We all love the streets.The foodies swear by the phuchkas and chaats and pav bhajis,the fashionistas love the mojris and jholas,the book-lovers can't imagine life without the second-hand books sold on the pavements of Gariahat and Esplanade,sometimes available for as low as thirty bucks.And the bargaining!Man,that's the stuff my dreams're made of.But do we really care about the streets?What do we contribute every other day to keep this culture alive?The problem with us is that we want to have our cake and eat it too.Yes,we love to buy a bag with Louis Vuitton logo on it for three hundred bucks but we don't forget to complain if we're stuck near the pavement and the road is too narrow to walk because of the hawkers.But more on that later.Today,I'll give you my list of must-haves for a 'roadie'(and I beg to differ from MTV people) -
1)A kolhapuri or mojri or jooti-it's an absolute classic for both ethnic and western casuals.Go for floral motifs or kitsch prints instead of solid colors.
2)A jhola or batua or belt-bag(or all of them)-another investment buy.Try organic colors and sanskrit texts.If that's surprisingly rare to find within your budget,go for threadworks and mirrorworks.
3)A harem pant or dhoti pant or funny pant-choose an easy breezy one with asymmetrical prints or stripes.You could choose floral prints too but stay away from common patterns.
4)Bangles-buy them in all possible colors whenever you can.They never go out of fashion.Try wooden,glass or the ones with threads.Never match them with your clothes and always wear a bunch of them in multi-colored hues.
5)Neon nail paints-go bright.Shock the world.Period.
6)Kohl-almost equivalent to anti-depressant for me,hopefully for you too.
7)Funky hair accessories-bobby pins,scrunchie,headbands,buy all you can.And the best part is that you never have to think about budget.
A last word of caution,don't overdo it.Less is always more.So,if you're wearing a strong print,go easy on the accessories and vice versa.Mixing prints can go horribly wrong sometimes.So,be really careful with prints.And if you're not too comfortable,I'd suggest you to stay away from mixing prints.
That's all for today,ladies(as I'm hoping no guy'll survive this post so far but if you've(and if you're a 'he'),you've my respect,bro!;-)).Will be back with more soon.Till then,have fun in the sun.