Jobs in Fashion

The Textile Industry in India ranks number two after agriculture which obviously means that there are PLENTY of jobs out there for all of us. Yet a lot of you guys, who genuinely want to pursue fashion as a career, come to me asking about what should you do after graduating. Hence, this blog has been written keeping that in mind. A video has been done on my channel talking about the same too. You can find a link here.

A Fashion Designer is a very generic term to a job profession which has multiple aspects to it, however here are a few I’ve tried to jot down for your better understanding:

-Bridalwear Designer: If bridal wear is your true calling and embroideries make your heart swoon, you might want to consider working under designers like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla etc. for experience until of course you start something of your own!

-Ready to Wear Designer: If working as a RTW designer creating wearable everyday fashion is your thing, you might enjoy working under brands which help you achieve that, namely Pantaloons, Westside, AND, UCB etc.

-Sportswear Designer: Sportswear or Athletic designing requires precision and innovation. Brands like NIKE, PUMA, ADIDAS could be your place.

-Knitwear Designer: As a knitwear designer, you could work in any of these said fields but you have an edge over other designers since your specialization is knits. And we all know that knits is the future of the fashion industry.

-Menswear Designer: Designers having an inclination towards men’s fashion pursue Menswear designing as a career path and you see them working at companies like Raymond, Arvind Mills, Shantanu and Nikhil, Sabyasachi Menswear etc.

-Kidswear Designer: As a kidswear designer, you have to love prints and loving making them too! That is 90% what this career path is all about. Kidswear constitutes a major chunk of the fashion industry and the profit margins are way higher than normal. As a designer for kids clothing, you may see yourself developing kid friendly clothing and prints for brands like Gini and Jonny, Lilliput, Ruff Jeans, Unite Colors of Benetton, Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, etc.

-Lingerie Designer: Amante, Victoria’s Secret, Wacoal, Triumph, Pretty Secrets and a dozen full of brands which work in the intimate’s sector of the fashion industry are the go-to place for a lingerie designer.

-Costume Designer: If designing costumes for sets, Bollywood, period cinema, plays, musicals, dances etc. is what you are born to do, a job as a costume designer would give you flexibility and joy!

Fashion Stylist:

-Stylist for Ad films: Advertisements which come on television also require stylists. It’s mostly less glamourous and more everyday wear, believable character dressing, but it requires incredible amount of research and sourcing. Unless you are working for a production house, the job is flexible with odd work hours.

-Stylist for TV Soap Operas and Web series: Dressing up and styling characters for Television or Web is a lucrative full-time job which requires you to character study

-Stylist for Bollywood: Styling for Bollywood films is the ultimate goal of most fashion enthusiasts. But what we overlook is the crazy work hours, last minute schedules, and everything else that goes into working on a film. However, if you like the erratic work hours, you may want to consider this field since the benefits are far too many.

-Stylist for Editorials: Fashion magazines and print media require stylists for creating content for them. Vogue, Grazia, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar etc are some of the bigger names of this industry which hire on a regular basis for the same. Imagine working with celebrities for Cover shoots and concept driven shoots. Ah!

-Celebrity Stylists: Ami Patel, Rhea Kapoor, Mohit Rai, Anaita Shroff, Devki Bhatt, Sanjana Batra are some of the big names in the fashion industry who style celebrities for a living and do an incredible job at it! But it requires years of networking, experience, research, knowledge and sourcing.

-Fashion Illustrator: Fashion Illustrators illustrate garments and designs for brands and designers. The job profile in India is relatively new because not many people consider it a full-time job as opposed to the west, where designers are hired on the basis of this skill.

-Fashion Photographer: Being a fashion photographer requires one to shoot for magazines, e-commerce platforms, look books, catalogues etc. The job is demanding but rewarding none the less!

-Fashion Forecaster: A profession which is mostly a desk job that requires you to be researching continuously is the basic gist of a fashion forecaster’s life. WGSN, PROMOSTYL, STYLESIGHT etc. are some web platforms that offer the best forecasts which the entire world follows.

-Fashion Choreographer: If the ramp is your life, your dream job could be organizing fashion shows and fashion walks. Creating the entire vibe of a fashion show, right from the models to the music to the sets and the feel.

-Buyers/Merchandiser: Merchandisers are responsible for ensuring that the right amount of goods are available in store and are being sold at the right price. They work closely with buyers who decide what to buy and sell from a store. Ogaan, Ensemble, Aza are some of the big multi-designer stores which have buyers and merchandisers holding great power and authority, sitting front row in fashion weeks, deciding what designers to sell and not sell.

-Print Designer/Graphic Designer: If graphics and prints are your true calling, then you can work as a print designer at a fashion house or even a lifestyle or home décor brand.

-Wardrobe Consultant: You’d be surprised how much the elite are willing to pay wardrobe consultants to just jazz them up. If creating a functional personalised wardrobe is your kind of thing, consider yourself the perfect match for this job.

Teacher/Professor: If you have a love for education and imparting knowledge to the young minds, a job as an Academician at a fashion school is a rather fun job with a lot of perks (Like lots of holidays, for starters?) 🙂

These are just a few job options in a world of infinite opportunities! However, I hope you benefit from this blog in some way.

With Love,


Cloud Nine In Vashi!

Maternity and pregnancy are a beautiful phase in every mother’s life. The process right from conceiving to the nine months of growing a life inside you requires a mother to be stress free, nourished and well taken care of. However every eight minutes a woman dies in labor in India. This is indeed an appalling state of affairs. For every maternal death in India, 20 more women suffer from lifelong health impairments that result from complications during their pregnancies. A majority of these deaths are among women in the 15-29 age group, at the prime of their reproductive lives. Even after multiple policy changes and implementations, there isn’t a significant change in the statistics which made me worry about the future until I visited Cloud Nine, Vashi where none other than celebrated actress and a mother herself, Shilpa Shetty was present to inaugurate the hospital.

India’s leading chain of maternity hospitals known as Cloud Nine Care has opened it’s latest branch in Navi Mumbai. And was I impressed with the infrastructure! Cloud Nine Care is facilitated with top notch birthing services at an affordable rate. The hospital boasts of a whooping‭ zero percent mortality rate and negligible infant mortality rate! And I haven’t even come to the best part yet! Cloud Nine doesn’t believe in minting more money from its patients for a C-section delivery and that is why the prices of a C- Section and a normal pregnancy are similar making it easier for the expecting parents to choose from. Along with maternity, the various other healthcare assistance provided by them are in gynecology, pediatrics, fertility , and stem cell banking.

Having lived in Navi Mumbai for three years during my college days, I know how essential it was to have a good maternity hospital in the vicinity and Cloud Nine Care serves the purpose! 
Until next time,

With Love,


Going down the Acne lane with Safi! 

Some incidents are just reminders of a life you’ve lived long ago. You can call it nostalgia but to me, pimples’ making a comeback in my life was definitely not a happy nostalgia. But with a lifestyle which is full of oily food, erratic sleep patterns and a crazy busy schedule, the body will rebel in some way! In my case, that way was through breakouts all over my face. Imagine my horror! I remember when puberty had graced me with pimples and acne all over my face, Maa had come to my rescue with her homemade red chandan paste (Sandalwood) and a bottle of Safi. I remember having a flawless skin eventually because I’d gulped down four bottles of this natural anecdote in the summer breaks and never had to look back again. Of course it did include a lifestyle change which meant more water intake, less sugary drinks (Did you know that sugar actually increases acne?)

Anyhow, fast forward 5 years, my skin started breaking out and acting all teenage-ry again. So as was obvious I went back to the good ol’ green bottle of Safi.

Safi is a 100% natural and herbal blood cleanser and purifier which is decently priced at Rs.85 for a 200ML bottle.

The core ingredients are as follows:

Sana (Keeps the stomach clear and helps prevent skin problems), Revand Chini (Purifies blood and improves liver function), Neem (A natural blood purifier and cure for all skin problems), Chiraita (Purifies the blood and keeps it toxin free for better conditioning), and Tulsi (Helps give you that natural glow and improves blood circulation)

Around three weeks of Safi and I cannot stop gushing over the amazing effect it had on my skin. Although, there were already break outs on my skin and they did not go away in the first week, and I did have my moment of panic but after a week all the break outs declined to a considerable amount. My face became very clean and glowed naturally. This is definitely something I am recommending to all of you girls and guys too!

The verdict:

  1. Long term effects on pimples
  2. 100% natural and safe
  3. Apart from skin problems, it also cures indigestion and checks on weight management.
  4. The taste is a little bitter to start off with (But it can be easily managed by adding some water to it)

Hamdard Safi is definitely something I can vouch for and the tag line Ragon Mein Khoobsurati with Safi is so apt because it really does cleanse your blood and body from the inside!

Try taking two teaspoons of Safi every day with an increased intake of water and see the effects! And don’t forget, consistency is key! Stay consistent even if you feel it’s not doing much good. You don’t know that it is cleaning your body from the inside!


With Love,


Autumn Love

“In a crooked little town, they were lost and never found.

Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves, on the ground

New off springs that were once blooming and flying with the wind in their brightest of greens are suddenly all over the ground, under my feet, wherever I walk. Withered. Some already turning to dust, while others are still changing colours from yellow to brown. But yet they look so beautiful. So as I sit and write, I know one thing for sure: Autumn is the most beautiful season. The transition from Summers to Winters wouldn’t be as magical and poetic, if it were not for Autumn. The trees wouldn’t look like they are filled with flowers in warm hues, if it were not for Autumn. Autumn shows us in the most beautiful way that nothing is permanent. We are all here to go. This moment is all there is. There is no point dwelling over the past. There is no certainty of a tomorrow to plan upon. All there is, is this moment. This transient moment of realisation is how you should be living the rest of your life. 🍁🍂

You’d be wondering why am I suddenly talking about seasons? Because I realised its high time I start coming here and writing my heart out, regardless of what it is and sharing it with you guys. So here it goes:

For me, a huge part of my heart lies in the city that gave me wings and made me who I am today. I know your first guess would be Mumbai and I cannot deny that this city is my life and I love it so very dearly but there’s another city that I am talking about today: New York City. The city of Dreams. The Big Apple. The Epitome of all things Awesome. The city that made me realise my self worth. The city that gave a naive 20 year old the confidence to be herself. The City of Fashion! I am writing today because I miss NYC. And also because I want to cherish those memories. But mostly, I am writing this because I stumbled upon my old sketches from FIT and felt some really strong emotions resurface and pop, one at a time. 

What started as a mere rough exercise of practising typography, my hands seemed to have dived into the world of inks and for four hours straight I was just doodling yesterday. The result? This not-so-perfect but pretty quote:

One thing led to another and suddenly I was hunting for withered leaves that went with my quote and then I was searching for my old college sketches on the theme “The Withered Leaf”. Yup. I’d made a collection on Autumn. And soon it was these set of crazy fun pictures and flatlays! This, is the final result!

Maybe it was nostalgia hitting me but this post was heartfelt and it feels good writing something that is not related to Fashion 🙂 
Until next time.

With Love,


Romancing ‘em Florals

Never in a lifetime had she thought that it’ll all fall in place so soon but when you dearly hope for something to happen, the universe answers. Inaaya was no different. She had hoped for her happily ever after and she was getting it now. It did not matter that she stood alone on the path because she knew he’d follow soon. She knew they’d be together. But for now she was trying to be present in the moment and living it. Walking alone is easy and who would know it better than someone who was, in fact, alone. Don’t get me wrong, she was alone and not lonely. And while many may call it one and the same, they weren’t. For she liked her own company and felt at ease being with herself. Often we fail to realise that the person that matters the most is ourselves. We are so busy pleasing the world we forget that keeping ourselves happy is also important. She was finding herself everyday walking alone on the path of success but she couldn’t deny that the fact that he walked closely helped make her journey more enjoyable. Every now and again you would see her hide, just to see him frustrated and she would giggle each time he found her. Inaaya was never truly alone because he never left her side. And even today, she stands tall as she waits for her stars to entwine with his. Her eyes yearn to see him and her heart craves for his half smirk mingled with a sly smile.”

Short stories that end abruptly have always interested me and this is no different. They leave a taste in your mouth that lingers much longer than a story that has a definite end. Maybe it was the outfit that did it, maybe it was the feel of the place that triggered the romantic in me; whatever it was, it helped me write something I enjoy now so I am not complaining! Anyways, this is a perfect cheesy date look if you have a big day planned anytime soon. The versatility of this dress never seizes to amaze me, but. While I was wearing it as just a beach dress in Seychelles a few weeks back, here it is in all its full glory, with just the edition of jhumkas! Accessories play a huge roll in giving clothes their actual identity. The right accessory can take an outfit to the next level while the wrong one can just ruin it all. I’d worn this dress with my hair on one side with some floral pins and no makeup at the beach while here I am wearing it with high heels (blocked heels in my case since, for the love of god, I cannot walk in stilettos!) and just some jhumkas. Dresses and jhumkas are always a good idea I feel and this is just my way of making it work.

I’d love to know your thoughts! 

With Love,


Six Nights in Seychelles

Seychelles is a beautiful island country that lies on the East of Africa. A cluster of small islands, the country is warm in terms of temperature and people! The hospitality here quite honestly blew me away!Mahe Island is the biggest island and the main island for this tiny country followed by Praslin and then Silhouette Island. The islands are self sufficient with no commercialisations whatsoever and maybe that’s what makes it all the more exotic. You will not find a MCD or an H&M outlet here. But you will find tons of picturesque beaches and cute little eat outs. Unlike other island countries, Seychelles fortunately is lesser explored and thus, lesser exploited. This is one of the places I’d had on my wish list for a while and when the time came to visit, I was quite literally shaking with joy. 🙂 
Talking about my itinerary:
This was a 6 nights and 7 days trip. 

We took a direct four hour flight from Mumbai to Mahe International Airport and once we got our local sims we took a taxi to the Hilton Labriz Lounge. You can get sim cards at the book store near the cafe or outside at two booths. They have two service providers here: Cable and Wireless and Airtel. Quick tip: Try to pay them in Seychellois Rupees and not Euros or Pounds because they charge a premium otherwise! 

Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa is located on Silhouette Island and is the only property there which means the beaches, the waters, pretty much the whole of the island was exclusive only to the guests of Hilton. The route to the island is of course through the waters (if you don’t want to spend 650 Euros on a chopper!). We had a Jetty take us from Bel Ombre to Silhouette Island which took about forty minutes.
The resort is beautiful and way too green! With a vast options of restaurants to choose from you are in the right hands in terms of food. Although my advice to you would be to carry some food with you because being exclusive also means being expensive and food prices there are quite steep. 🙂 Being a vegetarian I ended up carrying tons of biscuits and chips and other nick knacks to nibble on (and maybe some Ready To Drink Girnar Tea for you tea lovers!The property has a range of villas to pick from and while each one is beautiful in their own way, I would strongly recommend a Ocean Front Beach facing villa.

Silhouette Island has plenty of beaches and a few hikes, and depending on your caliber you can choose what you’d like to do. For someone like me, I just found peace in sitting on the beach and sketching all day or reading a book.

Three nights later, I checked out and moved to Mahe in the same Jetty and explored the capital city. Mahe is a quaint little town with everything at a stone throw distance. I did a little bit of touristy stuff and visited a “Hindu Temple”, went to the local market called Victoria and also visited the botanical garden. After a sumptuous Indian meal at Maharajas (Tandoori Rotis there were the bomb! Not kidding!), I boarded a ferry from Bel Ombre to Praslin Island. The only providers that are good for island hopping are Cat Cocos. And while it was my first time doing all of this, I learned a lot, for example: My stomach is not meant for sea journeys because I throw up and get all dizzy in the head!

Anyways after the horrible ferry ride that took like forever to end since the sea was extremely rough because of the high tides, I did not have much left in me to be able to do any explorations once we reached Le Duc so I basically just collapsed.

Le Duc De Praslin is said to be the most stylish property on Praslin island and rightly so. The property is in Cote Dor and has a lot of beach side cafes and bars. I personally loved their taste in furniture and the hippie vibes the place had! We stayed at Praslin for 3 nights and while I did go out for walks on the beach every morning and evening, water sports were off the table thanks to the fluctuating weather. All water related sports were stopped for the three days that we were there due to high tides and a lot of sudden rainfall. While September to April is supposed to be a dry patch for Seychelles, unfortunately for us, the rain gods decided to be extra generous. Hence, I kept myself happy by a swim in the pool.

The trip was a wonderful break from the busy city life and I just feel so much more energetic to work more now! If you are planning a trip to Seychelles, do let me know if I could help you in any way! I’d love to guide 🙂

With Love,


The Beginning: Anniversary BlogPost

Hey Family!

Fair Disclaimer:
This is not a thank you post. This is not even a blog filled with gratitude. Well it is filled with gratitude. My whole life is! But this blog is just me trying to track down my journey and figure out how blogging began for me. So if you’d like to track it down with me, you are very welcome on Planet Inaaya! (:

Laying on my bed with my eyes wide open, I stare at the ceiling fan and wonder “When did it start?” “How?” “Why?” Let’s go back to the beginning maybe:

A five year old sketches Alice from her bedtime story book and writes a little note for her mother before sliding it under the door of her mother’s locked bedroom and tip toes outside the house to play. 

An eight year old asks for permission from her father if she can read the Harry Potter books he got for her elder brother and ends up writing her first fantasy story.

At age fourteen, she writes about her first love and at sixteen, her first heartbreak.

Let’s fast forward to age 18:

Although writing has always been a part of who I am, the journey from writing in my diaries and school note books to writing on the internet was a long one. 2011, December is when my first piece of writing made it to the internet while I’d been writing for as long as I can remember! Poetry, short stories, notes to my loved ones, diary entries-all of it has been a part of my daily life indicating that I have always been using the pen to jot down my emotions.

Anyhow, 2011 was when a personal blog ( was started with the hope of writing a book. Isn’t that how most teenagers who can pass an English essay test think? “I can write half decent so I will be a writer one day.” It is easier said than done, though. I was no different. (By the way, if you are still reading this and haven’t run to the immature blog link of an 18 year old I mentioned above, please know that I am grateful!)

For me, writing and sketching have always been therapeutic because I would end up taking out my anger, frustration, happiness, breakdowns and sadness on pieces of papers and then forget about them. It was a creative distraction, you could say. However, writing about fashion did not happen until I joined my alma mater, NIFT Mumbai. It was here that the bug to write about current fashion trends bit me and this is where the journey truly began. The journey of discovering a whole different profession altogether: Fashion Blogging. This is where in depth research for a mere college article sowed the seed of fashion blogging in me. The year was 2012. The article was titled “The Rise of Fashion Bloggers”. I remember being mocked by one of the jury members who was definitely not from the digital era. She told me “You should have titled your article “The Rise and Fall of Fashion Bloggers” because this monkeying around in crazy clothes will not last for long. People will switch back to traditional media soon enough.” I wish I could see her face now. 🙂 Instagram has taken over the fashion industry and the very same fashion bloggers are ruling the industry! Anyhow, that one snide comment did not dampen my spirits or belief in this new found passion. And while I continued reading and following international bloggers, I also knew that I won’t start with a Fashion Blog until I am able to give it my 100 percent. With college and being the nerd kid that I was, I decided to concentrate on my education first. For some reason, I always knew that I would do this later and it could wait. It was thus in September 2015 (three months after graduating) that I mustered the courage to finally come in front of the camera and talk about my personal fashion style. I haven’t looked back since. Well I lied. I have looked back. But only to see how far Inaaya has come! 🙂

It would be unfair if I said I did it all on my own because I couldn’t have and I didn’t do it either. I had help at every point in my life. I was blessed to have the support of a family that believed more in me than the community we come from, my friends who pushed me every time I faltered, and you, my readers, for always loving me for who I am. It’s been two years since this journey started and it deserves to be acknowledged because today we are a family larger than I’d ever expected and more beautiful than I could ever ask for. 

My heart fills with a fuzzy blanket kinda warmth and my eyes are getting all teary as I type this:

With Love,



Photos: Rushabh Shah