How to Wear

Who says man-repelling fashion isn't fun?

ELLE's Fashion Editor gives fun trends a go. Because who dresses for boys anyway?

  • Give these fun man-repelling trends a go, says Nidhi Jacob. Who dresses for boys anyway?


    Dresses with extra, extra room are exactly what Mondays need. No armpit shaving, no Spanx, no weekend debauchery to be seen. Try them on with pants underneath, and you’ll have an ‘au courant’ — and crazy comfortable — armour ready.

    From left: Cotton smock dress Rs 2,299, H&M. On Nidhi Jacob, silk dress, Rs 15,000, wool jacket, Rs 11,500; both Bungalow 8; leather flatforms, Rs 2,890, Zara, cotton socks, Rs 449, Happy Socks. Cotton shirt dress, Rs 3,490, Mango.

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    Let your feet enjoy that fuzzy feeling all year round. There are so many combinations you can try — sheer socks with Mary Janes, frill-trimmed ones with chunky sandals and a mismatched pair with ’90s slides. New rule of thumb: if they’re good enough to wear at home, they’re good enough to parade outside.

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    Culottes are prepping to be named the pant of our generation — not quite shorts, not quite trousers, somewhat of a skirt. Too bad their lack of definition (or rather, their generous girth) befuddles men; calves are overrated.

    From left: Satin culottes, Rs 3,690, Asos.comTaffeta culottes, Rs 5,485, Denim culottes, Rs 3,690,

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    You love your gold lamé skirt, your grandma’s hand-knitted sweater, friendship bracelets, Wes Anderson movies, alley cats, barrettes, green apple shampoo and the motto ‘More is more’. And you’re not afraid to wear them all at once. You do you.

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    If you’re looking for a challenge, try statement sunnies (let’s leave silver pants for another time) — rhinestone-embellished, sloganeering or literally butterfly-shaped. A walk down the road with an emotive pair is guaranteed to get you stares, some admiring and some of those ‘what was she thinking’ kind. But, hey, they’re the funnest way to keep the sun off your eyes.

    From top left: Plastic sunglasses, Rs 2,200, Blurstore.comEmbellished plastic sunglasses, Rs 5,215, Rad + Refined at Nastygal.comAcrylic sunglasses, Rs 2,165, House of Holland.