Style and the City

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Somebody once told me that her style changed according to the city she was in. I didn’t quite understand that. I mean I lived in Calcutta, Chennai and Bangalore and I dressed pretty much the same. Obviously, my style had evolved with time but that had very little to do with the city and more to do with my state of mind and the weather. It wasn’t until I moved back to Calcutta recently that I realised how much of a city you really imbibe. Even my night suits have Batik and Kalamkari prints now! You take a little from the architecture, culture and heritage of the city and incorporate it into your style.

Calcutta is about the arts, literature and its colonial heritage. It is a city so progressive in its thinking yet so attached to its past: the hand-drawn rickshaws, the yellow ambassador taxis, the tram and the British built crumbling buildings. In a lot of ways, Calcutta is a juxtaposition of the old and the new, a city unfazed by the changes happening in other major cities.

All this translates to how people dress in this part of the country. No one does ethnic wear like the women in Calcutta. Carrie and her friends walked down the streets of New York in designer dresses, skirts and pants discussing men and sex (yes, another Sex and the City reference). You will see that in Calcutta too, only the group of girls will be walking down casually wearing handloom saris or kurtas discussing men, books and more.

I have always loved Indian wear. There really is nothing as comfortable and stylish as a kurta! But as much as I loved Indian clothes, I didn’t wear them enough in Bangalore. After having moved back to Calcutta, I see myself gravitating towards cotton sarees and kurtas and everything with beautiful Indian prints. You know how different stages of your life can be described with a style obsession of the time? Like your leather jacket period or your rainbow-coloured days. This is my Indo-Western period. I am absolutely enjoying mixing and matching my Indian wear with my Western clothing.

And that is the story of this outfit. A boxy white shirt paired with a Bohemian/ethnic skirt, DIYed kolhapuris, wooden bamboo sunglasses from Woodgeek Store and a colourful jhola. This skirt was made by a friend of mine as a part of his first design assignment in college.

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Different ways to wear skirts in summers - Live Laugh Dressup

Different ways to wear skirts in summers - Live Laugh Dressup

How to wear Bohemian clothing - Live Laugh Dressup

Jhola: Gift from Rajasthan
White Boxy Shirt: Forever 21
Bohemian Skirt: Bought from a friend
Bamboo wood sunglasses: Woodgeek Store

6 ways to Palazzo through summer

It’s time to put your chunky winter wear and denims in boxes and bring out the easy breezy summer clothes. Brace yourselves. The hot Indian summer is here. If you’re wondering where did spring go, you must know that most of India has no spring. The chilling cold gives way to scorching heat. So prepare yourself to beat the heat fashionably with palazzo pants from Rangriti.

Palazzo pants are the perfect replacement for denims during hotter months in a tropical country like India. Imagine going through a hot summer day with the thick denim fabric clinging to your legs! I’ve been there, done that and all I could think about the entire day was going back home and getting out of my pants. So my one fashion advice to you for summers would be to retire your denims and opt for summer friendly palazzo pants.

We’ve spoken about the comfort of these wide-legged pants, lets get to the fashion part. I have always maintained that fashion is meant to be comfortable. If you’re not comfortable in something, don’t wear it because the uneasiness shows on your face. Palazzo pants were made for a tropical country like ours. Explore the various kinds – straight-cut palazzo pants, flared palazzo pants, cropped palazzo pants and there are so many ways to wear these pants!

Skip your denim-and-tee this summer and opt for breathable palazzo pants from Rangriti. We show you a few ways to style this wonderful piece of clothing this summer.

1. An All White Summer Outfit

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My perfect summer outfit is an all white outfit. A fresh crisp white outfit keeps you cool even if only psychologically. Nothing can beat an all white outfit in summer.

2. East meets West in block printed palazzo pants

 

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Palazzo pants in Indian prints are my absolute favourite. I love creating Indo-Western looks with block printed palazzo pants.

3. The perfect summer-friendly work pants

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Ankle length palazzo pants (think culottes) should be your work uniform for summer. Airy palazzo pants will take you through a hot and humid summer day at work without that uneasy feeling of fabric sticking to your body. They also perfectly show off your ankle-strap sandals. These work pants get better in linens and cottons.
  • Nothing like a formal white button down shirt or feminine top worn with cropped palazzo pants for a relaxed work outfit.
  • Pair your ankle-length palazzo pants with a light-weight jacket and ankle-strap sandals for a more formal look.

4. Balancing done right with wide-legged palazzo pants

 

Palazzo pants can look very overwhelming if not done right. The volume of palazzo pants should be balanced well.
  • Balance the volume of the palazzo pants with a fitted top.
  • If you’re a fan of everything anti fit like me, wear your palazzo pants with a loose cropped top and heels.

5. A classic long kurta and palazzo pants outfit

Do away with churidaars and wear all your kurtas with palazzo pants. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing these days!

 6. Go Boho in an anti-fit top and cropped pants

We’ve all been told or have read that pairing the loose with the loose is a fashion sin. Break the myth. Channel your inner Boho Goddess by pairing a loose top with palazzo pants.