BOLD, CONFIDENT and beautiful
Eclectic styling is not meant for everyone! This is only for those who prefer unconventional fashion over the mundane, and a progressive lifestyle over the regular. Since fashion is a great way to reveal the uniqueness of a personality; an eclectic woman usually tends to show everyone around her that she is bold and confident, with countless colourful stories to share.
Our Miss Eclectic is a fine example; with a lifestyle that is anything but boring, she rules the very pavement she walks on. Whatever she wears, however quirky it may seem — later, looks absolutely perfect on her — at the moment.
And maybe it’s all because of the amazing persona she manifests. Or is there something more?
Miss Eclectic in the office
She finds new ways to wear clothes. Yes! The very same clothes that we all have in our wardrobes. The process is very easy, like mixing bohemian pieces with wardrobe basics. An easy example could be wearing a mid-length white khaki dress, with a pair of blue jeans and turquoise beads. The basic idea is to utilise the creative sense and express it through our individual fashion persona.
A hint of drama is a must
Drama in the wardrobe is mandatory to keep things interesting, but always be aware that too much of anything ruins the cake. Too much drama can lead to a major fashion disaster. One thing you must always remember is that eclectic is not a defined style — it is actually ‘different styles put together as one.’ So if you were thinking of recreating the kimono look from the last Japanese melodrama you had watched, make sure to combine it with a Rajasthani headgear, or a deshi gamcha as a waistband. The saris worn can be dramatic as well, reflecting the psychedelic 70s, with a mix and match of the contemporary styles of the millennium.
Colours — colours and more colours
Miss Eclectic is very particular about this subject. Her reds are mostly paired with greens, purples, and yellows. Hence, the lesson learnt here is that complementary colours look good when paired together, as long as they are not overpowering.
And if you think too many colours make you feel like a rainbow, you can always opt for the ‘one colour’ styling, or a neutral shade, and add complementary colours through accessories.
Yes! We are talking, bags, shoes and earrings…
Styling with old clothes
The best thing about this sort of styling is that it is easy on your wallets. Because now, you can wear your favourite white dress over a pair of flared jeans, or turn your classic boyfriend shirts into a shoulder dress and pair them with cowboy boots and a signature belt. It’s simply fun and artistic.
Dressier pieces like a sari can be paired with a leather jacket, biker boots, or rugged jeans to give the eclectic autumn look. The basic idea is to never be afraid!
Finally, all that can be said is that if you are really serious about transforming your style, learn to invest in bold items like colourful capes, jackets, oversized tops and quirky shoes.
And yes! Pair them all together, unabashedly.
I can already see a ‘Miss Eclectic’ persona on the rise!
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Styling: Sonia Yeasmin Isha
Model: Arpita, Riba
Wardrobe: Doyel Silk
Jewellery: Kolors of Kathmandu
Makeup: Farzana Shakil’s Makeover Salon
Location: InterContinental Dhaka