Desi Wear-A Different Silhouette (Part 1)

We are right in the midst of the Indian Festival Season ! Back home, there is different vibe in the air…it is truly a time when families and friends get together. This is that time of the year when I miss home, miss each member of my family, miss Mumbai. 

From the ‘mithai’ (sweets) to the savoury treats, the diyas to the ‘divas’, the spring cleaning to the shopping, the getting together of family to the social gatherings and card parties ….What is not to love about this time of the year !! 

Mojris- Linking Road-Mumbai (2011), Stole – Fab India (gifted by a family friend) , Bag- Walkeshwar-Mumbai (Gift from sister)

When you live away from home, your friends become your family and every year we endeavor to celebrate festivities together. Whether you live at home or away there must be a question that arises when you receive invites to ‘Desi Wear’ Parties…..that is..

“What do I Wear ?” 

Now you have worn some of your best outfits already during Navratri and Eid and you do not want to repeat an entire outfit again in the same season…No Way !!

You have spent your entire shopping budget and still ‘Nothing to Wear !!’ So you are now a little anxious – you open up that door to your wardrobe and within minutes there a big pile of clothes on the floor and you have the same question still running through your head…..“What do I wear ? Just what do I wear ?”

Bangles-Various, Ring-Equip(2013), Maxi Skirt- Fab India (2013)

The problem may not be as complex as you thought after all….
The Answer is simple – You shop within your closet! 
So what do I mean when I say that….. 

I’d say look back onto that pile of the floor….Do you own a long kurta (tunic)? You do….how about you keep that aside …. 

Now have you worn that tunic with a churidar (fitted Leggings) before or paired it with patiala pants (pleated pants)…. 

You nod your head !! 

But have you thought of trying a Different silhouette?? How about pairing it with a Maxi Skirt !! 
Do I see a smile at the corners of your mouth turning into a big grin of disbelief. You still don’t think that it would look good?
Then I’d let the pictures do the talking.

Dress worn as a kurta- Global Desi (2012), Earrings- Vile Parle East Market in Mumbai (2009)

I bought a deep blue maxi skirt from Fab India which I picked on my travels to Mumbai in 2013. A maxi skirt is a very versatile piece of clothing to own.This skirt has a beautiful parrot green border at the hem. 
I have worn it with a Purple dress from Global Desi (2012)which I have worn here as a kurta(tunic). This was a gift from Mum.
I have created two different looks using the same tunic and maxi skirt combination.


Outfit 1

In this look I am wearing the tunic and skirt with a silk stole. The print on the stole creates a beautiful clash with the print on the kurta, what brings it together is the red coloured print on the stole and the hint of red on the tunic. 


If you notice I have played with different shades of blue and green in the accessories that I have worn as well. Similarly I am wearing oxidized silver and dull gold accessories together.

Different shades of blue, purple, green in the outfit


Breakdown of the makeup:

  • I have created a smoky purple look on the eyes. I have used -Maybelline Big Eyes quad(shade-05). This is to complement the tunic. I have used Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara and a swipe of Savvy – Kohl Eyeliner pencil in brown to open up the eyes.
  • On my face I am wearing -Mac Face and Body Foundation (Shade- C3). This is one of my favourite foundations to use. It is sheer and light and adds that instant glow to your face without looking caked and made up. It has a texture of a BB Cream. I will not recommend it if you require heavy coverage. I have used a swipe of Lakme baked blush in shade- Night sheer on the cheeks. This is another favorite shade which I wear often.
  • I have added some drama to the look by pairing purple smoky eyes with a bright pink lip-colour. I am wearing Fiesta Flush (shade 935) by Maybelline.
The Nautanki Me (Drama Queen)

Outfit 2
For the second outfit I have added a vest by Fusion Beats instead of the stole. This adds another colour and dimension to the look.

Vest- Fusion Beats (2013)

Vest is another versatile piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe. You can wear it with western silhouettes as well as Indian.


Twisted Low ponytail

Breakdown of the hairstyle:

I have kept the hairstyle simple – Side parted my hair and twisted two sections from the left side and pinned it at the back and then tied the rest of the hair in a low side ponytail on the right. I have pinned the front section(on the right) by twisting it into the pony tail.


Tips to shop within your closet:

  • If you have lehenga and choli sets from your wedding trousseau that are lying unused because they are too heavy to wear anywhere else. I would suggest you break them up. Wear the Lehenga with a plain long kurta(tunic) and you have a brand new outfit which can easily be worn to weddings, parties and other events. 
  • You can similarly wear the choli with a plain/printed maxi skirt and you have another outfit for the festive period. 
  • You can use the heavy dupatta over a kurta and pair it with leggings/salwar and you have one more outfit ready.
Styling and concept of shoot by Sharvari P Mehan, Photography by Ankit Mehan

Still cant answer the question ” What do I wear to the Desi Party?” 
Then wait for Desi Wear- Old and New-Part 2 coming soon on the blog. 
I would love to hear back from you. I hope these tricks and tips help you in your outfit planning this season. Do drop me a line or two in the comments below. Have a great week ahead.

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