Winter is finally here in India . I hope you guys are making the best out of it. As for me, this is my favourite part of the year. With festive cheer all around and a new year knocking at our door, there is an undeniable good vibe about December. And with that in mind, I decided to do a fun blog for you guys. A clothing edit, which I ardently claim is not a fashion blog as I am not a fashion blogger at all. But before that, let’s talk about body positivity and inclusive fashion.
“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” —Diana Vreeland
A few days back, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer and executive, Vice President of public relations, Ed Razek sat down with Vogue to do an interview. On being asked about inclusive fashion, he quickly replied that the brand won’t associate with trans and plus size models as their show is a fantasy and one of its kind in the industry. Now isn’t that an outrageous and most regressive thing to say. Reducing women’s worth to their dress size is the worst kind of classism that exists in our modern society. This senseless classism is fuelled and supported by fashion magazines, fashion designers, fashion bloggers and the entertainment industry.
Heavily photoshopped perfect images of women who have the most perfect body, perfect skin are thrown at our faces like confetti, pushing us further deep in our insecurities. Nobody feels the need to become that beacon of change, where they talk about real women. Women who don’t have the perfect body, has cellulite and eye bags and doesn’t get time in her everyday life to contour and highlight her face. Since we don’t have many role models to follow when it comes to body positivity, I say we become them. Women of all shapes and sizes, coming together to form this unbreakable chain of mutual admiration which the popular culture cannot break and is one day forced into being a part of this chain.
Fashion for me is something intimate, varying with person to person. I am not the poster child of a well dressed person. Getting ready for any event, be it a movie night or a wedding cannot stretch more then thirty minutes for me. Every look in this blog is a very real representation of my fashion sense. As Kolkata doesn’t get much cold, semi warm clothes are all we need here. So, here is how I am doing winter fashion this year. And these are basically all the pieces I own which are winter appropriate. First, I don’t have a huge wardrobe. Second, fast fashion harms the environment. Always try and invest money in wardrobe staples which you will wear for a long time or try and buy sustainable clothing.
1: The Uniform
A pair of blue jeans and a white tee shirt is my go to when I don’t want to put much thought into my outfit. It is a fail safe option and always looks good. Almost all of us have these pieces in our wardrobe. As for the winters, I have added a much loved denim jacket to the outfit and I am good to go. This look has been put together only by using wardrobe staples. This is my outfit for running errands, movies, mall hopping and zillion other instances. And that’s why I have named this look as “The Uniform”.
2: The Date Outfit
For those date nights when I go out with my husband for dinner or sometimes even coffee or when I need to meet my girlfriends, I want to look a bit more put together while staying warm too in those air conditioned restaurants. I have paired an over-sized sweatshirt with a pleated midi skirt which I absolutely love. Come summer and I will hoard more midi skirts as they are so comfortable and stylish at the same time. As for accessories, I let my shoes and bag do all the talking.
3: The Formal fit
We all have those days when we need to dress formal. As they say that “fashion is a form of expression”, we all need our outfits to express business as and when required. I mostly freelance from home and hence I have fewer instances of meeting up with people. And when I do, I choose the easiest option. Yes, a shirt and a blazer. The plaid blazer is so much in trend this season which I was unaware of when I bought it. I just bought it because I needed a blazer which looks less formal. An honest confession of a girl who loves fashion but not very fashionable. I always try and wear sharp shoes when I am doing a formal look as I feel it gives you a more polished look.
As you can very well see that I am not a fashionista and this is just my humble and fun attempt at doing a clothing edit for you guys. My hair is tied in a messy top bun for most of my time. My makeup consists of my very dear bb cream and a pink lippie. I don’t own a wardrobe full of shoes to match with every outfit. The photographs have been clicked by my dear husband as he always does. I have tried and kept this clothing edit as real as possible as was my intention behind doing this blog. The location is the humble terrace of my building.
Most of the clothes I am wearing are from H&M and ZARA. The shoes are from Adidas and Steve Madden. Bags are from Hidesign and Charles&Keith.
I hope you guys are liking my content and have already read my previous blogs from the Rajasthan travel series. If you haven’t, do check them out now. Until next time.