Desi Wear- Old and New (Part 2)

Thank you for the great response to the last fashion post Desi Wear – A Different Silhouette (Part 1). Diwali is just around the corner and preparations are in full swing. Are you still unsure what to wear for the Diwali Pooja at home ??

Saree – Vintage, Bangles- Various , Ring- Equip -2013

I think there is nothing that spells traditional like a Saree does. I must admit I am still not very confident at my saree draping skills but I endeavor to get better. When I was in school my masi (mum’s sister) would always drape the saree for me and my sisters. We awaited Narak Chaturthi which is the day the Diwali Pooja was held, because that meant getting to wear Mum’s saree and jewelry and permission to swipe some lipstick.

Blouse- Self Designed (2009), Nose ring and Necklace -Mumbai 2014 , earrings- Mumbai 2010 bag- Gifted 2009

In the last post I discussed shopping your own closet for finds that you can mix and match. This time I am asking you to Raid Your Mum’s Closet. They are your very own vintage store at home.

Vintage Saree- Mum’s Wedding Saree-31 years old, Bag- Gifted 2009

I am wearing my Mum’s wedding saree here. This is 31 years old, truly Vintage. She had shopped this from a store called Friendship.(Santacruz, Mumbai) This is a Banarasi Silk dual coloured saree and has a gorgeous thick border. 
I have paired it with a brocade blouse that I had self designed in 2009 for my sisters wedding. I absolutely love to mix and match.


I am wearing Jhumkas (earrings), a traditional Maharastrian/ Konkani nosepin called Nath and traditional necklace called Taanmani.

Hairstyle - sock bun on the side
Hairstyle – sock bun on the side

Breakdown of the Hairstyle 

I have side parted my hair. Tied it into a low side ponytail and then rolled up the hair into a sock bun on the side. Twisted the front section of hair and pinned into the bun. I do have layers in my hair as a result I had to use heaps of u-pins to secure my hair into the bun.


Breakdown of the Makeup

  • I am wearing Mac foundation for face and body in shade C3
  • On the eyes I have used a nudish-brown eyeshadow to give a natural look and open up the eyes. I have worn Savvy brown eyepencil (kohl) and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara.
  • On the cheeks I have used my favourite Baked Blush by Lakme in the shade Day sheer. 
  • On the lips I have worn Mac Retro Matte Lipcolour in the shade Ruby Woo. Matte shades can be drying on the lips so ensure you wear a lip balm about 10-15 mins prior to applying the lipcolour. This will ensure you get an even smooth application and the lipcolour will not dry out your lips.
Close up of the hair and makeup

Raid Your Mum’s Closet – Hints and Tips

  • Mum and Aunt’s closets are a treasure for Vintage lovers. 
  • Old sarees if in mint condition can be worn with a modern twist- such as an innovative drapes, corset or noodle strap blouses.
  • You can cut up old silk saree borders and get your local tailor to sew it up on georgette/ chiffon/ silk materials which are easily available in local cloth stores.
  • You can get a salwaar kameez or skirt or a blouse or even a dress stitched up out of old dupattas/ sarees.
  • Mum’s old jewelry can be polished and worn over any of your traditional and western silhouettes. Vintage jewelry is trending this festive season.
The dual colour saree and traditional green and red and gold bangles.
The dual colour saree and traditional green and red and gold bangles.

So are you going to Raid your Mum’s Wardrobe this festive season!! Photography by Ankit Mehan. Styling and Concept of the shoot by Sharvari P Mehan. 
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed creating it for you. Mumbai to Melbourne wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Diwali. 

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