When it comes to New Year resolutions, nothing beats the cliché of travelling the world. And this year is no different. From backpacking in the Himalayas to travelling solo across South East Asia, everyone around me seems to have travel high on their priority list this year. This year, I’ve joined in all the unoriginality. In my head, this year, I’m going diving in at least 3 different places, spending a month in Europe and ploughing through a decent chunk of my savings shopping in Hong Kong- all armed with unlimited access to my wardrobe unhinged by airline baggage restrictions, but of course. But first, a little bit of travel across our very own country is warranted. Here are my India travel and style plans for 2017.
I have a lifelong love for beaches and all things vitamin-sea. And while I don’t think I could ever get sick of Goa, I have been cheating on my favourite beach destination with thoughts of visiting Gokarna and Covelong Beach. Gokarna, with its laid-back vibe calls for bohemian layers. Picture layered silver statement necklaces over a simple tank and cutoffs. But Covelong Beach, which also has some of the most luxurious hotels in Chennai, begs for a little more decadence a la DVF inspired wrap dresses with overbearing hats and sky high wedges. Excuse me while I hop on a flight to the nearest beach.
As slow fashion moves from the fringes of the fashion movement to the mainstream, I’ve found myself leaning towards organic, indigenous fabrics, textiles and textures. In my endeavour to make more of my own clothes, I’ve fallen in love with kalamkari, ikkat and indigo hued cotton. The picture above is a wrap dress I had made with hand printed cotton fabric I picked up on commercial street. While Bangalore has fabrics which are acceptable, I’ve been meaning to plan a trip to Gujrat to discover the handlooms of our country (and this also gives me an excuse to fly Vistara). This year I would love to be able to travel across the country learning about the intricacies of bandhej and the painstaking effort that goes behind rabari embroidery. Gujrat, here I come!
I’ve visited Bombay more times than I can remember, but to not include it in my India travel plans for this year would be sacrilege. Bombay, Delhi and Gangtok are a few places where I feel we see real street style in India. And while I am not inclined to visit Delhi this year, and the North East requisites an entire month of travel and trekking, Bombay is the closest to home and heart. While I am biased by the fact that some of my closest friends and family live in Bombay, I love how accessible fashion is in Bombay. Almost everyone on the streets has an individualistic style. And I find myself inspired to dress well even for a coffee run when in the city. And if all works out I’m going to be back in the Bay before I know it.
I’d love to hear about your travel plan for the year! Drop me a line in the comment section below and tell me where you’re off to next! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all my travel and trips