Closet Sweep: Day 42


Top: Mango basic
Skirt: Applique skirt from Colaba. I wore this once more, when the weather got warmer, with a muslin racer-back. It has since been set out to graze; the applique’s fraying.

Vest: FabIndia bundi that I put on without realizing it would pick out colours from the skirt. A surprisingly nice finish. I should have bought the camel one while it was still available.

Accessories: Charcoal gray stockings from some drugstore. It was the kind of day when my mother would say, “Stockings ghaal” if I was in school. Seiko watch.

Shoes: Danskos. Stockings and sandals is such a late 70s/80s look. It reminds me of my childhood. I really heart it.

Closet Sweep: Day 41


I had some really dark days two weeks ago. I just noticed so many of my outfits are melancholic and in the same colour family. I like this.

Top: Dark blue silk tee from Zara with exposed zip detail. Beautiful colour.


Jeans: Mango.

Blazer: One button, Zara. I wore it turned up to show off a brooch.


Accessories: A loosely spun wool stole. Tie-dye. Looks like the sky to me. A brass brooch shaped like a dog with semi-precious stones. And a bangle composite.


It was one of the last cold days of the season.

Closet Sweep: Day 39


Top: Silk Zara tank with gold stitching.
Trousers: Rs 200, Colaba Causeway
Cardi: Color Plus
Shoes: Brogues from Clarks. I love well-made brogues and ordered this before the cardboard versions hit the shops. Now of course, I’m going to stow them away till the trend dies out.
Accessories: Gold chain and pendant. Panerai homage watch

This is a nice outfit for a blah day. I must remember it.

Closet Sweep: Day 38


Dress: Anokhi. It’s an umbrella cut with satin ribbons for shoulder straps that draws the neck together. I bought it for a baby shower.

Blazer: Vintage velvet (Thanks Nawaz masi!). I replaced the buttons.

Shoes: The curved heel Clarks.

Accessories: Black stockings (it was cold; I didn’t want to wax). These earrings from Hill Road.


It was the store opening of a textile revivalist and I wanted to wear something Indian, but contemporary.


1. So in Tushar’s household, they make this awesome kheer. It’s immovably thick on account of reduced milk, condensed milk, ghee roasted almond slivers and vermicelli. It’s angel semen. Wouldn’t it be awesome if biofluids could be engineered to taste yummy? You Stanford, MIT-wallahs, are you on this?

2. I have a business idea. Ganpati is big right? You’ve seen the pandals. There’s a Subhashchandra Ganu, a baby Ganu, headlines Ganu. I sense an opportunity. Dashboard accessories — chattri, havan pind, scroll, mouse, turban, crown, etc. Different figures — student Ganpati, scribe’s Ganu, long-distance traveller Ganu, gunning down terrorists Ganu. Different costumes. Who’s got China on speed-dial?

Closet Sweep: Day 36


Tunic: Fashion street. A stylist from Grazia gave it to me. It’s silk and has lines of random lettering in typewriter font. It’s really unique and I am so pleased she gave it to me.

Tights: Dark grey, charcoal

Shoes: Yellow T-strap wingtips. These are lovely and every time I see them I wonder why I don’t wear them more. Because of the almond toe. It bullies my toes. These are up for grabs if anyone wants. They are Indian size 7 (UK 5, Euro 38).

Closet Sweep: Day 35


I remembered that morning that I had to be at a book launch AND a fashion event. My brain hadn’t woken up yet, so I pulled out what I had. The blouse has been worn before, so the rules have been broken and I am no longer morally obligated to my anal inner self to continue this exercise beyond the pictures that lie in my phone.

Top: Silk. Rs 150
Waistcoat: Zara off the Road. Rs 200
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Black slip-ons which have a small wedge heel. Very sneaky, these are. Extremely plain but comfortable elevation.
Hair: I told you about those feathers right? This is what it looked like. My favourite comment about it was, “Looks like a bird rammed into your head and died.” At least it was a pretty bird, stinky.


Closet Sweep: Day 34


Shirt: The shirt of weariness that accentuates lop-sided boobs, or gives you the appearance of them, if you so wish. From FabIndia. A shirt that FEELS better than it looks. I’m going through a funk right now and it shows in the clothes and general cussedness.

Pants: Gap jeans

Shoes: Jesus chappals

Accessories: I had to head out to the Kala Ghoda festival afterwards, so I just threw on a durakh shawl which saved the day. I looked Kala Ghoda types. Silver earrings and GShock watch


My hair has feathers in it. My most inventive and cheap hairdresser braided them in. I went for black wool with blue, purple and a peacock feather to end it all. I’m too restless and cheap for highlights.