Style begins at home. Many of us are used to wearing our old tattered tee-shirts and washed out salwar kameezes at home. While comfort usually drives our choice of home wear, it is possible to achieve an effortlessly put together look even for when you are just lazying about the house. So the next time that cute guy unexpectedly drops by or you have to run over to that kirana store around the corner, you won’t find yourself rummaging through your wardrobe to hurriedly make yourself look presentable. You will always be presentable if you build your home wear wardrobe by including a few inexpensive yet trendy pieces.
If you are the kind who revels in their loose tee-shirt and pyjama pants, then lycra leggings can add a dash of style to your look. Leggings can be worn with man shirts, tees, cotton dresses and even short kurtas. Even though leggings may look too snug to be comfortable for home wear, a soft pair can easily stretch over time and continue to look sleek when worn, bringing style plus ease. Footwear to team with this outfit would be cute flip flops in bright colours for when you are at home. Bata (yes the good old desi footwear company) makes home wear slippers in many colours and prints. And you get them at Bata prices and Bata durability. Alternatively, slipping your feet into a pair of ballerinas will round off the look instantly, so you can run errands in style. Leggings can be bought more affordably at your local ‘garment stores’ instead of paying a bomb for them at posh departmental stores. Choose plain lycra over shiny nylon leggings for hot weather.
If you are used to wearing a salwar kameez at home, then you can upgrade your style quotient by transitioning to harem pants. Harem pants, also known as ‘Aladin pants’ can be teamed with comfy tops for that quirky yet relaxed look. These tops can be knee length tee-shirts if you still want the feel of a kurta over your pants or they can be camisoles to give you a hip look.
You can also choose short, fitted tee-shirts as an in-between alternative. Harem pants suitable for home wear can be bought from flea markets at throwaway prices, so stocking up on different colours is easy. Inexpensive versions of harem pants can be tried out at home first before buying a more expensive, glamorous version if you are unsure of being able to carry them off outdoors. If you have to pop out for a walk around the block or grab a quick coffee, fling a stole around your neck and don a pair of Indian kitsch chappals to glam up the outfit instantly.
If you wear night gowns during the day and are looking for a change, there are some good options out there. Many Indian women choose the frill-over-the-front nighty for their comfort and roominess, but the thing is, they are called nighties for a reason – they are best worn at night.
Fabindia stocks an elegant version of the nighty that can pass off as a day gown as well. They are wrap around gowns costing about 1100 rupees a pop. Also, kaftans (or caftans) are a graceful alternative. With kaftans, one can retain the coverage of a nighty and not look like they are about to hit the sack any minute. While a cotton kaftan would be good enough for a relaxed day at home, a satin / silk kaftan lends polish and class. Kaftans can be worn in varying lengths depending on the kind of effect you are trying to achieve – a full length kaftan would make for a modest attire whereas a knee length or shorter version could be more flirty. To top off the look, wear your hair up in a loose chignon, leaving soft tendrils around the face.
To carry over the daintiness of the gown / kaftan all the way to the footwear, pick slippers with velvety or satin finish bands. Alternatively, fabric lined closed toe slippers would add sophistication with style.
A note to the readers: This is my first blog post in a series of posts about fashion and styling. I have some ideas lined up for future posts, but I want to know what you would like to read about in this category. So post away your comments and questions! 🙂