22 August, 2018
Raise your hands if you immediately completed the sentence with “Chai Pilo”, lol. I don’t know about you all but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the various versions of this viral video and in a sense, it is hilarious. I mean who would have thought that something as simple and as basic can go viral instantly, that you will find every celebrity, comedian and social media influencer rhyming and meme-ing around this. So yes, basic is not equivalent to boring. I will give you another example of a very rocking person, who tends to dazzle up every place with her basic yet powerful style statements. Her name is Sayanti Mahapatra, the blogger at Binge on Basics. Tricked ya, HA HA HA. Jokes apart, I am mostly dressed up in basic clothes, and I have a very casual style statement, yet I always manage to incorporate the latest trends into every look that I create.
For a fashion blogger, it is not about how cool you look every time but it is everything about how well-versed are you with the changing fashion trends. I have encountered a few situations where people would simply say “You are not looking like a blogger today”, just because I have not donned something fancy enough. Most of us have built up an image inside that we refer to every time we see a blogger. This image can be of someone who either has the same style statement as we carry or has completely opposite one. Either way, that is our reference image. And if we compare every individual blogger with that concocted reference image, we will never be able to know how fashion forward that individual is (or is not). Something which seems boring to you might be a splendid representation of minimalism, or it might not be about the clothes but about the colours which are in trend, or just the fabric of the outfit which is making headlines (remember the grand comeback of velvet). You never know until you study it meticulously.
Every individual has a divergent interpretation of Fashion. For me, fashion is not just “look good” but more importantly “feel good”. Being comfortable in what you wear manifests an enormous source of confidence in you. I decided to take up my basic style game a notch up by mixing two trends together, athleisure and formals. After all, elevating style game by amalgamating different basic pieces is what Binge on Basics is all about. Coming to this look, I still remember that my sister got these pair of formal side-striped trousers for her nerdy presentation day. She would never wear the formal dresses or pencil skirts rather would go for flared trousers or suits. I asked her why she ditches all those gorgeous formal outfits which Meghan Markle donned up in the very famous TV series Suits (She follows Suits religiously)? She said one word “Uncomfortable”. And that was the moment I knew that she has the same genes. No DNA test needed lol. It is not something new that I raid her closet often and this formal striped pant scored very well on my comfortability matrix. Business formals can be tricky to buy and most people tend to buy the business fabrics themselves and get it stitched according to their needs. Well, if you are not able to find the right formal trousers for you, I would suggest you get it stitched by someone. As far as the fabric is concerned, I know a brand named Tissura that can help you out. Tissura is a 20 years old global network of fabric shops and showrooms situated in Hong Kong and some major Russian cities. They have got so many varieties of fabric like business fabric, evening wear, lace fabric, coat fabric, bridal fabric and much more. And the best part is that you can buy fabrics from the leading European brands and get it delivered to your doorstep. Yes, they deliver worldwide and you can order online.
So the formals are in place. Now comes the athleisure trend. Some people think that athleisure is a disposable fashion trend but let me tell you one thing; anything that brings much comfort can never go out of fashion. To tone down the whole formal-athleisure look, I chose a simple white jersey tee. If you observe closely you will see that I have somewhat involved one another anti-fit trend with this oversized jersey top. I have knotted my top just at the waistline to give the impression of a slimmer silhouette. This is another added point on my comfortability matrix. The white and blue colours definitely blended well and thankfully did not look overtly expressive. For footwear, I chose ankle-length canvas shoes which did full justice to the athleisure side of the look. Last but not the least, I accessorized with my sunnies and braided a portion of my hair to keep the aesthetics in place.
Jersey Top – Nike
Formal Pants – Naomi Code
Ankle-length canvas shoes – Kook & Keech (Myntra)
Overall, this look is trendy in all the ways and yet super congenial. You can carry this look effortlessly to your college or a city stroll or even on a fun ride with your friends. Also, there is good news. I am featuring fashion enthusiasts from all over the world on Binge on Basics. So, if you are a fashion diva from inside and you want to be a part of this community, then put up a post with #sayantixootd or just add the hashtag to your existing best fashion post on your Instagram and I will connect with you. Stay tuned and keep watching this space for more information. You can subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss the section launch.
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