“I don’t believe in labels.” Bestselling author Preeti Shenoy on her personal style

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“I’m a person who dislikes shopping—especially for clothes! It is extremely hard for me, to find a good fit in India. I think my body type is probably different from Indian women—I don’t know. In the UK, I used to find my fit very easily. Hence, when I find something where I like the fit, I tend to buy it in 2-3 colors. So, I’ve been told that I shop like a man. 🙂 I don’t mind though. I would rather paint or read than waste time shopping!”

I love boots, and I pick mine from various places around the world. When it comes to jeans—I find that Levis fits me well—especially their new revel shaping skinny, and that’s the one I wear. I also like some of the stuff from Global Desi and sometimes Ritu Kumar. But I don’t believe in labels. I have also got stuff from Max which fits so well.

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I love sarees, but am very choosy about the kind I wear.  I am partial to handwoven sarees. When I wear sarees, I like to be completely traditional—and  I will pleat the pallu neatly. I don’t like to drape it without pleats around and ‘carry it on one arm’ which is the trend these days. I also like my traditional black metal or oxidized silver jewelry.”

I never spend time thinking about clothes and planning ‘what to wear’ for any occasion. I open my wardrobe just before my event or the occasion and decide in about 2 minutes. I then spend about ten minutes to get dressed. Make-up is minimal: an eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. That’s it. I think the best fashion accessory is a genuine smile.

Fashion shouldn’t have an age tag. You can be fashionable at any age. For me, fashion is what makes me feel good and confident—not someone else’s definition of ‘right and wrong’ and ‘what’s in and what’s out’.”

Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s highest selling authors, also a speaker, illustrator, blogger, observer. Have been featured on all major media including BBC world, Cosmopolitan, and Conde Nast.  Website: Www.preetishenoy.com

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Soma Ghosh shares how she rocked the bald look

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The forties for me, so far, have been like being in the doldrums. In September of 2016, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer, of Mullerian origin (there are evidently only about 400 reported cases in the world so far).

I knew I had a long battle ahead of me. But whoever said that I couldn’t have fun while battling my nemesis?

The one thing I promised myself is that, I wouldn’t wear a wig or ever feel bad about losing my hair. Instead, I took to dressing myself better and accessorising better to feel better. Trust me, it was tough, but when I look back now, I feel I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think I rocked the bald look and how!

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October, 2016. This was after my third dose of chemo. It was Durga Puja, and how could I not be in my festive best and how could I not go and visit Ma Durga? So on Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja, I was in my favourite Sambalpuri Tussar Saree, bidding adieu to Ma Durga. All the while praying that I get to meet her next year, again.

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July, 2017. Nine doses of chemo and a huge surgery later, I was in New Orleans, celebrating my 42nd birthday. I had lost all my inhibitions by now and was happy in all kinds of outfits that I didn’t think I would get into ever again, post teenage!

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February, 2018. My Cancer had returned, but the other thing I never stopped doing was socialising and going out. Seen here in my favourite indigo angrakha kurta and my favourite silver earrings at Sugar Land,  Texas.

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Fast forward to January, 2019. I continue to life to the fullest and push the envelope in my life – fashion-wise and otherwise! There is just one life to live, and so much to see and do, so why not just go do it?

(Reader by day, writer by night. Blogs, stories and translations are what her world is all about. Otherwise addicted to wandering, colours, spaces, places, faces, everyday art. )