Saturday, 21 June 2014

By: Tejassvittaa Sahu

                       THE CLASS OF PANACHE


We have regular classes like mechanics and electronics. We slog over them, curse them during our exams and wished them away like this intense summer heat! But girls and boys here’s something that team Pentastic has thought of and tonight marks its first day of execution. To break away from the routine and monotony of our lackluster life, we have decided to throw in splashes of glitz, glamour and entertainment! Every fortnight we seek to bring to you global fashion trends, style tips and tricks, fitness, beautycare, health and CELEBRITIES.

Your one stop destination for a veritable understanding on this Fitness and Fashion obsessed era. Caught up in this snowball, there is hardly anyone who dosen’t want to look good! As your Femina and Harper’s Bazaar rolled into one eye-catching model, we help you enhance your awareness on the importance of developing your persona and outlook and in this process your confidence. Hit all the right notes with the Fashion Police with us. And get prepared. To dazzle and amaze the world with the new YOU.

FASHION. Let me first drive away your common misconceptions on the meaning of this word. It does not mean solely what our celebrities wear or what’s available in the pricey stores. Anywhere and everywhere what is more prevalent is street fashion. The style adopted by the common man. You don’t have to shell out huge bucks in a high-priced boutique everytime there’s a party! A floral dress handpicked from the streets matched with the right accessories( shoes, bag and jewellery) and make-up will make you look no less than a million bucks! J And that’s precisely what I am going to tutor you on. The basics and all the mix and match you can do depending on the occasion and your mood.
On becoming Lancome's first black ambassador, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o commented, "beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.”
This is my mantra and should be every girl’s mantra! Learn to be YOURSELF.

Today I am going to take you through a tour of what girls of all ages love the most. The DRESS. This quintessential piece of clothing is a wardrobe essential for every girl! We can’t even imagine the horror :D Think of it as all-in-one, just zip and go outfits that can easily be gussied up or toned down. No matter where the winds of fashion take us, the Dress will always be a staple! Now for most of you embroiled in the current weather trouble (DEAR GOD PLEASE TAKE NOTICE. WE CAN’T BEAR THIS HEAT ANYMORE) the dress provides a much needed relief. It’s exactly what it looks like. Light, cool, summery, easy breezy and hassle-free!

So with summer and fall upon us, we've been eyeing up our favourite dresses to see us through the seasons. From colourful abstract and floral prints to dramatic colour blocking, pretty pastels to all white, we've got the hottest summer trends sewn up in my top edits.
Whether it's long or short, casual or formal or for home or abroad, click through for some truly dreamy summer dresses.
Here are the various types of dresses commonly worn by most. Let this be the beginning of your fashion education.
Take a look through and pick your personal favourite :D

1.  Maxi Dress:

It was an apt dress for the neo-feminist movement and hippie culture that took over the 1970s.  With focus on themes such as nature, goddesses and folkloric fashion trends for the maxi dress’ designs, women bought dresses made of natural materials and had a feminine print. Particularly, 30s-inspired prints like floral, gingham and paisley plus lace trim and psychedelic patterns were popular. The movie Dr. Zhivago contributed to the dresses rising to popularity. In its resurgence this date, maxi dresses in bright colors, trendy styles and expressive prints are flaunted by celebrities.

When choosing a maxi dress, solid colors are your best bet, as this will give you a long, continuous line from top to bottom. Coming in in second place is a small, consistent pattern – the general rule of thumb is that the size of the print should be no larger than your fist.Aim for a top-of-the-toe-grazing length – whether you opt to wear heels or flats!  You want to maxi-mize the line that the dress is giving you by stretching it out as far as possible!Go with the flow – and by flow, we mean flowy. You want to find a material that is going to drape well – wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you! Choose a soft jersey that will skim your body, move with you, and be super comfortable – it’s a win-win-win! Pay attention to the neckline!  A universally flattering halter style is always a good choice – plus, they tend to have adjustable ties, even better!  V-necklines are another great option as they elongate the body.Flatter your waistline by choosing a maxi dress with a tie that cinches the waist – or throw on a narrow belt if needed!
This flower print dress looks great on Jessica Alba. The star known for her elegance  looks chic and contemporary. Go alba!

Paris Hilto looks simply stunning in this gorgeous drama maxi dress. Showing of her curves perfectky, she's all woman <3

Famous Bollywood sweetheart Dia Mirza looks PERFECT in this beach maxi dress. she knows how to dress to her shape and has teamed it with matching accessories and a neat pulled back hairdo.

Sonam Kapoor looks ever bit the Bollywood Princess with the grecian, pinkish hued maxi. the white laced jacket is gorge but the simple hairdo and makeup is the show-stealer. We are officially in L-O-V-E

Not  many people could get away with wearing an all-white, form-fitting white maxi but teen heartthrob Miley Cyrus looks chic every inch. The leather jacket is the coolest match and the slick hairdo gives her a simple elegance. Not to forget the contrasting neckpiece gets a big thumbs up!
                                                Bollywood heroines go all out with the Maxi!!
                                 There's a reason why Deepika Padukone trumps our best-dressed list <3

The flowy maxi dresses are all the rage these days. Don't hesitate girls. bring out your inner Goddess :)

2.  Midi Dress:

 If you’re wondering how to wear a midi dress, it might be helpful to first of all define what a midi dress actually IS. Technically, a “midi” is a term used to refer to any dress or skirt with a hem which hits a mid-calf – halfway between the knee and ankle

The trend became popular in the mid ’50s where women were outfitted in floral flared skirts and dresses. This demure hemline has been appearing on the runways for a while now and it seems it’s here to stay. However, its shed the dowdy, prim avatar. Thanks to designers like Victoria Beckham andDiane Von Furstenberg.
For many people, footwear is the biggest stumbling block of all when it comes to working out how to wear a midi dress. You’re probably not going to like this, but our advice here is to consider the maxim,“The higher the hem, the lower the heel”. This works in reverse, too, and we’d suggest that when you’re wearing a hem which is longer than knee-length (but shorter than a maxi), it’s a good excuse to break out the heels. Midi dresses, by their very nature, will have a tendency to make you look shorter and stumpier: they cut across the leg at its widest part, and this is the reason so many people find them very unflattering. To combat this, you’re going to need to do what you can to elongate the leg, and that means heels. yay :D

Here's a look at the midi dresses at this year's People's Choice awards! 
Jullian Rose Reed accentuated her gorge hourglassfigure with a flirty fit-n-flare that shows off her curves. The red head-to-toe ensemble with her fiery locks and fair skin.
Always the glam girl, Nina Dobrev was our pick for the best dressed of the night. Her long sleeved midi dress is a bit more serious than others but the sequin details totally makes it ared carpet success.
With a bold-pattern and fun one-shoulder sillhoutte, Lucy hale channeled her inner aria Montgomery at the awards. If you are petite like Lucy, go for a shorter version of this trend as calf-length style can make you look stout.

                            Pirate Kiera Knightley sure knows how to score a perfect 10 on Red Carpet

Pick a form-fitting dress like Deepika. It will accentuate your curves and make you look taller. Always pair with heels.
 Take a leaf from Ms Singh’s style by pairing them with espadrilles.
                                    Selena knows how to flaunt and we literally hoot on her beach look!
                                                             Look all girly with floral midis
                                          Never a hair out of place, our perfect Jennifer Aniston!
We absolutely heart the jacket detailing and the absolutely chic bag <3

Sonam wore this midi length at Cannes and stole hearts!!

It looks like this year, celebs are ditching the mini skirts and long ball gowns for the perfect compromise—a below-the-knee midi length. Way less formal than its floor-length counterparts but easier to pull off
than super short styles, the midi looks great on everyone.
Ultimately, of course, the question of how to wear a midi dress will depend on the type of dress you’re wearing, and the type of dress you should go for will depend on a lot of different factors including your body shape, personal style and where you’re planning to wear it. While we can’t tell you exactly which dress to go for, however, and everyone’s preference will be different here, we would suggest that fitted styles can be more flattering than loose ones. You don’t have to go for a bodycon dress, (although, as with heels, it’s far easier to get away with something skin-tight when you’re wearing a longer hem), but look for tailored shapes and fitted waistlines, if your dress has a full skirt. Large swathes of fabric on a longer-length dress can completely drown the wearer, and end up looking sack-like, and trust us: a sack-dress is even HARDER to wear than a midi dress!
Become a boho-chic with the midi girls and be an eye turner!

Girls this is it for today. But stay tuned for next week when I talk about the stunners Shift dress and the screamer Little Black Dress. Yes the LBD! So don't miss out.

Panache Pick of the Week: 

                          The B&W Striped Maxi

Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian all sporting the look! A perfect LOOK.


  1. It would be better if u can post pics of models from ur college.

    1. Yes of course! Not only models but regular college going girls will be covered when the vacation is over.

  2. Hi
    As the above blog focuses on maxi and midi dresses, this could have been complete with the mini fashion too. Don't you think the mini dresses also fit to some common girls figure?

    1. Every type needs to be covered extensively for people to understand their use. Every week proper coverage will be given to two or three types. I ended the piece saying that next week i will be covering LBD and shifts. No doubt after that definitely minis, jumpsuits, skirts, shoes..In fact the entire fashion world will be categorically covered. So stay tuned :)

    2. Sounds interesting.
      Looking forward to it!

    3. Thank you! Rest assured, you won't be dissapointed :)

  3. It seems like a lot of research has gone into it.....brilliant.......can't wait when our college students too will be covered in this article

    1. Thank you! Yes. Reality is much more exciting than just theory :D

  4. do u think dis dresses can be wore by common bbsr girls.....show smthing which every girls can wear...

    1. Definitely! Why not? Bhubaneswar girls are more fashion-conscious than ever! And yes, i will be showing every type of dress a girl can wear, so do watch out for the future coverage! :)