A quick guide to what to wear for New Years. (Even if you’re staying in).

Some of us are planning to drink and dance, some are planning house-party hopping and the rest are thinking of staying in and drinking wine under the covers. Well, whatever be your plan, here’s what we suggest you buy, to make your new-years a little more new. 🙂

Hope you enjoy this edit.

A knockout when going out

Nothing like a sheer, short number to dance the year away. Wear with leather ankle boots and gold jewellery.

Tulle and Knit Dress | Zara | Check it out here

A black tulle and knit dress by Zara - perfect for a New Year's Eve spent dancing | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Stay in like a kingpin

If you’re like me, you’d choose a warm, snuggly pair of sweatpants in a hue that’ll match the wine you’ll drink while Netflixing the hell out of 2016.

Sweatpants | H&M | Check it out here

Plum coloured H&M Trackpants for a News Year Eve spent cuddling under a blanket at home | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Beach vibes with your tribe

If you were smart enough to realise that you needed to get the hell out of the cities, this easy-breezy super-chic number is for you. Wear it while staying put on the beach from sundown to sunrise.

Ikat Jumpsuit | Khara Kapas | Shop here

A Khara Kapas Ikat jumpsuit for New Years Eve spent at the beach | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

House party? You got yourself free beer, smarty.

You got yourself a free alcohol pass, which means you should splurge on a nice jumper for the occasion. A slouchy off-shoulder jumper is comfy, stylish and will keep you warm when you’re not dancing yourself sweaty.

Off-shoulder sweater | H&M | Check it out here

H&M off-shoulder pastel jumper | New year's eve fashion | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Sleeping early? Stay cozy.

If you want to stay away from all the hype and for once turn in at the right time  (something you’re hoping to carry forward to 2017), get this darling duvet from Nicobar.

Chevron Twin Duvet | Nicobar | Shop here

Chevron Duvet by Nicobar to stay in on New Years | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, that’s all for now. Have an amazing what-remains-of-2016 and make sure you draft realistic resolutions for the new year.

Love,

Shivani

 

 

The perfect bride

The “perfect” Indian bride. Traditionally, you’d think red, shy, blushing, made-up and overdressed. Giving competition to the night sky on Diwali with her 20 necklaces, 100 bangles and earlobe-splitting earrings.

But the bride I met this warm Spring Sunday was no ordinary bride.

Dressed in petal-hued pastels, with delicate hints of silver, she carried herself effortlessly in a floor length brocade gown. With a light dupatta wrapped around, her hair short, her jewellery simple… a breath of fresh air from the dark, opulent golds and suffocating velvets of shudderingly-cold Delhi weddings.

She was perfect for Spring.

But wait, wasn’t this an engagement?

Yes. But like the bride, this was no ordinary engagement.

Think Sunday afternoons, a race course, beer, jugs of freshly made sangria, the distant thud of horses’ hooves, an occasional glimpse of a rider or two, and equal parts friends and family.

“If I ever get engaged, I want it to be like this”, I found myself thinking.

A far-cry from the engagement-weddings we’re used to attending, the ones with hundreds of people, billions of food counters and zillions of family members giving the youngsters the once-over, this occasion was more party and less “engagement”. More honest, more real, more intimate and well… more meaningful.

The bride and groom along with the people (read matchmaker, best friend and an interestingly casted “evil” bride and “evil” groom – the cynical voices in their heads) had prepared an “honest” skit enacting how they fell in love.

We were all ushered into a hall where we sat down and watched as the bride and gang took us through their romantic love story. And being Indians, and closet-romantics, we laughed and blushed and bashfully wiped a stray tear or two, as the skit lead to emotional speeches and “aww” moments by best friends, parents, close relatives and other loved ones.

Followed by music and dance and everyone swaying and moving to music, the beer and wine and blue-coloured shots having pushed the more shy among us (me! me!) to the dance floor.

And that got me thinking, why don’t more of us go this way? You know… host more meaningful celebrations attended by people who really matter?

I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely inspired.

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Just as we were planning to leave, saying our goodbyes and thank you’s and congrats, I found myself staring at the bride’s beautiful gown. So, I couldn’t help but ask the bride where she’d picked up her gown from.

Turns out, it’s from I am Design, a label by Pratik and Priyanka.

Because I hadn’t heard of them before, I came home, logged on to Facebook and searched. And lo and behold, I discovered more designs by I am Design  that are classy and contemporary.

Check out their work here. There’s a sale on, so those of you who’re getting married or have an occasion to attend, hurry up!

All in all, it was a lovely day. Sunshine, smiles, friends, family, laughter, tears, romance and lovely clothes.

Congratulations Troosh. It was a beautiful engagement and thank you for having us. 🙂

P.S: I took more pictures of well-dressed people at the engagement. Check out Vedant and Dipika on Chai High‘s Everyday Showstoppers album on Facebook.

Until, my next post. 🙂