Sometimes I like ugly dressing!

Remember the time when ugly was trending. Sometimes I feel the trend is still around. The vetements are in trend theses days. But I’m always for keeping the outfit simple. Not everyone can be a Lady gaga or Taylor swift. And Honestly Off stage I can bet their personal style screams COMFORT, there is only so much you can do to be dramatic. The chain is a basic styling addition for me to the outfit, Every time I’m confused about what to wear I pick out the first long chain and wear it. I guess it’s my teenage thing because I never had enough money to buy myself enough accessories. So the long chain pendants were the cheapest fix  😉 But like always I’ wearing printed pants which are my crazy comfort zone. The tailored Printed pants are neither rigid like denim nor stuck up like trousers. They are a perfect comfort outfit.

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Tee: H&M |  shoes: Forever 21 | watch : sonata | Printed pants: Jabong | Necklace: Local Brigade road @ Bangalore | ring : Jewellers street @ Bangalore | Bag is Moms gift (Shop Similar here)

Comfort is style’s second name.

With love.

Nita

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I’m not under any obligation to wear a kurta for the way in which I was raised by my parents. I grew up wearing some very pretty dresses. But it wasn’t until college I started to wear Kurtas, only because it was the dress code! P.s. the dupatta was always rolled and thrown into my bag. Special occasions always qualified for an excuse to wear a saree, especially weddings. I was facinated because my mom has thousands of them in her wardrobe. Still I never really wanted to wear the kurtha. I always had those few in the drakest corner of my closet but I never really cared.

I’m amused though urban Indians don’t find kurta appropriate attire outside of culture or traditional gatherings. Lets take a few minitues and admire those arab women in thier long tunics. If you think they are beutiful then the Indian kurtha is not much diffrent. I the age of travel to explore the world, We have spent too much time in awe of foreign cultures. We forget that no matter where we go or what we achive in the world we live in, we will always be tagged as Indian by one or another person.

Indian or not, I find long kurta’s a very good type of power dressing. It exaggerates your body length and has just the right amount of poise to retain the feminine characteristics of the outfit. A definite thumbs up to the outfit  for all you corporate office going women. Also for those who think it won’t suit you body type, I was an XS and now I fit mostly into M’s because I’ve grown fat and host a small paunch, yet this long kurta covers up all that. I choose to wear it with the salwar pant because in between the leggings, patiala and the new found palazzo somewhere we have forgotten the salwar.

Also let’s face it tunics with side slit is a trend. So whats the big deal? a good fitted kurta can have the same effect. I will show you an example In one of my later posts.

I also belive the freedom fighters also rallied against the british and chased them out of our counrty to preseve our culture and traditions. It’s one thing to ban bad cultural practices and another to exploit the good produce of our traditions. So let’s choose to be Indian when we can. If you choose to agree/disagree leave a comment below, I’m always intrested in alternate perspectives.

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Photography by Susheel Sanketh Rai | Styling by Nita Dsouza

Kurta: Aurelia (shop here) | Salwar: Tailored | sandals: Forever 21 | Necklace: Handicrafts exhibits cum sale | Earrings: Well there is this woman I’ve seen at almost all flea markets. If u are a bangalorean you’ve probably seen her too | Ring : Well let’s just say those are earrings, and because i was confused I accidently looped it on my fingers.

Always Indian,

Nita Dsouza

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What’s the talk about cultural appropriation?

Let’s all stop pretending that this song has anything to do with India. What it truly does represent is Coldplay high on Indian grass. A band that just released a music video with apes dancing has gone from being wholesomely pointless to bad cultural appropriation? So this kind of imagery seems to be ok when Murad Osmann comes to India to take his #followmeto series of photographs? or when Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist decides to post pictures of Varanasi and various other so called weaker sections of our Indian society in the name of photography. Were Indians sleeping?

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Can Indians stop being such hypocrites for a bit. It seems to be OK when we put this kinda imagery into our own films, it seems acceptable, but when Coldplay manages to capture the bright colours of the same imagery we have been selling to the world it seems to be a cultural appropriation for profit by the privileged? do you feel exploited? Is this not how Indians really are? If you are offended maybe you don’t deserve to be Indian.

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Even Sonam Kapoor is excited like a small kid about being featured in the video, A story to tell my grandkids! I was in a video! Woo hoo! , can we too take a few minutes and watch the excitement too.

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We have spent years trying hard to get the world to notice our country’s cultural heritage, so when the world is finally coming to us don’t shut them out with the negative attitude. We have been selling this imagery to the world for years, It’s time to accept #indiastrending

The only thing in the video that doesn’t set in my mind as Indian is Beyonce. Can someone please explain the styling of her outfits? Has she really been to India? although my dad did seem to like her representation as Indian!

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All images are screenshots of the youtube video.

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