Look super on a shoestring

Look super on a shoestring HOTOGRAPHS BY RYAN MARTIS; HAIR & MAKEUP BY RECINDA MARTIS; STYLING BY NISHA KUNDNANI

Shaili Shah, 34, studio owner
Budget look: Workwear

  1. You may have to be dressed in smart formals for work, but there’s no need to be boring.
  2. Your key piece is a pair of trousers. Don’t be afraid to spend at least a third of your budget on a stylish pair, with pleats or with a wide leg.
  3. A shirt with interesting details, like ruffles or pearls, will liven up your look.
  4. A handbag in a trendy colour like teal blue will keep your look sober yet stylish.
  5. While it’s tricky to find a pair of comfortable yet stylish shoes on a budget, steer clear of poor quality patent leather shoes, as these damage easily and look tacky too.
  6. Finish your look with an eye-catching belt.

“It’s nice to know you don’t have to own an expensive suit to look chic at work.”

Trousers, Rs 1,100, Sling bag, Rs 900, both Just Phat; Shirt, Rs 550, Boots, Rs 1,190, both Izzo; Belt, Besos, Rs 500
Total: Rs 4,240

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY RYAN MARTIS; HAIR & MAKEUP BY RECINDA MARTIS; STYLING BY NISHA KUNDNANI

Neha Mehra, 22, television anchor
Budget look: Power lunch

  1. For a high profile day event, your look should be crisp and clean.
  2. Account for a great pair of shoes and a chic handbag, since it’s easy to spot imperfections in bright light.
  3. Stick to a light palette when it comes to clothes. If you are on the curvy side, avoid anything clingy.
  4. Scouting around street stalls is the best way to find inexpensive vintage jewellery.

“I always turn to black when dressing formally. This bright outfit was a pleasant revelation for me.”

Dress, Izzo, Rs 890; Handbag, Just Phat, Rs1,200; Shoes, Butter, Rs1,250; Neckpiece
and ring, Rs 200 each, Earrings, Rs 50, all Street vendors
Total: Rs 3,790

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Ankita Srivastava, 23, actor
Budget look: Evening wear

  1. The majority of your budget should go towards your dress, saving approx Rs1,000 for your shoes and accessories.
  2. Look for detailing, like sequins or embroidery that will glam up your look.
  3. If petite, pick a textured look that fits your body to add volume to your silhouette. If you are more on the curvy side, opt for something looser that fits around the waist and butt to accentuate your curves.
  4. A pair of metallic shoes is the perfect accessory for an evening red-carpet look.
  5. Highlight your look with a cocktail ring and a chunky bracelet.

“I watch fashion shows with envy, thinking I would never be able to look like that. Thank you for showing me that a glam look won’t make my pocket go bust!”

Dress, Besos, Rs 3,850; Shoes, Butter, Rs 900; Ring, Rs 100, Neckpiece worn as bracelet, Rs100, Earrings, Rs 50, all Street vendors
Total: Rs 5,000