Looking forward to summer!

It’s summer pretty much all year round in my country but we do have the occasional chilly week or so in December and January. Apart from those two months, you’ll see plenty of sunshine in my tropical home – Sri Lanka. So I think it’s pretty apt for me to say that I know what I am talking about when it comes to summer trends and styles because hey, that’s all us Lankans wear all year long!

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I find that prints never really go out of fashion, no matter what season or time of the year. Whether it’s tribal, animal, floral or geometric, prints have a way of staying in trend. Here’s a classic example of a printed dress that can be worn in any season and any time of the day (really!). I love that it is also in very basic colours – black and white. It can be accessorised in pretty much any way you want, with similar coloured pieces of jewellery, handbag and shoes or even spiced up with some colourful bright add-ons.

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If you’re going to be rocking prints, you’ve got to give the print mix a go! Who says you can’t mix prints with prints when it can look so good on you? Take the above image for example and see how amazing the outfit looks on the women. It’s got the right kind of colours for summer and works so well with each other to create a unique look. Once again, you can accessorise anyway you like with a solid toned colour or amp it up with some bright hues for a playful look.

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It’s up to you if you want to wear long or short dresses really. I’m someone who doesn’t wear anything short so the longer options are the ones for me. However, I find that the occasional short print dress can also be worn if paired well and rightly with a pair of leggings or stockings. What I love about the three above images are the pops of colour, fusion of hues and also the not so drastic but still there prints. Nothing too loud and over dramatic. The third image is a classic example of something I would actually wear, and that tan camel coloured handbag is total gorgeous with the dress!

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Gotta say that this is one of my favourite finds! Okay so this might not scream summer or day time casual chic but you can certainly pull it off if you downsize the accessories and put your hair in a ponytail or braid bun. This could totally work for a mid-evening and late night summer kind of look too however and that’s what I love about this dress – it’s versatility.

If you happen to find similar pieces in a store near you, I kindly suggest you pick it off the rack and go pay for it. Prints aren’t going anywhere this year!

Xoxo

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Still into prints :D

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It’s forever summer in Sri Lanka so I’m still in the mood for a ton of prints for the most part of the week whenever I go out. I just love bright colours when I’m in a happy mood (doesn’t everyone?) and I think it really brings out a lot of positive vibes too. What’s featured in this blog post is a top my mum got for me from a trip to India last year. It’s one of my absolute favourites. I believe the fabric is a chiffon and so it’s a bit see-through so I pair this with a black tank underneath. I just love the bold red and the added prints all over it. To be honest, it’s not an easy outfit for me to pair a shawl with because a shawl is a permanent part of my entire outfit. But I try to mix things around and also prints and pair this with similar coloured shawls.

The centre of the top has a different print and that is what is on the sleeves as well. It gives a kind of semi-casual but yet a bit dressy kind of vibe which I really like. I pair this almost always with a grey or dark pair of jeans, nude ballet flats and a printed shawl.

How do you pair your prints? Comment below and let me know 😀

Xoxo

Perine for COCO

Fall is certainly making its way into Colombo. Forget about being a tropical island and embrace the autumn shades of burgundy, plums, navy blues, blacks, khaki and maroons as new clothing collections brings to you Fall inspired selections.

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The event launch

Perine for COCO is no different in that sense but that’s where the similarities begin and end. The line is a creative collaboration between Cotton Collection’s Managing Director Niloufer Anverally and Sri Lanka’s most successful international fashion model, Perine Fernando.

The collection includes edgy basics, from slim flowy skirts to draped stylish blouses. Asymmetrical cuts and draping are design elements one will find throughout this entire collection. “I’m a busy working mum living in New York and for me, I need to be both comfortable as well as fashionable. I like to be able to mix and match the pieces of clothing I have in my wardrobe and this collection is an extension of myself in that sense,” said Perine at the launch. “You are able to wear these pieces as they are with a simple pair of blue jeans or a pencil skirt for a morning out or afternoon lunch and then accentuate the look and glam it up for the evening and night with added chic shoes and jewellery. When I leave the house, I always carry an extra pair of shoes with me so that I can transform my day look into a night look in a jiffy.”

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Look 1
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Look 2

Let’s not forget the fact that the collection is a combination of very basic clothing attire. With twists and drapes, these selections emanate an understated unique and distinct look. “I always look for comfort, quality and a good price point. With the collaboration of Cotton Collection, I have been able to incorporate all of these into the line. The essence of my style can be summed up as effortless sophistication and this is apparent because as said, they can be mixed and matched with other pieces in the collection as well as other staples in your own wardrobe,” she added.

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Highlighting her contribution to the line, Niloufer Anverally said that the collaboration was very fruitful. “COCO is casual, cool and carefree and we were able to bring that element into light even with Perine’s designs. These pieces are casual yet chic and simple yet elegant and beautiful.”

The Perine for COCO collection was launched and is now available at Cotton Collection.

 

About COCO

Renowned for being a youthful and carefree range under the Cotton Collection brand, COCO partners with celebrated fashion designers from Sri Lanka and the fashion capitals of the world to craft fresh and exciting collections. Perine Fernando is based in New York, and through this line she brings her unique style and a wealth of fashion knowledge to Sri Lanka. COCO embodies the essence of Cotton Collection which is a fun loving and casual clothing store which blends vibrant colours with casual design to offer a refreshing and vivacious look for young women. Designed exclusively for Cotton Collection, Perine for COCO is a limited edition line that features an eclectic mix of pieces and embodies effortless sophistication.