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    From your wardrobe to your looks, get an update at The Halt

    MAKEOVERS are not just skin deep. The Halt, a store with unique concept, has a salon, boutique and spa all under the same roof. The goal of the store, which was launched on February 1, is to transform not just your looks but also your sense of fashion and style. Helmed by city-based designer Gayatri Kumar and business man Aboobakar (who has a backgroundA� in hosiery), the storea��s employees havea��design expertise too. They will offer tips on what to wear, make-up techniques, and even accessorising. The 1,600 sq ft store at Porur offers high street fashiona��from Hong Kong-based brands to ethnic labels from Delhi. A graduate of Pearl Academy of Fashion, Kumar wants to bring a�?the latest trends to you at pocket-friendly prices and make you look your best.a��a��
    Say no to denim
    With a focus on fabrics such as cotton, georgette, chiffon and lace, they have an interesting collection of full length skirts. A funky twill skirt, with mini hat motifsa��in colours like purple andA� reda��is our favourite. Interestingly, she is not too
    keen on denim and says, a�?a�?OurA�aim is to stop the use of denim and to look for other fabrics to transform into pants.a��a��
    Clothes from `550 onwards and makeovers between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000 (approx). Details: 9677150505

    Lakshmi Nair

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    Take corporate wear from severe and boring to chic and sassy with these picks

    Besides the smarts, make a mark with a power wardrobe as you climb up the corporate ladder in style. Even celebrities like Jessica Alba and Emma Stone have been favouring formal wear at red-carpet events. We bring you dresses, skirts and blouses by designers like Varun Bahl, Nikhil Thampi and Anita Dongre, along with select accessories that can add an edge. Read on:

    Text: Mrinalini Sundar and Aishwarya Kumar

    varun-bahl-BPale beauty
    This comely piece by Varun Bahl is a head turner. The knee length skirt comes with 3D rose embroidery, using pearls and thread. Pair it with a simple white full-sleeve blouse for a classic look. Rs.55,000. Details: varunbahl.com

    Quaintly does it
    This sleek guipure dress from Mango will make any ordinary office day colourful. The cotton knee-length maroon dress comes with a detachable belt. Pair it with black pumps to make a statement. Rs.6,790. Available at the store, Phoenix Mill, Mumbai. Details: 022 24950128

    Combo couture
    Be the a�?hottiea�� at office with this shirt and pencil skirt by Nikhil Thampi. From his latest collection, featured at the recent Lakme Fashion Week, it comes with a zipper slit. Heading out to a party? Pull up the zip, lengthen the slit, and get ready to hit the dance floor. Rs.16,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

    victoria-beckhamQuirk is in
    Looking for something bright to rock your team meeting? This luxe suede shirt dress from Victoria Beckham should do the trick. Style the rich orange button-down with black pumps for maximum effect. You could also opt for the belt to define your waist. Approximately Rs.1,43,721. Available at netaporter.com

    Beat the blues
    Tote your office necessities in this satchel bag by Viari. In leather, it comes in colours like black, brown, green and pink. Style it with a black dress and you are sure to grab attention. `4,750. Available at the store on Radhakrishnan Salai. Details: 42049399

    Dive deep
    If youa��re a fan of pink, ANDa��s autumn pink crossover top is a good choice. With a deep V neck and shoulder embellishments, it is sexy and smart. Pair it with a black tube top, black tights and pumps to make a dramatic statement at your work place. Rs.1,499. Available at the AND store, Bangalore. Details: 080 25595561

    These pumps from Jimmy Choo are subtle yet bold. Easy to team with both trousers and skirts, they are crafted from anthracite metallic mirror leather and black suede. Rs.49,000. Available at the store in UB City, Bangalore. Details: 080 41738404

    Curve conscious
    This dress screams smart. Elegant and curvy, the mustard number from Emporio Armani gets a thumbs up from us. Underplay with black pumps and you are ready to make that power statement. Rs.48,000. Available at the store in UB City, Bangalore. Details: 080 41468333

    One for the ears
    Stand out in a crowd with this green onyx and 18k gold-plated silver earring. The handcrafted beauty from Amrapali is simple and perfect for corporate events. Rs.1,540. Available at the store in Amethyst. Details: 45991600

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