I have immense admiration for fashion bloggers, instagrammers, vloggers who actually think about their style and plan their looks, and click themselves whenever they’re out, I invariably forget to do so, or feel a tad embarrassed to ask someone to click me. I rely on the kindness of friends for pictures of me in public situations, so thanks Hira Mehta for this pic from yesterday’s Bombaywaali by SheThePeople Summit at Fun Republic Social, Mumbai.
Interestingly I got back to wearing dresses in my forties. I used to wear a lot of them through college and early 20s and then stopped, because heaven knows something someone said about my legs being too skinny for my body stuck in my head. In my forties, I was at I care two hoots about my legs being too skinny for my body I’m wearing dresses because I love how they make me feel and so here I am in one that I picked up on a complete impulse. I was early for a meeting at Infinity 1 in Andheri and strolled into Westside, this dress called out my name in dulcet tones and I was smitten. I love that it is a fake wrap style, and bold stripes and modestly just below the knee. It comes with a lining which is another important factor for me because I’m damned if I can figure out a chemise that is appropriate most times, and end up not wearing something that needs an inner layer.
The clunky shoes are my favourites. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved clogs since my dear maternal aunt who lives in Norway had introduced me to them. They’re cosy, comfy and allow me to walk while giving me much needed inches. Not one person who met me yesterday said “I thought you would be taller,” which seems to otherwise have become standard greeting when people meet me for the first time. So here’s what I wore yesterday, what do you think?
Shoes : Brown Suede Clog from Catwalk
Neckpiece : Rasta shopping from Lokhandwala Market
Hair and teeth: My own.
Look1 – Blue Saree
I love Sarees, have loved them since childhood. They are my comfort garments in many
ways. I picked up this blue Cotton saree from Vana Handlooms popup in Gurgaon a while
ago. The colors and simplicity of this was what attracted and it is great for corporatish formal saree too. I paired the saree with an old peach blouse and a fabric and papier mache neck piece I picked up from @barefootceylon, SriLanka.
Look 2 – LBD
Three Words – Little. Black. Dress. Said to light up most women’s eyes. Red lipstick and the Little Black Dress have been long associated with sensuality and looking what we call as “Sexy”. It is the ultimate in femininity, considered essential for every woman to complete her wardrobe. It’s also easy and simple to dress up. And as always, larger women have had a tough time taking to it…short lengths n all. Could we really wear anything that is called Sexy? Me, I care a damn and embrace the LBD with the love it deserves.
Here I am wearing a bespoke LBD by @sharmisthabr of Kallidora but in India, you can find the little black dress in larger sizes at brands 109F, M&S, Latin Quarters and sometimes AND and Westside. I do own a few. And oh yes the red lipstick is Red supreme by Avon. Red Shoes from @bata.india (yes you heard that right)
Look 3 – Striped Dress
I love stripes and the fun dimension they add to dressing. As a large woman, I have stayed away from stripes for a long time. Before I finally made peace with them and realised if you accessorize well, they do not add bulk contrary to what people normally think. This fun stripped dress is from Bangkok. I think I bought it from one of the shops in Paradise mall. Paired it with the iconic Ruby Woo by @maccosmetics , because there is nothing like red lipstick to cheer one up. Simple silver loops completed the look.
Look 4 – Floral Dress
Is there anything better than dress with pockets?
Yes, floral dress with pockets ♥️♥️♥️ . Dress with pockets have all my heart and if they have
florals in it, nothing can keep me away. Also I love love the maxi dress, they are omfortable and get me going through a working day at ease.
�� @westsidestores �� – Blazing Orange by Chambor.
(Monika Manchanda is a Food Consultant & Writer, Baker and Culinary Trainer)