GO SPORTY IN STYLE
* Add a modern flourish to your wardrobe with clean, structured jackets that can be worn with dresses, slacks and pants. These allow you to experiment and add character to your look.
* A must-have this season is an attire in neoprene which is a high-tech modern fabric. A bright-coloured circular skirt in this fabric can be perfect for day wear.
* Beautifully shaped, embellished dresses that accentuate the figure are a must-have. For instance, as part of my Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, I showcased a thumbprint leather drop waist dress, a black gold ribbed cuff dress and a metallic grey dress.
* Pair off a chic jumpsuit with jewelled collars or opt for one with shimmer on black to create a sophisticated look.
* Go classic this winter with sleek tweed jackets and gingham checks. The versatility of this pattern makes it ideal for this season as you can pair it with just about anything - pants, slacks, jeans, skirts, you name it. My Autumn/Winter collection 2013 presented at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week earlier this year featured a gold tube dress in tie-dye crinkled silk with a tweed jacket and a fitted graphic dress with a jacket. You can't go wrong with this simple, yet classic look.
* The colour that can spice up your wardrobe this season is red. Get something, anything, in this colour - be it shoes, a dress or accessories.
* The play of sheer in your clothes can be really exciting. Whether it is for a wedding or parties, opt for sheer in the sleeves or linings of blouses, cholis and tops. This brings the focus on your toned shoulders and neck.
* Team your Indian ensembles like short anarkalis with a variety of legwear like salwars, short pants, flares, net shararas, patchwork churidars or skinny pants.
* The skirts have made a comeback, especially when it comes to Indian wear. High collared tops and embellished bustiers can be teamed up with voluminous skirts or ghagras.
GET THE SASSY LOOK
* I am a great believer in vintage, so every woman must have a classic shawl, maybe a Cashmere or a Pashmina. If you aren't a shawl person, try a woollen stole or a natty scarf as the perfect accompaniment to your embroidered tunic.
* In India, fur is banned but internationally it is considered de rigueur. Opt for a faux fur coat instead or a wrap or just a hint of it in the collar of your coat. Zara and Mango offer good alternatives at reasonable prices.
* You just have to have boots this winter. Tan is a popular hue this season. Try the knee length ones or the ankle-length flats.
* If you want to bring out the rockstar in you, then buy the biker-inspired leather jackets with zips and rivets. A leather jacket paired with jeans and a white tee makes for a great combination. Burberry offers a classic trench coat which would be a great alternative.
* You can't go wrong with turtlenecks in basic colours like white, black and brown. They look elegant with a pair of wide-legged trousers. The key is to keep the layered look smart, so keep the inner clothing plain and the top sassy.
(As told to Asmita Aggarwal)