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House of Blouse

Blouse - House of Blouse , Draped skirt - Made by me , Earrings - Jos Alukkas , Bangles and head chain - Local Bangle store

Blouse - House of Blouse , Draped skirt - Made by me , Earrings - Jos Alukkas , Bangles and head chain - Local Bangle store

Crop top - House of Blouse , Culottes & Earrings - Zara , Bag - Michael Kors , Shoes - Done By None

Crop top - House of Blouse , Culottes & Earrings - Zara , Bag - Michael Kors , Shoes - Done By None

A very happy new year to all of you! Hope you had a great time bringing in 2016. Have a prosperous one

The past couple of months have been filled with festivals and weddings. So many, that my wardrobe suddenly has more ethnic clothes than usual. This can be disappointing for some of us, cause we end up spending so much on these clothes that can't be repeated for a while. In such cases, it's best to experiment with ethnic and western clothes and mix them up a little. For example, using a blouse as a crop top or vice versa.

For this post, I've come up with two looks using one blouse. Before getting into the details of the two looks, you need to know more about the blouse and where it comes from. What if I told you that you can design your own blouse or top or get it stitched without going material shopping, visiting the tailor or even moving from your seat? Do you think it's possible? Well, of course it is! House of Blouse is one of the first online stores I've come across in India that does all that I just mentioned.

Using a web based application called "Style Creator" you can design your own blouse, select the material, customise the specifications and the size and get the designed top delivered to your doorstep without any hassle. This app has a wide range of options with respect to the cuts, materials and work. Also, this app lets you save several designs in your gallery, share and even get inspired from other designs. In a matter of just 15 days
(or 7 if you choose "Rush" to expedite the process) the selected design is stitched and sent to you.

Check out the video which explain how to do so.
http://youtu.be/calAmuKruJE

Everything is so easy to follow and it's so understandable. I had way too much fun using the app, I just couldn't stop trying out different designs. The materials are well described and I didn't have trouble in selecting the desired one. Of all designs in my gallery, I settled with this basic halter blouse made of Kota tissue with thread work on floral print. When I received the product, it looked like it had just popped out of my screen. It was exactly what I had designed and fit to perfection.

In the first ethnic look, I paired the blouse with a dramatically pleated draped skirt with some simple accessories from a local store. In the second, I used the blouse as a crop top and paired it with these red culottes. While the former is perfect for a festival or wedding, the latter is suitable for a casual outing. Making multiple ways of use from a single piece from your closet is not only economical but is also a lot of fun. Unless your blessed with new clothes everyday, which is unlikely in most of our cases.

Photography: Avinash Murthy

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