YAY, I GOT DRESSED TODAY!

…And found someone to take a picture for me!

POST-BABY (BODY) BLUES

It shocks me that people – even those you don’t know well – aren’t afraid to point out you’ve gotten fat as if you didn’t own a mirror or stand sobbing over the pile of clothes that don’t fit you anymore. I experienced this after giving birth but decided to refocus the attention to my outfits instead, which you can see here.

Boutique Moschino blouse, Acne Studios jeans (with button and zipper holding on for dear life), vintage Chanel purse, Nike sneakers (worn for fashion, not for exercising obviously otherwise I would have lost some weight already).

THREE IS BETTER THAN NONE

It’s lonely in the closet sometimes – well, for clothes that have never been worn! I decided to liberate a shirt that had been sitting idle for far too long and bring it out into the world in three different ways. Get some ideas for how you can make the most of your unused items here.

Chinese-style pajama shirt purchased in Hong Kong, Stella McCartney wedges, Ray Ban sunglasses, internal satisfaction at being able to style all my loved pieces in new ways even though I’m terrible at posing for pictures.

GOT MILK?

Breastfeeding is complicated enough when you’re worrying about milk supply, nipple soreness, latch issues and a whole host of other dilemmas you could never imagine. Don’t let your nursing outfits go sour! Check out some ideas for how to rock out with your boob out here.

Dress from Asos.com, slides from Schutz, scarf from Zara, Salvatore Ferragamo purse, Miu Miu sunglasses. Not pictured is the heavy duty nursing bra I’ve been forced to wear, breast pads to prevent milk leakage and the girdle that’s (sorta) holding in my flappy post-pregnancy stomach. Sexy, I know!

MAXI GROWTH

As you complete the last trimester of pregnancy, pulling up pants feels like running a marathon. Plus, you can barely get skinny maternity jeans past your cankles. Read all about why maxi dresses and robes are maternity wardrobe lifesavers here.

Vintage lace dress from Again & Again, utility jacket from Topshop, pool water featured behind is probably the equivalent amount of how much I’ve peed throughout nine months of pregnancy.

UTERUS FASHION

Your body goes through a ton of transformations from the first moment the pee stick comes back positive. But that doesn’t always mean others are positive towards a pregnant body! Ignore their judgment and focus on dressing for the life you have growing inside you as I’ve done here.

Vintage pregnancy-friendly dress from Again & Again, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses. Elastic will become your best (and only) friend as your belly grows, embrace it!

SWEAT IN STYLE

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot around here! I’ve put together four summer looks to inspire you to unchain yourself from the AC and go outside. Check out my sweaty stylings here.

H&M striped tee, Topshop skirt, Marc Jacobs purse, Nike sneakers that I wore with the intention of running to the nearest swimming pool, sweat produced by the amazing workings of the human body.

CH-CH-CHOORA!

As a recently married Indian woman, I’ve had the joy of being handcuffed to wedding bangles. But instead of bemoaning the prison my wrists are locked up in, I’ve compiled a visual style diary of how beautiful choora can be here.

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Vintage tank from Again & Again, vintage pants from The Trapeze Swingers Store, Hugo Boss sunglasses, vintage Chanel bag (!!!), Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, wedding choora purchased from New Delhi.

WHATCHA LOOKING AT?!

Staring aunties make life awkward for the rest of us. Since we can’t stop them from being nosy, our only hope is to teach them how to be more subtle about their behavior. Read my easy-to-follow guide here.

White tee from Cotton On, Zara platforms, sunglasses by Vogue Eyewear, disapproving stare learned from years of being glared at by aunties.

ALL TORN UP

Ripped jeans are nothing more than “pants with holes” to parents. While that may be technically true, I’m defending them as a fashion-forward choice. Read why I favor these so-called “pants for homeless people” here.

Salvatore Ferragamo purse, Schutz shoes, distressed denim from Mango (which has also led to distressed parents when I wear them).

STOMACH ISSUES

Why is it OK to expose your belly in an Indian outfit but not a crop top? There’s actually an answer for it, most of which I didn’t even make up! Read all about it here.

Pants from Asava, top from Motif Official, apologies from me for taking these pictures after eating a huge lunch.

IT’S ALL IN THE MIND

Self-doubt doesn’t look good with any outfit so I decided to be brave, suck in my tummy, and wear the dress I had been avoiding for ages. Read about the thought process behind it here.

Dress and purse from H&M, insecurities courtesy of my own mind and society, fierce pose is the result of trying to overcome my own mind and society.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY OUTFITS

Relatives don’t usually hold back their opinions, especially when it comes to eccentric outfits. I decided to give them something to talk about by testing out four different looks at family gatherings. Read about their reactions here.

Vintage top from Sugar & Cream, midi skirt by Tiger Seven, studded heels by Viera by Ragazze, Cartier watch, flower basket purchased from a local market and doubling as my purse.

RED IS THE LUCKIEST COLOR OF ALL

So, of course, I’m wearing black instead. It wasn’t an easy rebellion though, as I had to contend with superstitions about color. Banish your evil eye and use your regular eyes to read about it here.

Embellished black dress by Label Ritu Kumar (get it here), Lovetobag clutch, Schutz shoes, standing-and-sleeping pose brought to you by me.

THE SCARF SERIES

Accessorizing can be such a chore, especially when your necklaces love teaming up to see just how many new ways they can get knotted and tangled up. Scarves never do that to me so I’ve outlined three ways to use them here.

Scarf from flea market in New Delhi, Charles & Keith shoes. Sorry if you get offended by pictures of feet/You’re welcome if you have a foot fetish.

A REBEL GETS SCHOOLED, AUNTIE-STYLE

It doesn’t matter how cool you think you are! Someone will always be ready to put you in your place, even though that place may be in a time machine back to the prehistoric era. Read all about it here.

Vintage romper from Again & Again, linen blazer from Yell, tanned skin courtesy of taking this picture too late in the evening without enough natural light (although I wish it was from a much-needed beach vacation).

IT TAKES AN ARM-Y…

…to convince certain folks that sleeveless attire is acceptable. I don’t really understand why since most arms are composed primarily of flab. Read more of my musings here.

Vintage dress from Sugar & Cream, Swarovski necklace, flabby arms by all the excuses I make to avoid the gym.

SKIN AIN’T A THANG

Well, actually showing skin is a thang for some conservative people. But it’s not the outfit’s fault! That’s why I’m writing an apology to this ensemble here.

Top by Milin, layered pants from Fusion Beats, Schutz shoes, exposed skin by me and daily moisturizing.

THE SHORT & SHORT OF IT

Is my butt cheek hanging out? Cellulite too visible? Why are shorts such a controversial topic? Whatever the reason, I’m wearing them anyway and discussing it here.

Vintage CK shorts (well, they’re only vintage because I’ve had them since middle school – the perks of never throwing anything out and persevering in my rebellion), blouse from Again & Again, bucket bag by Rudimentary, mules and anklets from various markets in New Delhi.

VINTAGE VIBES

My artfully cropped out double chin and this fun vintage look welcome you to Rebel with a Closet! Read the full post here.

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Vintage shirt your grandpa would approve of from Sugar & Cream, pants from The Trapeze Swingers Store, scarf from flea market in New Delhi.

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