Quick tips from a self-confessed fashion snob

1. There is a story behind every outfit

Okay, I don’t mean to put designers out of business… I just aim to put you into one – the business of creating your own fashion. Of styling yourselves for self-expression.  Of dressing according to occasion, weather, mood… In fact, consciously or unconsciously, already, everything from your state of mind to the exciting date you went for the night before influences your choice of outfit at a given moment. Don’t snort! I am not kidding.

I don’t know about you, but my baggiest t-shirt miraculously finds its way through my head onto my shoulders, on days that I am too bored/lazy/irritated to dress up AND more interestingly, on days I am feeling…hold your breath… naughty, excited or even SEXY!

Now, that I have (and embarrassingly so) described my go-to outfit for two extreme situations, I realize, that since I am going to be feeling a lot of the former (if not the latter) situation, I had better stock up on tees that don’t have my college logo emblazoned across it!

Talking about t-shirts, I personally like them a little slouchy, with wide armholes. Forever 21 has some amazing options for basics.

Like this one.

Forever 21 T-shirt

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The best part about this tee? You can pull it on upon everything from withered, fraying denims and little floral skirts to even maxi dresses!!

Here is an interesting way to work the slouchy tee trend.

Forever 21 T-shirt

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So, can you pull this off?

Tip: Look it up online to choose styles that interest you, and head to the store the following weekend to grab it! ALWAYS try before you buy.

The good thing about Forever 21 is that their basics can even be worn with ghagras and sometimes with sarees too!  When you go in, analyse a style based on what it would look like with shorts, sarees, skirts, lehengas and dresses!

For example, a black fitted basic works wonders with a silk saree and an ornamental neckpiece.

anamika-khanna-delhi-couture-week-2012-sonam-kapoor-1

Maybe its time we look to Anamika Khanna for inspiration. Her knack for creating fabulous outfits from seemingly contrasting elements for Sonam Kapoor is something we can all be inspired by.

2. An interesting thing about crop-tops

I know…I know…I have bitched about this style in a previous blog post, but that was primarily because the streets of Bandra and Colaba were exploding with machine-made replicas of the same pattern in alarmingly-large versions of prints that once dominated the runways.

The motifs of sunglasses, owls and elephants. God!

But, (and this is where the story gets a twist), should you choose to walk in one of the many boutiques Bandra has to offer and pick up a fitted version, say a gold sequinned one that may seem too jarring at first glance, pause and think of the old Kanjeevaram in your mom’s closet. Looking better already?

3.  When it comes to Indian-wear, everything doesn’t work anymore

No more shoddily tailored anarkalis or Christmas-tree inspired sarees. It’s time to build a skyscraper-high bonfire OF EVERYTHING that has polyester, nylon or synthetic in it. No faux-chiffons or georgettes, please.

When I say Indian, I mean true Indian. Go back to the loom, go back to the start. Go back to khadis, block-prints, silks, tussars, cottons… Get ‘class’ back into Indian-wear.

Think sustainable, green and natural.

4. And when it comes to western-wear, walk away from the usual

A heady mix of sets and separates are ideal for a well-rounded wardrobe. From boyfriend-tees to statement-setting dresses, from distressed jeans to bright gypsy skirts, from sheer blouses to hand-embroidered jackets; your wardrobe should be a canvas painted on with a myriad different hues and mediums.

Especially, as you have the advantage of being born in a country admired for its colours and crafts. Borrow the colourful skirt from the Banjara tribe in Rajashtan, the gold hoop earrings, the nath and the fitted blouses from the Maharashtrian woman, the anklet from the local woman who giggles on her way to her chores, the gajra from the Tamil (check reference) woman, the big red-bindi from the Bengali mother, and use it to lend interest to your everyday attire.

There is no classification in fashion. It’s about whether you have the balls to pull it off. And, the desire to make a difference. To preserve the heritage of a country so rich in culture, to celebrate the yarns that the village-woman passionately weaves into fabric, to wear what this country so passionately produces, that which has awed outsiders for generations.

To wear that which has lovingly been created.

That’s all. Till my next (and hopefully more visual post)

– S.K

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