Summer Lookbook | Look 8

I know it’s raining now but summer is still very much here. I discovered another lovely Indie label and am wearing their dress here today. I recently very publicly condemned shopping from Zara on my insta stories saying that you should shop local/Indie. At the same time you have ofcourse seen me wear brands like Mango, Charles & Keith, etc here and there. My problem with Zara is that while they are a ‘fast fashion’ brand and have been linked to various stances of horrible conditions for the factory workers that they associate with, on top of that, their products are , forget not built to last, they crumble after the first wash/use. I have NEVER once had a Zara product that has lasted me more than a year and that is just shameful on their part. Mango, on the other hand, while still a fast fashion brand manages to produce clothes that I still wear 5 years later – so that, for me actually classifies as slow fashion in a way. Zara makes their clothes consciously disintegrate extremely fast so that it’s consumers are encouraged to shop more, again and this philosophy doesn’t sit well with me. Zara India, on facebook, had also plagiarized and used the work of a lot of photographers and influencers without any permissions and no credits either. On a whole, the brand doesn’t seem to have any sort of values. If Zara had good quality clothes that lasted I’d probably shop from them today. My philosophy is – try and support local Indie brands as much as you can and for the rest of the brands, spend your money on clothes that will not only last you longer than 2 months but will also be kinder to the only planet that you can inhabit for now. I recently wore an animal print shirt on instagram from Mango that is about 6 years old – that kinda goes against my principles of being a ‘fashion blogger’ (OMG isn’t she supposed to wear new clothes every time – bish no), I don’t really let that bother me.

Moving back to my fun SUMMER LOOKBOOK, hope you guys enjoy the pics. All outfit details are given towards the end of the post. And if you do own a piece of Zara clothing that you feel has lasted you quite long, I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below – please do share.

full front hands on waist

half front arms up

bag wall torso

full side

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full side arms up

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{ Outfit Details }
Dress: The Burnt Soul Hand-made in 100% cotton.
Sunglasses: Vogue Eyewear
Bag: Charles & Keith
Heels: Truffle Collection India
Photographs of me courtesy Prateeq

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  • Reply July 3, 2018

    jasmeen sekhon

    Hi Akanksha ,
    Loved your post. Love the colour blocking between orange and blue. However would like to tell you that there are a lot of Zara clothes that I own which have lasted me for so many years that I have grown bored of them 😐 and it’s tough to part with them because every time I wear them they look great ; as far as the fabric of those clothes are concerned, they have been really lasted well, that’s maybe because I hand wash most of these delicate clothes and I agree with you where you said mango’s clothes are tough , they really are. I have roughly used so many of them and they still look as good as new.
    Keep posting 💕
    Love ,

    • Reply July 3, 2018


      Hi Jasmeen,
      Wow that’s so good to hear! Your experience with Zara has clearly been way better than mine. Great going! And thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply July 5, 2018

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  • Reply July 5, 2018

    Avanti Dhiman

    The dress is so cute, loved the whole look.
    You are an inspiration to me, always amazed to look at your pictures.


    • Reply July 6, 2018


      Hi Avanti,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and support!

  • Reply July 12, 2018


    woo it amazing photos off and all contant is a good very nice

  • Reply July 12, 2018

    Planners For You

    Thanks for sharing this amazing post. It shows the new trending summer looks. And seriously they are looking amazing

    • Reply July 14, 2018



  • Reply July 15, 2018


    Stunned by the way you have carried the outfit. Nothing could have been a better match for this bag. absolutely love it.

    • Reply July 16, 2018


      Yay! Thank you so much for the love!

  • Reply August 28, 2018

    Shatabdi biswas

    I fell in love with this look and even asked you for the deets on your insta story. The smart pairing of blue checks with colour-blocked red footwear and the bright orange bag makes it absolutely perfect for a chilled out brunch session as well as a date night look. Infact, this look was the reason i started experimenting my wardrobe with plaid dresses and tops. Thank you so much for such style inspirations Akanksha. 😘😘😘

    • Reply August 28, 2018


      Thanks so much for such a lovely comment Shatabdi!

  • Reply August 28, 2018

    Megha Dhingra

    I absolutely loved this look, mainly coz it’s just how I would have styled it too. That pop of orange adds just the right amount of zing for a fun evening with friends. The only change I’d make is wear nude pumps with it so as to not steal the thunder away from that playful, intimate equation between the subtle blue checks and the flirty orange bag.

    • Reply August 28, 2018


      Aaah! Yes! Nude pumps would look really good too! Thanks!!

  • Reply August 28, 2018


    You have done complete justice to all the summer looks from your lookbook but this is my favorite…. the sunglasses, hair color, lipstick shade, the bag… You just ROCK

    • Reply August 28, 2018


      Yay! Thank you so much Nisha!

  • Reply August 29, 2018

    Deepa Paireddy

    It’s so hard to pick 1 or 2, coz you are that one person who carries all the looks with ease! My fav is SUMMER LOOKBOOK 8! You carried it cute, sexy, stylish all in one look that not everyone can carry❤️. the colors you have mixed is rare mix.

    • Reply August 29, 2018


      Thank you so much for the love Deepa!

  • Reply September 2, 2018

    Delina Pinto

    I have recently started falling in love with checkered outfits. This blue and white outfit with checks looks so cute. The red shoes are damn awesome. I adore how you have styled a bright red shoe with a pastel blue outfit.

  • Reply September 2, 2018

    Ruchi Parekh

    This is much an easy breezy summer look. Minimalistic yet chic. Totally love it.

    • Reply September 4, 2018


      Thank you so much Ruchi!

  • Reply September 10, 2018

    sayra queen

    Akanksha Redhu What’s Up
    Redhu You Are Looking So Cute And Epic
    I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful but also to reassure them, give them confidence

    Your Top, Bag, Heels What A Amazing Collection And Photography Also Good
    Redhu Love You
    Thank You Keep It

  • Reply September 10, 2018

    Natasha Clark

    Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. You are looking nice and beautiful in the dress.

    • Reply September 13, 2018


      Thank you so much!

  • Reply September 13, 2018

    Monika Panchal

    This is such a cute dress! I have something similar and after seeing you styleing the same I was so happy that I am making good choices! 😀 just love the way you carry everything, flawless and bindas! ❤️

    • Reply September 15, 2018


      Aww thank you so much Monika!

  • Reply September 16, 2018


    Hi , I love the whole outfit and the way you carried the look is just called “ELEGANCE “😊❤️😍 The orange bag the red heels and the glasses and your beauty made the look and picture perfect .❤️❤️❤️❤️I loved this look absolutely❤️ your such a stunner and this look inspired me and definitely iam going to try out this look just because of you ❤️looking hot❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️lots of love beautiful😊❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️and love your hair 😍😍😍😍😍 love u ❤️❤️❤️keep on stunning everyday with your beauty and elegance ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️with love 😊

    • Reply September 18, 2018


      So sweet of you Karishma! Thank you so much!!

  • Reply September 17, 2018

    Latika Pathela

    This is my favorite look from your summer collections – easy and breezy as I would call it! The pop of colour with the bag and footwear makes it fun as well. Totally a look that anyone can carry and easy to replicate also.
    Major styling goals!

    • Reply September 18, 2018


      Yay! Thanks so much Latika!

  • Reply September 18, 2018

    Mariya memon

    You know, you convert the simple looks to something stylish and fun loving. The heels and bag go pretty cute with the dress. I liked and agreed with your opinion about zara. It has happened with me and my family too so we don’t shop from them anymore. Spending money on local indie brands is the best idea I learnt from you. Thankyou so much for being honest and sharing the honest reviews💕❤

  • Reply September 25, 2018

    Neha Mishra

    I love this dress.

    It is one of those dresses which make you look cute but sexy as the same time. Checks, being my favorite, allows it to get a variety of options to style.

    A perfect casual wear.

    The red shoes go really well with it. Definitely my favorite look.


  • Reply September 28, 2018

    Devina Negi

    Oh my goodness, absolutely love all your dresses and LOVE the footwear you paired with them. Such a fun look and something I can’t get enough of this summer!!
    As, I have always said, that BLUE IS SO YOUR COLOUR!

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