Everyone loves dhotis. Everyone loves dungarees. Now, thanks to Chennai fashion house Brass Tacks, you can wear both at once. Presenting: dhoti dungarees.
They cost ₹6,000 and this ^ is how they look on a model.
And this is us – five totally regular women. We're all stoked about dhoti dungarees as a concept and about to find out how they look IRL.
Mihika: When I saw these, I didn't expect them to look good on anyone. I'm tall-ish and thin, but I didn't think they'd look good on me either. I love dressing up occasionally, but am very indecisive – I'd take 3 days to decide what to wear with something like these dhoti dungarees.
Srishti: Typically, I wear a lot of skirts, fit and flare dresses, palazzo pants, basically all kinds of loosely-fitted clothes. In theory, the dhoti dungarees are right up my alley. But when I saw them, I knew that I'd never wear this piece of clothing IRL. I am short and not slight, so I know overalls don't look the best on my body.
Rega: This is a great outfit in theory. It's super cool (like cool), it's airy which is a high priority in this billion-degree Bombay heat, and it allows one to go in public sans real pants which is always a huge plus.
Sonia: When I heard of the concept, it reminded me of a trend that was popular in college — to wear t-shirts with harem pants. I also have an irrational fear of dungarees because of the peeing situation and also because I have wide hips and they almost never fit well. So, yeah. I was skeptical about this being something for someone who fluctuates between a size 16-18.
Akshita: I'm skinny and tiny, so when I saw the dungarees, I doubted my ability to carry the outfit. Dungarees look cute on everyone but I was unsure about the dhoti part.
Mihika: I would buy these if they had a less bold pattern. But probably wouldn't pay ₹6,000 for them. I'd happily pay ₹2,000.
Srishti: I honestly thought these were for like 800 bucks. I would rather take my ₹6,000 to Zara and buy a whole mess of shit.
Rega: I am ALL FOR fashion experimentation, so I'd be really into owning these – if I could shell out ₹6,000 for one outfit, I'd do it for this one. I routinely wear outfits I'm told are "unflattering" on "healthy girls" – crop tops, shorts, shift dresses – because they're fun and comfortable. This is no different.
Sonia: I wish these came in larger sizes, and with different colours and patterns. I wouldn't pay ₹6,000 for this, but I might pay anywhere between 1,500-2,500. It looks like something that'll last and could be paired with a bunch of really simple things found in your wardrobe.
Akshita: I would pay ₹6,000 for this. The material used is REALLY nice, the outfit is awesome, and it's perfect for Mumbai summers.