Add a fusion twist to your handloom garment

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Handloom fabrics are usually associated with traditional wear like saris and kurtas, but you can give it a western look with an artistic approach, say experts.

Designers Amit Sachdeva and Archana Kochhar have listed tips on how to westernise handloom garments:

* Ways to westernise handloom fabrics are by drapes which are contemporary and edgy, making them perfect examples of a fusion look.

* Streamline prints and block printing is also another way to westernise this fabric. Western silhouettes look and fit beautifully with handloom fabrics.

* The silhouettes are also very important. But one has to keep in mind that the real essence of the handloom craft is not overpowered by the silhouette.

* Embellishing the garment also helps at times to give it a western touch. Again, minimalist is very important to be kept in mind here.

* Sometimes clubbing and fusing a handloom separate with a western one also changes the look. A separate can specially be designed to be teamed up with a western coordinate.

* The choice of colour combination used in the entire garment adds a lot to its westernised look. For example, a pastel or a white colour story will obviously look more western compared to a jewel tone.

* It also depends on the way you accessorise the look. The handbag, footwear and jewellery add that punch in completing the western look.

Racing style tips: Don’t overdo the up-do (or the fake tan)

“Invest into timeless accessories” Erika Fox, fashion and lifestyle blogger, @retroflame

Studying the form takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to dressing for the races. Next weekend the stakes are high with the Longines Irish Champions Weekend taking place on September 9th in Leopardstown and 10th at the Curragh with the Longines Prize for Elegance competition and €25,000 worth of luxury prizes. “Champion” stylist Ingrid Hoey offers tips on how to master racing style for interested contestants and the first is not to follow other winners. “It’s about personal and practical elegance and what suits you. So it’s no to outrageous millinery, stilettos and open toed sandals, frilly,broken or matchy umbrellas, fake tan overload and extravagant updoes. And yes to keeping pattern and print simple, to good grooming and manicures and remembering that less is more”, she counsels. “And if a hat frightens you, opt for a pair of statement earrings instead.” Photograph by Alex Hutchinson.DMcQ

Shane Burke outsde his Clontarf shop Stylish Guy
Shane Burke outsde his Clontarf shop Stylish Guy

“Men shop on a mission. Women shop for an adventure”, so says Shane Burke, proprietor of Stylish Guy, a brand new menswear shop on the Clontarf Road, (formerly Pace Boutique) attracting a lot of attention.

Burke always had a grá for fashion and was a former personal shopper, male model and blogger (thestylishguy) who sold everything he had and moved back home in order to open his own shop which he fitted out on a limited budget with the help of family and friends. “I wanted it to be affordable menswear with service and put my own stamp on it,” he says.

Prices start at €5 for socks up to €189 for jackets with bestsellers being striped and plain shirts by Pure for €85. “If men like something, they buy two and sales never work with them,” he says. He certainly knows his customers; for instance, all €49 jumpers are cotton “because they are machine washable unlike wool” and jeans €89 are deliberately chosen to flatter all body shapes. “I buy for the store not for my eye,” he says. Stylish Guy is open seven days a week at 53 Clontarf Road. Visit DMcQ

Superga, an Italian company from Turin that started making tennis shoes and rubber-soled footwear more than a hundred years ago may not be a brand well known in Ireland, though it has a store in Covent Garden in London. Familiar in Italy, it has expanded all over the world and more recently appointed the Olsen sisters in the US as creative directors. Its latest collaborations are with cult boutique Luisa Via Roma in Florence with two sneakers, one canvas, the other in velvet at €140 a pair. Buy on the website. DMcQ

Dress, €50 Monkind, a new brand now being sold at
Dress, €50 Monkind, a new brand now being sold at

Wear it

Simple, modern, sustainable and organic are all the words we want to hear when buying clothes for our kids. Wrap up your little ones in this dress for €50 from Monkind, a new brand now being sold at DMcM

Set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) from Altuzarra
Set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) from Altuzarra
Nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra.
Nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra.

Steal vs splurge

A red trouser suit (or pant suit if you’re a Hillary Clinton fan) is a must for the season ahead. Blaze a trail in this red jacket (€25) and trousers (€16) from Penneys, or set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) and nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra. DMcM

Blaze a trail in this red jacket (€25) from Penneys

Fashion style tips for working women

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The work wear trend for women today is bending a lot towards floral miniatures in bold colours, and interesting capes and jackets too, say experts.

Shweta Sharma, Founder at lifestyle brands and Sneha Mehta, Founder at, have listed work wear trends that could be looked at by the modern woman:

Prints. Incorporating prints into work wear has given an opportunity for the modern working woman to explore several prints and motifs that describe her. Prints can be easily incorporated into any occasion — for a meeting it can be paired with a blazer and for an evening out it can be highlighted by a necklace.

Try Pastels. Neutral and darker tones are not the only options available anymore. Invest in eternal pastels, but also of the bolder ones ranging from deep reds to natural greens.

Monotones. Monotone blazers, solid flared pants, minimal, classic accessories are the way to go. There is nothing more crisp and classic than pairing white and black separates together. This combination can be a go-to look if you are running late and have no time to dress up.

Skirt it Up. Pencil skirts to ankle-length flared ones, paired with the right top and polished accessories, can be your Friday favourite.

Wear Prints. Printed scarves in bright colours can instantly perk up your look. Keeping the entire look minimal and wearing solid colours will help you stand out. It’s a great option for mid-week meetings.

Capes and long jackets are a great investment. Important meetings are to be dealt with looking powerful and the look should command attention. A smart cape is a fashion essential.

How to wear stripes – and other style tips from interior designer for Land Rover Sophie Li

Shanghai-born 29-year-old interior designer for Jaguar Land Rover Sophie Li lets both her multicultural background, and her passion for and knowledge about colour steer her sartorial compass.

Here are her tips for easy-but-interesting dressing.

A wrap dress is an effortless option

”If I want to get dressed quickly, I choose a wrap dress,” Li tells The Telegraph. ”They’re versatile enough to go from work to evening, and also very practical.”

Look for inspiration in unlikely places

”I take style inspiration from works of art by Mark Rothko and David Hockney – they help me work out how different colours go together,” says Li. ”I think many women are scared about breaking rules with colour, but I’d say, don’t limit yourself – you can wear three or more colours in one look.”

she wears it well 

Dress, Sandro; WtR suede pumps £290, Wolf & Badger; jewellery (Sophie’s own)

Invest in pieces that really suit you

”It’s much better to not follow trends but to invest in the pieces you like and that suit you,” the designer continues. ”Joseph and Theory are my favourite brands for workwear. They do modern, simply tailoring and use good-quality material, so you know one piece will last a long time.

Treat stripes as a neutral

”I treat stripes as a neutral and then layer other colours on top,” Li describes. ”That probably explains why I have so many striped pieces, from jumpers to dresses to suits,” she continues. ”Saint James and Etre Cécile both do good striped tops.”

Buy jewellery based on your skin tone

Accessories-wise, I tend to stick to gold jewellery, like this Cartier bracelet that you can’t take off, because it complements my skin tone,” says Li on how she approaches buying jewellery. ”I think it’s important to work out whether you suit silver or gold, and then try to stick to that.”

The importance of good underwear – and other style tips from Romilly Wilde founder Susie Willis

50-year-old founder of natural skincare brand Romilly Wilde mixes the boyish with the bohemian to create her own style. ”I’m rubbish with brand names – I just buy what I like,” admits the Wiltshire-based entrepreneur.

Here are her top sartorial tips…

Experiment with different trouser shapes

”I’m a real tomboy, I love wearing trousers and just being comfortable,” Willis tells The Telegraph. ”I think it’s worth investing in a well-cut pair – the fit is so important, even more so than with a dress. As I’m getting older, skinny jeans just don’t suit me me anymore – I’ve started wearing loser styles lately. My current favourite pair are by Peter Pilotto.”

Good gym gear will motivate you

”In the morning, I usually put on gym gear because it motivates me to go for a run – I’m crazy about Lululemon and Lucas Hugh,” says Willis.

Trainers are very versatile

”I can’t do heels, even with smart pieces. I’m always in sneakers,” she continues. ”I love wide-leg trousers or a beautiful floor-sweeping dress with a pair of trainers – they can be just as feminine as heels.”

she wears it well

Peter Pilotto linen-mix trousers, £375,; leather trainers, £149, Ash; blouse, jewellery and watch, Susie’s own

Seek out sustainable alternatives

”I buy a lot of clothes from Rêve En Vert, which is like a sustainable Net-a-Porter,” she says. ”It stocks beautiful pieces and has an ethical manifesto – hallelujah!”

Be careful what you get rid of

”I love wearing a fabulous white blouse with big sleeves and a high pie-crust collar – like the old Laura Ashley designs,” says Willis. ”I actually got rid of all my old Laura Ashley stuff, and I wish I hadn’t – it’s heartbreaking!”

Invest in good underwear

”My number one style tip is to always wear good underwear – I get mine from Wolford,” she continues. ”If you’re wearing a good bra and knickers, you’ll be comfortable and held in in the right places. Bad underwear can ruin an outfit.”

This body lotion is supposed to help you fall asleep — and people are obsessed

If you’re reading this during or following yet another sleepless night, you’re not alone. The good news is, help could be right around the corner (more specifically, sitting on the shelf at your local Lush store).

“It all started in 2016, when the Sleepy Body Lotion made its big debut as a part of Lush’s always hotly anticipated Christmas collection,” said a rep from the brand. “Fans loved the lotion so much that the we realized we had no other choice but to bring Sleepy back as a part of our permanent collection — and needless to say, Lushies were ecstatic.”

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We did a little digging and it looks like many have swarmed to the brand’s Facebook page to praise the product:

“This is seriously amazing for anxiety and insomnia. Im am elated that it is going to be in regular stock. My tub from Christmas has been skimpily used just to ration it. *Happy dance* :)” – Amber Nichols

“I have chronic psoriasis on the palms of my hands that is painful..I have used SLEEPY sparingly.. every night.. since the Holidays…and it works extraordinarily well on them overnight to make them calm down.. the saturation into the skin is excellent, comforting & it smells nice to boot ;)Very VERY glad to hear it’s being continued.. <3” – Terry Nor

Other have taken to Reddit to show their support:

“I’ve reached out on twitter to lush U.K. And NA, to make them aware that as someone with an incurable and not so common chronic illnesses which result in chronic pain and insomnia because of the pain, sleepy lotion is the one product that can actually help me through the worst of my nights.” – hmarie92

“For someone who has a plethora of lotions to choose from, Sleepy knocked my socks off. What a warm, delicious, well rounded scent! Almost reminds me of oatmeal cookies once on my skin. I typically prefer runnier lotions, and this is THICK, but not greasy.” – amanducktan

So, what’s their secret? The recipe is chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, including lavender, almond oil and oatmeal, all known to help soothe the skin (and, as fans would suggest, soul).

Scroll down for more lavender-infused products that could (finally!) help you catch some shut-eye.


Dots and lines can make garments that suit the wearer

A product is developed according to a planned layout that should result in a functional and aesthetically pleasing outcome. When a designer works on a design for a garment, thought has to be given to make the garment appeal to the target client. It is essential for the designer to keep in mind the psychographics and demographics of the wearer.

So when a motif, design or silhouette is visualised as a component of the final garment, the aim must be to give the wearer a well-composed and suitable appearance by experimenting with various elements and principles of design.

The elements of design are the building blocks of any design. Compiled skilfully, they create effective visual communication.

The elements of design discussed are:

–>         Dot/Point

–>         Various styles of lines



–>         A dot is the basic element of design.

–>         It is the smallest and the simplest unit suggesting its presence.

–>         Dots are the building blocks of everything else in a design.

–>         The size of dots in a design is not related to any kind of illusion of height or length in any garment.

–>         Larger dots create an illusion of increased surface area, making the wearer appear to be wide. So, larger dots are suitable for slim people and inappropriate for those with a heavy body type.

–>         Small dots look best on people with a wide and heavy body structure as the dots have a smaller surface area and create an illusion of slimness. They have the added advantage of looking good even on slim people.


A line is a versatile mode of expression. Its various qualities evoke different feelings and each type has distinguished significance.

Various styles of lines are:

–>         Vertical lines: These relate to the length of the garment and give an illusion of height as the eye of the viewer runs from top to bottom, concealing the width of the wearer. So, vertical lines are suitable for the heavy body type and for those who are short.

–>         Thin vertical lines: These are explicitly suitable for heavy people as well as wearers with an athletic built. They have come to be associated with a strong personality, and so, they are used mostly for formal wear.

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–>         Broad/Thick/Dominating Vertical lines: These are not suitable for a person with a heavy torso as they highlight just what needs to be concealed, but they can be worn by a petite person as they give an illusion of height. The outcome may be a masculine look, so they are more suitable for men’s wear.


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Horizontal lines: Running across the body, horizontal lines widen the look of the wearer as the eye of the beholder is guided across the width of the body rather than the height. Horizontal lines are inappropriate for people with a heavy body type, but suitable for a slim tall person who wants to distract attention from height.

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–>         Diagonal lines/ Zigzag lines: These lines are highly kinetic in appearance and would suggest liveliness and movement. Diagonals and zigzags can be used to create a focal point in an area of a design or a garment to highlight it, while concealing others. These lines are very striking and easily capture the attention of the onlooker. They counter natural curves. Credited with creating a masculine look, they are more suitable for menswear.

–>         More horizontal diagonal lines: These would give a widening effect so they are not suggested for a short or plump person.

–>         More vertical diagonal lines: These would give an illusion of height and slim build, so they are suitable for a squat person. However, these lines should not be used in an area which is to be hidden. A slim person may look more slim in these lines.


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Perpendicular lines: These lines are bold and eye-catching, useful in making a blank, large area in a garment or design more exciting and conspicuous. They counter roundness and conceal flab.

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–>         Dotted or slashed lines: These lines are more attractive than regular, continuous lines. These break the monotony in a design, making a basic outfit more interesting and attractive.


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–>         Curved/Undulating/Spiral/Wavy lines: Graceful and elegant, these lines create a feminine look and emphasise roundness. So, they are not very suitable for the skinny wearer. These lines suggest fullness and are used frequently in sportswear to counter the masculine look of the sportsperson.–>