Budget Shopping – All under 5000

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Haven’t we all fashion lovers drooled over the latest runway looks while secretly wishing for a genie to grant us the wish to own all of it? If it was a movie, Richard Gere would have come to the rescue in best case scenario or on not-so-sunny days, one would have gone broke like Rebecca Bloomwood from ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’.

But real life is a tad different. One struggles with the dilemma of avoiding the credit card bill nightmare while consciously pushing away the nagging feeling of being unable to shop that ‘Oh so Diva-esque’ look.

What if we gave you a cheat sheet to shop smart and look glamorous – all under 5000?

Yes, under 5000 only. 

It is actually easy to build a stylish wardrobe without spending a bomb.

First step is to divide the budget into five categories that create a complete look – Top, bottom, shoes, bag and fashion accessories.

  • Tops

Most of all online fashion portals have a section dedicated to products under 500. While you may need time and eye for details to find the right one, you can definitely purchase a classic piece under 500. In case the top that you are eyeing for isn’t under 500, we say wait… The stocks recycle every quarter and you will be able to buy the same top at discount after a month.  Penny saved is penny earned, isn’t it?  Buy from trusted portals to ensure the fabric quality though.

Check – Stalkbuylove, Bhane, Ajio

  • Bottoms

Women have multitude of options in bottom wear – be it a denim, jeggings, slacks, cotton pants, long skirt, denim skirt, flared pants or culottes. Trust us, all these can be bought under 999 if you care to search it well. Fashion Retail sector works on discounts in India – there is either a festive discount or seasons discount or long weekend discount. Wait for one, always.

Alternatively government handloom stores are the best bet for high quality handloom fabric and affordable rates. You know where to buy your next cotton skirts, culottes and flared pants from now, don’t you ?

Check – Gurjari, Rajasthan Emporium, Cotton World, Fab India

  • Shoes

The point about shoes is that they ought to be comfortable besides looking chic. Multi-retail format stores offer the best range of footwear in budget range. Opt for the rad white sneakers or comfy espadrilles, boho chic kolhapuris or classic ballet flats – all under 899. Certain online fashion portals offer 2 pairs under 899, quite a steal deal, right? If you choose to order online, do measure your foot size correctly to avoid returning of products.

Check – Streetstylestore, Ajio, Keri , Westside

  • Bag

Bags are best bought during your travel trips to different destinations. Udaipur sells the quintessential tan leather satchel bags under 1000. Streets of Delhi and Mumbai offer quirky embroidered jhola bags under 700. For the suave ones, check the clearance section of high street stores like Promod, H&M and Zara. They have mind boggling deals. Our shoestring shopper advice – pick them in all colours, if on discount, certain product are for keeps.

Check – Colaba Causeway, Janpath, Promod, H&M, Zara

  • Accessories

The best way to buy accessories in budget is through smart street shopping. Head on to the old city and be prepared to rummage through the treasure trove of the street vendors.  Do bargain, always. Also, there are interesting Facebook groups like Urban Tribal where sellers from across the country share their products along with price. Owing to competition, prices are very modest. One can buy the latest design statement neckpiece in german silver along with nose pin, earrings and finger ring, all under 1500. For the quirky ones, always check out flea markets in the city. You will bump into a new designer every time who is creating interesting jewellery.

Check – Pipa Bella, bylanes of old city, flea markets

If you dont believe this, check out my Instagram page here for daily style inspiration in budget fashion ( Well that one is almost always less than 2000) – Falguni Patel ( TheF_world )

( PS – This article was originally produced for and published in FEMINA Gujarat Edition. This is the unedited version)

Summer of 2017

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While there are endless summer songs that paint the summers as the vacation season by the beach side, enjoying the sun and sipping martinis; the reality in India is far off from the music composers’ picturesque summer. The sun shines in its full glory raising the temperatures to 45 degree and beyond.

In such a situation, it is but prudent that comfort rules over fast-forward styles. Come summer and the fashionistas gear up for the sacred ritual of revamping the wardrobe as per the seasonal demands. The idea is to check the basics from the past stock and add few seasons’ delights to create a brand new summer wardrobe.

Fabric selection should precede the form of the style. Soft mul cottons, breathable khadi and classic linen are the go-to fabrics for the harsh Indian summers.

Summer fashion evokes the photographic images of girls wearing frilly peasant blouses and denim shorts in the green fields. But summer fashion is more than that, isn’t it?

We recommend these 5 classic staples for the summer of 2017.

  1. Surreal White

The quintessential white enjoys the prime spot in summer fashion since centuries. Classic white peasant top in flowy cotton is an absolute must-have. Add some drama to your whites by opting for tops with bell sleeves, billow sleeves, puff sleeves or off shoulder cut. Detailing on the sleeves is the new wave of fashion this year.

For the classic fashion lovers, opt for chikankari long kurta and team it with pastels or citrus hues depending on your mood of the day.

 

 

  1. Flirty Florals

More often than not, fashion is inspired by nature, no wonder, summer bloom and florals go hand in hand. 70’s fashion has made a huge come-back since two years now and the flower-child-decade inspired fashion is here to stay. Why not add in some 70’s floral print dresses with bell sleeves to add sepia tones and retro vibes to your polaroids? Opt for floral maxi dresses for quick brunch with friends and short shift dress for an evening party. Tangerine orange, Mint green, sea blue, woody brown, lime yellow and bubble gum pink are the colours to watch for.

 

 

 

 

  1. Boho Skirts

Long skirts make for a perfect ensemble for indie fashion lovers. Nomad inspired bright floral prints, ajrakh print, tie & dye, bandhani, ikat or leheriya – choose from an array of Indian crafts skilfully used in this easy breezy silhouette. Team it with long kurta or pair it with crop tops. For the fashion forward squad, add in a denim patch worked jacket to amp the boho-chic summer quotient and revel in the 70’s summers. Candy pink and canary yellow are the two colours to add in your boho -inspired summer wardrobe.

 

 

  1. Khadi Saree

Handloom sarees have made a huge come-back with an ever -increasing brigade of new age designers creating contemporary drapes. Cotton handlooms from Kolkatta, Ikat from Orissa, Chettinad South cotton from Tamil Nadu, Ajrakh block Print from Gujarat and Dabu print from Madhya Pradesh are perfect for cotton drapes. These are soft breathable fabrics, flowy and easy to carry through the day. Team it with denim shirts, off shouldered top or linen crop tops to add a little chutzpah to the styling. For the ones who love arty fashion, khadi linen sarees in neutral tones like beige, ivory, grey, blush pink and pale blue are a must have this summer season.

 

  1. Bottom basics

With the ever evolving fashion scenario, we have umpteen options to select for bottoms other than denims. Summer definitely calls for shorts in cottons and linens. Team them with nautical striped tee-shirts or pair with solid coloured loose cotton blouses. Eccentric prints in shorts are the new cool. Avoid body hugging denims and embrace dhoti, palazzo and harem pants in fluid drapes for the warm summers.  Androgynous fashion lovers can opt for cargos in olive green, navy blue, khakhi or taupe.

 

With these wardrobe staples, add your personal touch by styling with different scarves, vests, cover-ups, bandanas and hats.

We have got your basics right, haven’t we?

( PS – This is the unedited version of the article originally published in Femina Gujarat) 

 

Best Dressed – Oscars 2014

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Sandra Bullock in a Stunning Navy blue Alexander McQueen

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Amy Adams in navy blue Gucci Couture gown

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Cate Blanchette in her beautifully embellished Armani Prive gown

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Anne Hathaway in a Gucci Column dress.

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Lupita Nyong’o in a powder blue customised Prada

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Angelina Jolie in a dazzling Elie Saab couture

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Which one according to you was the best dressed out of these gorgeous women ?

Do comment on the section below and let us know your Style quotient.

( PS –  For me, Sandra Bullock wins hands down for her stunning Alexander McQueen appearance finished with a porcelain perfect makeup and hair )

Keep smiling and stylish.