With mud between her fingers, the girl hummed away
Tall heights and war wounds
Never imagined a pink bedroom full of barbie dolls
In the scorching sun with messy hair, the girl hummed away
Baby sat bees and lizards
Never attempted to walk in mommy’s high heels
I might not have ever mentioned in my blog, but yeah, as a girl in my teens, I used to be a tomboy. Beautiful gowns, floral dresses and cute skirts never really drew my attention. My father have raised me more or less like a boy and not a girl, he always mentioned the reason being me the elder child. In fact, he got me suits and trousers on durga puja or bihu- the( only) times we used to go shopping back then( Talking of Durga Puja, the festive look update is up on the blog and also featured on Eclectic Northeast September Issue on print).
When I was in college, I had found a style of my own. Those tapered jean and shirts- yes, that’s what used to be my favorites. Although I started fancying a pair of pink pumps which every girl liked, but I could never actually think of going out without wearing my converse shoes. Then my backpack, believe me, it used to be there like a shitty nagging(chipku ) girlfriend. I had put a whole lot of badges on it and I remember being mocked by a bunch of girls while boarding a bus after my tuitions, “LEVEL”! Back home we have different set of words used for teasing and mocking at people. “OVER” “LEVEL” etc. Well, till now I couldn’t figure out if it’s supposed to be “LEVEL” or “LABEL” or something else! My shirts usually had band patches and I also took great pride in wearing band t-shirts shopped from the only metal merch shop back then- GAME CAVE. I had a belt with a lot of knuckles and could never imagine my life without it. There were instances where I also wore neck ties to my guitar classes. I remember an incident wherein one of my professors mistook my wristbands to be a bandage! Camouflage print and cargoes were my best friend. I remember how proud I used to be while showing that middle black- nailed- finger to anybody trying to tease me. Well! Back then, I always wanted to be a badass girl, if that’s the word.
But I also admired a few other girls who dressed up in a very feminine way and wore nice make up. My mother would never let me try lipstick, although I had a gloss box in a variety of pinks, gifted by a girl friend on one of the birthdays. I used to think that once I am old enough I would wear bold lipsticks, dresses and high heels. But now if I look at myself, I realize that I am still the same girl. Although, I have changed a little bit, with respect to my style and attitude, I still have the same tomboyish soul inside me. I am naturally drawn towards an oversized t- shirt and a pair of torn jeans than a beautiful feminine dress. When I visit malls, I always stop by the men’s section apart from the girl’s section. I still have very less interest in wearing make up and I wear it only to look photogenic in front of the lens. I believe, a part of you, never changes. And now even when I wear a romantic gown, a purple dress or a beautiful skirt, I somehow manage to bring out THAT part of me. And I don’t even have to try!
As a girl, I always fancied sneakers and shoes. It’s a different thing that I couldn’t afford a decent pair back then and always had to stick to a pair of Chuck Taylor’s. It’s not that now things have become easy for me. But I have started upgrading my wardrobe. Even when I wear a COVERSTORY SKIRT, I can’t ditch my ADIDAS SNEAKERS, you see. Maybe, I would change. Maybe my style would. Who knows! Maybe I would be hyper feminine in the days to come! But until then I am going to enjoy myself in breathable clothes and sneakers. That’s me for you.
♣ CREDITS ♣
CREATIVE DIRECTION & STYLING | SHIVANI BORUAH
PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITING | SAIKAT DAS
CONCEPT | The GIRL that I used to be!
OUTFIT | COVERSTORY SKIRT, FOREVER21 COAT, ADIDAS ORIGINALS SWIFT RUN SNEAKERS and GINGER TRANSPARENT EMBROIDERED TOP
LOCATION | The Courtyard House, Bangalore, India
Now, coming to this look, as WINTER IS COMING, a coat over a pair of floral transparent blouse and a floral skirt is something you might want to try. Well! This year, whether it be summer or winter, it’s all about florals. Grab a pretty scarf too. And always remember to be yourself.
~ Stylishly yours,