As a fashion influencer, it is my duty to encourage people to consume less and be sustainable. I decided to start by resolving to exactly that. Read on!
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I was in a frenzy in December because it felt like everything attacked me at once: finals, photoshoots, new opportunities for Miraya, and work. I was so worn out from it all, and I was desperate for a head-to-toe exfoliation. Slowly, I managed to turn to my two greatest loves - fashion and fitness. It has only been 20 days, but consistently producing fashion content for this blog and social feeds has been as cathartic as my Insanity Max workout. It all started with a few commandments and a plan.
One of the sartorial resolutions I made for 2017 is to rejuvenate my wardrobe for each season without actually shopping. I don’t need a ton of statement ensembles, and I can definitely live without that ruffled off-shoulder top in every color. Continuing to keep my love affair with fashion uncomplicated, I will stick to classics that are easy to combine. If like me, you too want to #shoplessstylemore, here are a few pieces that I consider building blocks of a chic and minimalist wardrobe:
• Blazers: Find two blazers that go well with skirts, trousers, and dresses. While a black blazer is a staple, be on the lookout for a statement blazer in a bold color or with an edgy print. Tailor it to perfection if need be.
• Sneakers: Sneakers have been in the fashion spotlight for a while now, and they are definitely a worthy investment if you’re looking for a casual-chic look. Choose a quality pair in white that will work with both elegant and preppy ensembles. Low-rise sneakers are perfect for school and work, since they can be worn with dresses, skinny or boyfriend jeans; suede sneakers can easily dress an outfit up or down.
• Turtlenecks: Turtlenecks have resurrected, albeit with a modern twist: they are cropped and slinkier. High-waisted pants, palazzos, pleated skirts, and baggy sweatpants all are great options to half-tuck a turtleneck into. While some may argue that the turtleneck-blazer combination is passé, the trick to getting it right is to pick a turtleneck in a thin fabric.
• Monochrome: Who would’ve thought that a muted pink top with blush pants would be anything but matchy-matchy? The key to nailing a monochromatic look is to wear separates in varying tones. A loose, dark grey t-shirt would look great with light grey jeans, as will a sequin white top with white skinny jeans. Monochrome looks work fabulously with 3-piece outfits too!
• Bauble box: To me, new jewelry is akin to buying a new outfit. Build a basic jewelry collection with pieces that take you from day to night, season to season. Knits, tweeds, and thicker fabrics are perfect on their own, but you can stay on top of your style game by accessorizing thinner fabrics with little hints of metal. Like all things on this list, let your jewelry celebrate your personal style - whether you dig pieces that are minimal and dainty, or big and statement.
Does this make you want to shop less and style more, too? Begin by not buying things from this list that you already own ;)
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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