Lately, I have been thinking about the concept of personal style. Do I have one? I don’t know yet. As a little girl, my mother picked out my clothes; for obvious reasons. I mostly wore dresses and skirts. Come high school, I started to pick my own clothes and I would gravitate towards jeans and t-shirts. That was my style, then.
We used to go to Jaipur occasionally to shop and the group used to comprise of my mother, aunt and sisters. It used to be like a mini getaway, taking the early morning train to Jaipur, staying at a relative’s place and tagging along with my mother into the markets. The ladies had their favorite boutiques in Jaipur that were popular for their ethnic clothes and home furnishings. I was not interested in those stores then, so I would patiently wait for them to finish their shopping; so that we could go to other stores that I fancied.
When I got into college, I saw a shift in my personal style. Instead of only wearing jeans and t-shirt I started to wear wearing Indian kurtas (tunics). I know wearing kurta/kurtis with jeans is not revolutionary in terms of fashion, but it was a shift in my personal style and it reflected in the clothes I picked. Now when I went to Jaipur, I actually liked the clothes and appreciated the idea behind it. The tradition of hand block printing can be seen all over in Jaipur, but I particularly liked two stores; Cottons and Anokhi. They were already revamping ethnic/Indian fashion by giving it a modern twist, while incorporating the art of block printing. This fusion style struck a chord with me.
Jaipur has now become second home to me and I no longer take those morning trains, but the shopping hasn’t stopped! In my case, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, I buy my clothes and home furnishings from the same boutiques in Jaipur like my mother. It is crazy to a point that my reactions to certain kind of products are in sync with her.
In this post, I am wearing a complete look from Anokhi (no surprise there). Dhoti pants are inspired by the dhoti drape which is a traditional men’s garment. I have paired it with a printed wrap style top and silver earrings.
Before I end this post, I would like to share some of the stores I like to shop in Jaipur. Some of these stores have branched out to other cities in India.
Anokhi – 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11 Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur.
Cottons – Hari Bhawan, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur.
Ratan Textiles – 201, Opposite JEIT College, Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur.
Soma – A 5 – Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur.
Suvasa – Jacob Rd, Madrampur, Civil Lines, Jaipur.
Dhoti Pants: Anokhi | Wrap style top: Anokhi | Silver earrings: Anokhi | Clutch: Fabindia | Silver ring from Delhi Haat | Silver Bangles: Gems & Art Plaza, Jodhpur | Kohlarpuri sandal from Old City Market, Jodhpur.