Indian Fashion: Colourful Blouse With a Cream and Gold Skirt

Happy Saturday my dear readers! The warm weather is propelling us towards those most glorious of social celebrations – summer weddings! Living in the UK, Indian summer weddings when the weather is warm, the countryside resplendent and all the young ones are off school, are always such great fun. Unfortunately, I must admit that I am currently not invited to any summer weddings; however, I do have the necessary wardrobe incase the status quo was to suddenly change!

Today, I am lookbooking an outfit that I would love to wear to an Indian summer wedding.  I have lookbooked this lehenga before in an earlier post (Diwali Celebrations: In A Yellow And Pink Kurta And Cream and Gold Skirt) with a different kurta. This time I have paired my versatile cream and gold lehenga with a colourful embroidered blouse and two different dupattas. What I love about this blouse/koti is that is works equally well as a choli, sari blouse or as a small vest worn on top of a kurta.

I love the idea of ‘mix and match’ Indian fashion that allows us to get the maximum wear out of our Indian clothes.  This outfit is easy to wear, easy to move around in and easy on the eye; all of which would work fabulously well for that Indian summer wedding that I have not been invited to!

I hope you like this outfit and have a fabulous weekend. Thank you for visiting my blog and please tell a friend to visit if you think they would enjoy it as well.

(Clothes and Accessories: Outfit – The Silk Tree (Contact: darshan@thesilktree.in, Instagram: @the_silk_tree)

Diwali Celebrations: In A Yellow And Pink Kurta And Cream and Gold Skirt

It is autumn, there is a chill in the air and it is Diwali time!  Beyond its religious and cultural significance, a festival that encourages you to buy new clothes and eat mitai (Indian sweets) as part of the celebrations is ‘tops in my book’.  On a more serious note, I am sure every generation feels this way but I think at the present time, given the state of the world, the message of the triumph of knowledge over ignorance and good over evil is perhaps more pertinent than ever before!

I  first encountered ‘The Silk Tree’ at an exhibition in Mumbai while I was living there and fell in love with their range of beautiful kurtas.  Back then, I purchased a gorgeous white kurta with pin-tucks and raised flowers which I had featured in an earlier blog post – https://ishasverdict.com/2016/02/05/minor-obsessions-lovely-white-kurtas/ . Recently, when I was in India for my old school reunion I had a single free day in Delhi.  It did not take me long to decide how to spend my day  – I decided to go shopping! I contacted ‘The Silk Tree’ and Darshan Dhupia, the lovely designer behind the brand, informed me that they happened to be having an exhibition on that day and I was welcome to drop by.  Now this was as strong a sign as any that the universe wanted me to go and shop, so off I went very happily to view her latest collection.

This beautiful kurta had me at the colour! I know I have professed my love for the colour yellow before and combined with gorgeous gota work – it literally made me weak in the knees (sticky toffee pudding also has a similar effect). There were so many beautiful kurta’s on display but I kept coming back to this one and could not decide whether to pair it with trousers or this cream and gold paneled skirt.  As it was approaching Diwali time  – it seemed only right that I should buy some clothes and so I decided to purchase this outfit and a few more items (which I will lookbook in the near future).  I could not decide if if the outfit needed a dupatta, but Darshan suggested that this pink one would add a pop of colour and then kindly gifted the dupatta to me.

I must say that I have a bias for traditional Indian handiwork and I loved the striking colours,  intricate designs and the beautiful handloom fabrics that the ‘The Silk Tree’ has brought together this season. Each piece had a distinct look but the brand has captured the ‘mix and match’ idea exceptionally well , giving customers the versatility of allowing many pieces in their collection to be paired with each other with great ease.  They are happy to make their pieces in different colours and sizes depending on the customers needs.

Diwali is a great time for maximizing my ethnic look, so I have paired my outfit with big Indian earrings, a beautiful bracelet and an ethnic fabric clutch. I hope you have enjoyed this Diwali ‘lookbook’ and made some lovely Diwali purchases as well. You can follow my blog by hitting the ‘follow’ button on the page and follow me on Instagram by clicking on the Instagram icon in the main side bar.  Thank you for visiting and have a great Diwali week!

(Clothes and Accessories: Outfit – The Silk Tree (Contact: darshan@thesilktree.in, Instagram: @the_silk_tree), Earrings and Bracelet – Aquamarine)

 

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Minor Obsessions: Lovely White Kurtas

Most people have a “penchant’ for certain types of clothing – I have a minor obsession with beautiful white kurtas.  I think they provide the ultimate canvas for endless outfit options as they can be paired with so many colours, shapes and textures.  I bought this white kurta at an exhibition in Mumbai.  The gorgeous silver neck detailing and the diagonal pattern on the side kali, combined with the raised flowers and pin-tucks, makes this one of the most beautiful white kurtas I have ever laid eyes on.  I wanted to pair it with something bright, so I had some purple palazzos made to wear with it.  The Silk Tree by Darshan Duphia, the company that makes this, had many other beautiful kurtas in various colours as well. Did I mention that I also have a minor obsession with white shirts but that’s a discussion for another post! I would love to hear about your clothing obsessions. Thanks for reading.

(Clothing: Kurta – The Silk Tree)