The Indian Sojourn

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I recently put up a picture where I asked you guys for suggestions on what you would like to see on the blog. A request for more traditional outfits and some easy yet chic diy hairo’s were the unanimous answers. And keeping in mind the feedback, I knew there could not be a better time than Diwali to work and out-and-out traditional post but with a twist! Now if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know I am big on mixing up pieces from my wardrobe and when it comes to traditional wear, I am no different. I own very few Indian pieces but from all that I posses, I seldom wear them just as they are.

For this post I wanted to mix the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary and make it as relatable as possible to you all. So I borrowed this beautiful lehenga designed by my friend and instead of teaming it with its matching beautiful choli, I opted for my black crop top from Koovs. I am a major jewellery lover and almost always plan my looks keeping the jewellery as the highlight. And as you can see I did go that route with these looks too with a collaboration with Just Jewellery that houses some of the most stunning jewellery I’ve ever seen. From statement neckpieces to the widest variety of earrings ranging from chaandbaalis to jhumkas and from maangtikkas to payals and finger rings with unconventional designs to haath phoools that had me dreaming of weddings in the family – these guys have it all under one roof! You thus can’t blame me for exploiting the various possibilities of styling this look with such stunning pieces at my disposal (which explains the picture heavy post this time!).

Now as a stylist, I’ve totally worked this kind of look before BUT only on models. And like most others, I too believe that models do have that enviable superpower to ‘get away’ with the most experimental of looks. However despite my apprehensions, it all beautifully translated into a complete look that didn’t look like it didn’t belong. And with one of my best friend’s wedding right around the corner, I plan to recreate a similar look but with a saree!

So if you are still undecided on your outfit for the line of festivities ahead, hopefully this will serve you as some inspiration! Maangtikka, nath, kamarband, earrings, layered neckpieces – the choices of dressing up your regular casuals to make it traditional are ample. Let me know what you think. Also, a very happy Diwali to you all!

Crop Top – Koovs , Skirt – Stolen from best friend’s wardrobe, All jewellery – Just Jewellery

Photography – Anish Nair

Till the next post,

Kavya

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