#Stylefile Styling the Kalamkari skirt

I love Indian prints. Period. Whether it is Ikat or Kalamkari, these prints, if worn well, are statement pieces. Last time I went home, my mum gifted me this Kalamkari skirt. It was a full length one, which she'd got from Gujarat (she got it directly from the artisan). I loved the skirt, but was unsure how to style it. One immediate option was to pair it with a silk camisole, tucked in of course. I would have picked maroon or dark red - it would have been a good contrast to the earthen colours of the skirt. But I wanted to wear something, umm, more sturdy, so to speak. Also, I did not want to buy something new.

So I paired it with a cotton shirt. It was unconventional, but I think a plain cotton shirt with a full length printed skirt looks quite nice. It is not too formal but still quite sophisticated. I wanted it for an everyday wear, not a function.


While driving around Dubai, one location which I really have been meaning to check out was Al Serkal Avenue. The Avenue is filled with cafes, art exhibitions, creative spaces and it was perfect for spending time just getting things done, or reading (if it is me). Quiet dreamy spaces are so rare. We shot a few photos here and then hanged a bit (there were hammock chairs!!!!). This space is called Nadi Al Qouz, but I am pretty sure that every space inside Al Serkal is this pretty.




One thing I miss about not staying in India and not working there is getting to wear traditional Indian wear more often. But day outs like these are perfect, where I can actually experiment with outfits. You can see how happy I am - I couldn't stop smiling.

This look is actually a lot more comfortable than it looks. It works for getting things done; a no fuss outfit.

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Above - Erica Fernandes (Source), Sonali Bendre (Source), Taapsee Pannu (Source)

How to get this look?

I used one of my comfortable cotton shirts from Jack Wills which you can find here, though I could've gone with a lighter shirt as this summer is killing me. A slightly sheer white shirt maybe?

I went for a messy bun, I think it's starting to become one of those hair styles that I now live in. For the earrings, I picked one of my silver traditional earrings which I adore. You can get something similar from here. Even a chunkier silver/gold one would have been perfect.

After coming to Dubai, I have been dying to wear these Kolhapuris and I figured these were the right pair of shoes for this look. I got them from Jaipur from their street bazaars.

With make up, I typically go minimal. Though apart from the basic day cream, I did add a maroon lipstick - matt finish - from Revlon and a rose gold blush (star delight - mono blush) from Chambor to match the skirt detail - this one.

I love the prints and designs at Fabindia and really liked this skirt but having said that, to be honest, I am sure you'll find a full length printed skirt from these smaller, lesser known artisans for a much better deal. I have actually seen many of these skirts but they're typically crushed cotton ones which I am not a fan of - like this one.

Do you guys experiment with outfits? What did you think about this outfit ? Leave a comment below.

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