Women I Admire Series #1 – Deepa Ramanathan

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How do you figure out a woman? At first glance, she appears to be a ray of white light. Ok, that’s easy, you think. And then, it rains and you realize the ray of white light actually has seven colors in it. Alright, Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, you think. Not so easy, but not too hard either. And then, if you’re a discerning man, you actually stare at the rainbow and realize there is a gradation of shade in each color. Violet suddenly seems to have a dozen different shades, so does Red, as does Orange! Well, I think that’s as good an analogy for a woman as you can expect.

Complex, multi-dimensional, with shades you will probably not figure out completely in an entire lifetime. But in its entirety, always as beautiful and fascinating and mysterious as the ray of pure white light that metamorphoses into the rainbow.

In all fairness, this is probably true of men as well, so being a true feminist, I am putting it out there and dismissing it, because this is not a post about men. 😊

Getting on, there are several such women in my life, women I know and admire, love and respect. And I wanted to do a series on them in my fashion posts. Because I think there is as much variety in how women like to dress as there are kinds of women. What looks amazing to me probably looks crappy to someone else. You get the idea. There is no right way of dressing. There is only dressing to suit your mood for the day, dressing in a way that makes you feel confident and bright and beautiful. So, to give my readers some variety, every Monday, I will write about another woman and try (with my limited capabilities) to break down her look. And also, hopefully, send some love to the people I love. Not a bad gig, yes?

I am beginning this series with one of my best friends – Deepa. Deepa is so many things. Insightful businesswoman, graceful dancer, globe trotter, thoughtful wife, loyal friend; I could go on. She is a live wire, in my husband, Suraj’s words and you will not have a dull moment with her. I truly think that for the right person, to know Deepa is to love her.

Now, getting into her style, Deepa is about functional quirky dressing. Comfort is really important to her and she is the kind of person that would invest in a few statement pieces and wear them in different ways. She has an experimental side, but you will never see her being totally out there. So, that being said, take a look at the skirt and top outfit she has put together below.

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Top: GG5

Skirt: Pantaloons

Shoes: Nine West

Purse: Charles and Keith

Watch: Rado

Notice how she has balanced the bright fuchsia pink skirt with a black top and black shoes? That is classic Deepa. She adds a bit more to the outfit by going with a white purse. Her hair is pulled back in a really gorgeous low bun, because she was going to a dinner party. The accessorizing is minimal, with hoop earrings and a watch rounding out her outfit. Every item of clothing or accessory, if you notice, is neutral and this way, she makes the skirt the star of this outfit. This is her personality talking, people. I had the exact same skirt and wore it in in a completely different way; I’ll write about that in a different post. 😊

Deepa was at a friend’s wedding in Delhi and she wore this outfit again, but with different accessories, thus making it an Indo-Western outfit perfect for a Sangeet or Reception.

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Shoes: Market in Delhi, they all have these kinds of Jutis

Clutch: Fab India

So, that is a great way to wear one outfit in multiple ways. Simple changes can give a completely different vibe to an outfit, as you can see from the pictures above.

I know we all try to draw inspiration from celebrities on how to dress, but I have always found that if we look around and truly see the beautiful women around us, we will get a lot more style inspiration that we can actually work with and implement easily.

PS: These descriptions have not really done justice to my lovely friend. So, I will add a few lines from a song that I think really matches her spirit.

“Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion”

– Fight Song, Rachel Platten

That’s her. And, I am so blessed to have her in my life.

On that note, I am signing off for the day. Cheers!

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