I cannot specifically point to the age where I started loving Indian fashion but I reckon it was somewhere in my late teens. I grew up believing that pretty blingy saree were for the Mothers. Or Bollywood actresses. Which is an almost true depiction of the life in the '90s. And then I grew up. I think. :P Along with the seeming maturity in my outlook came a similar maturity in fashion choices. This included developing a love for Indian ethnic wear. Having spent hours pouring over magazines in my teens, Manish Malhotra's bedazzling numbers always made my heart skip a beat. I also grew an insane amount of respect for Tarun Tahiliani's love for sophisticated bling and Sabyasachi Mukherjee's understated, Earthen bling. All bling, nonetheless.
Lately, my Indian ethnic inspirations have included the quirky and bright numbers by Masaba Gupta and now Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul too. The silhouettes, pops of colors and fun mad prints like never before.
After tracking down the history till today of my love for ethnic wear, I should tell you that it is also the most effortless look to don. I decided to skip the regular Anarkali routine for a straight cut, sharply fitted kurti with a pajami. The neon pink with green and blue detailing was an instant hit with a neutral pajami and nude toned dupatta in net with a lighter pink and 'gota-pati' work. This piece of apparel has charmed its way into my ever increasing collection of Indian clothing.
Statutory warning: If you are about my age and you decide to make a public appearance, so to speak in one of these bright, embellished Indian outfits, you are bound to play Pied Piper to all the 'aunties' who will tell you all about how grown up you suddenly are (Duh. We call it the natural process of aging) and how it is time to look for prospective grooms for you (Yes, because wearing Indian is the yardstick to determining whether you should get married, Pfft! ). Don't tell me I didn't warn you!
Stitched to wear Salwar Kameez
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Bangle or 'kadaa': The bangle market (Hyderabad)
Earrings: Borrowed from the Mother
Strappy sandals with an embellished bow: Shoe store in Bangalore
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