Few tips that will help you find the perfect bra

Lingerie is the most important foundation piece for putting together a great outfit you feel comfortable in and look the best in silhouette. It is important to choose the right bra that not only compliments your body shape but also offers high comfort and best fit.

Julia Mercer, Technical Manager and Bra fit expert at Marks & Spencer and Neha Kant, Founder at Clovia, have listed tips on how to buy the right bra:

The Perfect Fit. Invest time in having a professional bra fit because the size and shape of your breasts impact your choice of bra shape and size for your perfect fit. You know when you have the right bra fit, when it’s so comfortable you hardly know you are wearing one.

Try Before You Buy. Make sure to try on different bras to understand which shape makes you feel most comfortable. Your bra should be a snug fit but never dig into your sides. Also ensure the underwire doesn’t dig into your chest or pinch your skin, if this happens then try a bigger cup size.

Mind that Strap. Your bra straps shouldn’t be too loose or tight and be adjustable to your desired level of elevation.

The Fit Cup. The cups should be smooth and the edges should lay flat against your chest when you have the correct fit, without any bulges over the cup. The best way to ascertain you have the right cup size is to lift your arms and the bra should stay perfectly in place.

The Right Size. The biggest mistake most women make is not wearing the right cup size. Band sizes are measured in even numbers, when you have fastened the under-band you should only be able to pull the bra 4-5 cms away at the back, to get the best support. Cups should fully encase your breast without spillage. As a practice, get yourself measured every six to twelve months as your size can regularly change due to both weight loss and gain. It is imperative to get yourself fitted by a fully trained bra-fit expert at regular intervals to make sure that you have the right size.

Bra, lingerie, Different bra types, bra designs, perfect bra fit, wearing the wrong bra, Indian express, Indian express newsMind the Gap. If your breasts rest too close to each other then you need to find a bra with moulded cups with high centre gore. This will allow your breasts to settle in respective cups and give a fuller look. If your breasts rest wide apart then you need a bra with sturdy side wings and side boning to support breast tissues and move them into the cups. Go for a push up bra.

Coverage. If you have firm and full breasts then a full coverage bra is a good choice. It gives full support to breast tissues. If you have shallow breasts then demi-cup bra with wide straps or a push up bra will suit you the best. It will give that needed push to your breasts and give them a rounded appearance as well.

The Right Style. Women with broad shoulders, should go for a balconette bra with wide set straps for steady hold. To avoid visible bra straps you can opt for a racerback. A feminine petite body frame with narrow shoulders should go for a racerback or a bra with convertible straps. This would give full coverage to the breasts and a steady grip to the straps.

Women entrepreneurs continue to face challenges in India: Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre has made a name for herself in the fashion world, but there was a time when she faced difficulty in getting a store in a mall in Mumbai. The designer says she comes from a “traditional family where the women were always homemakers” and had to overcome her family’s resistance while starting out.

The celebrated designer, who is also a successful entrepreneur courtesy her brand House of Anita Dongre, feels women entrepreneurs continue to face challenges.

“I come from a traditional family where the women… did not have professional careers outside the house. I had to overcome the family’s resistance initially, but once they showed their support, there was no looking back,” Dongre, based in Mumbai, told IANS in an email interview.

“Women entrepreneurs continue to face challenges today and I hope they find a firm support system and follow their gut as I did,” she added. Dongre founded AND Designs India Limited in 1995, and rebranded it House of Anita Dongre (HOAD) in 2015.

She has stitched together three brands under her label with distinct identities. There is AND with its contemporary western-wear for women line; Global Desi which boasts of boho-chic ensembles; and then there is Anita Dongre label which shines with special curated looks in bridal, couture, pret and menswear.

She is a regular at fashion weeks and wedding exhibitions like the fifth edition of Vogue Wedding Show, which concluded here earlier this month.

Her label took global flight when the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, opted for her creation for a day out in India last year. There’s a Bollywood twist to her brand story as well. She has actress Kareena Kapoor Khan as a muse for her brand AND, and got Aditi Rao Hydari for the “Love Notes” campaign of her label too. The designer has also expanded to foreign shores with two stores in New York.

Talking about foraying into New York, she said: “It has always been my dream to see Indian craftsmanship celebrated on a global platform. It was gratifying to see that happen — women from different walks of life and fashion experts would walk in and be startled at the degree of expertise that goes into every garment.”

Women entrepreneurs, Anita Dongre, Women Fashion Designer Anita Dongre, Fashion News, Latest Fashion News, Indian Express, Indian Express News“This is what brings me joy. Future plans remain celebrating craftsmanship in the best way we can.” She works closely with artisans in villages, and she says the “purpose of working with the artisans is to bring these indigenous skills into mainstream fashion”.

“Our efforts have provided year-long employment to several artisans and weavers who are contributing to collections that are relevant in today’s time. Most of them use traditional skills, but we do a design intervention to modernise their output.”

“This is the strength of our partnership; I bring the marketplace and design knowledge, and my craftspeople bring in generations of skill — and we learn from each other.” Dongre lauds the Indian government for attempting to bridge the gap between artisans and designers.

“There is a new wave of sustainability in the industry. Not only does this effort help revive these heritage crafts, they also allow Indian craftsmanship a platform in the world of design,” said the designer, pointing out that the efforts “are reviving rural India by bringing in employment”. Work wise, Dongre is currently spending all her time focusing on her brand and her New York stores.

Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani picked up the prettiest pastel outfits for Mukesh Ambani’s Ganpati soiree

At Mukesh Ambani’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, our favourite stars stepped out looking their festive best. From Deepika Padukone to Jhanvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, we came across some traffic-stopping ‘desi’ fashion inspirations. Joining the bandwagon were Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani. While, the others charmed in vibrant, peppy looks, these two Bollywood celebs decided to keep it cool in soothing hues.

Priyanka Chopra picked a lovely peach and gold embellished anarkali from Abhinav Mishra for the soiree. She paired the suit with a matching peach dupatta and complemented it with a bright pink lip shade, a green bindi and heavy gold chand baalis with green work on it.

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra in Abhinav Mishra. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

We are a fan of her outfit but the styling could have been better, especially her make-up. A nude lip shade would have accentuated her beauty and she could have done away with the green bindi. Having said that, she still managed to pull off the look.

Disha Patani, on the other hand, who was seen with good friend Tiger Shroff stepped out in a baby pink ensemble from Arpita Mehta. The floral blouse with the plunging neckline made for a refreshing change and it worked beautifully with the pink lehenga with gold embellishments on it.

Deepika Padukone in this Sabyasachi gold sari reminds us of yesteryear Bollywood beauties

Whether it’s keeping up with the latest trends or creating new ones, Deepika Padukone is a pro. This Bollywood beauty is a fashion icon for a reason and right now, we are in awe of how she can turn a classic look into something sensational. Recently, the Padmavati actor was seen attending Mukesh Ambani’s Ganpati celebrations along with her co-star and rumoured beau, Ranveer Singh in a gorgeous tissue sari by Sabyasachi.

Padukone wore the gold tone sari with a high-neck black blouse with a key hole back detail, complete with elegant gold work on the sleeves. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani who usually dresses up this beauty accessorised her outfit with a handcrafted gold choker from Japipur Gems, and matching gold earrings and bangles from Tanishq.

Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone looked sensational in this gold tissue sari. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone wore the look well with a classic low bun, dewy make-up and a soft brown lip shade. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Deepika Padukone wore the gorgeous gold tone sari with a high-neck black blouse with a key hole back detail. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

We love how she wore the look well with a classic low bun, dewy make-up and a soft brown lip shade. She reminds us of the yesteryear Bollywood beauties like Sharmila Tagore, Asha Parekh and Waheeda Rehman who have always worn a classic look well, while adding their own variations and creating a trend in the process.

We spotted other Bollywood celebs as well gracing the occasion in beautiful saris. Kiran Rao was seen wearing a pretty mint green sari with silver embossments all over it which she paired with a bright yellow blouse.

Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor create some desi magic at Mukesh Ambani’s Ganesh Chaturthi bash

The entire country has been gripped by Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and our Bollywood stars are no different. On August 25, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani hosted a star-studded affair to cherish the festivities and seen in attendance were celebrity kids, Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor who are preparing for their B-Town debut. The stylish duo who opted for fuss-free looks made heads turn in ethnic wear.

Sara Ali Khan, Jhanvi KapoorJhanvi Kapoor stepped out looking absolutely smashing in a fresh-off-the runway look from her favourite designer, Manish Malhotra. The floral embroidered plunging V-neckline blouse and the matching pastel lehenga are simply gorgeous pieces. Just look at how all these pastel shades blend beautifully with each other.

After Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty is acing her fashion game with these ‘It’ bags

Like we all know, Karan Johar does not settle for anything less than extraordinary and the same applies to his collection of bags. The Bollywood director is a proud owner of gorgeous designer bags and following his suit is Shilpa Shetty! The actor’s style shift has reached a peak with these ‘It’ bags!

Recently, we spotted her at the airport keeping it cool in simple athleisure wear from Cruise by Monisha Jaising but she upped her fashion game with a quirky handbag from Anya Hindmarch and a pair of equally cool shoes with ’a pair of eyes’ emoji details from the same designer.

Shilpa ShettyA statement-worthy bag, especially with patches is suddenly the hottest thing right now with the likes of Karan Johar flaunting it during his travels, so how can we expect Shilpa Shetty to lag behind! The ‘All Over Wink’ handbag inspired by digital graphics  is a sure-shot head-turner, the same is the case with her ‘Eyes Skater Shoes’.

With such cool accessories, we think Shetty did not have to worry about her outfit lacking any glamour. In fact, it worked as a charm! We would like to upgrade our look with cool accessories too!

On another occasion, Shetty added a tangy zest to her otherwise simple outfit with a bright orange Hermes Birkin bag!

Jacqueline Fernandez’s yellow dress is perfect to brighten up a dull, rainy day

After her best friend Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the top style icons we have today. The quintessential bubbly actor who is usually seen smiling, pouting and skipping all over the place is one who loves to experiment with her sartorial choices and clearly, her outfits reflect her bold, contagious, bubbly energy. It won’t be wrong to say that ever since the promotion of her upcoming film A Gentleman, the actor has given us a number of vibrant looks, which are both elegant and fun and it seems like things are only going to get better from here.

Recently, we spotted Fernandez in three very different looks and it bowled us over. The first one which got our attention is the yellow dress featuring batwing sleeves and waist-tie details from Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2017 collection. We think it’s a ray of sunshine and has the power to turn your frown upside down on a rainy day.

Jacqueline FernandezShe styled it with the same black heels from Zara which we have seen her wearing in the past on numerous occasions, muted-makeup and windswept hair.

Her second look was a navy lazer cut flared hem dress from Salvatore Ferragamo again.

We like how she accessorised it with matching blue sandals, statement silver earrings and a voluminous ponytail. She looked good.

With her third look, she brought sexy back in a black, slinky number from Trabea and neon pink heels from Rabea.

You can easily wear Sonam Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz’s travel outfits on a date night

Stars are under a constant pressure to dress up well but there are hardly a few celebs who seem to get it right at most times. Sonam Kapoor is one of them and joining her as a strong contender is Ileana D’Cruz. Both these Bollywood beauties were recently spotted at the airport stepping up their fashion game exponentially while giving some major inspiration to fashion connoisseurs.

Let’s start with Sonam Kapoor. The Neerja actor who was in the US brought a bit of New York City styling with her when she landed in Mumbai. The way she styled the preppy musical keynotes shirt dress from Yves Saint Laurent with an oversized denim jacket is the best thing we have seen in a long time.

Ileana D'Cruz, Sonam KapoorThe pair of white sneakers from Nike and the Louis Vuitton handbag complemented her outfit well. We love that she kept her make-up minimal, wore her hair centre-parted and put on those classic sunglasses. Talk about taking casual style to the next level!

Meanwhile, Ileana D’Cruz was seen trying something which most of us would stay away from for the fear of failing – mixing prints. What she did is definitely not a child’s play and the fact that it came out really well is a bonus. The Baadshaho actor looked effortlessly chic in a chevron print, boat neck dress and a longline summer jacket designed by Swati Vijaivargie.

Shraddha Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Sanon, et al: B-town beauties set the cape trend

If the recent appearances of Bollywood beauties like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor, etc. are to go by, then the one fashion trend that seems like it’s going to stay is the cape. Yes, be it floral, sheer or printed, these actors are warming up to the cape style and beautifully so. While pairing it with crop tops seem to be the favourite among the lot, many of them have opted to layer their short dresses with capes too. And given how a flowy cape can actually help in contouring and make one look slimmer, here is a low down on all the beauties who are giving us fashion goal with cape style.


The Sri Lankan beauty who is awaiting the release of her upcoming film ‘A Gentleman’ with Siddharth Malhotra looked beautiful in an embellished bralette and a rose golden printed cape and palazzos by Arpita Mehta. Styled by Anaita Shroff Adjania and Lakshmi Lehr, she completed her look with a pair of rose danglers from Aquamarine jewellery and rings from Carat crush.

Jewellery tips for brides that don’t want to go the traditional way

Ditch the common yellow metal and opt for jewellery made from flowers or invest in good detachable jewellery for your wedding, suggest experts.

Sonal Sahrawat, creative head at Sonal’s Bijoux & Adawna, and Rajesh Tulsiani, director at Dwarkadas Chandumal Jewellers, have listed jewellery tips for the modern bride.

Minimalism is the new trend in the world of bridal fashion. To balance the minimalistic look, refrain from using heavy Jewellery all at once. Go minimal on neck jewellery with broad chokers or medium-length necklaces and opt for big earrings and maang-tikas to balance the whole look.

Experiment. Do not only stick to the classic yellow metal and diamonds. Experiment with rare and differently coloured gemstones. Choose your jewellery in contrast with your wedding attire, modern brides should avoid accessories that look too matching.

Add antiques. If possible, the modern bride can try to include at least one antique piece in their wedding look from her mother’s jewellery collection. The emotional connect you’ll experience with that one piece of jewellery would be out of this world.

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Twist to traditional. Traditional heavy jewellery has always been a quintessential part of the bridal ensemble. To give a twist and add freshness to their look, modern brides can switch to fragrant flower jewellery for one of the wedding functions. Floral jewellery allows brides to have fun and comes handy. You can also replace your heavy earrings with chic and sassy ear cuffs.

Coloured stone — either precious or semi-precious — adds an edge to diamond jewellery giving it a contemporary look perfect for modern day brides.

Multi-purpose wear. Focus on jewellery which is versatile and more than a one-time wear. Investing heavily in jewellery which will only be worn once is not a wise choice.