StreetStyle Ethnic Meets Mumbaiyya Street Food! Featuring CraftsVilla

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Hey Guys! As you all know, I absolutely love my Indian fashion… sarees especially, are my absolute favorites! And while I love them in their simple, elegant, classic avatars… I also love to contemporize and create new and unique outfits out of them! After all, for me, a saree is like a 6 meter long canvas… with so much scope for playing around in terms of styling, draping and accessorizing!

So when Craftsvilla asked me to create street style looks using their beautiful ethnic outfits for their #StreetstyleEthnic campaign, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity! In fact, to make it more fun, I decided to create 5 looks using 5 ethnic outfits from their collection and shooting them at 5 amazing and iconic street-food joints in Mumbai… to create street style looks inspired by street food! The combination of Fashion, Food and the Streets of Mumbai is something I personally loved working on and I hope you love it too! 😀


Look 1 :

Boho Bhel Puri

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Where: At a Bhel Puri stall on Girgaum Chowpatty Beach…!

Outfit: A bright blue peplum Kurti from Craftsvilla’s new Chanderi collection, worn as a dress with denim shorts and accessorized with a large bohemian Turkish necklace from Amrapali Jewels, a Balinese basket bag that my mom got me from Portland and this on-trend oversized cane hat, that I picked up on the Hikkaduwa beach in Sri Lanka!

With a pair of sneakers and these funky sunglasses, this look was a complete bhel-puri of ethnic and streetstyle… perfect for playing a head-turner on the beach (without a swimsuit that too ;))!



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Look 2:

Pav Bhaji Fusion


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Where: At a Sardar Pav Bhaji, Mumbai’s iconic Pav Bhaji place at Tardeo.

Outfit: A gorgeous georgette saree from Craftsvilla with indigo prints, styled in a fun and contemporary drape with an oversized classic white shirt, sneakers and small, square frame sunglasses!

Just like the Pav Bhaji, which is a perfect representation of food that is functional yet yummy and spicy … this outfit too is created by putting together two very functional pieces of clothing… a classic white shirt and a saree, to turn it into an outfit that is extremely funky, spicy and street!


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Look 3:

Chocolate Saree-wich


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Where: Raju Grilled Sandwich walla, opposite H.R. college, Churchgate (Famous for his Chocolate Sandwiches)

Outfit: A gorgeous georgette saree from Craftsvilla with bright bold colourful prints, which I wore over a pair of fitted jeans in a funky, and comfortable drape… fastened with a small belt bag and finished with a pair of sneakers. Like… I could literally run in this!

I chose this outfit for the chocolate sandwich place (which by the way, is to die for!) because the look is colourful, young and has a carefree street style spin to it, much like the K.C and H.R college students who frequent this place!


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Look 4:

Indian Chinese

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Where: Raju Chinese, Next to Nirmala Niketan College, Marine Lines

Outfit: Black, red and gold… this beautiful saree from craftsvilla in all oriental colours, draped as a skirt with a dramatic one-shoulder top, statement earrings and stilettoes!

This look was inspired by the years I spent in Singapore, where when you look at the local Chinese and Singaporeans, everyone on the streets and even at hawker centers, looks like they’re out for a fashion show – dressed to perfection!

The food here by the way, was kickass… and the noodles naturally came with a plate of Manchurian and Szechuan sauce (so you don’t need to order them separately) which too were to die for!


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Look 5:

Chanderi Gola


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Where: Bachelorr’s Juice Center and Gola Mount, Marine Drive

Outfit: This Chanderi Kurti from Craftsvilla in bright maroon, I’m wearing as a dress over shorts, with a belt and Gum-boots! Also threw in a statement necklace and a pair of red sunglasses to add to the fun and to represent the sweet & sour medley of ‘KalaKhatta gola’ and its colour that lingers around on your tongue!

By the way, I also had a sitafal ice-cream at Bachelorr’s right next door to Gola Mount… but to be honest, the ice-cream was strictly average and they didn’t allow me to shoot there either! Lol! Which in a way was a good thing because that forced me to move to Gola Mount next door and it was amazing!


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Hope you enjoyed reading this and liked the looks! Though I’m a fashion blogger and while this post was more about the fashion part of it, these few street-food joints that I’ve mentioned here, are places you absolutely must go to if you’re in Mumbai and looking to explore the local culture! There obviously are a lot more but since I only had 5 looks to shoot, I could only do 5 joints for now…! Perhaps, more later 🙂

Do let me know in the comments section which one your favorite look is!


You may also want to read my post on 4 ways of reinventing a saree… and watch my video on wearing a saree as a dress!

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About Me

Sonal is a Post Graduate in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence (Italy) and has over 9 years of experience as a Brand Strategist working in the advertising industry.

She has also been a Consumer Insights Miner specializing in fashion and luxury brands.