This is still a new feature – I’m testing the waters. I explained in some detail in the first edition of CoverUp here. This is the second edition and I’m hoping there will be more.

While the first edition was work-wear – I wore those clothes while shooting for a client, this one is for an event – a store launch. With the kind of work that I do, I’m invited – quite regularly and not always to my glee – to cover store launches, product launches, brand launches, restaurants, spas, etc. While these used to be exciting and new some years ago, these days I need a good incentive – monetary ( getting paid for the work I do ), relationship building ( friends’ events / launches ) or convenience ( the venue is not too far, I have a chauffeur-driven car, etc. )

I try not to spend too much time dressing up because regardless of how it seems from the “outside”, most of these events are part of “work” for me. I don’t want to waste too much time – unless there’s a group of friends there and we peel off some place else.

Naina.co-CoverUp-02-Outfit-Story

Above, with jacket, without jacket. I’d returned home when I decided to make these selfies, I had taken off my trouser belt, which is why the faux-leather trousers look like they’re saggy. Jacket is from MANGO, sequinned ganji / top is also from MANGO. The trousers are from Forever 21 as are the shoes. Yes, I prefer flat shoes. I can’t and won’t wear heels unless … unless nothing actually.

Rounded shoulders and non-toned arms don’t help – but since I didn’t take off the jacket, no one saw those. I’m working on it.

Naina.co-CoverUp-02-Outfit-Story

And above is when I’m wearing the same clothes but when I’m driving. The black fabric of the top is slightly see-through and it’s fairly low to show “too much” cleavage. Too much by on-the-road-in-Delhi standards. To cover up, while on my way TO the party, there’s a Matthew Williamson scarf around my neck. On my way BACK from the party, there’s a very lovely, soft hand-woven woolen shawl – because it was considerably colder on my way back. Also the shawl tends to leave fibers on the black jacket, which I can remove with my lint-removed when I’m home – not when I’m reaching a launch-party. Of course, tied-up hair by the end of the evening.

No make-up, no jewelry – I was carrying a black leather wallet, my mobile phone and my FujiFilm X100 in my hands. Not pictured here because I was lazy.

Dressing like this is still a pretty big leap for me. I’m still drawn to the denims but now I think “What would @Akanksha say?” and I’m usually all set. I think I’m making her proud!