200 Shopgirl

Winter is coming! Okay, so maybe not really to Bombay but it always gets a bit nippy during December so I’m hopeful. (Cannot wait enough for Christmas, fa la la la la, la la la la!) Shucks, I forgot to add a quilted pattern leather jacket to the list (Diesel or Zara, YUM!). This is an exciting exercise for me, come every season or whenever I usually have one of those fashion-related epiphanies, I like to reevaluate my choices and narrow it to the basics. Or in my case, favourites of the season! For me, that usually also means sticking to the same staples I’ve grown accustomed to because:

a) I like how they look on me. (Black looks best on me, HEH!)

b) I like how I look in them! (That’s an awesome feeling.)

c) I feel comfortable in my favourite clothes. (D-UH!) Sorry, this one’s a bit obvious. But I feel like as we grow older, we are more honest about ourselves and what we like. We would get more defensive about our choices when we were younger. Accepting truths is just better for yourself and everyone else.  Yes, I’m still talking about clothes/accessories, here! #DeceivingMuch

d) I know what to buy more of! (And of what not to buy at all.) For me, that would be anything that’s sleeveless (they don’t flatter my arms at all), or jeggings (don’t look good on me + UGH, UGH, UGH-Why were they invented?-UGH!), I can’t remember what else but you get the drift right? There are a lot of patterns and styles I like but some I just know that I won’t wear and wouldn’t do justice to, so I would rather not buy them anymore than pretend to myself that I do/will at some point. 

e) I feel proud knowing what I like/suits me in opposition to going with what’s trending or is popular. Fashion is really just that, I believe, you have to know to interpret what you like through what you wear. Of course, forecasts help – they either assert a trend you believe in carrying off, or open your eyes to avenues of ideas you didn’t think possible. Like kimono jackets, they can be so stylish but they’re equally comfortable and can look really boho. I know they’re equated to festival fashion but I think there’s so much more to do with them when thinking of them formally as well. They’re so exciting, paired with high-necks and/or a lace inner. 

f) I actually don’t follow particular fashion forecasts of sorts. I do read, am subscribed to most blogs and magazines, but I mostly find my inspiration in people I know/meet on an everyday basis. I find it much to easier to shop then, when I have such opinions and first-hand viewership when it comes to figuring out, “Ooh, where did you get that silk scarf from?” or “Does PAX have kimono jackets?” Depends majorly on what colours or patterns I’m lusting over, during a particular season. For instance, all through summer – it was mint, mint, mint, mint. And now I think I’ve gotten a taste for Bordeaux colours like deep burgundy (nails) and cherry wine (lipstick, uh-huh). FYI, black’s an eternal favourite! Off-topic, cream and white are shades I like but I find them so difficult to wear in a city like Bombay, only because of the commuting. :-(

P.S. What are the essentials that form your check-list for the season?


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes


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