Closet Sweep: Day 43 to Why-the-Fuck-Did-I-Promise-This day

Essentially, I am vomiting my looks out. Sorry about the mess. After this, we’ll talk about books and quantum physics because I am uni-dimensional enough to think fashion and intellect are mutually exclusive. Now you know what I think of myself.


This is still from the sombre week, I am guessing.

Pants: Gap skinnies
Cardigan: H&M
Shirt: Black ASOS (Rs 200, Fashion Street)
Shoes: Red mojris (Rs 200, Linking Road)
Watch: Swatch Touch
Bag: Office sling

I was heading out the door in my nearly mono-tone outfit, when my SIL from Canada came home. She’s particularly gifted in choosing the right presents, and for that, gets an extra serving of my affection. She brought me the watch and cardi — both my favourite colours and colour-blocked my outfit just like that.
The cardi is perfect because:
a) It’s not one of those shrunken ones that look XS when buttoned, even when they are XXL.
b) Three-fourth sleeves


I know this is the next day because I couldn’t wait to wear the cardigan again. It was a Saturday and I was a nursery school teacher.

Skirt: A line, Earth Something. One of those Earth Mother stores that turn human turds into fragrant incense. I love the colour, the geometrical pattern and A-line skirt is great for travelling within India — your legs are covered up, you can go to religious places and the clothes don’t soil with whatever is on the public toilet floor.

Top: Rs 150 navy blue tank

Shoes: Mancini brown Mary Janes


Dress: From The Shop. It’s complicated, so I had to buy it. The dress has no side seams; the panels are open and you tie it the front and then at the back. This makes support-wear tricky — what’s the point of buying a airy dress if you need so much support inside.

Inside: Cycling shorts from the 90s (I was taking this challenge VERY seriously); tank top


Chappals: Coral and gold from the streets.
I’m going to wear this with a churidaar next.

And then it got really hot and I wore this:


Dress: Nightie from The Shop
Jacket: Linen from Lokhandwala
Shoes: Dansko Sandals

As you might know, Tushar has strong opinions about my clothes (and I have strong opinions about his nose). And he tried his hardest not to let me go out in a short nightie. And because I have a 13-year-old’s regard for authority, I went ahead anyway. It’s the small wins that add up.


This is a lot more recent than the rest, which is untruthful to the chronology of puking. I hope you don’t mind.

Top: Navy blue tee with pocket from Cotton World. Very nice grown up tee.
Pants: White, I like white pants now. Rs 200, Fashion street. They have roll-up tabs, but I prefer wearing them like belted trousers. Just a few days before this I was wondering why I buy so many pants and then it got hot and sweat trickled down my hairy legs and I remembered why. You are welcome for the image.
Scarf: From Causeway. Like colours and tassels.
Shoes: Mancini Mary Janes


This was one of the blah days in between.

Top: The Cotton World Tee in Pink
Jeans: Mango
Blazer: Vintage Missoni
Accessories: Three-strand chain off Hill Road
Shoes: Suede loafers from Clarks.

I put the jacket on just to look ready enough for work.


This is what I wore on the first day of the fashion week, because I was feeling cheeky. And then I felt stupid. I call it the Tintin look.

Shirt: The chaddi shirt
Pants: Chemistry let-down pants
Shoes: Clarks Brogues
Vest: Tushar’s
Accessories: Yellow socks, my dad’s round glasses and some watch.

I am through 70-80 per cent of my wardrobe and there is a lot more, but I don’t think I can continue this. see you when I have something nice to wear and share.

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.

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.