Makeovers don’t happen over one night of sleepover or one shopping day out with the girls like they show in chick flicks. It’s not even as fun and exciting. At 14, I first realised I was not among the best lookers and being average, sometimes below average, hurt and influence all the perceptions you have about yourself. The best decision I made was to experiment with my appearance and dressing at that age so by the time adulthood prevailed I was well aware of what suits me and what doesn’t. Beauty and style was never correlated for me. Style comes with confidence and personality which is in our hands to develop. Growth is essential throughout life.
When a girl named Kavita messaged me on Instagram, I assumed she's another school going bud blooming into a flower. “Hi BlabberCat, wanted to ask if I can come shopping with you one day since I’m in Kolkata.” It was a very odd request because a stranger hasn’t asked to tag along for a shopping trip before. I always wanted to be as accessible I could to all our readers and so I asked her to meet me at the mall the next day. I was running late so I sent someone from my office to start till I could make it. 30 minutes later my team member texts me ‘Come fast, you need to see this’. I wrapped up my meeting and out of curiosity went to the mall and found them at a given spot. To my surprise Kavita was a recently single mother of two grown up children who had an arranged marriage meeting the following weekend. After walking in and out of stores, I realised she would be more comfortable if it was just us so I asked my team member to get back to office. It was then she told me her story which I’ll refrain from saying, and how she wanted a new look before starting a new life. This was right after the tragic body shaming incident that took place in a well known designer store who has 2-3 outlets in the city. A famous artist in the city was humiliated by a saleswoman as she said ‘aapke size me kuch nahi milega,’ in a sharp rude tone. So most importantly I had to assure her that there’s nothing she needed to change about herself. She went home buying a solid pink shirt with grey ankle length pants and lighter grey floor-length jacket. She also took down notes of the colour of polish, shoes and bags should be and reference pictures of makeup and hair that she could do it herself at home.
I went back to office with my new story idea in mind. BlabberCat’s makeover project was officially announced and I started with a friend who’s style I have been observing. With her lifestyle, it’s essential to include light cotton kurtas as her work demands it. Even though in India most corporate jobs’ dressing is more of kurtas than power dressing, comfort is merged with being lazy. The biggest problem I have with the general crowd is that they are lazy dressers. My friend Sonika’s forte was her skin, smile and a great taste in design. She knew vertical lines would add height and a thin layer would make her waist look narrow.
We added some volume in her hair by straightening the front and adding curls at the bottom to make it bounce around her shoulders as she moves. We chose a lipstick that would not look too OTT on a regular day out and instead of layering her skin with foundation we added a tinge of blush. Kajal should be avoided in this climate especially for long hours so a liner is more than enough.
The next outfit change is by the latest designer added to Azariya store - Resham Chowdhary. Her expertise in comfortable fabrics and appealing patterns were my top pic for the day. I tried out a lounge crop top and pants and it was super chic, summery and dressy. For Sonika I chose a straight cut kurta this time but with a little twist in the sleeves.
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