Kate Spade was right when she said that “playing dress-up begins at the age of five and never truly ends”. If there is one thing every girl loves to do, it is to slip into a gorgeous outfit, add on her favourite shoes and walk out looking amazing. However, as much as we love to doll up, most of us get stuck in a style rut. While it is great to develop an individual style quotient and stay true to it, we tend to hid under security blankets and deny ourselves the opportunity to experiment.
We forget that a small change can make a huge difference – to the way we feel about ourselves as well as others’ perception of us. There are no excuses to be made as far as inspiration goes because we are offered new collections in fashion four times a year, hacks and tricks that simplify the most complex of hair and makeup techniques and if that isn’t enough, we have a plethora of celebrity muses to show us the way. So, be it your outfits or your shoes or even your hairstyle, switch out your old look for something new and exciting and liberate yourself from self-imposed shackles.
But if you’re one of those who needs a testimony to be convinced, read on to find out how the stylists at élanstreet experimented with new styles and the changes it has brought about in their lives.
Sneha Talati, Senior Stylist and Content Manager
Life sure does change once you become independent. Sneha was one to embrace it. To celebrate her newfound independence, she decided to go bold. During her visit to Bahrain, she was empowered by the feeling of adventure and decided to chop off her hair. A chin length bob is what she went for. Soon after, she felt liberated and rebellious. She knew this was the look for her and she never looked back. Since then, Sneha has maintained her hair at a short length. You can now see her experimenting with edgier ensembles. Her quiet minimal style gave way to a bolder and glamorous one. Her intent? To break the stereotypes of beauty!
In the image featured here, she wears a grey velvet jumpsuit with a pair of sleek booties. Enhancing the look with stunning silver earrings and a bold lip colour, the multi-faceted fashion professional makes a style statement.
Anamika Chanda, Senior Stylist and Creative Director
Staying true to her edgy personality, Anamika decided to go out and chop off her locks and get a buzz undercut on one side. Although she was initially worried about having short hair, she’s certain now that her new looks suits her very well. While most people find it hard to pull off this look, she manages to style it for work and play effortlessly. The rarity of her look makes her stand out in a crowd. One to typically rock a leather jacket and boots, she decided to experiment and go for a toned-down, casual vibe for this photo shoot. Sporting a casual shirt dress paired with ripped denims, Anamika held onto her edgy side by adding a fedora and statement rings to the ensemble. To enhance the outfit, she chose a berry lip colour and a trendy pair of pointed heels.
Vidya Menon, Fashion and Personal Stylist
Having gotten married at a young age, Vidya felt lost and was in desperate need of a change so she rebelled against the rules of being the ‘perfect Indian bride’ by starting with the very first thing that any Indian bride would be proud of – her hair. A choppy, layered bob cut made her feel like herself again. She regained her confidence and while others disapproved of the decision, she felt carefree and independent. She decided to take it a step further with bright red streaks to compliment the new hairstyle. In these photos, she portrays her rebellious personality by styling her favourite little black dress with a tough leather jacket and pointy-toe boots, topped off with a mauve lip colour and simple diamond ear studs to add a touch of femininity to her attire.
Pratishtha, Fashion and Personal Stylist
A personal crisis inspired Pratishtha to edit her life, starting with her wardrobe. The long haired, dewy eyed style consultant decided to take charge of her life and focus on the one thing that mattered the most: herself. Layered long hair gave way to shorter tresses with a fringe to die for. Channelling ‘London chic’, she decided to step out in a tasteful maxi skirt paired with a crop-top and a gorgeous faux fur coat. She completed this look with her favourite red lipstick and a modish pair of colour blocked stilettos.
So go on, take a cue from the stylists at élanstreet and follow through with that new year resolution of switching up your style this year. Satisfaction is guaranteed!
PHOTOGRAPHY SOUMYADIP CHAKRABARTI | STYLE DIRECTOR ANAMIKA CHANDA | CONCEPT VIDYA MENON