Since it was a gift, the blouse came unstitched, naturally. Whoever said whatever happens happens for the best was right, at least in this matter. I can never see myself wearing the blouse piece came with this saree. So, I picked up an all-over-cut-work blouse that I have in my collection. When buying a cut-work saree from Bangladeshi designer Shabana Ali couple years ago, she was kind enough to give me two blouse pieces so that I can style the saree with both traditionally with sleeves and with a modern twist off-shoulder design. And I knew it instantly that this cut-work motif blouse with sleeves will be perfect when styled with a traditional white saree with red border on Puja celebrations or on Baishakhi…so here you go!
I have kept the jewelleries very minimal keeping the color red in check. A pair of jhumka with pearls & polki and a pair of gold bangles with meena art and polki paired with the traditional shakha-pola (white and red bangles) have kept the look traditionally simple yet elegant. I make my own rules and follow self-made customs, I wore this white and red bangles because it completes this look, not because it is a compulsion for Bengali Hindu married women. My gold chain is a gift from my aunt, I have to say it is one of those rare moments when I liked something that someone gifted me;)
When it comes to make-up, I wanted a very defined eyes with black eye-liner on both the upper and lower lines to give it a look similar to Hindu goddessess. As the eye make-up is loud, I had to go very light on my lips, so I just outlined my lips with a mocha lip-liner and put shimmery lip gloss in it. No lipstick! I have worn a big red vermillion mark on my forehead also known as Bindi and added one tiny diamonte under. This is a very traditional way of wearing Bindi among Bengali Hindus in India. Washing my hair in the morning has its own charm- it looks naturally fresh and shiny. I didn’t need to style it. Since I have cooked and served a big feast for lunch, so I had to tie my hair to make it kitchen-appropriate, a casual low-loose bun was most convenient and go-to hair-do, wearing a golden flower-clip on it added an admirable feminine style.
Dhakai Jamdani Saree from New Market, Dhaka
Blouse Piece By Shabana Ali (Blouse design conceptualised by me, stiched by my tailor in Delhi)
Criss-cross Gold Chain (I don’t know from where, remember it’s a gift!)
Gold Bangles and Ear ring from Ratan’s Kolkata, India
Eye-liner By Illamasqua
Kohl Pencil By Mac Cosmetics
Revlon Lip-liner Pencil
Estee Lauder Lip Gloss
Bindi from New market, Kolkata, India.