Daytime Desi-Look!

Hello ladies! How often does it happen that you have a cousin’s or a friend’s wedding coming up… you’ve planned all your outfits for the sangeet, mehendi, cocktails, reception, the wedding…well in advance… but coming closer to the occasion, you realize that you’ve forgotten the smaller (but extremely important) little functions that happen in the daytime?! The haldi… tel-baan, bhaat, tilak and several other functions that are a part and parcel of the grand Indian weddings… pretty much forgotten while planning your wedding outfits!

Well it sure has happened to me! On not just one, but several occasions… and I then find myself, almost at the last minute, wondering, what now!?!

That’s when I’ve realized, FabIndia makes for my biggest savior! Daytime functions usually call for outfits that are festive and ethnic, but understated and classic as opposed to night-time functions, where the bling kinda bedazzles you!

So when I walked into FabIndia a couple of weeks ago, I totally fell in love with their latest collection of lovely hand-woven silk dupattas and sarees! I bought this lovely olive green silk dupatta with gorgeous pink and black weaves  and a lovely pink matka silk saaree (post in the saree to come soon).

These dupattas, are like excitement-galore, especially for a mix-n-match fanatic like me! The one I picked, I thought was perfect for those day-time functions, not just because of the lovely colours but because the fabric itself has a nice bright and rich sheen to it, which makes any outfit that it’s paired with, look rather festive and elegant (minus the bling).

I wanted to go for an ‘all black with a dash of colour’ kinda look here… (black, after all, is one of my most favorite colours!)…So I’ve paired it with a black silk Kurta, which also, I bought at FabIndia… and this black, wrinkled, georgette maxi-flare skirt which I bought from Fashionista – the fashion store (in Navi Mumbai).

Black is one of those colours that is always glamorous and classy, and looks great on most people. It complements every other colour perfectly and so there’s no question of ever going wrong with it! (Though, one could also pair this kinda colourful dupatta with a beige or a white silk outfit. That would look lovely too.)

To add some slight bit of bling to the look (it is a festive look, after all) I’m wearing these lovely, funky earrings from DramaQueen from their ‘be the meth’ collection. These kinda large gold plated, stone danglers I believe are a must in everyone’s closet… and what’s wonderful about this particular pair is that I can wear them with not just ethnic, but with my western party-wear as well! Oh and the rings I’m wearing are from DramaQueen’s silver jewelry collection.

I love wearing multiple rings and statement rings…! A good pair of earrings and a good statement ring simply negate the need for you to wear any other ornaments… in fact, anything else would only make it too loud and rob you of that understated elegance that a day-time desi-look demands!

So go on and get your gorgeous silk dupatta, and get mixing n matching for that super-elegant daytime desi look!

Photos by Archana Chaudhari

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Earrings and rings from Drama Queen

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Oh that blingy little colourful bag I spotted at a random store in Kamla Nagar, on one of my trips to Delhi 😀

The colours just happen to be a perfect match here!

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Sonal Agrawal

Sonal is a Post Graduate in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence (Italy) and has over 9 years of experience as a Brand Strategist working in the advertising industry. She has also been a Consumer Insights Miner specializing in fashion and luxury brands.

She’s a fashion enthusiast who believes in trying out and pursuing everything that catches her fancy… be it different styles or even different career choices! She went from being a brand strategist to research; to being a jewelry designer; to acting; to writing. Loves to explore new cultures, travel, dance, eat, read and to grow younger with every passing year!

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Sonal is a Post Graduate in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence (Italy) and has over 9 years of experience as a Brand Strategist working in the advertising industry.



She has also been a Consumer Insights Miner specializing in fashion and luxury brands.