Anum Bashir Farid is the fashionable face behind Desert Mannequin, a Qatar-based fashion and art blog, as well as a fashion consultant. She shares with us the fashion rules she lives by and her staple wardrobe item.
Understanding your body is the key to looking good and a trait found amongst all impeccably dressed fashionistas. While people shy away from talking about their bodies, these brave souls explain how they work their bodies to their advantage
How would you describe your body type?
I’m definitely a curvy girl. I have a relatively typical South Asian physique.
Has your body type changed over the last five years?
It has been pretty consistent. I used to be a lot fitter during high school and college when I played tennis and was more physically active, but for the most part I’ve always had curves.
How has your style changed over the years?
It’s become a lot more clean and minimal. I advocate less is more, unless you’re that layering queen who can just about wear anything and get away with it. I do like the whole fall/winter layering trend that we consistently see on some of the most stylish streets in the world, but if I had it my way, jeans, a white t-shirt or button-down mixed with a different blazer everyday would be just swell.
In your opinion what is your most troublesome area?
I’ve never been a huge fan of my hips, but I’ve learned to dress them well.
How do you dress your body according to your body type?
I go for more relaxed and loose-fitted clothing. I just feel most confident and like my true self when I do. It’s why I’m so into culottes lately, and have always worn a boyfriend-this or boyfriend-that article of clothing. Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe — they make everyone look chic.
In your opinion what is the biggest mistake a person can make while dressing here?
They don’t dress for themselves.
What silhouettes suit your body the most?
Classic jeans, button downs, and blazers. I love what designers like Rosie Assoulin, Ellery, or even Tome do for a woman’s figure. I’ve always found them to be quite flattering on myself.
What is the one piece of clothing that you shy away from wearing and why?
Anything bandage. If it clings on me, it isn’t for me — most of the time.
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