August 25, 2016

Even warriors deserve a break

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"We are the warriors.
At home and at work.
Day in and day out.
We fight for our survival.
We fight societal pressures,
We fight the patriarchy,
We fight gender stereotypes,
We fight judging stares,
We fight gossiping mouths,
We fight windblown comments,
We fight for our rights.
And in between all these flights,
We need some time for ourselves.
Far from the battlegrounds,
Far from the madding crowd.
To laugh, to play,
To laze, to think,
To live, to be..."

Today's women (or in fact, women of all times) are nothing less than warriors who fight for their survival & their rights every day. They fight gender stererotypes at work. They fight the pressure of juggling multiple roles at home. They fight the society's attempts at curbing their dreams. They fight the notion of being objectified. They fight to bend the rules. They fight to jostle ahead. They fight to fly high.

But, in the middle of all this fighting, they also need to catch their breath. They need some time out. They need to rejuvenate. They need a break.

This story was conceived on one such much-needed relaxed afternoon, when I was taking a breather from all the stress of managing my brand, my blog, my content writing work, home duties and family engagements. This look was inspired by tribal warriors - taking inspiration from their layered outfits, piled up jewellery and face art - and toning it down to an outfit that puts a twist to ethnic fusion wear. The story is all about taking a break in between the fights of life, when we don't even have time to shed our warrior garb, but we need some time to ourselves to renew our energy & passion.

So, all you warriors out there, however grave your fights might be, you must allow yourselves some time to relax and rejuvenate, so that you can keep fighting with renewed vigour and make all your dreams come true!

[Navy tunic: Westside | Printed palazzo: Westside | Red/navy tie-dye leggings: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | All jewellery: thrifted | Kolhapuri sandals: Catwalk]

Photography by: Shreya Nagrecha
Location courtesy: The Chaiwala

Make yourself a cup of tea. Catch up on your reading. Pursue your hobbies. Make some music. Create something new. Take a breather. Take a break.
You deserve it.

August 11, 2016

5 Ways To Wear Maxi Skirts

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A stylish woman's wardrobe is incomplete without a few nice maxi skirts for those days that you feel the Boho spirit surging within. But, sometimes, it gets tricky as you don't want to wear them in the same old ways and you are apprehensive of trying out new combinations.

I, myself, love seeing maxi skirts on others, but the moment I want to buy one for myself, I'm apprehensive of which shape will suit me (specially since I have a bottom-heavy body) & how I can style it....and I end up shying away from these pretty things.

So, as a guide for you all, and a self-confident boost for my dilemma-ridden mind, I thought of compiling all the looks I've pulled off with maxi skirts till date; along with a street style look of a stylish girl who had worn one amazingly well at Lakme Fashion Week last year.

Flaunt a flared patterned maxi skirt with a tucked-in tee & layer with a denim jacket. You can dress up the jacket with quirky brooches & sport some fun earrings (I went for long tassels) for a funky touch to the outfit. Slip on a pair of gladiator sandals & you are all set for a movie date with friends!

Any fashion-conscious girl today has at least one of these maxi t-shirts with high side slits in her closet! But have you ever thought of pairing them with a pleated maxi skirt? This subtle layering gives you a chic look, when accessorized with a classy sling & nude pumps. Cinch up the waist with a narrow belt for some shape, flaunt a messy fishtail braid and go, turn heads at the next Sunday brunch!

Fall is around the corner and this is the perfect time to experiment with various layering options while dressing up. Give a fun twist to conventional outfits by layering up dresses with maxi skirts. I had worn two flared dresses (the black & the grey) of varying lengths over a third layer of a pleated maxi skirt. Go for a nice mix of neutral hues with a pop colour so that it doesn't become OTT. A statement neckpiece, slider sandals or ankle length boots and a classy hairdo will instantly take you to a date night with the boy!

Who would have thought that maxi skirts can make for great fusion wear too? You might not get too many occasions to wear your ethnic lehengas, but you can mix & match the skirt with a crisp white shirt, embroidered jootis & a chunky headgear for a cool fusion look that can grab eyeballs wherever you go!

You can even give your maxi skirt an ethnic twist by pairing it with a long front open jacket in handloom fabrics for a mehendi ceremony at your friend's destination wedding. Pile on some jewellery & add a cool hat if it is outdoors, and you can breeze your way stylishly through the day. 

Now that you know so many new ways of sporting maxi skirts, bring out those old favourites from your wardrobe, or buy some trendy long skirts online to rustle up into stylish outfits! The Indian ethnic brand BIBA has a great new collection of maxi skirts that can be styled into both ethnic, western, as well as fusion outfits, thus making each piece a winner of a buy! From flared to fishtail, the skirts come in various cuts & styles, colors & patterns. Now that you know how to pair them up, go all out and experiment with options to get head-turning ensembles that are as stylish as they are comfortable. Get your hands on some chic long skirts from the BIBA website & style them in different ways to create stunning looks, specially during the coming festive season!

How do you wear your maxi skirts? Let me know in the comments below if you style them in any other fun way!



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