To sneak-er or not to sneak-er

Hello nice people of the world,

Hope you had a relaxing weekend. Hope you didn’t party till you threw up. Hope you slept 8 hours, ate healthy and dressed up to the movies. 😉

For those of you who know me, you’d know what a stay-at-home, tea-drinking monkey I am. Hence my old-aunty-like advice. 😉

Anyway, jokes apart, I’m going to talk about a trend that’s stolen the global catwalks, local sidewalks and every other Instagram feed, including mine.

Which reminds me, here‘s a link to my Instagram account. Do follow me for regular style updates, snapshots of well-dressed people from office, and other everyday objects that I choose to elevate through an Instagram filter. 😉

Presenting: The white sneaker

Though I’m in love with this trend, and I have been trying to find the perfect pair in India, what my worry is, what is indeed the longevity of this style? Especially, since the white sneaker has been around for almost 2 years now. Which means, is it soon about to flood the local markets and become passĂ©?

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The white sneaker is a shoe that’s been worn with everything from summer dresses to torn jeans. It’s all-encompassing, versatile glory has captured the imaginations of bloggers, Instagram-addicts and models. Especially Gigi Hadid, who appears to be a huge fan of this trend.

Check her rocking the White Sneaker trend in the pictures below.

Gigi Hadid wears her white sneakers with a shocking purple dress | Chai High is an Indian Fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan
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Gigi Hadid wears her white sneakers with a mini skirt | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
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Gigi Hadid wears her white sneakers with a blazer and slacks | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
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Gigi Hadid wears her white sneakers with a white low-cut mini dress | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
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Gigi Hadid wears her ripped jeans with white sneakers | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
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Now, there are many variations of this trend. And everybody takes it and interprets it in their own unique manner.

While most team it with ripped jeans and cropped pants, the more experimental wear it to sportify flowing dresses.

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How to wear a long midi dress with white sneakers | Chai High is an Indian Fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan
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If you’ve stuck long enough  to make it till down here, chances are, you have the same questions I do.

I mean, yes, the white sneaker trend is incredibly versatile. And, it goes with everything from mini skirts and flowing midis to torn jeans and slacks. But, how long is it here to stay? And, indeed, is it just a lazy girl’s way to get out of dressing up?

Is it just our way to buy into a one-shoe-fits-all, cookie-cutter philosophy, so we don’t have to spend all that time planning our outfits every morning? Wedges or mules? Brogues or loafers? No, girl, go and buy the white sneakers. You don’t need no other shoe.

Smart move, I’d say. Being a tad fashion-obsessed, I still don’t know the genius behind making the Sneaker legit. But, maybe the world was a bit tired of walking-fashion-disasters everyday. So some smart mind just woke up one morning and decided to come up with a wonder shoe, that will be embraced by the “androgynous” and the “girlish” alike.

Hello. White Sneaker.

Should I sneak-er or Should I not?

Given the maddening obsession with this trend and the heightened style status of every even-slightly-interested-in-fashion person, I am incredibly tempted to hop on to the bandwagon like everybody else and buy myself a pair.

But each time, I am about to slip out my credit card and enter the fated digits towards the online purchase, something stops me.

I think, it’s just my huge “early-adopter-wannabe” ego, that says, “Shivani. Since you didn’t adopt this trend in time, now  you shall wait it out, and adopt the next trend.”

Hell yeah. I wore torn denims before it became mainstream-cool.

So, now I don’t wear them no more, inspite of people telling me why I should. Guess, some things just don’t make it past my style-ego. No. Don’t say it. I know I am weird.

So here’s my question to you all. How long do you think this trend will last? Will it make it to the classics? Or will it soon be replaced by a brogue, a black sneaker or a loafer?

Comment below. 🙂



Label of the month – Blankslate

Hello folks,

Today, I have something very interesting for you all. STORY OF TELL- a collection by recently launched label, Blankslate.

Conceptualised by designer Snigdha Seksaria, an alumni of NIFT Kolkata, this collection takes us back into the deep recesses of our mind.

Check it out. 🙂


Outer world versus inner world, conformity versus resistance, society versus the individual.

This collection taps into the grey area between inner reality and outer conformism.

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Blank-Slate-spring-summer-collection-six-BongRongWhat I love about the collection is that the garments are very wearable. In the designer’s own words, “(she) aims to bridge the gap between high fashion and ready-to-wear, offering varied luxury products at affordable price points.”Blank-Slate-spring-summer-collection-three-BongRongYou have your signature white shirt, but with embroidery and detailing that takes it a couple of notches higher into the realm of handmade couture.Blank-Slate-spring-summer-collection-five-BongRongA passionate affair between the classic and the couture, its genius lies in the embodiment of this fantastic dissonance. One that brings to mind the gasps and breaths and racing minds of a stolen quickie in a pub stall. Brought to life on virginal silhouettes. The signature “lip” motif adds to the frenzied moment conjured by the artist.

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“The collection consists of comfortable separates for a fun twist on formal-wear, almost like a pun on the seeming seriousness of occasion wear. The colour palette is monochromatic and earthy with the objective of letting the graphics be the hero. There are occasional pops of colour in the form of the bright red lips as a signature element in the collection.”


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“…there is a lot of interplay between realistic visions and word/textual references combined with geometry-governed line art.”


Blank-Slate-spring-summer-collection-eight-BongRong“Her interest in the arts, combined with her love for detailing helps her create eclectic clothes that reflect a fresh take on women’s fashion in India.”


12794454_840664976078849_8311726511367969064_nBlank-Slate-spring-summer-collection-ten-BongRongThere is something about designers who choose to follow an idea from start to finish. To continue the story from the first flashing of a light bulb right up till the silhouette is perfectly seamed and finished and tagged and steam-ironed, hung up on hangers in vintage stores, ready to perused by art-lovers and fashionistas alike.



Embroidered art, almost a first of its kind on formal, classic silhouettes, brings to mind an edge where contrasting elements meet to create a story that is at once bizarre and beautiful. Of design that is inherently pure at its roots.

Like I always say, discover who you are. And wear it. Because we’re stories. Our pasts, our futures, our minds and our thoughts. And if we translate our mind into our clothes, we’re able to complete a narrative. To truly and honestly present ourselves as we really are. To package and brand ourselves as us and nothing else. The original, beautiful and one-of-a-kind us. And this thought, believe it or not, gives more credit to your mind and its infinite possibility than you’d ever think.

Just like your choice of career expresses who you are, so could your choice of clothing.

So open your minds to the work of artist-designers like Snigdha, who fabricate brilliant artworks from their racing minds, and then apply it to quintessential silhouettes.To create design that’s powerful yet aesthetic.

All in all, Story of Tell by Blankslate is a collection crafted in poetry from start to finish. An unabashed reminder of our minds and what happens in it as we struggle to fight the demons of instinct.

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About the Designer


Snigdha Seksaria forayed into the world of Fashion Design with four years of formal training at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology). She graduated as gold medalist achiever at the top of her batch from NIFT Kolkata in 2013.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design, she set out to fine-tune her skill sets through her work experience with veteran designer Anamika Khanna. Her previous stint with retail giant Arvind Lifestyle Brands gave her an insight into industry technicalities enabling her to grasp the various differences between retail clothing for the masses and exclusive couture designer-wear for individuals.

These experiences left a lasting influence on her aesthetics moulding her design sense to a new direction.

She launched Blankslate in early 2016 to pursue her love for wearable art.

Designing at the nexus of artistic purity and intellectual simplicity, her clothes put forward a compelling, strong and authentic brand narrative ready to be embraced by all.


Thank you and watch this space for more on new designers, thoughtful design, independent dressers and anything else that manages to move this mind of mine.