Handloom Sarees: What Makes a Great Indian Outfit – Money or Styling?

Hello everyone – I hope you have all had a great weekend full of fun, frolic and fashion.

Fashion discussion of the past week:

A few days ago, my mother and I were having the following conversation. At some level, have we accepted that Indian clothes cost more than western clothes and find ourselves more willing to spend a sum total on an Indian outfit that we would never find ourselves spending on a dress, even a ‘going-out’ dress?  We both agreed that we have often heard the sentiment expressed that good Indian looks cost a fortune! Furthermore, it is ironic that we are willing to spend much more on an Indian outfit that may only get a small fraction of the wear that a western one would get and therefore, works out to be an even more expensive proposition with limited repeat wear options.

I am not quite sure where I stand on this issue.  Yes, I think Indian clothes can be expensive and I have to put my hands up and say that I am not sure how willing I would be to spend the kind of money on a dress (the first time I saw it) that I have spent on an Indian outfit.  On the other hand, we have to take into account that often Indian wear is reserved for special occasions where the presence of abundant family and friends makes us want to look our very best and therefore, we are willing to open our pockets that little bit more. Transport and logistics of getting that outfit to us must add to the cost  – a fact that cannot be ignored.

The one thing that I am sure about is that a good-looking Indian outfit does not have to cost a fortune.  I believe that the ‘styling quotient’ has the same effect on an Indian look that it has on a western look.  The skill of how items are put things together and the desire to experiment and push your personal fashion styling boundaries can produce a great look, regardless of the kind of clothes we are wearing.

As you may have noticed, I am a great lover of mixing and matching clothes that are already in our wardrobes and I have always championed this practice on the blog.  Here, I am wearing a gorgeous yellow (my favourite colour) handloom saree with a ready-made brocade blouse.  I bought this sari for less than Rs 5000 (approximately £54) at Delhi Haat in New Delhi and my friend N in Mumbai (who has fabulous taste) brought me this blouse from a little ready-made blouse in Mumbai that we would both frequent when I lived there. The blouse cost Rs 2000 (£22) and fitted like a glove as I gave my friend my ready-made blouse size (ladies you must always know your ready-made blouse size!). Even though the two items are not exactly colour matched, I loved the way they looked together once I put them on.  I think there is a synergy to the look, where the total looks better than the sum of the individual parts. I love handloom sarees and I am a great fan of the deliberate mismatch here as I think it draws attention to the beautiful individual components of the outfit and demonstrates some styling chops.

I love the necklace and earrings I am wearing from Toraan  – the pale green stones add a rich opulence to the look and pick up on the greens in the blouse perfectly.  Finally, a big bindi – bigger than my normal go-to size but loving the look all the same.

I hope you enjoyed this lookbook and I would love to hear your thoughts on what makes a great Indian outfit. As always, thank you for taking the time to visit Isha’s Verdict.

Jewellery:

Set – Toraan

 

Happy New Year: My Blog Aspirations and Maxi Dressing All Year Long

A very happy 2018 to you! By now we have all enjoyed a few weeks of festivities and both received and disseminated our best wishes for the new year. Now, it is time to march into the new year with renewed inspiration for life, love and hopefully fashion.

Recently, I was having a conversation with someone about what kind of dress I am most likely to wear all year around.  In my case, I came to the conclusion that maxi dresses are the kind of dress that will get the most annual usage in my dress wardrobe. I wore this lovely floor length maxi dress with trainers during my trip to Marrakesh recently and enjoyed it thoroughly. Not only are they uber comfortable and flattering but they also weather friendly and present fabulous styling options. This is my fashion wish for you and I this year; to enjoy wearing fashion that is comfortable, flattering and allows us to experiment with styling options, whilst retaining our unique fashion thumbprint.

What are my aspirations for the blog this year you may ask? There are three initiatives that are dear to my heart that I hope to pursue in the immediate future:

  1.  Home interiors and decor have always been a hobby and a passion. I have recently bought a new abode and I want to document my personal journey of home renovation, styling decisions and end results on the blog.  I am super excited about this real-life home lookbook documentary and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I will enjoy doing it.
  2. After constant demand, I am planning to unveil my ‘personal shopping buddy and stylist’ service – a friendly personal styling service, both in-person and digitally, for those of you that may need some help in fine-tuning your personal style and fashion statement.
  3. I would love to start an interactive styling gallery on the blog where my lovely readers send in pictures of outfits they feel they have styled really well and we can all benefit from their creativity and fashion acumen. We can also tell them what we loved and encourage their fashion streak – positive comments only of course!

I wanted to thank you so very much for all your encouragement and best wishes for the blog last year. I hope you have had a fabulous start to the new year and as always, thank you for reading Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Reserved (unfortunately, I do not see it on their website anymore but they may still have it in store) 

Sunglasses – Bobby Brown