With Diwali behind us, it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties and get-togethers. When it comes to formal or “dress up” where, I’m always looking for pieces that can work for both Indian and Western events, and this top/dress hits the mark perfectly.
I spotted this beauty crumpled up in random bin on the floor at a hole in the wall shop in my local Indian market. I was there searching for a new kurta for Armaan, and did not expect them to have anything trendy. Lesson learned; never judge a desi store by it’s crowded look, incense smell, or kitschy decor.
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of shopping at designer or well known stores, but there is also a bit of a thrill at finding a deal at a lesser known store. When I first saw this piece the bottom half was badly wrinkled, and it was hard to make out what it actually was – kurta, dress, top? Whatever it was, I felt like it had potential, and the shop owner was so excited someone wanted to buy it that he gave me a smoking deal!
Once I got all the wrinkles steamed out, the beauty of my new find was evident. Here I’ve paired it with some pleather look leggings and heels for a very cocktail party look, but I have a few more ideas for it. I’m thinking gold pyjami and dupatta for a desi partywear look? I’m also playing with the idea of doing a black lehenga to pair with this top and other kurtis. Side note, I’m not sure how I feel about all this black sneaking into my wardrobe lately. This piece is the fourth item I’ve bought with black in it this year!
Every year I think I should try to support more small businesses, and break out of the rut of shopping at all the same places, but life happens, and it’s never a priority. Seeing the pictures of this piece makes me think it’s time to work on developing some new shopping habits. Not only do I love how this piece looks, I love the story behind it – the thrill of the find!
Images by: Aziz Dhamani