The Auburn Umbrella

FAREWELL 101: Auburn helps you decode the farewell fashion conundrum!

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My earliest encounter with a saree was in twelfth standard. This was for the farewell. In the immediate period, running up to this grand day, I recall how one seemingly innocuous piece of clothing became the sole purpose of my existence; so much so that my priorities were drastically reorganised- acing the boards became second in importance to finding that perfect saree!

Three years later, I am faced by a similar fix: My college farewell is a month away and the challenge to look like an absolute diva (yes, I have great expectations from myself!) is upon me. Only this time, the task has become harder with time, age and the inimitable significance of the occasion.

Given the extreme importance that we as individuals and society connote to this single, most vital, mega celebration, it’s important we are absolutely on point on D-day when it comes to turning out to the best of our potential. ‘The Auburn Umbrella’ thus, presents to you a fuss-free guideline on how to rock your farewell: the attire, the make-up, and the works!

A. ‘Old is Gold’, and we’re not just talking wine
If you dream of turning heads and leaving an indelible mark with your saree, then wear something that you already own, or better yet, steal something from your mother’s wardrobe. If you buy something that Lajpat and Sarojini Nagar shop owners will sell you as ‘trending’, then chances are that you’ll end up looking like the next girl, who probably also fell for the same marketing trap. Heirloom clothing is indeed, unique and beautiful.

B. Give the salon a skip
Salons are like factories: they turn the fresh-looking and raw Plain Janes into made-to-order porcelain dolls. If you want your make-up to bring out your best features, do it yourself at home. Bring out your A-game and let originality and distinctiveness do the talking!

C. Go easy on the height
I’m short and I love my highest pair of heels. But, I’m not an idiot. Donning a saree in heels could send a clutz like me to the emergency room in a jiffy. So I’m going to stove away these insanely high pair of stilettos for another day, when I just have to sit and look pretty. Instead, I’ll opt for medium length heels, which will give me a decent elevation and comfort. My sincere advice: so should you!

D. Get the pose right
Alright, this might sound a little presumptuous. But even the prudes are allowed a field day when they can give in to social convention and pose for the paparazzi. To ensure that you have decent photographs from this ‘oh-so-important day’, practice a couple of your profiles (side, centre, upside down-whatever works for you!) before the actual day. Ugly mug shots just won’t do!

E. Keep Breathing!
Although I cannot stress the importance of farewell appearances enough, I do advocate that you reign in your OCD tendencies before you let them ruin your (and effectively everyone else’s) evening. So stay calm and keep breathing!

Kriti Sharma
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Kriti Sharma is studying BCom (Hons) at Hansraj College. She has a myriad interests, writing being just one of them. A debater, a scholar, a fashionista, she is more of an outdoors person who likes to run 6-8 km a day, just to clear her head. She is an ‘Army Brat’, but an unlikely one. Reading a book by lantern light in a tent by the banks of river Indus after a hard day’s trek in the mountains is her idea of bliss. She wants to be an investment banker but admits that writing lets her escape into a world of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

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