For the longest time, I had always played it safe with my everyday wardrobe choices, especially in terms of colour. Neutrals had been my go-to since I probably started shopping for myself. If I wasn’t wearing black, grey, cream, or white, you would definitely spot me in a light, muted shade of blue or pink. After all, one can never really go wrong with such a palette. Add to that, my penchant for menswear, especially formals – bright hues are rarely ever a part of a man’s workwear closet. I stayed far away from colours like yellow and orange, that is, until recently.
If you’ve seen my recent Instagram pictures, you must have noticed a lot of colour sprinkled across my feed. That’s because I’ve slowly started making bolder sartorial decisions.
I still can’t go all out and wear a wild leopard print with a zebra print (honestly, no one should do that), but I’ve learned how to incorporate bright colours and fun prints into my casual looks. What I often used to do at a store (probably still do) is make a beeline for the greys and blacks while ignoring all the aisles that were dressed up in bright hues. Want to know what made me change my ways (besides my mum constantly reminding me that I’m young and should wear more colour)?
Read on to find out.
The key to bringing any kind of change into your life is by introducing small doses of it so you’re not completely replacing who you truly are. This is one thing I often repeat in my blog posts and videos – never EVER let go of your originality. Whenever you try a new form of clothing, a new makeup look, or even a new style of decor for your room, make sure you do it in a way that’s comfortable for you. The reason I wanted to add some colour to my closet was because I was tired of dressing the same old way and feeling like I was stuck in a rut. Any little change in your life can make a world of difference and, for me, fashion has always worked.
Usually, I add colour in the form of one key accessory or piece of clothing and style the rest of my look around it. In this case, it was the gold ikat jacket, which was the hero of this outfit.
I went a step further and opted for statement earrings to match this statement jacket. The makeup also complemented the different shades of the ikat print. We went for a bold coral lip and orange and yellow eye shadows. Keeping the rest of the outfit black helped in making the key pieces pop.
The peep-toe wedges were a subtle shade of gold rather than a bright, blingy colour. I knotted the long tan belt for a more refined look; you too can do the same with the help of this video.
Gold Ikat Jacket – JJ Valaya Couture (sourced from DateTheRamp.com), Black Lace Top – Bershka, Black Fringe Hem Jeans – Miss Selfridge, Belt – Mango, Earrings – Valliyan by Nitya Arora, Watch – Daniel Wellington, Gold and Black Peep-toe Wedges – Charles & Keith.
Photo Credits: Bhairavi Tawade
Makeup Artist: Nidhi Shah