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I Wear: Mondays Like A Boss

….even if this was several Mondays ago.

I Wear:

  • Blue & white block print spaghetti strapped top: FabIndia
  • Red beads with bronze face pendants: Tibetan market, New Delhi

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I Wear: A Watery Diwali

Mermaid Diwali

Fiery persona notwithstanding, my Cancerian side shows up every once in awhile. Red is usually my go to colour but occasionally I like to dip into the aqua palatte. Diwali with all its fire and noise and mayhem, made me want to retreat to the comfort of blue, purple and silver. Here’s what I wore to the Diwali dinner.

I Wear:

  • Blue silk kurta: FabIndia
  • Purple cotton silk chuddidaar: FabIndia
  • Blue and purple silk dupatta: FabIndia
  • Silver clutch: Esbeda
  • Turquoise sandals: Lemon
  • Silver flower accessory: Ornament off an old diya, worn as a pendant

It was a peaceful Diwali.

I Wear: Wedding Belle Or How To Spice Up The Saree

This is a from a wedding in the family. Well actually, the wedding of the best friend’s kid sister, both the girls being as close to me as blood-tied family, anyway. The wedding extended over a weekend and passed in a flurry of sweets, dancing, guests and ceremonies.

I wore my trademark kanjeevaram to the wedding ceremony. (See a previous occasion here). But for the evening’s reception, I decided to spice up the old saree style. After all, the saree is simply a length of cloth and it can be draped in many different ways.

The saree in question, is a cream silk that I’ve co-opted from mum’s collection. It is hand-painted with circular motifs, a border of fading splashes and a palluv with a Radha-Krishna theme. This usually goes with a black silk blouse with a gold border.

Instead, I decided to wear the saree like a lehenga and switched the blouse for a short silk kurti. The kurti is from FabIndia and has a simple red-and-white border to complement the saree. I pleated the saree with about an inch distance between the top of each pleat (instead of lining them all together), to give it a box pleats look.

My plan was to drape the saree in the regular way and just let the palluv fall down my right shoulder, instead of bringing it across the front to drape over my left shoulder. But the gorgeous palluv design would be lost in that drape. Letting the palluv down over the arm only looked dowdy. So I improvised at the last minute and brought the remaining length of the saree, meant for palluv across my front.

The palluv is actually bordered too with the splashey design, making the Radha Krishna design sit within a rectangular frame. I centered the design right in front of the pleats and tucked in at the waist, a bit higher than usual, so the box pleats would show below. The corners, I folded along their painted ends and tucked into the waistband too.


A last minute addition to the look, was a silk dupatta, of the same material and colour scheme as the saree. I wore it over my left shoulder, something that confused a lot of the guests, since they couldn’t figure out what I was wearing, where it began or ended. 🙂

I didn’t want to carry a clutch or a heavy handbag, considering all the running around I’d have to do. So I strung a cloth mini-jhola across my torso. It blended right into my top in the front and nestled comfortably under the dupatta on my right. A peek-a-boo flash would only reveal an intriguing little pocket on the side of the outfit, since it matched the colour scheme too.

What do you think?

I Wear: Lady Red

I spotted a trinket seller on the train selling something interesting, something I realized could be the answer to what I’ve been style-lusting for, over a year over – a fascinator.

This is a big red confection of lace and cloth attached to a slim red headband. Isn’t it beeyootiful?? I still think so.

It’s been getting some pretty odd reactions. I wore it to a post-dinner coffee I had with Annkur the same night. He wouldn’t stop staring at it and talking to it instead of to me so I finally let him take this picture and took it off and put it on the table.

I wore it to work a couple of days later and people are still making jokes about it. In defiance (or call it pride), this picture is now my Twitter DP. I still think it looks gorgeous, no matter how many jokes I have to endure. After all, people said the same thing a decade ago when I started wearing scarves around my neck. Now that the hospitality industry has co-opted the trend, no one would think twice about it (and of course that means I’ve had to give it up!). So, once the world has caught up and everyone is wearing fascinators, remember you saw it here first.

Anyhoo, I had a chance to bring it out the very next week. It was Durga Puja after all and religious or not, I’m not going to let a chance to dress up and celebrate womenpower get away, am I? It was a stifling hot evening though and I knew I’d have to stand for a long time. Usha Uthup was performing and she’s worth enduring a suffocating October evening, mosquitoes and all, for. Here’s what I wore.

I fell in lurve, lurve, lurve with the top the minute I set my eyes on it. If the top were a man, I would marry it. It’s white, it’s cotton, it’s got self-embroidery, it’s FabIndia and it fits me in an age-and-style-appropriate manner – what more could I ask for? Trusty blue denims to go with, of course.

And the bag is a conductor-satchel from Esbeda, which brand I’d really given up on since they went all aunty-bling. This piece though caught my eye and made me walk in. It has a criss-cross pattern across the front, three compartments and is the exact size of an iPad which means it’s big enough for my stuff without being too big. Purrrrrrrfect!

And here’s my Lady Red look! After all, you don’t need to wallow in a colour (or an attitude) to wear it with style. And you don’t need a crown to call yourself a queen; sometimes even a flower will do.

I Wear:

  • Red flower fascinator: Train-seller, Rs.40
  • White embroidered spaghetti strapped top: FabIndia, ~Rs.1000
  • Green suede moccasins: Pavers, ~ Rs.800
  • Brown conductor-bag: Esbeda, Rs.1200
  • Basics – blue jeans, steel watch & girl-on-moon medallion.

* Cross-posted to Divadom.

I Wear: The Blues Welcome Summer

This is something I put together in the middle of February when deliciously cool evenings and woefully warm afternoons were playing peek-a-boo with us. I’d worn a pullover the previous evening and as it turned out, I needed a jacket the next day but this cool little ensemble did signal the start of summer for me.

First, this adorable wraparound skirt from FabIndia. Most other wraparounds I’ve seen look quite sloppy and ill-cut. This one skips the ubiquitous too long straps and goes with buttons instead. Actually on the inside the two flaps fasten, not with ugly hooks or unsightly buttons, but little ties! No chafing of the thighs since they’re cloth, the same material as the skirt in fact.

It is a pretty awesome fit too, with no folds or bunching up. The skirt comes exactly to my knees which makes it neither teenybopper mini nor auntylike midi. It makes me feel classy and comfortable both in one.

My last note of eloquent waxing on the skirt is going to be about a little seen but delightful feature – POCKETS! Yes, this beauty also rids you of the need to carry unwieldy clutches because it has a neat little pocket hidden on either flap.

The top is another comfort/class staple I’ve had in my wardrobe for a few years actually. I haven’t worn it too much because it always felt too staid with jeans. Suddenly it doesn’t seem staid anymore, which I take to mean that I’ve grown into it, chronologically speaking and not sizewise. There is a neat little self-embroidery yoke which isn’t visible in this picture but take a look at the neck detail instead.

The only diva aspect of this look is the jewellery – silver danglers fitted with lapis lazuli stones. In the past few years, I’ve grown an affinity for certain semiprecious stones and this navy blue-flecked-with-gold stone is definitely one of them. Royal colours both of them and they look splendid even with modern styles.

Slip-on heels picked up on a whim and an anklet of glass beads just to dial up the whimsy.

Here’s me saying hi to summer. I Wear:

  • Pale blue cotton blouse:
  • Blue blockprint wraparound skirt: ~Rs.700, FabIndia
  • Lapis lazuli silver danglers: ~Rs.500, silver shop in Galleria, Hiranandani
  • Purple slipons: ~Rs.400, Lifestyle

* Cross posted to Divadom.

I Wear: Summer Shopaholic

So I went shopping with an old girlfriend. Summer is my favorite season after all. A time for friends, for dressing well and for fun. A day out with N is not a new thing but it’s always fun. Except more than a decade later, we’re doing this in a swanky airconditioned mall instead of dusty, crowded Linking Road or Fashion Street.

I’ve noticed my style is changing. Well, that happens, I am a creature of whim. But this is different. My dress sense is starting to mirror what I feel and think, which is that I’m not a girl, freshly out of adolescence any more. I don’t say that in a rueful tone. I am, in every way, a woman and I don’t feel upto dressing otherwise. So no more frilly, fussy peasant tops for me. Cutting back on the tee-shirts too, they feel too much like I got into my baby clothes by mistake. But when I spotted this piece with Native American prints, I knew I had to make an exception.

I know it is simple, even staid. And I am no longer the kind of skinny that horizontal stripes flatter. Yet, I like it. It doesn’t scream for attention, it doesn’t scratch or tug demanding that I’m constantly conscious I’m wearing it. I put it on and forget about it.

And now here’s something I stole from mum – a pretty, pretty shopping bag that I’ve decided doubles up as a super-sized handbag. I don’t know about you but I *HATE* handing over my bag to a bored security guard outside snooty stores. Brief interlude while I crib. Forcing a customer to dump their bags in a dirty cupboard manned by an indifferent guard is for the store’s convenience, not the customers. I’d rather they spend a little more training their personnel and getting better security measures (CCTVs? Baggage tags?) than harassing the customers with this. End of crib-interlude.

Coming back to the bag that I’m able to carry right in – it’s denim blue with rockstar art. It appeals to the tomboy in me, never mind being all grown-up. And I stop the look from being ‘Sandra-from-Bandra’ in its tracks with my icy-blue moccasins to match (SFBs would wear black heels, don’t you think?).

Jewellery and make-up are bad things to wear when you’re going shopping. After all, you may want to try on stuff. Taking off and putting on is a pain and in this summer heat, even the airconditioned comfort of a mall is just barely enough. So my bag is empty except for a Maybelline Fruit Jelly. I’ve decided I’m not going to buy any more junk jewellery so wearing gold (which I will NOT take off at a store) seems a sensible course.

Before I know it, the bag is full! And yet, it doesn’t bulge like a pillow or wear me down at the shoulders. N and I finish up with lunch and gossip. And in the night, I have a fashion show all by myself in front of the mirror. There’ll be plenty of I Wear posts coming up as I take my new summer wardrobe to town! (1, 2, 3)

I Wear:

  • Native American print top: Rs.499, Shoppers Stop
  • Red flared skirt: ~Rs.600, FabIndia
  • Denim handbag/shopping bag: ~Rs.300, Max
  • Icy-blue moccasins: ~800, Enroute

* Cross-posted to Divadom.

I Wear: Taking A Leaf

They say a woman learns to dress from her mother. Actually, mum’s style is very different from mine. She’s a good dresser but unlike me, she tends towards minimalism & sobriety in colour and accessories. Remember this Ideart project on leaves? Mum and I went on a weekend shopping spree this Saturday and here’s what she wore:

Some things to note:

  • The lady is over 40, appearances notwithstanding.
  • She wears minimal jewellery and no make-up.
  • Damn, she looks good!

Mum wears:

  • Orange kurta: FabIndia (painted by me)
  • Light blue jeans: Lifestyle
  • White sneakers: Reebok
  • Denim slingbag: Lifestyle

* Cross posted to Divadom.

Ideart: Leaves

Mum has the kind of glowing golden skin that makes colours like yellow & orange look luminous rather than loud or tacky. Given her more demure style, she doesn’t usually wear a lot of bright colours. But occasionally, something like this slips through – a rich orange kurta by FabIndia with yellow-and-orange brocade sleeves. Typical to FabIndia, the style is subtle and shows in the superior cut as well as tiny details like darts near the collar and at the hem. I think it was a combination of the leaf skeleton pattern and the colour that gave me the idea for this piece.

My past Ideart posts have gone into great detail on technique but I haven’t seen any response to indicate that these interest anybody. If you do want me to elaborate, do leave a comment here or write to me. I’ll be happy to share what I did and how.

All I used was a set of brushes and the colour yellow (with a few highlights of gold). Here’s how it turned out:

And here’s the full garment:

*Cross-posted to Divadom.

I Wear: The Harvest Honour

So I caught up with delightful ‘D’ at Phoenix Mills a few weeks back. It was one of those rare, sunny days in this lousy weather that we’ve been having for the past 3 months. I noticed it also coincided with the harvest season (albeit on the Western calendar). My mood already upbeat at the prospect of seeing D, I decided to pull out one of my summer staples. In the pursuit of all things practical & powerful, I’d left behind the feminine world of dresses but I rediscovered it a year ago.

I bought this neon green tote at Rhysetta, Oberoi Mall on this jaunt with E. I actually wanted to buy an egg-yolk yellow one to match these sandals but E wore me down by calling me ‘a dirty fellow’. So green it was and I’m happy to say I’ve never regretted it. It’s just as eye-catching and fun but also goes well with a more feminine look, such as the one I had on that day.

This chunky geometrical blue wooden bangle from FabIndia, you’ve already seen in my boho artist avatar, in a jumble with a few other green ones. I wore it by itself and my trusty silver ring for an accessory. No surprises with the shoes. For a look such as that, it would have to be my trusty yellow Catwalk pair.

And here’s the dress in all its summer finery!

I Wear:

  • White floral print cotton dress: FabIndia ~Rs.750
  • Neon green tote: Rhysetta ~Rs.1200
  • Yellow loafers: Catwalk ~1200
  • Blue wooden bangle: FabIndia
  • Silver ring: Silver shop, Khoka market, Vileparle West

*Cross-posted to Divadom.


If you liked this post, also see:

This girl in yellow shoes in The Boheme At Kala Ghoda, Brown Girl In The Rain & Streetsmart Colour.
Another dress in Day & Night Dress.
The man-bag that offsets my own in Man About Town.
What D wore that day in Biscuit Babe.

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