Breaking Stereotypes

Indian wear – the most beautiful form of style

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Things that I have realized over the years and come to terms with, is – people will judge you, no matter what. Since childhood, I have been judged on how I spoke, my pronunciation, attire, style of walking and my name. Those were the days when I would get affected, cuddle my mother and shed a tear or two. Mothers at times don’t question you, they just ensure you get that assurance and comfort that you are looking for 🙂

Slowly with age and time I have realized that ,this will not change. But, I can change, by not being that docile little girl who would run to her mother for comfort. So I started accepting those flying judgments and moved on to be a confident young girl who has been out of home for close to 10 years now!

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One thing that has always astonished me is how women look down upon other women who choose to dress in traditional Indian attire. It is strange that the beauty of our weaves, style and design is considered to be backward. How can the vibrancy of colours, the texture, the handwork be looked down upon? I have been frowned upon when I chose to wear a beautiful silk salwar suit in an award function. I walked through those stares towards the ones who loved my choice and confidence to break the stereotype.

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Yes, western wear is a stupendous form of style and looks amazing too. But do you know we Indians look our best in our own attire? A sari – benarasi, chanderi, tant, patola, sambalpuri, nauvari and so much more, makes you stand out in a world full of labelled people. Drape one and go to work. Trust me, you will make heads turn.

Another beautiful form is the simple and humble salwar suit. There is just so much that you can do with it. A simple kurla and salwar draped with a gorgeous bandhni or paola dupatta can make you the showstopper.

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I do not demean any form of style, all that I want to uplift is our very own Indian attire. My shoot has me dressed in a lovely raw silk green kurta, paired with printed straight pants from 10, Monochrome. The simple kurta was style with heavy silver neck piece from Flyrobe. A touch of fusion was added by my shoes and bag 🙂

This story is to tell all you lovely people, that break away from stereotypes. Like someone has rightly said “In a world full of Kadarshians be a Diana”

Raw silk Kurta – Designed by myself

Pants- 10, Monochrome http://www.10monochrome.in

Neck piece – Flyrobe http://www.flyrobe.com

Shoes – Charles & Keith

Bag- Van Heusen

 

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