The Skirt Hack – for the short & plump

I’m NO FASHIONISTA – I’m fat, I have always been so. In my everyday, I make do with some basic hacks or guidelines to make me look slightly slimmer than what I’m in actuality. I thought of sharing them with you. People who know me keep on asking why I end up wearing so many skirts, and what are the basic things that I look at while purchasing one. Here is what I think you should do if you are short n plump (read fat) like me :

1. Discard anything that has a typical ‘ELASTIC WAISTBAND’ : Trust me when I say this, waist bands are not for anyone with belly fat. The reason is simple – waistbands form a noticeable bulge below the region that it is placed,making your belly fat all the more visible.

2. Show off your LEGS : If you are short n stout , show off that leg.. surprised much ? Let me explain – knee length or midi skirts are the ideal. Showing off some part your leg or at least your ankle & feet goes a long way in making you look taller and thinner tooooooo ( trust me on this) . If you chose to go maxi pair it with some heels and make sure it’s not wiping the floor after you. If you chose to go mini, match it with knee or thigh high boots as these will create the illusion of longer and slimmer legs. But whatever skirt you wear, it should be well fitted at the waist. The WAIST is the most important part of your body that gets highlighted in a skirt.

3. Go A-LINE / FIT & FLARED : Well-fitted at the waist and rest should be lose, flowy and flared. The flare aspect of any skirt will help you hide that tummy n thighs and the basic cut will give your body a nice shape. Moreover it will allow you to tuck in your top or blouse giving you that perfect curve around the waist. Please keep in mind that while they have some flare, it’s not too much. And with your fit & flare skirt , make sure that the fit part of it isn’t making your stomach bulge.

4. Make it DARK and/or PATTERNED : Yes, we have all heard it – ‘Dark Colors makes one look Thinner’ and it’s true. Go basic. Most Indians have issues in their tummy region and thighs, so no need to go light-colored their. Also patterns help break the color and gives a slimmer illusion. But make sure it’s not horizontal. Anything horizontal will make you look plump, so however cute that horizontal pattern is, it’s a strict No No.

5. Don’t FLARE it much : While A-Line skirts are excellent for stout people, make sure that there isn’t too much of flare. This will kill the entire purpose of wearing skirts and you will end up looking short n fat. The thumb rule for flare is – less pleat , preferably no inner lining , and most importantly once you wear it – it doesn’t look either like a ghagra(too much flare) or a petticoat(too less flare). Too much flare = Too much volume = Look Fat.

6. Make it to the TOP : Well, once you get that perfect skirt you need to know that perfect top to pair it with. I say a tight or shapely top (preferably tucked in) with a flowy skirt is the best choice. You can also wear a shirt but tucking it in is imperative. With skirts your entire emphasis is on the waist, remember that.

Well, if you are still unsure , just send me a pic of your skirt and yourself and I will try my best to help you.

Hey, have fun with it !!

Chocolate, Cheese, Coffee – 3CFestival at Scarlet, Aauris

Boutique Hotel Aauris, located at 4, Robinson St, has launched a deliciously unique festival called “3C – Chocolate, Cheese and Coffee” at its well-known patisserie, Scarlet. The three staple favourites of all foodies will find expression in an innovative dessert menu that Executive Chef Sujit Mondale has prepared keeping in mind today’s experimental audience ready to try new combinations. 

Talking about his inspiration, Chef Mondal says, “We all love chocolate, cheese and coffee. Think of anything sinfully indulgent and you will to think of chocolate and cheese. I wanted to play with these ingredients and create something refreshing yet great to taste that would make everyone go wow.  The focus of Scarlet at the moment is all about delivering the most elevated valuable patisserie experience to the guests.” 

With ideation, passion and implementation in perfect balance, Chef Mondale blends subtle flavours and richness of the ingredients for a smooth gastronomic experience at the 3C Festival. The desserts are PLAIN WOW .. 

I began my afternoon of indulgence with some Dulce de leche caramel cheesecake ( ₹ 350 ) Cheesecake entwined with caramel & dulce de leche. Popular in Latin American Countries dulce de keche is a confectiom prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that literally translates to “candy [made] of milk” .
I also got to try the Intense trio of choco mousse (#MustTry) (₹ 350 ) The mousse in this cake is as smooth as silk and has a surprise hint of nut. Tease the tastebuds with this rich, multi-textured chocolate dessert. 

I paired my yumilicious cakes with some Thai Iced Coffee (#MustTry) ( ₹ 150 ). An innovative cold coffee with cardamom & almond.

Everyone knows about the Little Black Dress. Now meet the Little Black Dress Chocolate Cake ( ₹ 350) that is as good to look at as it is good to taste. This is one of those reliable cakes – simple yet sexy – that will wow everyone, every time.

You can also find some attractive tarts and cupcakes if you are in the mood for something lighter.

Available from July 20 to August 20, the 3C Festival will come at a pocket pinch of INR 350 plus taxes for one person. But it’s impossible to finish one cake on your own.