MAY 2012
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


Kiran Bahl


Happy Mother’s Day! Loyal readers, this day specifically falls on Sunday, May 13, in case you may be wondering! In honor of this important occasion, let’s focus on a ladies’ accessory often thought about last-minute, if not when it’s too late – the shoe. Which sandal to wear with a lengha or which wedge to decorate with a sari can become quite a debate, and can actually make or break your whole look. These quick tips won’t steer you wrong, I promise.


The sandal is so versatile in this day and age that it is no wonder this type of footwear is every lady’s primary choice. From 4-inch platform heels, to 4-inch stiletto heels, to 1½-inch flip-flop look heels, they’re all in style, saving one particular style. The see-through or vinyl/plastic sandal is a complete fashion don’t. The sandal overall is adjustable for any churidaar, salwar, lengha and particularly the elegant sari.


Why is the wedge a new favorite in trends everywhere? Because it is comfortable. From smaller heel wedges to high, 6-inch lengths, they make walking (and balancing!) much easier, and are much more durable than their sandal counterparts. The original wedge was made of cork or straw, but oh my, how things have changed. From quilted wedge patterns to striped and floral styles, the wedge has become a piece of art. Wear the wedge best with a churidaar or salwar, so it can show-off better. A lengha or sari may cover up the wedge part a little too much, unless it’s one with much height.


These dress shoes, usually peep-toed or pointed at the front, have a slender, shorter heel, usually less than 2 inches. Not only is the smaller heel more comfy, it looks adorable with almost any outfit. Be cautious, however, of this style with a lengha or sari, as it could diminish your flow and length if you’re more petite.


So classic! But paired with an Indian outfit? Unheard of! Or not? DO wear pumps with your pant style outfits, but make certain they’re not the usual drab corporate neutrals (examples are black, beige, brown). Contrast your outfit with these shoes to add some zest. Right now, bold is gold, ladies.


With any desi look, these two types of shoes are completely, 100 percent, a fashion don’t.

Send us your fashion questions and concerns. Follow the trend! E-mail us at, and we’ll answer any and all your fashion dilemmas! Here’s this month’s Fashion Drama Question of the month:

Q: What sari gifts would you recommend to give my mother and grandmother for Mom’s Day? - Harsha, Brandon

A: Hi, Harsha! First, I wish your mother and grandmother a wonderful Mother’s Day! As for sari gifts, stick with elegant, but updated sober/neutral colors for your grandmother, such as mustard, navy blue or camel. To add a twist of style, get a sari with light foiled or embossed work or one with a light floral pattern or striped border – it’s very spring too! For your mother, sequins and multi-colored embroidery are ‘in’ right now, but if she’s not as flash-inspired, then opt for saris with contrasting embroidery or stamped prints. A lovely hand-painted or silk-tissue gold sari would entice her, too. For spring, opt for pastel hues or vivid splashes of hot pinks, pretty purples, or beautiful teals.

Happy Mother’s Day to every mom-to-be, mom, grandmom, and great-grandmom (and even further back!). We appreciate every mom and thank you. And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique,” at 2035 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, FL 33612 and 9456 S. Orange Blossom Trail, in Orlando, FL 32837, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, (813) 903-8334 or (407) ALL-SARI.

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