Khajuraho: White cotton kurta and cream cotton trousers from Fabindia
Chittoor: Gold silk kurta from Fabindia with cotton turquoise skirt from the market
“My most comfortable look is sporty clothes, track pants, T-shirts and sport shoes. I really wish I could wear them all the time. That makes the running around in Maximum city much better especially with the weather right now. Driving or sudden plan of taking a long walk at Bandstand or Marine Drive in the evenings.”
“A saree is my all-time favourite too which is the most elegant attire according to me. It suits any occasion if accessorised well with bangles and trendy earrings. A beautiful
Kolkata saree with Indian flag tricolour bangles is one of my favourite looks.”
(Smita GLK Parikh is an awarded Author, poetess, radio jockey, video jockey, actress, entrepreneur and Litofest Mumbai festival director)
“This is designed by Jesal Vora. I love her collection because she makes me look thin and stylish. I don’t have to worry about tight fitting, because it’s loose and cozy, and I can dress up in seconds. Shoes gifted by my daughter from Sydney.”
“For a person who is not really interested in fashion or trends, the saree, evergreen and eternal, can become the default garment, especially as formal wear. If the said person is lazy and hates going to her tailor, mismatched blouses are a life saver! I also rarely buy sarees for myself: this beauty here is a gift from my daughter-in-law. I’m not sure of the fabric, but it is very soft and cool, and I was happy wearing it with an ancient Ikat blouse and dangling silver earrings.”
“Handloom sarees are my great love: silks, cottons, even polycots, all have a special appeal. Weaves of different kinds fascinate me, and we have a huge range of weaves across the country. Traditional prints and printing techniques are fabulous too. I end up being given many wonderful sarees. The few that I buy for myself are often impulse purchases, bought when I’m buying a gift for someone! Silver jewellery, beads, pieces with exquisite craftsmanship all speak to me. I truly cherish my antique choker, made from my great-great-grandmother’s bajubund.”
“My mother had a pair of ‘ponchiyaan’, kundan pieces strung on thick golden thread, worn as bracelets. My sister and I got one each, which we converted into necklaces by stringing them on pearls. Most of the blue and green meenakaari has worn off. I don’t really know how old these were. My parents got married in 1943, but I’m not sure if these were made then or earlier. I also love all my ‘junk’ jewellery!!! Come winter though, I am usually found in jeans and pullovers! Comfort is usually my highest priority! ”
Simple, serene and fresh, white colour has the ability to lift the mood on a dull day and render a sense of clean and lightness.
White is the colour that executives choose for a no fuss morning and yet look crisp and well put together.
cites that both men and women prefer blue the most. Men prefer achromatic colours like grey, black and white more than women.
My own tastes in colours have shifted dramatically over the years. At one point I was the black only girl. One day I discovered the sex appeal of red and then the sunny disposition of bright yellows, oranges and fuchsia.
For as long as I remember I felt I could never carry achromatic colours like grey and white. Especially white. White made me look fatter especially when compared to the forgiving black and besides that, Murphy’s law of whites states that bright coloured food like daal, curries and coffee are attracted to white clothes. If you have spilled food or some other brightly coloured stuff that leaves a stubborn stain on clothes, then the clothes have to be white.
Did I ever consider white shoes or white pants ? Never. That was Jeetendra’s or Mithun’s forte. Not something that I could carry off.
The forties saw me experiment with other colours of the spectrum. Mehendi green, sepia browns, dull greys and I carried it with aplomb.
Did I dare a white ? Still no, until I found myself at a clothing store in USA last year.
This white top adorned with red cherries was calling out to me and nothing else could carry it off better than a pristine white ankle length cotton pants on another rack. I got them for a steal. 10 dollars each!
Teamed with my white gold and diamond hoops, silver charms bracelet and white Hush Puppies- oh yes, I bought white shoes in my forties- I felt summery, fresh and heart-happy as I noticed the fuchsia riot of bougainvillea flowers making the perfect backdrop to the cherries on my top!
It’s a scorcher of a summer already, with the mercury hitting 40 degrees Celsius in Mumbai yesterday. The only thing that makes sense now is cotton and open sandals, and here’s what I live in these days. Linen cropped trousers and flowing soft cotton top with a delicious floral print, silver rasta sandals and convenient small bag to carry just what I need. And of course, never without my sunglasses.
(Photograph: Nikita Deshpande)
Oversized tinted aviators, hair that decided to part itself down the middle like it was suddenly channelising its inner Moses, a Ritu Kumar floral cotton kurti in mint green (a gift from my sis in law), Marks and Spencer jeggings, and my ubiquitous Kolhapuri chappals in cream and gold bought from Mahabaleshwar which I’ve been using forever and more. The pop of pink in the border I tried to echo with a pop of a similar shade in the lipstick, Lakme 9 to 5, Pink Ambition, which is looking strangely deeper here. Nice?