From the real world

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If you’ve been reading my blog, chances are you’re wondering why I seem to be obsessed with “craft” and “creativity” in daily dressing.

And honestly, I don’t blame you. Apart from attaching a couple of links to some great labels and designers, I haven’t really shown you any real examples of women who dress well. Who put some thought into what they wear. And yet emerge looking effortless.

While “thoughtful-effortless fashion” may seem a tad oxymoronish, there’s a very strong difference between effort-fashion and thoughtful-fashion. The judge being the end result.

You could be wearing jeans and a tee and it could seem as though you put in a lot of effort and someone else could be dressed in a dress and tons of jewellery and still look effortless.

It all has to do with how you pull off what you’re wearing. If you pull it off, like its your second skin, you will look effortless.

One of my favourites quotes is “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.”

I wrote it on one of those days in 2014 when the amount of effort people were putting in their fashion (and still failing) was getting to me. (yeah, yeah, I get dramatic sometimes.)

Enough of the jargon, let’s see how Naina effortlessly pulls off this beautiful look.

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What I love about her is that she has combined contrasting elements and made it work so well. She’s borrowed a belt from a kurta and matched it to these lovely handcrafted beads and sandals. Her face is scrubbed clean, her hair tied back, and her bubbly personality – all the makeup she needs.

And the result is this well put-together outfit that’s effortless, breezy and oh-so-summery.

Girls, I am going to give you more examples of creativity in daily dressing, soon. Till then, get inspired from this lovely lady.

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Love,

Shivani

 

 

 

 

Colouring outside the lines

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Most Indians seem to suffer from a serious lack of imagination, when it comes to everyday dressing.

Not that I am an expert.

I mean yes, crop tops are everywhere. BUT HELL, go easy on them. I am serious. My Pinterest page was full of them about two years back. And while the world has graduated to other forms of styles, India seems to have discovered crop tops and maxi dresses yesterday.

Why are we the laggards when it comes to fashion? Yeah, yeah, we have better things to concentrate on… Like inventing the Zero and landing on Mars, but a little experimentation wouldn’t hurt. Will it?
Instead of blindly borrowing the styles worn in the West and following them when propagated by our so-called-fashion magazines.
Why?
We only rely on fashion designers and the professionals to do the thinking.
Sarees are widely perceived to be ‘shaadi’ or ‘graduation’ worthy, thrown out of the work-culture with the polyester sheer shirt somehow being handed that advantage.
God I have begun to hate that shirt.
From the slimy streets of Bandra to the shimmering ‘hi-end’ malls, the racks are stacked with the Polyester Georgette Sheer shirt with metal buttons. Sheesh!
I wouldn’t hate it so much, if my colleagues and contemporaries teamed it with an interesting skirt or a hand painted stole. Or wore something that didn’t look so much like a signature copy-paste from a magazine or a TV show. I mean yes, we all need inspiration and we do look at celebrities and movies for interesting styles, but wouldn’t our world be a little more interesting if we just had a little more colour.
If people built their brands around themselves, and their clothes were the packaging?
And everything they wore hence forward would just be building blocks of the narrative on the journey that they, the human being as a brand, would build? I mean, people, GO OUT. Discover India. The world is knocking on our doors for we have the craziest and most awesome of crafts.
Try making a dress from a block printed fabric. Or even a crop top, if you insist.
Add a border… Not a thick one. Choose the narrow gold one, that gets lost in a sea of eye-hurting borders that your tailor chooses to unceremoniously heap onto the edge of that hideous Anarkali.
Wear some beads. Not the inglorious ones you see hanging from Forever 21 or Aldo.
Wait! I am not supposed to dictate these terms. So yeah, if the Forever 21 accessory department is you, go ahead.
Choose your beads. Handpick your stole. Scout the streets for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you can play up or play down. Wear the sheer shirt if you must! Of course it’s not bad. JUST add some story to your outfit.
I mean we’re all born creative right? And it doesn’t hurt to look good.
Why must we all be a product in the mass-produced, heavily industrialised market of today, wearing what the export houses churn out in billions?
When Gandhiji said ‘spin’… he had a point.
When I say so, I have another.
Assert yourself through curating your look.
Assert your independence when it comes to style.
Stop following.
Start leading.