By : Juhi Bansal

I grew up listening to people around me talk about the colour of skin being the most important thing. In fact, for a few years I even believed I was less than perfect and hoped to God I would turn fair overnight. But, finally sense prevailed. I got out of the complex soon enough and realized there were more important things to worry about in life. And to all the naysayers surprise, I did fairly well (pardon the pun!).

But, I still see my young friends, readers, even cousins and nieces, stuck in the same rut. They are made conscious of it every single day. I sometimes laugh. I mean it’s not even an actual thing. It’s not like you are hearing impaired or have a missing limb. But, most of the time I pity all those demented people who think it’s even an issue worth discussing. And, like most people I ignore them and their comments and carry on with business as usual.

But, now that I have a little girl– I worry. I worry because this is the last thing I want her to worry about. I don’t want her to grow up thinking skin colour can make a difference in your life. I don’t want her to tow the archaic fairness line. My blood boils every time someone mentions her complexion to me. I want to shake them hard and say, “Leave my little girl out of it”. I want her to learn black, white and everything in between, I want her to recognize the colours in the rainbow. But, I hope she is colour blind as far as skin is concerned.  

I’ve featured Khara Kapas on CB before. To say I love their collection would be an understatement. Some of their pieces are a little out of my comfort zone, like the one I’m wearing below. It’s not form fitted, so makes me a little conscious. But, the flowy fabric, the cape style and the colour black had my heart almost from the word go! I’ve styled it a little differently than the boho-chic look it was supposed to have. Hope you like it.

Check them out on FB and Instagram (@kharakapas). Visit their brand new site here! full2 full   Another favorite in the ensemble is the leather envelope clutch by Antidote. The powder pink, the soft feel and the smell of the leather, everything is just out of the world about the arm candy. Check out Antidote on FB and Insta (@antidotestore). You can shop their collection here. shoes

Dress: Khara Kapas Clutch: Antidote Belt: H & M Earrings and Ring: Amrapali Footwear: Charles & Keith

Dress: Khara Kapas
Clutch: Antidote
Belt: H & M
Earrings and Ring: Amrapali
Footwear: Charles & Keith

  The ear-rings are from my favourite store Amrapali, Jaipur. (These are exclusively available at the store).

The Silver hand-painted ring is from Amrapali

The Silver hand-painted Radha- Krishan ring is from Amrapali

Hope you like the outfit and the accessories. Also, do write in and tell  me your views on the brouhaha around complexion, size and what not!

Stay Gorgeous xx

Closet Credits:

Black Dress: Khara Kapas (Buy)

Pink Clutch: Antidote (Buy)

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  • Reply Nidhi Upadhyay April 3, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Stunning u r looking!! Loved the ring and your complexion too as always:)

  • Reply Juhi Bansal April 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Nidhi di thank you :)….did I not get you this ring?

  • Reply Nidhi Upadhyay April 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

    No I got a nicer one and this is also mine only…

  • Reply Radhika Biyani April 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hi juhi! Love each word you write . You are doing a fantabulous job. Never miss your articles.

  • Reply Juhi Bansal April 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Radhika I am too choked up to thank you for your kind words. You just made my day!

  • Reply Radhika Biyani April 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Juhi Bansal , pleasure is all mine.

  • Reply Lipi Sharma April 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Loved the way you have articulate … everything you said on fairness…. felt like coming from my heart!

  • Reply Juhi Bansal April 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Lipi thanks :). I guess Rajasthanis understand this more than anyone else

  • Reply Aditi Gupta April 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Juhi loved the article. We have all faced this situation and is very important that we make our children understand that color of skin does not matter…

  • Reply Lipi Sharma April 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

    honestly … this physiological issue/skin color phobia gets severe as you go out of India and towards western world…. where skin color is not only a comment or concern but an unsaid/conscious discrimination…

  • Reply Juhi Bansal April 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Aditi I know! We cant shield them from the unfair ways of the society but if they learn to take the comments in their stride and treat everyone the same irrespective of their complexion, our job would be done

  • Reply Juhi Bansal April 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Lipi true that!

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  • Reply Dimple Matkhare October 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Beautifully written ☺

  • Reply Faa June 11, 2020 at 9:33 am

    This is so important post. Each sentence is relatable and reality. We all face this fear and want to look more fair at some point due to the surroundings. So well written and you look beautiful especial loved the outfit and clutch!

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