90’s GRUNGE GONE DESI.

hipster-grunge from the ‘90s is in + there’s no denying it. but how do you mesh this trend with desi? check out how we mixed cool-girl streetstyle with traditional South Asian elements.

when you’re in a 90’s style mood, think Rachael from Friends-meets-Indie…basically, throw out the “norms” of fashion and beauty, and get creative with easy to wear pieces already in your wardrobe.  plus the ‘90s were all about influence from music, making these looks perfect for festival season.

Photos by: Harish Pathak

look deets :: by stylist + designer, amy devan

getting in grunge mode is one thing, but adding a desi twist to it all gives your looks Indie-glam vibes.  Amy’s take on this style is to look at your wardrobe (both Western and South Asian) with an open mind and mix-and-match things you wouldn’t normally put together.  this look should be effortless and purposefully messy…if that makes sense at all.

first things first, choose a staple item! for both looks, Amy chose a Buddha-print Tee by local Philadelphia area designer, Sid Shah.  his label is called Qalm and it’s beyond!  this Tee is both eclectic and classic, and was the perfect black/white basic for our looks.  when going for a Coachella-esque look like in this shoot, choose a graphic Tee with a relatively simple pattern.  with a black and white Tee, pairing other items to complete the look becomes a bit easier.

next step, infuse the desi girl in you. we went with oldie-but-goodie black lehenga-skirts from Payal’s teenage garba-going years for this shoot.  also, get your desi on by adding South Asian jewels like Payal’s nose-ring by Hypnotique and her payals (anklets) used as a headband, as well as Amy’s maang tikka (head piece).  jewelry is always an easy way to mesh South Asian into any look.  once you’ve got the jewels and accessories down, then add modern-grunge style elements to finish the look.

for herself, Amy rocked a burnt orange spaghetti strap cami from H&M layered over the Qalm tee and tucked both into her lehenga-skirt.  this layering of a tank over a Tee is iconic ‘90’s style (again think Rachael in Friends).  Amy added a studded backpack by Sticks+Stones for a rocker-girl touch, gladiator heels and a denim jacket to up the edge.  a half-topknot completed the grunge look.

for Payal, the Qalm tee was the focus and so we didn’t want to hide it with anything too bulky.  that said, we opted for a leather vest instead of a jacket as it stilled revealed enough of the Tee while adding some dimension to the overall outfit.  we kept the look cas with some white sneaks (a major trend this summer).

see? not too hard to replicate these looks, huh?  guaranteed you’ll find a number of these items in your closet, and if not, they’re easy to find.  if you don’t have a lehenga skirt or jewels like ours — try a full, A-line black maxi skirt and scoop up some Indie-jewels from your local Urban Outfitters (also, another amazing jewelry designer is Dylanlex).  If you try this look out for the next festival or concert, be sure to get a head-to-toe pic and share it on social with #amyxpayal so we can check it out!  we love seeing how our readers take inspo from the blog and add their own styling touches!!

beauty lowdown :: by mua + beauty expert, payal patel

grunge look, with a hint of desi flare. what better makeup look, than a subtle smokey eye? that’s right, a subtle smokey eye! when we think of a grungy make up look, we think imperfection, good girl gone bad, and dark. check out Payal and Amy’s makeup look, perfect for the Indie vibe.

the base of Payal and Amy’s eyeshadow is a warm chocolatey chestnut shade of brown. the eyeshadow that was used was the Kiko Milano Infinity Eyeshadow (ONLY $1! at kikocosmetics.com). with a blending brush, we then applied the Kiko Milano High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in shade 39 to the full crease to complete the smokey effect. this shade resembles a plum color and therefore gives off a somewhat purple smokey effect. you can either use a pencil to smudge out a black liner on the lid, or use a liquid liner for a more precise wing (such as Amy’s look), or just apply mascara. the top suggestions for these 3 categories are:

  1. Black Pencil Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
  2. Black Liquid Liner: Loreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  3. Mascara: Stila Cosmetics HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara

Tip: if you don’t want fall out from a smokey eye, or if you don’t want your smokey eye to be too dark, pick up the product onto your blending brush (in this case, we used the MAC Cosmetics 224 Tapered Blending Brush) and tap the brush so some of the product falls off.

Amy loves a bold brow, so with her new goodies from her makeup edit (check out the previous post on Amy’s makeup edit!), she used the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper to keep her brows in place, and defined the shape with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil – both drug store products!

Payal can’t get over her nude lip obsession, and loves the balance between a smokey eye and a nude lip. for her lips, she mixed together her 2 favorite nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics, “Whirl” and “Velvet Teddy”.

…and there you have a subtle smokey eye for this 90’s grunge look. stay tuned for a full video on this look on payal’s YouTube Channel!

What is the significance of three dots in the shape of triangle?

you may notice the 3 dots on payal’s chin. this is typically worn by women in various villages throughout India. they either apply these dots or get them tattooed generally as a decorative statement, or to deflect the evil eye. this is most commonly seen in women who are from villages.

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