I was born in the 80s in the intellect capital of India, under communist rule. In my kind of families vanity was equated with vain.. Putting an effort to look good meant you have nothing better to do, you better read a book or learn Rabindra Sangeet….
The benefit was manifold, I am well read and always look beyond appearances… but on the other hand grew up to be extremely shy and always reminded myself that am not of right height, right haircut, right skin tone etc etc…..It took me long to overcome these insecurities, not completely but mostly.. I want to share what helped me, because it may help someone else
- Find an inspiration: I had a room mate who was from north east throughout my JNU days, and they are the most effortlessly stylish Indians you will ever found, she played a big part in developing my own sense of style..
- Follow Blogs: There used to be blogs by mortals like us who used to share their daily styles in ways we can follow. Not the instagram bloggers who posts photoshopped, fully made up snaps in clothes sponsored by brands. Dont find inspiration there, better follow runaway models, they are at least professionals. But I digress, I entirely learned how to accessorize from few blogs.
- Find your way: After you are done with getting inspired there will be a time you will find tour own footing. Like after visiting Zara, Forever 21, H&M many time I realised handloom cotton is my holy grail of fashion.
- Accept Your Flaws: It is more difficult to comprehend and follow than the social media memes make it look, but that is the ultimate goal….