Started its innings as a garment retailing chain, Fab India recently forayed into concept store by introducing an engaging retail experience to its customers. Named as FabIndia Experience Centre in many cities throughout the country this “department store like concept” besides offering their signature ethnic wear now houses a FabCafé, an Interior Design Studio, Organic Wellness Center, Alteration Studio and a Kids Zone; all under one roof.
The idea is to indulge their visitors in an immersive and inclusive experience when they visit the store. So now besides shopping you can enjoy nutritious food from FabCafe, buy healing herbs or vitamins from their Wellness Centre, leave kids for some time at their recreational area Tug Bug, get clothes and furnishings altered at their Alteration Centre and even get your dream house designed virtually at FabIndia’s Interior design studio; Isn’t it all cool?
Recently I had the opportunity to visit their Experience Center at Jayanagar in Bangalore to attend an event organized by the store in association with Momspresso. The agenda was to learn a few tips and tricks on ethnic dressing from Neha Chatlani, Fashion You Tuber and an influencer.
As much as the moms attending the event were excited to learn a few tips from her, Neha too conducted the whole session in a very friendly and interactive way, making it easier for the moms to approach her with their queries, especially on confident dressing.
For instance, one of the moms from the audience, an ardent lover of summer dresses, wanted to know the type of dress she should choose to help her hide all the unwanted body bulges. Neha suggested her to wear long flowing dresses with a broad belt wrapped at the waist; such types she said flow smoothly over the body curves and wont cling too tight also.
Another mom wanted to know the trick to achieve a streamlined look when she wears ethnic kurtis over jeans. Neha suggested to refrain from embroidery at the bust line and advised to stick to V-shaped necklines and elbow length sleeves of the kurtis to achieve the desired look.
I asked her to share a tip to select clothes in order to hide the belly fat. She suggested to camouflage it by wearing outfits with pleats, ruffles or a ruche detailing around the waist. She added that a person could also try wearing clothes that accentuates her best body features, like a sleeveless top which will immediately draw the focus on one’s arm or shoulder, thereby diverting the attention from the waistline.
Here are a few more tips and tricks from Neha for moms who want to strike it right with their ethnic wear:
- Type of Fabric to choose – Cotton for summers, wool or linen for winters.
- Colour of the fabric – Pastels for summers, darker shades for winters
- Print: Vertical stripes will make you look tall or slim.
- Fit – Go trendy with loose, flowy garment which can be cinched with a belt. Long straight kurta can make you look slimmer. Try to avoid ill-fitted or baggy outfits as it will make you look heavy.
- The right bottom wear : Some good alternatives to churidars are cigarette pants/palazzos/ethnic skirts/ high wasted pants/denims. One can also wear a long kurta as a dress or pair it with Ghagras.
- What tops to pair with a skirt – Cold shoulder/off shoulder/crop tops/formal shirts, all look good with a skirt.
- Accessories – If the outfit is heavy, keep accessories minimum. If outfit is light, accessorise well. Pairing casual shoes with ethnic wear is a style which is fast catching up.
- Work place wear – Sarees are timeless charm, besides one can also try shirt with high waist pants and the same can also be layered with blazers in winters.