The. Classic. Diwali

Happy Diwali!

 

I have been forever busy with preparations for a few new things planned with my label and that has pretty much kept me off social media. So well this is my come back effort to coax you guys into liking me again. Okay? Sharing a few pictures from the second look I shot with Sohail! 🙂

We kept it really subtle and classic for this one. A classic bandgala suit for Sohail in black and black shoes was enough to give him that suave look. And well I wore a white on white kurta set with a contrast dupatta. I kept it really subtle with pearl jhumkas and bangles and a pretty gold clutch to accessorize my look!

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Until tomorrow.

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Photography: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
  • Concept and styling: Shivangi Lahoty, With Love Inaaya
  • Special Thanks: Sohail Khan, Khan’s Couture

‘Em Rustic Diwali Feels.

Happy Dhanteras you all!

Diwali is right around the corner. Can you believe it? Last year this time I was working in a 9-5 job and struggling everyday to keep up with the fast paced life that I was living. This year I am in a flight to Ahmedabad as I type this blog post (on my dad’s loaned laptop). I no longer wait for holiday approvals before booking a ticket to home. I can also work at my own convenience. That also means I need to work 24 hours sometimes because I carry work back home.  I am my own boss and my own employee (as my mom likes to remind me every day!) But if someone asks me to go back and change any of it, I wouldn’t. 🙂

Diwali is my favourite festival of them all, minus the fire crackers and the toxic smoke, I love everything about it! I know this is coming in a little late considering Diwali is in 2 days but I really wanted to share two really easy looks with my family. And an added bonus? This time I am not alone. I have Sohail as my partner for a Mr. and Miss combination! Boys, are you listening yet?

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The first one is a very desi look for both of us. The idea was to combine a look from whatever separates we have in our wardrobes. In my case, I tried doing a DIY Garara set knowing that Shararas and Gararas are back in trend. The skirt I am wearing is made out of a saree I had bought from Khadi Bhandar. The dupatta was actually a felicitation gift given to me a few months back at this fashion show I had choreographed (a little bragging there). The kurta is Fab India. Combine whatever is in your wardrobe and voila! You have your own budget version of the Garara set!

Sohail doesn’t have a lot of ethnic clothes. I think for someone who doesn’t wear Indian at all, it was a rather nice gesture on his part to agree on working on this blogpost with me. But we cannot deny we had a really hard time figuring out what could be combined to make a dressy and wearable Indian wear look for men without a lot of choices. Finally we found this kurta in his wardrobe that is a short, really casual grey linen kurta with patialas borrowed from Zaid. The look goes with his taste and doesn’t make him very uncomfortable about being in ethnic. I love the black mojris he wore with the look. Understated yet let’s the other person know that we know what we are doing!

The second look? Tomorrow Shoomorow! I promise

 

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Pictures: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
  • Content, Styling and Concept: Shivangi Lahoty
  • Special Mention: Sohail Khan, Khan’s Couture

Seven Things Men Need To Try (:

Hello lovelies!

I hope you guys had a safe and fun-filled Diwali. I had quite some fun this year getting all dolled up and sharing it with my social media family. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know better! Thank you for the 3.2K Insta followers! I can’t be thankful enough. You guys are indeed my strength. We are fast-growing, aren’t we?

A lot of you boys out there have been recently approaching me talk to about menswear and fashion trends for men. Since you’ve been so kind with your support and love I’ve decided to do a blog post especially dedicated to all you amazing men out there! A suave gentleman or a street smart and stylish man: women LOVE a well-dressed man. I especially am bonkers over a man in a bowtie. Oopsie! We shouldn’t be discussing my personal favourites yet but since I have already begun to spill the beans we might as well jump to the point! SEVEN STYLES men need to try. Right now. It’s high time, Indian men, specifically start paying more attention to their appearance. I am not saying superficial beauty matters. All I am trying to say is that a well-dressed man is a gift to the society (slightly overdone). These are, thus, seven handpicked safe yet effective ways of adding style to your dressing. Have fun reading!

  1. Suspender Love

Whether dressed up for a business meeting or dressed down to suit the streets of Downtown Manhattan, (or in our case, Bandra, maybe?), a pair of suspenders can instantly give you an edge like no other. They may have been around for a while now but believe you me, they deserve to have survived the toll of time for a reason. Team them with a pair of chinos with a shirt and bow tie for a suave look or go street style with sneakers, torn denims and a vest.

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  1. Bow Ties

A man who wears a bow tie is a man I would like to know! Just kidding (not!). Bow ties are the ultimate fashion statement. You could go down the classy road with solid silk/satin bow ties for a formal event or you could get quirky with printed ones to brighten your days! Bowtieswala is an amazing place I found online as I looked around for cool bowties.

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  1. Pullover + Shirt

This style of wearing a pullover sweater for the fall is a definite favourite with me. I am extremely fond of how a man looks when he’s wearing a sweater over a shirt. Go solid or opt for prints, this look is an effortless classic. And the safest shirt colour would be white for you if you are one of the timid ones when it comes to experimenting!

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  1. Colour ’em Socks

A pair of bright socks under your formal suit: could you imagine a better way of brightening your day? You could start with subtle stripes and checks if you aren’t so sure of how it’d look on you and later move on to brighter colours and bolder prints. Happy Socks is a place you’d defnitely like to visit if you are keen on buying colourfull “happy” socks! Thank me later! 🙂

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5. Fall-Ready Over Garments

Warmth is paramount for winter wear clothing. Drop shoulder over sized coats or snug cardigans, invest in a few good ones to get you through the winters. Olive is a colour I’d say you should definitely invest in this fall! Also, a little bit of layering, if not too much, harmed no one! Want to play it safe? Layer in the same colour family. For example, if it is a navy coat, try wearing a navy or blue family scarf and beanie.

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  1. Fedora Hats and Swag

Cock your hats: angles are attitudes. Invest in a hat and make sure you get the angle right! The men’s fedora hat has resurfaced from the pile and shall remain to be in trend for a bit so I’d suggest that go hatty with your style!

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  1. Bag it up

Why carry the boring backpack or a regular office sling when you have these? A large envelope bag or a patchwork leather bag, the idea is to add fashion to functionality because its these little things that make all the difference to an outfit.

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I hope this inspires you to dress up and it’s as fun for you to read as it was for me to write down.

Until next time.

With Love,

Inaaya

PS: Kindly note that all the pictures posted have been taken from the internet and I give full credits to the owners for the same.