Bringing Back Old-World Glamour to Diwali ft. Soch
Diwali is around the corner and I wanted to bring a festive style inspiration for you guys. I love to dress up during this time of the year and bring out the Bollywood in me by lighting diya’s and twirling around the house in my Indian wear, which I believe is one of the prettiest and most under-appreciated ensembles in the world.
Sadly though, Indian wear is not worn enough by us Millennials. I remember when I was younger, my mom used to wear a saree to work everyday. Really pretty sarees that somehow looked contemporary, powerful and feminine all at once – she was a fashion icon herself. She says she started quite young. But me? I don’t even know how to drape one. There was something authentic and glamorous about that generation. A lost art – an ease of carrying traditional Indian wear and making it look contemporary by still keeping it simple. Nowadays, when I see girls wearing sarees, it looks like blown-up, over-tailored costumes that is quite impossible to wear anywhere else but at a wedding. So this time around, I wanted to bring an old-world glamour to the art of wearing saree by keeping in contemporary yet traditional. I have always preferred minimalist aesthetics over loud statements that traditional India-wear is being approximated to by our generation. I have also styled a bright pink anarkali to bring out variation. I almost feel like the saree represents the south Indian in me while the anarkali represents the north Indian.
I went to Soch recently to check out their massive collection and pick out something for Diwali. It was impossible to settle on just one because the collection has too many glorious pieces. I honestly wanted to take everything back home with me. I snapped myself on my Instagram stories in a few of my favourites and asked for your help and the majority of you came through and picked these two for me – two of my favourites actually. It left me surprised to see how well you know me. Love you guys. The saree is made of silk and is plain except for a beautiful border. It can be decked down or decked up to suit any occasion and you will not look out of place. The blouse is a crop top from forever21(shhhh…). The anarkali has paisley gold prints on it and the color is just breathtakingly beautiful.
For makeup, I kept it authentic by using loads of Kohl – because thats what we Indians love – Kohl rimmed eyes with bindhi and gold. The end result was contemporary yet traditional which was what I was aiming for. What do you think?
Saree and Anarkali: Soch. You can find their stores in major malls and locations in Bangalore