase your feminine style with cherry-embroidered silk shorts in bright pink with a matching bikini top for a sun-soaked getaway. What about a paisley-print stretch cotton-canvas shorts for a retro feel? It will look great with an embroidered tee and wedge sandals. Finally, a Swarovski crystal-embellished flag-print leather shorts will add a serious punch to your luxe mini-style.
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Whether you want to beat the summer heat or to show off your shape, a sheer maxi dress is perfect for a casually stylish look with a feminine twist. Whether you are off for a music festival or on a picnic with friends, give yourself a style update with an airy, lace maxidress.
Or to create an interest, a vintage patternedcrop top can be paired with a sheer maxi skirt. Or catch the sunrays in a loose, swirling caftan with bold graphic pattern or unleash your sex appeal in a silk calf-length dress at night. Accessorise with a bunch of long beaded necklaces.
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Weekend is the time to unleash your personal style. This is also the time when you want to put on something comfortable and funky. Ponchos have returned and were featured strongly on the catwalks this season. But soft and delicate fabrics have replaced the heavy, horse-blanket style of the past. The best thing about the ponchos is that it can be flaunted on any body type. For a classic weekend look, style it with cropped jeans and ankle-boots.
Or throw a silky or sheer poncho over a pair of jeans for a casual chic or use an embroidered poncho over a black number for an ethnic style. You can dress up a poncho with a brooch, tassels and beads. A poncho with cowl-neck over flayers would also project your young avatar. Or what about a cashmere poncho with sleeves or an insulated one to beat the chill?
At Your Feet
When you think of comfort during weekends, the keds are the first footwear that comes to mind. They are available in basic white, black and blues to wild reds, funky oranges to electric blues and yellows. Give flights to your imagination with these fun sneakers with neon laces and discover the versatility of this fashion item. You can team up a pair of sneakers with shorts, denims, cropped pants or even a maxi dress for cool comfort.
The yellow sneakers would add an unexpected twist to a bohemian romper. If you prefer, go for girly frocks with boyish sneakers for an edgy vibe.
For that uber chic at the girls’ night out on Friday, opt for the leopard loafers or give a Grecian touch to your Hawaiian print wrap dress with lace-up sandals. A pair of fluorescent orange wedges or green heels will keep you updated with the season’s color message.
Add Boho charm to your breezy floral sundress with metallic leather gladiators, cutout leather flat sandals or fringed suede sandals. If too much girlie is not your style, anchor your looks with rugged accessories like a chunky-heeled boot and slouchy bag.
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Flip your boyfriend’s jacket this Saturday and pair it with a fitted top and capris. Avoid denim on denim. Instead, a leather jacket with brass buttons will make you look cool. Throw a jacket over a long tee and complete the look with patterned leggings.
For an equestrian style, pair your jacket with rugged skinny jeans and boots. Touches of fur and chic jewellery will add some spunk and offset the harshness of the look. Or a blazer in pastel shade can be combined with floral pants and white shirt. Add polish to pastel denims for brunch with a jacket in sequined leather or beaded silk-georgette or may be an embellished cotton one as per your mood.
Weekend is the right time to up your glam quotient. And remember that glitz need not be highlighted just for the evenings; it also looks great during the day.
Balance out your blings with muted tones. Fashion a sequined top with basic jeans or white trousers, or decorate your neckline with bold necklaces for an off-duty look. If you wish, let your accessories do the glitzy job in the form of belts, clutches and shiny bangles for a night time feel.
Pulling it Together
While your weekend look should be relaxed, it shouldn’t be sloppy. Work out the free-spirited look while shopping, running errands, or even at the movies, with your outfits and accessories. A bold striped canvas bag is great for weekends; or the nautical-inspired tote bag in navy pinstripes and red details will be just right for shopping spree with the girls and a multi-colored mini hobo with detachable handle and shoulder strap will take you from lunch with friends to museum visit with your mom to the movies at night.
A cognac-colored statement boot with leather-trimmed raffia tote will perk up a neutral outfit. Wear a more fitted top with baggier jeans or vice versa to avoid the messy look. Layered chains or statement necklaces will keep you trendy. If you are chucking the neck-piece, wear a cuff or a cocktail ring.
So let yourself shine, even on the most casual of days. When the strict suit or fancy frock comes off, your low-key, laid-back style can flourish. Whether you want to add a touch of punk for a cool-chick edge or highlight haute-hippie charms in worn-out jeans or be sweet and feminine with pretty pinks and flouncy florals, do not forget that the main idea behind weekend dressing is having fun!