Ladies, we are far too familiar with this scenario – The Taychee (translation – Suitcase) Incident. It starts off when we find out someone we know is going to India and they ask us that magical question that every girl just loves to hear “beta… what would you like me to bring back for you from India?” As you go on to describe the latest fashion trend to your beloved relative who’s probably thinking “what have I gotten myself into… and more importantly, where’s my chai?!?” you continue on oblivious to any sign to stop talking. Some of us even take it a step further and stalk every single India site and cut out pages from fashion magazine showcasing your lil dil’s desire to ensure they understand exactly what you mean.
And then, we wait and wait until you find out weeks if not months later that your outfit err relative is back from the motherland. You squeal with joy as you so generously offer to “help them with their bags” or pick them up from the airport and wait for that signal to check out the goods. That’s where it can go 1 of 2 ways – so amazing that it’s EXACTLY what you want (less likely) or absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt bears no resemblance to what you described, but apparently is cutting edge on the fashion scene in India right now (oh so very likely). That’s right peeps you have just experienced the Taychee situation. They really should have support groups on this.
Having gone through this myself recently, I got:
- An outdated saree, like we are talking so 2008.
- A gorgeous anarkali, that was clearly a few sizes too small.
- A 3D suit where the dupatta, chunni and pajammi are 3 totally different colours. It’s funny cuz I remember trying to rock this many moon’s ago, but it didn’t seem to go over very well because I looked completely mismatched and now this is top fashion – go figure!
So instead of storing these unwanted outfits deep down inside one of my very own taychee’s, I thought I’d let my inner DFF shine through, so…
- That outdated saree is now being converted into a funky anakali with a bold printed material underneath to totally change the look of the material.
- My tight-up anarkali is now a size that fits me where I can actually breathe. Since there wasn’t any material inside to let it out, and I couldn’t find the exact shade of material to match, I found a complementary material to add to both suits of the suit – like a vertical border.
- With the 3D suit, hey if Miss. Pooja can pull it off so can we, so the next wedding I go to – I’ll be as colourful as ever!
I promise to share pix soon, right now my tailor is doing her magic – bless her little heart.
Have you got something that you really wish was left behind in the pind or transformed it into something so fab, if so reply to this post – we’d love to hear from you.
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