Summers are here in full force now. A lot of dilly-dallying rain showers and cooler weather due to snowfall on the mountains meant that Delhi hasn’t been plunged into heat just yet. That was until the weekend. With temperatures now touching about 45 degrees Celcius, and no more rain forecasts, the air-conditioning bill is going to sky rocket. Just thinking about it makes me want to wear colors that remind of cooler weather. Blue. Green. Yellow. No reds / oranges ( except lip color of course ).
The dress is great for summers ( After looking at their size chart on their website, I asked for the dress in a Small size because the medium’s measurements seemed much larger than the usual M size I wear. I’m wearing a small size in this feature and it is slightly tighter than I’d have liked – time to shave off a few inches of fat! ) And the dress has a pocket. Just the one on the left side. Which is better than no pocket. The dress has a lining though, which might not be ideal for the summer – in my opinion it doesn’t need a lining at all because the fabric is not transparent. Bebaak Studio is based out of Chattisgarh and they work with rural artisans and womens’ group to develop their collections.
The dress is indigo dyed so wash and wear unless you want your hands and skin to turn blue within the hour – and if you’re sweating, then your bra and underwear will also be completely blue by the end of the day! ( Put in tub of cold water with salt and leave for a bit to make the color a little stronger before you handwash in cold water. If you HAVE to wash in the washing machine, make sure you don’t put in any other garment and don’t leave the dress in for too long either. When I wash stuff like this in the machine, I control the cycle times manually to make it the shortest possible wash cycle ever. The brand advises Dry Clean but I don’t have time for that kind of commitment. ) Dress is #MadeInIndia from start to finish.
The shoes. OMG the SHOES! They’re suede and neon green and come with two types of super-wide laces, which you can use together. I’m only using the “velvet” laces in this shoot. The footwear is flat and comfy and probably best worn when you know you’re not going to be walking too much because they are like a dirt-magnet. Will get dirty real quick if you aren’t super careful. I’ve worn this pair twice and so far all good.
The leather backpack is also #MadeInIndia from start to finish and I’m in love with it. It is available in other color variations on Outback Asia’s website. It is roomy enough to let me carry my laptop and DSLR and bluetooth speakers in it. Lots of pockets is always a bonus. Good quality work on the stitching although personally I’d have liked the leather to be a wee bit thicker. I’m now always worried that I might nick it and the bag will be ruined. I don’t even like keeping it on the floor – not sure how the leather will age – hoping it looks better as it ages! The brand has other leather products as well including laptop sleeves and mobile phone covers.
Credits, links to products and product details right at the end of this post – scroll away! Happy Summers! ( My Mom just made fun of me when I said that we didn’t have to worry about the summers for too long as the Monsoons will be here in June. I’m sure she must’ve done an eye-roll before she laughed at me and said that the Monsoon are expected in JULY. That’s almost TWO MONTHS of insane heat and I can’t wait for the rains – although now that I live in Gurgaon, I’m torn between cooler temperatures and literally being marooned on a mini-island in my residential society. )
Wearing : Footwear courtesy PUMA Suede Heart Reset in Neon Yellow | Dress courtesy Bebaak Studio Floral Paisley Indigo Gathered | Leather backpack courtesy Outback Asia Alabama Backpack in Navy | Photographs by Bharat
Previous personal style features on Naina.co can be found under the #CoverUp category.
Previous features with Puma.